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Members in Action: Lisa Wierwille, Board President

An Assistance League of Los Angeles member since 2012, Lisa Wierwille joined the League through our Assisteens Auxiliary for teen girls and their parents. When her daughter, Hayley, moved on to college, Lisa became a member of our Anne Banning Auxiliary and volunteered for our Operation School Bell program, helping to clothe thousands of homeless and low-income children throughout Los Angeles Unified School District.

She most recently added the role of Board President to her resume, leading the League’s efforts to purchase a new chapter home, strengthen membership expansion and develop a Centennial Anniversary strategy to celebrate the League’s 100 years of service.

Her tireless efforts to serve more children year over year demonstrates why she is this quarter’s “Member in Action”. Read below for more information on Lisa and how you too can become involved with the community as a member of the League.

How did you initially get involved with Assistance League of Los Angeles and what is your professional/philanthropic background? 

My introduction to the League started in the Assisteens Auxiliary. Two friends, Jane Smith and Sandi Heidt had daughters in the auxiliary and they invited me to their events. When my daughter, Hayley, reached high school, we were invited to join. Around the same time, Anne Banning Auxiliary member, Sherri Lake, invited me to an Operation School Bell workday. Soon after, I joined the Anne Banning Auxiliary.

My professional background is in nursing. I graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and went on to become a Certified Diabetes Educator. I really enjoyed helping patients learn so they could be self reliant and confident with their disease management. I was considering stepping back into teaching when I was elected as Board President of the League.

What does your current role as Board President entail?

My primary role is to assure the League’s legacy of service to the children of Los Angeles continues through programs that are relevant, effective and efficient.  I work with members to expand our service programs and meet the increased needs in our community by regularly evaluating and modifying our strategic plan to meet those changing needs. It is vital that we are flexible and fluid!

As Board President, I preside over the Board of Directors, all committees and auxiliaries, serve as liaison between the CEO and our members, and attend all League events.

One of my greatest joys as President has been attending meetings and events for each of our 10 auxiliaries/membership groups. I am proud to be a member of such an awesome and committed group who give tirelessly to make a real difference in the lives of children.

What drives you to provide so many hours of service to the League?

It is the eyes of the children that motivate me… watching their despair turn to joy.

What has been your most meaningful mission moment?

All the moments I spend interacting with children in our various programs are special.  I love the fact that our programs serve children from birth to college. I have seen the direct impact of giving a foster parent a layette for a newborn at our Foster Children’s Resource Center and watching our young students in our Preschool Learning Center develop a love of reading. I have watched a smile spread across the face of a child receiving their first pair of new shoes at Operation School Bell.  I’ve seen the wide-eyed wonder of a child entering our Assistance League Theatre and experiencing the joy of live theatre for the first time. I’ve also looked into the grateful eyes of seniors from LAUSD’s Homeless and Foster Youth programs as they receive college scholarships from our Apartment 3C Bright Future Scholarship program.

Why should others join the League?

The joy you give is the joy you receive. I know this sounds cliché, but it is very true. The League offers individuals and families a way to make a positive impact in the lives of children. Our programs provide a wide scope of services that requires various talents, resources and tasks. You can come make a blanket, perform on our stage, pack a backpack with hygiene products, fit children with new clothes. The sky’s the limit for putting a smile on a child’s face. Come be a part of our 100 year legacy of helping children in Los Angeles!

Interested in joining Lisa and others who serve Los Angeles children living in poverty?  Become a member of Assistance League of Los Angeles by clicking here

Contact Kai Tramiel, Director of Membership and Community Outreach, at ktramiel@assistanceleaguela.org or 323-545-4847 for more information.