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Timeline

The Assistance League® of Los Angeles continuously evolves to meet the changing needs of our community.

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1919
— 1919 —
Not content to sit by as people suffered, a group of prominent society women in Los Angeles formed a new charitable organization in the mid-1890s named the Assistance League. Anne Banning was a member...
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1920s-1930s
— 1920s-1930s —
Through the 1920s and 1930s the League grew, adding members, services to the community, special interest auxiliaries and properties. The Assistance League Playhouse was built, a Day Nursery opened, an...
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1940s-1950s
— 1940s-1950s —
Throughout World War II and during the post-war era, the Assistance League evolved to meet the changing needs of the day. Blood drives that supported the Red Cross were organized, holiday gifts were p...
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1960s-1970s
— 1960s-1970s —
Change was in the air in the 1960s and 1970s. Hemlines grew shorter and hair grew longer! The Assistance League continued to move the legacy of giving forward to a future generation, creating new auxi...
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1980s-1990s
— 1980s-1990s —
A strong sense of mission coupled with a willingness to shift services to the needs of the community permeated the 80s and 90s. The Thrift Store Auxiliary closed as did the Artisans Auxiliary and the...
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2000-Present
— 2000-Present —
The League’s proud history carries forward in the 21st Century! Today’s Assistance League® of Los Angeles is a thriving organization where eight auxiliaries operate six community services: Preschool L...
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Take the legacy and run, run, run!

What started as help for those devastated by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, has grown into a force for real change. Each generation has brought their creativity and vision — finding new ways to help kids and families who desperately need it.

Making a significant impact

But we’re still not satisfied. In these next few years, we have plans to expand what we do to make an even more significant impact on poverty in L.A. We’re positive we’ll find a way to make it a great time for all involved.

Cultivating a bright future

Today, we may be reaching as much as 10% of those in need. But guess what? We think the other 90% is within reach. Bring your ideas, bring your sponsorships, and most importantly bring yourself. Together, we can give every child an equal chance.

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