About Us

Assistance League® of Orange Auxiliary was formed in February 1941 with twenty-four Active and eight Sustaining Members as an auxiliary of the Santa Ana Chapter.  The first Chairman was Mrs. Justus Craemer and the first meetings were held at the Girl Scout House or in member's homes.  In June 1950, chapter status, which required a minimum of fifty Active Members, was granted to Assistance League of Orange by National Assistance League®.  The original membership of 24 has grown to over 370 dedicated volunteers who provide assistance to local children and adults in need.

Members range from new members to those with over 40 years of service! Chapter members meet and offer much of their volunteer time during the day.  Volunteers who work during the day, may find our Philanthropic Alternative Committee more conducive to their schedule. This committee meets and works their programs in the evening or on weekends.  In addition to Chapter members, Assistance League of Orange includes two auxiliaries:
  • Assisteens Auxiliary was formed in 1967, with a charter membership of 27 young women.  It is open to girls and boys in Grades 7 through 12.  Over the years, these energetic teens have become increasingly involved in chapter activities as well as their own programs. Assisteens strive to further community service as they follow Assistance League ideals.
  • Orange Blossoms Auxiliary, formed in 2005, has grown from the 25 charter members to nearly 50 members. Orange Blossoms was established to encourage young adults in various professions to contribute by identifying and serving those in need in the community. Open membership allows one to join throughout the year.

The mission of the chapter and its auxiliaries is to provide community service through Philanthropic Programs that serve children and adults in need who reside in the City of Orange.  The principal fundraising vehicles that support our Philanthropic Programs are the volunteer-managed and staffed "Now and Again" Thrift Shop open year-round, the annual Boutique Noël held in the Fall, the Embrace Orange fundraiser and the Taste of Orange event both held in the Spring.


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Board of Directors 2016- 2017
President: Mary Beth Martin
President-Nominee – Laura Farr                                           Chapter Liaison to Assisteens® – Andrea Mills             
1st Vice President, Membership – Karen Wooley                  Chapter Liaison to Orange Blossoms – Lynn Herndon 
     2nd VP, Philanthropic Programs – Norma Hockensmith        Chapter Center – Ande Byrnes                                         
3rd Vice President, Resource Development – Ginny Abell     Public Relations – Catherine Rose                               
Recording Secretary – Norma Lemus                                    Strategic Planning – Carolyn Seeley                            
Treasurer – Olivia Marsh                                                       Thrift Shop – Cindy McCandless                                  


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