Assistance League of Placer County to host bingo fundraiser

By: Kristine Guerra Special to The Press-Tribune
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In these uncertain economic times, nonprofit groups throughout Placer County are always looking for ways to help those residents who need support. Assistance League of Greater Placer is hoping to raise $10,000 to 15,000 in a bingo fundraising event scheduled for April 22. “All the funds raised will be used for our philanthropic projects,” League member and fundraising chairwoman Linda Arlen said. “Right now, there are more needs in the community, and we are constantly searching for areas where we can help.” Tickets are available for $20 at the Assistance League Thrift Shop located in Fiddler Green Plaza at 1263 Grass Valley Highway in Auburn or at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed in Loomis. Tickets can also be bought at the door for $25. “This is the second year we’ve done this, and this year we hope to get a lot more people in the event,” Arlen said. We hope the community will support it.” Assistance League of Greater Placer is a nonprofit, volunteer local chapter of National Assistance League with more than 200 members. The League organizes philanthropic programs to help children or students, senior citizens, assault victims and people who are getting back to the workforce. “It’s a group of wonderful, talented and creative women who give their time and money to help people in Placer County and parts of El Dorado and Nevada counties,” Granite Bay resident Barbara Pepper said. “I found it so rewarding to be able to see that we can actually help not just children, but people who are getting out of jail, or who need clothing for a job interview.” Members are paid by knowing that they’re able to help, Pepper said. Operation School Bell, Assistance League’s biggest philanthropic project, provides clothing, school supplies and tutoring to elementary and high school students. Proceeds from the thrift shop, the organization’s major source of funding, go back to the community in the form of programs. “I’m just hoping we can keep the amount of people that we can help,” Data/communications chairwoman Karen Funk said. “Although our business is up, we’re not getting as many donations as we had before.” The organization has helped to clothe 945 children for the year ending May 31, 2008. So far this year more than 1,000 children have been provided with clothing.