May 22, 2018

Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF), in partnership with Irvine Unified Council PTA (IUCPTA), hosted more than 150 guests at its annual Spirit of Community Awards on May 17, 2018 at Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine. At the event, IPSF honored the Assistance League of Irvine for their outstanding contributions to educational excellence and impact in the Irvine community.

“This luncheon is about celebrating partnership and collaboration within our community, and this year’s IPSF Spirit of Community Award goes to an organization that has gone above and beyond to support the students of Irvine,” said Neda Eaton, President and CEO of IPSF. “The Assistance League is an incredible example of recognizing a need and filling it. The organization collaborates with many local non-profits in order to serve the community in the most impactful ways they can imagine.”

The Assistance League of Irvine has been an integral partner in education in Irvine, hosting the Young Master’s Art Show for the past 27 years. The two-week show features the work of one student from every IUSD classroom, kindergarten through 6th grade, to be displayed at Irvine City Hall. Since 1990, over 14,000 student artists have participated in this special program.

For the past two years, the Assistance League has also supported IPSF’s Innovative Grants Program. Their partnership through this program has funded grants that enabled teachers and counselors to dream big, and enhance curriculum in classrooms to improve the educational experiences of the students in IUSD.

The Assistance League of Irvine is one of 120 Assistance League chapters in the U.S. whose goal is to enrich and improve the quality of life in their communities. Comprised of over 100 members and volunteers, this organization provides a variety of services for students and families in our community.

The National Assistance League provides and encourages volunteer opportunities for students in grades 7 through 12 through its Assisteens program, an auxiliary of Assistance League.  Through organizing their own philanthropic programs, Assisteens members of each chapter develop a sense of community responsibility and learn public speaking and leadership skills. Some examples of their philanthropies include purchasing and assembling hygiene kits for our Operation School Bell program (benefitting over 650 Irvine families in need), visits to the Irvine Senior Center, making baby blankets to distribute to local hospitals, craft days at Irvine libraries, and much more.

The Irvine chapter is currently seeking incoming 7th graders to join the Assisteens program. For more information visit: 2018 Assisteens Going Into the 7th – 9th Grade FLYER