Assistance League of Los Angeles
Los Angeles County has the highest poverty rate in California. Unfortunately, children are the most vulnerable and in need within this group. 1 in 4 children is severely impoverished; 1 in 4 is hungry and more than 17,000 children have been designated as homeless in the LA School District. These staggering numbers speak for themselves and reveal the saddening reality that Los Angeles’ children and students are in dire need of help. As a reaction to this reality, in 2019 KCIS began collaborating with Assistance League of Los Angeles, a reputable nonprofit that has been serving the LA community for 100 years. We got actively involved with Assistance League of Los Angeles’ Operation School Bell (OSB) Program, a program that provides new school clothing to K-5 students in the Los Angeles area. Volunteers act as “personal shoppers” one-on-one with each child to ensure that all clothing items fit well and that each child feels valued. Through this initiative, we helped distribute school uniforms, jeans and tops, sweat suits, backpacks filled with school supplies, shoes and personal care kits. We provided some of these donations and helped distribute them to children in need. That day, each child received more than a new wardrobe for school because each child was given personal attention and treated with dignity and respect, helping them feel special and loved. For many of the children, this was their first time to get new clothes and they were so excited that they even wore their new shoes and clothing back to school the same day.