Philanthropic Programs

  • The Independent Living Program provides support for youth exiting foster care.  Assistance League Auxiliary works in partnership with Catholic Community Services to provide household items for youth who are turning 18 and leaving the foster care system.
  • Operation Backpack,  provides school supplies to K-12 Salem-Keizer students throughout the school year.
  • Birthday Bags: Children living in homeless shelters receive a gift, balloons, party plates, napkins and a cake provided by Assistance League Auxiliary. 
  • Bike Donation Program: in partnership with The Bike Peddler, provides refurbished donated bikes to Independent Living youth and other area residents in need of transportation.

Eric Vickers
and the Bike Peddler received the2012-2013 Business of the Year Award from Assistance League of Salem-Keizer. He deserves this honor for all the work he dedicates to our Bike Program. Thank you Eric and the Bike Peddler.
        Some of the Independent teens who have lived their lives in foster care have never had a chance to have a bike of their own, and the joy on their faces when they get that bike is something to behold. In 2012, 26 bikes and $150 were donated, and the Bike Peddler provided helmets, locks, tires/wheels.. The value of the bikes was estimated at $1845.

Independent Living
  Holiday Celebration

The holiday effort for teens who have aged out of foster care and are living at Center Court Commons as an intermediate step really gained momentum this year. Each teen received a piece of luggage, a backpack (so they can carry books, etc. on a bike), a stocking with their name embroidered on it, a hat & gloves, toothbrush & toothpaste, towels, bus passes, a collapsible laundry hamper, laundry detergent and a roll of quarters for laundry as well as some other small sundry items. We covered these basics because last year we discovered that their Christmas wishes were for laundry detergent, toothpaste, socks, and other very basic items. We then filled as many requests as we could from their Christmas wish lists. It is a reality check to see that teens put fresh fruit and shaving cream and socks and underwear on their wish lists. It has moved us to share with them in a generous spirit they may never have experienced before.

Thank you for attending
Assistance League Salem-Keizer Auxiliary Spring Forum 

 James Brown 
author of 
The Boys in the Boat Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Thank you for supporting our 2015 Spring Forum
Upcoming miniseries: “Those Angry Days,” from Sony Pictures TV and FX Prods., will focus on the period between 1937 and 1941, as war spread across Europe while isolationist forces in Congress and elsewhere railed against the prospect of America coming to Britain’s aid in the fight against Hitler.

2014 Spring Forum Philip Margolin,  Portland author.

  2013 Spring Forum
Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild,
Tiny Beautiful Things, and Torch.