volunteer spotlight: meet Renae

Renae is a retired teacher, part-time gardener, mother, grandmother, wife of 40 years and an avid bike rider. Joining the Assistance League of Irvine in 2009, Renea shares her experiences as a Team Leader at the Thrift Shop, School Liaison and Committee Member for Operation School Bell.

WHEN AND HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH ALI?
I was a member of the Garden Grove Assistance League Auxiliary and when I retired I had many work clothes to donate. I was going to take them to the Assistance League Thrift Shop in Garden Grove and then realized there must be an Assistance League/Thrift Shop here in Irvine. I found it, went by the Thrift Shop and ran into some people I knew. I joined in January of 2009 (a great decision!)

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXPERIENCE WITH ALI?
My best experience in ALI is working on Operation School Bell. I love the look on the kids faces when they are able to buy new clothes — they are so thankful and I even get a few hugs. I also love working with such a talented group of women — they are truly amazing.

WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF IRVINE. HOW DO YOU FEEL ALI AFFECTS THE COMMUNITY?
ALI makes a tremendous difference in the community through the Thrift Shop and most importantly what we can do for children as a result of the money we earn from the Thrift Shop. I’m proud to be a part of such a caring group.

Renae, thank you for your support and volunteerism to improve lives in our community.

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