Now Accepting Applications for Irvine Valley College Scholarships

Have you always dreamed of getting a college education, but finances are preventing you from making that dream a reality?

Well, dream no more!

Assistance League of Irvine is offering scholarships to Irvine Valley College for income-qualified high school seniors. The eligibility requirements are simple and straightforward. Just visit alirvine.org. Click on “Philanthropic Programs,” “Scholarships” and “Learn More.” It’s as easy as that!

Application deadline for high school seniors is 5 pm Friday, April 7, 2017.

So stop dreaming and apply NOW! See you on campus!

Something exciting happened at ALI!

Gray skies and a light drizzle couldn’t dampen the spirits at Assistance League of Irvine on Monday, Feb. 20th.

A flatbed truck carrying the components of our much-anticipated (and much-needed) steel mezzanine pulled into our back parking lot. We knew something exciting is about to happen and been in the works for awhile.

Our ALI members on hand were ready to greet the delivery at 7 am cheery faced. And, why not? After two years of researching and planning, our dream of adding more space to our backroom was coming true. When installation is complete, the steel structure will virtually double our on-site work space, giving us more room to process donations of gently used clothing, household goods, toys, books and other treasures to our Thrift & Gift Shop.

Donations are the lifeblood of our operations. Why? Because sales from our Shop are the major source of funding for our philanthropic programs. So, you might say that adding a steel mezzanine to our backroom will help us better serve those Irvine families in need. And that’s really something to cheer about!

Come by and check out the new remodel once complete!

  • Wednesday 10 – 3 PM
  • Thursday 10 – 3 PM
  • Friday 10 – 5:30 PM – Temporary Feb 1 – March 30 closing @ 3PM
  • Saturday 10 – 3 PM

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF IRVINE THRIFT SHOP

2452 Alton Parkway (between Jamboree and Von Karman on Alton)
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 955-3437

Be My Valentine <3

We want to remember all the holidays,  so this is your official reminder that Valentine’s Day is February 14.

Now if you’re like me, you just got the credit card bill for everything you bought for Christmas. Or Hanukkah. Or your Rose Bowl party. Or Chinese New Year. Or Vietnamese New Year. And you still have your Super Bowl party and your annual ski trip over President’s Day weekend coming up.

Somehow your Valentine’s Day gifts have to be squeezed into your budget. If you’re planning to propose to your true love, our advice is to be judicious without being chintzy, forego the big screen HD TV until Super Bowl LII, and spend your money on the ring instead. For all the rest of you, our advice is to check out the ALI thrift shop.   We have beautiful costume jewelry, crystal, collectibles, Valentine cards, and much, much more. You’re sure to find something that will make your significant other’s heart beat faster, without overwhelming your budget!

WHAT WE’RE THANKFUL FOR

As Thanksgiving approaches, here’s the Assistance League of Irvine version of that holiday tradition where you go around the table and everyone names one thing they’re thankful for:

  • We’re thankful for the chance to live in Irvine, a safe and beautiful city in the best country in the world.
  • We’re thankful that we have the resources – time, health, and opportunity – to give back to our community.
  • We’re thankful for those who donate to our thrift shop. You care enough to make the trip over to our shop with the clothes and household items you no longer need, instead of tossing them in the dumpster.
  • We’re thankful for those of you who donate cash or personal services to us – these make a huge difference in our ability to fund our philanthropies.
  • We’re thankful for the teachers, school counselors, and school nurses who help direct families to our Operation School Bell and Scholarship programs.
  • We’re thankful for the help of Target North in the Irvine Marketplace, our partner store where our OSB clients shop for school clothing.
  • We’re thankful for the Irvine Unified School District art specialists and the student artists who make up our annual “Young Masters” exhibitors at City Hall each spring – so much talent in one city!
  • We’re thankful for our Assisteens, who are devoting time in middle school and high school to helping others, through a variety of activities.
  • And we’re thankful for all of you thrift shop customers (and blog readers!) – you’re our partners in this whole endeavor.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from Assistance League of Irvine!

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT OUR EXTRA SHOPPING DAY!

That’s right! We’re having an E-X-T-R-A SHOPPING DAY on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13! The ALI thrift shop will be open from 10 am to 3 pm to showcase our FABULOUS FALL MERCHANDISE.

We’re telling you about it NOW so you can make an extra-large circle around the date on your calendar, or put an extra-loud alert on your phone,  or hang extra purple post-it notes on your car steering wheel, because you want to be extra-careful not to miss out on this EXTRA SHOPPING DAY.  FALL FASHIONS and FALL DECOR will put you in the mood for cooler (we hope) days, back-to-school excitement, or curling up with a pumpkin spice latte.  And it’s all happening at the ALI THRIFT SHOP on SEPTEMBER 13! See you then!

ALI AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS AT IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE

June brings the end of another school year and the excitement of graduation! At ALI, June is also the month when we recognize our scholarship winners. Each June we award two categories of scholarships for students planning to attend Irvine Valley College. One scholarship program is for graduating seniors who attend an Irvine Unified School District High School. The other program is for older students, mainly single parents, who are returning to IVC to further their education and earn a degree.

We’re extremely proud of our scholarship recipients! They are all incredible people who come from a variety of backgrounds and have amazing plans for the future. This June we awarded nine scholarships to graduating high school seniors, and eleven more scholarships to previous high-school winners who will be returning for their 2nd year at IVC. Our adult single-parent program presented scholarships to six new recipients and three who had received awards from us last year.

Our scholarships are funded by our thrift shop sales. So the next time you’re visiting our shop, remember that your purchases are helping these students realize their dreams.

Spoil mom with our affordable jewelry

“Let us not be too particular. It is better to have old second-hand diamonds than none at all.” – Mark Twain

We’re all about transparency at the ALI Thrift Shop, so if you’re looking for second-hand diamonds, you probably need to go to eBay. But if you’re looking for earrings, bracelets, or a ‘statement necklace’, we’re the place!

MOTHER’S DAY IS NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 8th – and that means it’s the perfect time to browse our jewelry department for a gift for Mom. Pierced earrings or clip earrings? Brooches or pins? Dainty filigree necklaces or exotic, bold ones? We’ve got it all!

If you have jewelry of your own that’s broken or just isn’t “you” any more, bring it in and donate it to us. Our volunteers recycle broken jewelry into craft projects, and that bracelet that reminds you of your bad prom date can find a new home. And if you DO have any diamonds that you’re tired of . . .