Assistance League® of Greater Portland

Assistance League of Greater Portland Celebrates 50 Years

New Members are Welcome to Join a 50 Year Tradition of Community Service


Beaverton, OR -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/26/2015 -- Five decades ago, a group of local civic minded women at a luncheon discussed ways to serve those in need in the community. Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, over 180 dedicated member volunteers serve children and victims of violence at the Assistance League of Greater Portland today.

A ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate five decades of community service was held in front of the local headquarters in Beaverton on January 23, 2015. Addressing an audience of local business owners, officials from the Beaverton and Hillsboro school districts, and member volunteers, Assistance League President, Carol Bergseng thanked the group for their ongoing support. "Such tenacious and strong women, what visionaries! What dreamers!" exclaimed Bergseng acknowledging the founding members and volunteer leaders throughout the years. "They faced the world head on, not afraid of change and always looking forward to the current needs of our community."

Assistance League's member volunteers serve the community with four philanthropic programs. The flagship program, Operation School Bell® will provide 2900 children in need with new clothes this year. Assault Survivor Kits® offer dignity to victims of rape and domestic violence with emergency outfits after they surrender their clothing as forensic evidence. Members craft Life Story Books for foster children to store photos and personal records. For over thirty-five years, Assistance League has supported troubled youth at a residential treatment facility by providing enrichment activities and birthday celebrations.

Assistance League Thrift and Consignment Shop at 4000 SW 117th Avenue in Beaverton, staffed entirely by volunteers, help raise funds to support these programs. New treasures arrive daily. From new and gently used clothing to costume and fine jewelry, to furniture and household items, there are treasures for every budget.

New members are welcome to join a 50 year tradition of community service. By working together to raise funds and operate programs to benefit those in need, members develop new friendships and discover hidden talents. Orientation is provided. Those interested in becoming Assistance League members can contact Debbie Coryell, Member Orientation at (503) 526-9300 or