Our Philanthropic Programs

The Assistance League of Capistrano Valley funds several philanthropic programs.  We invite you to learn more about each of our philanthropic programs that serve children in the Capistrano Valley Unified School District and Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base.

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Operation School Bell®

The Operation School Bell® philanthropy provides new school clothing to elementary and middle school students in the Capistrano Unified School District. Since 1980, Operation School Bell® has provided 1000s of students with new school clothing which has been shown to raise self-esteem and improve school attendance.  Learn More

Links to Learning

The Links to Learning philanthropy has provided has provided 1000s of grants to middle school educators since 2000.  Learn More

high school students in classroom

Igniting Potential

Igniting Potential, established in 2024, is our newest philanthropy that provides financial and hands-on support to San Clemente High School AVID students. The AVID program places motivated students in a rigorous curriculum while providing academic and emotional support. This program will provide $18K annually to fund college visits and teacher training.  Learn More

Chapters for Children/Camp Pendleton

Since 2005, the Chapters for Children philanthropy has provided 1000s of Camp Pendleton children with new clothing and infant/toddlers supplies.  Learn More


Our chapter sponsors the I.N.S.P.I.R.E. (Independence for Needy Single Parents Instilled via Responsible Education) scholarships for in-need Saddleback students.  Our goal is to provide a helping hand to these parents, change their lives, and provide good role models for their children.  Learn More

Scholarships for High School Seniors

Since 2009, this philanthropy has given scholarships to Capistrano Unified and Oceanside School District graduating seniors of military families. In 2023, this program was expanded to include families in need of financial support.  Learn More

Hands On Literacy

Reading is a fundamental skill that lays the foundation for a child’s academic success. However, not all students have access to the resources and support they need to develop strong reading skills. That’s where our Hands On Literacy program comes in.

We work closely with Capistrano Unified elementary schools and educators to identify students who would benefit from our program. Our team of volunteers provides one-on-one reading support, tailored to the specific needs of each student. Through engaging activities and personalized attention, we aim to foster a love for reading and improve comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. Additionally, each student receives a book based on their needs.


Our Hug-A-Bear program provides comfort to children experiencing trauma in stressful situations during their hospital stay.  Approximately 150 bears are given to children annually at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach.

Trauma Togs

The Trauma Togs program provides clothing to adults who have had their clothes cut off during a medical emergency at the Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach.