Founded in 1943 by Miss Florentine Michaud (Director of Public Relations), The Mannequins Auxiliary was established by a group of women who combined their experiences and resources from the world of fashion and presented fashion shows to promote the activities of Assistance League® Los Angeles (the "League"). The Mannequins soon became active in assisting the auxiliaries and other charitable and private organizations with their fundraising efforts by providing and producing fashion shows at their benefits.
ABOUT THE MANNEQUINS
Preschool Learning Center - The Preschool Learning Center provides high quality preschool education to children from low income families. Studies show that children who attend pre-school outperform their peers academically and are more likely to go to college. The League’s nationally accredited pre-school instills academic and social skills in children and fosters their social, emotional, cognitive, creative and physical development to help them reach their full potential. Services are provided free of charge to children from low-income families ages three to five years old.
Since the 1920′s the Preschool Auxiliary has contributed to the operations and funding of this program by providing volunteer and fundraising opportunities.
Foster Children's Resource Center - Northridge - Children entering the Foster Care system are sometimes moved suddenly and in a crisis situation with few personal possessions beyond the clothes that they are wearing. Assistance League® of Los Angeles provides these children with new, clean clothing and other supplies that give them a fresh start while bolstering their self-esteem during a difficult and vulnerable time in their life.
Children receive school uniforms, jeans and tops, sweat suits, jackets, backpacks and notebooks filled with school supplies and personal care kits. Assistance League’s Hilltoppers Auxiliary members and community volunteers operate and support this service, and work closely with social workers to ensure that each family is assisted promptly and with compassion and respect. Foster parents and social workers report that children’s school performance improves after receiving these clothing and supplies.
Hollywood Children's Club - Hollywood Children’s Club provides new clothing for infants and children of families in crisis living in Los Angeles County in the Greater Hollywood area and referred by the Department of Children & Family Services partner agencies or LAUSD. Referred children receive school uniforms, clothes, school supplies and hygiene kits.
Operation School Bell - Operation School Bell (OSB) provides new school clothes to nearly 5,000 Los Angeles Unified School District students from impoverished circumstances. By working with these children, we improve school attendance, promote learning and enhance self-esteem.
For the past forty-seven years, volunteers for Anne Banning Auxiliary (ABA) of Assistance League of Los Angeles have given underserved and at-risk children new clothing to wear to school through OSB. Volunteers provide well-fitting shoes, uniforms, jackets, grooming kits, backpacks and school supplies, offering students a greater chance to succeed.
You can help us dress our city’s most vulnerable children. We can promise it will be one of the best investments you will ever make! Last year over 80% of every dollar ABA/OSB received provided services for children.
Mission Statement: Operation School Bell provides appropriate school clothing to Los Angeles Unified School District children from impoverished circumstances to promote learning, improve school attendance, and enhance self-esteem.
Theater for Children - Assistance League of Los Angeles Theatre for Children is the oldest children’s theatre in Southern
California and brings the joy of live theatre to children and their families. Assistance League’s Award winning NINE O’CLOCK PLAYERS AUXILIARY (NOP) performs two stage plays each year chosen from classic children’s literature featuring a full complement of dancing, singing, and special effects.
The productions are offered to school groups during the week and the the public on weekends. The revenue from weekend performances allows NOP to offer shows and bus transportation at no cost to inner city school children on weekdays. The Nine O’Clock Players mission is to expose children to the positive influence and magic of art, literature and music through the joy of live theatre.