Support community by aiding Assistance League


By Grady Michael Gaynor

Like its national counterpart, the Assistance League of Indianapolis works to transform lives and strengthen communities through a variety of initiatives and projects.

The Indianapolis chapter, which includes 57 of 225 members from Carmel, focuses efforts on four programs to support underprivileged children and adults.

ALI Bears aims to provide comfort and a sense of peace for ill, traumatized or grieving children, teens and adults with a stuffed teddy bear. ALI Friends is a program that offers companionship and caring to improve quality of life for older and disabled adults. Assault Survivor Kits provide new clothing for victims of assault to wear home when their clothing is retained as evidence of a crime. Operation School Bell works with social workers to provide thousands of children living in poverty in the Indianapolis area with clothing and shoes. ALI has provided shoes for 51,157 students in Indianapolis Public Schools and in Lawrence, Pike, Warren, Washington and Wayne townships.

Vice President of Marketing Kathy Wylam said she feels an extraordinary sense of purpose in volunteering for ULI.

“I am honored to be a part of an organization whose members have the heart to volunteer and make a true difference in the lives of so many in our community,” she said, “Working together we can make a significant difference.”

On Sept. 9, construction management firm AECOM Hunt will host its annual charity golf outing at Eagle Creek Golf Club in support of ALI. The cost to play is $150. Varying sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $800 to $4,000. Prize donations, such as gift cards, rounds of golf, electronics and weekend getaway packages, also are being accepted.

On the national level, Assistance League has more than 22,000 volunteers across 120 chapters across the U.S. In the fiscal year 2019-20, its members served 1.7 million individuals, raised $50 million and logged 3.3 million hours of volunteer service.

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