Assistance League Auxiliary has been busy in the community – Orange County Register

Members of the Anaheim Hills Auxiliary of the Assistance League Anaheim have had many worthwhile programs and supported several local philanthropic projects this club year.

At the January meeting, guest speakers focused on the resources available for youth who are homeless or in foster care. Cristina Sanchez Keller of Project HERO, Homeless Education Resources Opportunities, shared some of the daunting and unique challenges that homeless and foster youth face on a daily basis and how this program ensures these students receive the necessary tools and support. to succeed in school. He is part of the Homeless Student Assistance Program in Anaheim through the Magnolia School District.

Additionally, Nancy Lewis of Seneca, Family of Agencies, introduced the new foster youth hotline; an invaluable resource for current and former foster youth and their caregivers, available 24/7 at 833-939-3877. She is currently an Equine Mental Health Worker for the organization’s Healing on Horseback Therapy Program at the Anaheim Hills Facility.

In February, members welcomed Kinsley Brittain, Vice President of Program Opportunities at My Day Counts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping adults with developmental disabilities learn skills that enable them to live productive lives. The organization partners with various local businesses and community partners that provide both learning and integrated work opportunities.

Last month, members helped assemble spring bags at the Haskett Library branch filled with coloring books, crayons, toys and candies for children visiting the Haskett and Ponderosa libraries.

Other philanthropic projects included a sock drive for Grandma’s House of Hope, which helps children in need throughout Orange County. Members also held a food drive to help supplement the nonprofit’s pantry.

Networking with members, friends and community organizations and serving the community is part of The Auxiliary’s mission. Membership is open and meetings are held on Zoom at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month, except July and December. For more information, visit

Women’s Connection has plans for May

The Women’s Connection of Anaheim, Orange and Villa Park is hosting a Mother’s Day celebration for their May 9 luncheon at Black Gold Golf Club. And all women are invited.

A fun and informative program will be presented by Tony Banzuelo who will demonstrate 40 ways to wear a headscarf. Singer Sheila Nicole will entertain guests and guest speaker Carole Osgrove will share her life story.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for shopping with on-site vendors, lunch and program follow at 11:30 a.m. There will be lots of raffles, newbie giveaways, and opportunity raffles.

The cost is $27 per person and those wishing to attend should call Barbi Zipperian at 714-280-9062 as soon as possible.

Anaheim Libraries Show Support for Adopted Children

May is Foster Family Awareness Month and to support it, the Anaheim Public Library is sponsoring a backpack and school supply drive. Community members are encouraged to participate by filling a new backpack with binders, paper, pencils, pens, glue and calculators and bringing them to neighborhood library branches, including the Canyon Hills Library.

According to City Librarian Audrey Lujan, Anaheim is the first library in Orange County to “offer a library card to people 18 and under living in the foster care system, group home, temporary living situation, homeless people or people without proof of residence”.

Donations will be collected through May 31 and will be given to Orangewood Foundation Samueli Academy students and university scholarship recipients. The community can also upgrade their own library card with the “We’re here for you” design for a donation that will also support the foster care program. For more information, contact the Canyon Hills Library at 714-765-6444 or visit

Women’s Club gets fashion ideas for spring

Members of the Anaheim Hills Women’s Club chose a Mother’s Day theme for their May 18 luncheon at the Anaheim Hills Golf Club. All women in the community are invited.

The day begins at 11 a.m. and will include a spring fashion show by Eileen Gerber.

The cost to attend is $33 and the reservation deadline is today. Contact Karon Kelleher at 714-912-4907 to make a reservation.

Canyon Hills Presbyterian plans vacation Bible school

Canyon Hills Presbyterian Church Children’s Ministry is sponsoring a vacation Bible school, “Jerusalem Marketplace,” from 9 a.m. to noon July 11-15 on the church’s campus.

All children ages 4 (potty cleaned) through sixth grade are welcome to attend. Registration is currently open.

Children will embark on a ‘walking’ journey on the path of Jesus through Jerusalem that incorporates fun daily activities, games, food, music and stories with this year’s theme.

The cost of participation is a flat rate of $25 per family. Teens who want to earn volunteer hours for school are welcome to help. For more information and/or to register, visit

Sharon Hlapcich writes about events and happenings in the Anaheim Hills area. Contact her by phone (714-998-4604 or email ([email protected]).

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