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Assistance League of Tulsa Opens New Facility 

RIBBON CUTTING: Ready for the ribbon cutting are, from left, Phyllis Dotson and George Dotson, co-chairs of the Capital Campaign, Sharon Atcheson, president, Assistance League Tulsa, Masha Darden, building liason for Assistance League Tulsa, Judy Kishner, chairman of the board and Bill Major, executive director, of the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

One of Tulsa’s most cherished non-profits, The Assistance League Tulsa (ALT), has moved to a new facility on 31st Street between Yale and Sheridan Avenues.

Thanks to the generosity of the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation and other generous Tulsa philanthropists, the new and larger facility was dedicated with a ribbon cutting Ceremony May 16.   Bargains Thrift Shop is now open to the public. The Foundation gifted the building to the ALT, which will also house two other non-profit organizations.

The Assistance League of Tulsa (ALT), an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to transform the lives of children and adults through community programs, relocated from its 11th and Harvard facility to Legacy Plaza, 5350 E. 31st Street.

Bargains Thrift Shop collects and sells affordable clothing and household items donated by Tulsans.

Sales proceeds help fund ALT programs.

Operation School Bell is ALT’s signature program, providing school uniforms, clothing and other essential items to thousands of Tulsa area school children.  

Last year ALT’s Operation School Bell initiative served more than 26,000 students enrolled in 87 schools from 14 Tulsa-area school districts.

“Adequate space was a limitation in our former building, but that has been resolved with this most incredible gift from the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation,” said Sharon Atcheson, Assistance League president. 

“In addition, a successful capital campaign chaired by Phyllis and George Dotson, allowed for renovation of our new home,” Atcheson commented.  “With more space we can serve more people, helping fulfill our vision of meeting the needs of the most impoverished in our community.” 

 Last year Assistance League members contributed more than 29,000 hours of service to the community; we are all volunteers with no paid staff.”

The ALT partners with several organizations to expand and enhance their services, including Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children, LIFE Senior Services, Emergency Infant Services, and Tulsa Public Schools.

Updated 05-22-2018

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