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Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”

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January 15, 2011

The City of Lancaster is working with community service organizations to develop dozens of projects that will be completed on January 15, 2011 in Dr. King’s honor.

VOLUNTEERS: To sign-up to volunteer, please click HERE or call (661) 723-6173 or email

PROJECTS & SPONSORS: If you would like to be involved in King Service Day 2010 by donating materials or if you have project ideas, please call (661) 723-6074 or email

Build a Bike, Benefit a Child Program

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In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action.

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More information about the National King Service Day.

Download the fact sheet here.  Download the volunteer flier here.

2010 Participating Organizations Include:

A&B Sanitation • MLK Day 2008hAdelman Broadcasting • Alberstons • Alpha Kappa Sorority •American Red Cross • Antelope Valley Resource Conservation District • Antelope Valley Florist • Antelope Valley Freethinkers • Antelope Valley Healthcare • Antelope Valley Mental Health • Arbor Court • Arcata Associates • Assistance League of the AV • AV Dog & Cat Rescue • AV High School AAMI Group • AV Hospital • Bagel Bakery • Baha’I Faith • Bicycle John’s • Blimpie Subs and Salads • Boys & Girls Club • The Boeing Company • California State Parks • Call2Action • Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe • Catalyst Foundation • Central Christian Church • City of Lancaster • Clear Channel Radio • Coldstone Creamery • Costco• CSUB African American Student Union AV • Cub Scout Pack 86 • Davis Communications • Desert Christian School • Edwards Jr. Marines Assoc. • El Dorado PTO • Friends of McCourtney • Girl Scouts • Gothic Landscape • Grace Resources • Heart Rock Zeal Foundation • Helping Orphans & Widows• Heritage Christian School • High Desert Broadcasting • Hoffmann HospiceHome Depot • Homewood Suites • Jalapeño Grill • Junior State of America • LA County Fire Dept • La Petit Academy • Lancaster Baptist Church-Joy Club • Lancaster Jethawks • Lancaster School District • Lancaster Sunrise Rotary • Lancaster VA Community Clinic • Lancaster Youth Commission • Lemon Leaf Cafe • Lowe’s • Loyal Order of Moose Quartz Hill Lodge #2666 • Lyn Grafix Promotional Products • McCourtney Juvenile Justice Center • Neighborhood Impact • Northrop Grumman Corporation • Opportunities for Learning • Palmdale FFA • Paving the Way Foundation • Perk Place • Phillip’s Photography • Pirate Adventure • R. Rex Parris Law FirmRound Table Pizza • Safer, Stronger Neighborhoods • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. • Society of Women Engineers-AV Chapter • St. Vincent de Paul • Stonehouse Paint • Stylist Linda G. • Submarina • Superior Nursery • The Out Project • Time Warner Cable • United Way •  University of Antelope Valley • Valley Oasis •Valleywide Dental • Wal-Mart • Waste Management • William Pete Knight Veterans Home

December 31, 2010 Posted by | community concerns, Community Service, lancaster service, lancaster volunteer, Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day | , , , , | Leave a comment

Antelope Valley Assistance League Fashion Show


Assistance League Antelope Valley – History

Assistance League originated as an extension of the Red Cross Shops established during World War I.  Founder, Mrs. Hancock Banning, felt a duty, in her own words, “To act as a friend at any and all times to men, women and children in need of care, guidance and assistance.”

Since 1919, National Assistance League® has grown to more than 110 chapters across the country.

Assistance League of Antelope Valley was chartered as the 25th chapter

of National Assistance League on January 29, 1959.  The charter members, with Mrs. Florence Aven as president, identified a need for childcare in this growing valley.

The original Day Nursery opened with 6 children and members volunteered 2500 hours to fund and operate the project.  Total cost that first year was $9455.  In January 1961 enrollment was 14 with a waiting list.  By February of 1966, the organization moved to a house on Fern Avenue.

Soon there were 24 children.  In the early 1970’s, the State of California granted licensing for enrollment of 36 children.  The members hired early education teachers and developed the preschool curriculum.  The community need for expansion was evident.  In September 1997, construction of a new facility was completed at 808 West Newgrove.

The Preschool Day Care Center now serves 72 children and their working or student parents.

Models Auxiliary, Heartline Auxiliary

In March of 1968, the Models Auxiliary was certified. The Models Auxiliary produces fashion shows as a means of raising funds to assist in financial support of the philanthropic projects and/or fundraising activities of Assistance League Antelope Valley.

In September 1995, the Heartline Auxiliary was formed. Its members voted to be a service oriented auxiliary to help staff the Twice is Nice Thrift Shop.


November 9, 2010 Posted by | Antelope Valley Assistance League, Auxiliary Fashion Show, AV Fairgrounds, Community Service, Designer Showcase, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment