Smith, Community Learning Center Institute resource coordinator at Mt. Airy School, was part of Assistance League’s Reflection and Renewal Celebration Luncheon June 1. She introduced fifth and sixth grade members of her Aspire! Girls Group and explained that some of her students never left their neighborhoods before traveling with the group. Some don’t have access to basic hygiene items.
That’s how Assistance League got involved. Smith responded to the organization’s Needs Assessment Survey in July 2020.
“In addition to clothing and school supplies, we need deodorant for boys and girls, and also sanitary pads for the girls,” Smith wrote.
Assistance League added the items to their annual contribution of school uniforms in the fall. About 250 Mt. Airy students were impacted by the organization.
Smith started Aspire! to build self-esteem and teach social skills. She introduces her students to new places, careers, colleges, the arts and female role models. They also tackle tricky subjects like boys, bullying and body odor. More than 100 girls have been part of her program.
Assistance League members also celebrated contributions of their members with two inaugural awards. Chapter President Audrey Stehle was presented the Anne Banning Leadership Award for her dedication and leadership. Vice President of Hospital Services Leann Kuchenbuch was given the Ada Edwards Laughlin Award for her dedicated service above and beyond expectations.
The gathering at deSha’s in Montgomery was the first in-person meeting for the chapter in 15 months. The group continues to meet monthly via Zoom and fulfill local needs for clothing, books, hygiene items and household supplies. People interested in becoming an Assistance League volunteer can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1998, Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati has served the unmet needs of 64,500 individual women and children in their time of need. The all-volunteer organization has earned the GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency for eight consecutive years and works closely with greater Cincinnati public and parochial schools, colleges, hospitals and women’s shelters to fulfill the mission of Transforming Lives through Community Programs.