Many professionals in La Cañada Flintridge want to be involved in philanthropic activities that address local needs but are constrained by the demands of their careers. In 1990, members of Assistance League® of Flintridge started Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals (CAP) to accommodate volunteers who were not available to donate their time during the regular workday.
CAP members hold their monthly meetings on a Wednesday evening and schedule their volunteer activities outside of regular workday hours. They work at the Bargain Box Thrift Shop on Saturdays and price all of the toys that are donated. In addition, they lend their time and talents to the auxiliary's special philanthropic programs.
Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals is celebrating twenty-five years as an auxiliary of Assistance League® of Flintridge.
At a recent CAP meeting, Dave Spence, Mayor of La Cañada Flintridge, congratulated the organization and presented CAP Chairman, Joan Oppenheimer, with a certificate of recognition.
Established in 1991 for working professionals, CAP administers philanthropic programs that serve the community, including Cappy Bears, SPROUTS, CAP Care Pacs, and scholarships. The auxiliary participates with ALF in Operation School Bell® and Retired Service Volunteers.
Programs are supported with earnings from the "Bargain Box Thrift Shop," where CAP and ALF volunteers manage and staff the store. For more information about Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals, call (818) 790-1328.
This program was created in 1991 to provide immediate and temporary emotional comfort to children and seniors who have suffered psychotrauma. CAP members distribute certified-safe stuffed toy bears to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and local fire stations. The "Cappy" bears then are given to children or older adults who have suffered psychological trauma from events such as an accident, home disturbance or illness.
This CAP program supports patients at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital as well as the homeless clients of Pasadena's Union Station Foundation. Sometimes when people enter a hospital or arrive at a shelter, their clothing is damaged or worn beyond use. CAP members assemble and donate Care Pacs, which contain new clothing and essential toiletries for patients upon leaving the hospital or during their stay at at shelter.
Since 2001, the Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals of Assistance League of Flintridge has offered scholarships to further the education of La Cañada Flintridge resident students. This year CAP is extending the reach of the scholarships to those students who live in the adjacent cities of La Crescenta and Montrose.
CAP Scholarships will be granted to students who will be attending a two-year college or an accredited occupational program in the fall of 2017. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must reside in the cities of La Cañada Flintridge (91011 zip code), La Crescenta (91214 zip code) and Montrose (91020 zip code). Applicants must have graduated from high school by June 2017 and must have maintained a grade point average of 2.5 or better. The recipients will be selected on the basis of merit with consideration given to career goals, achievements, community service and/or school involvement, and character.
Applications can be downloaded or a sample is available from counselors and/or scholarship staff at La Cañada High School, Crescenta Valley High School, St. Francis High School, Hillside Learning Center, Village Christian School, Glendale Community College, and Pasadena City College, or from Assistance League of Flintridge after April 1, 2017. Applications must be returned to Assistance League of Flintridge no later than Friday, May 5, 2017, along with a one-page personal essay, verification of grades, résumé, and two sealed letters of recommendation. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applications will be reviewed in May and awards will be presented at school awards ceremonies. The selected candidates and family will be invited to attend the September CAP meeting to be introduced to the organization's membership.
The RSV program gives seniors a weekly opportunity to get out and socialize with friends while providing a very useful service and support for nonprofit groups in the community. CAP volunteers are on hand the last Friday of each month to help with the work and to provide a lunch for the RSVs when the work is done. Members also bake one large cake monthly to honor those RSVs who are celebrating a birthday during that month.
In addition, CAP provides its senior volunteers with a special "thank you" holiday party in early December at a local restaurant.
SPROUTS is an early intervention program conducted by the La Canada Unified School District (LCUSD) benefitting preschool age children with learning disabilities and/or serious language delays.
SPROUTS is a language-based program encouraging both receptive and expressive skills. Activities are geared toward sensory motor skills, discovery, and exploration. Specific goal areas include social, fine and gross motor skills, speech and language, and readiness. The program is available to identified preschoolers with a LCUSD Individual Education Plan.
Since 2005, Assistance League of Flintridge in partnership with Assistance League of Pasadena, provides clothing, shoe vouchers, personal care items and books to elementary school-age children in the Pasadena Unified School District. Students in need from La Cañada Unified School District are also provided the opportunity to receive school supplies, backpacks, shoe vouchers and gift cards for clothing. CAP members staff during school clothing fitting sessions and have donated money to the OSB program.
Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals
Assistance League of Flintridge
4607 Oakwood Avenue
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
For more information about membership, our philanthropic programs or to leave a message for CAP, contact us at 818-790-1328 or email ALFChapter@alflintridge.org. We will respond as soon as possible.