Assistance League wins grant to improve service

Feb 06, 2013
Courtesy of: Margaret Bright Noelle Picket picks out new clothes provided by the Assistance League of Everett with the help of Sandy Howard. The Assistance League recently received a Boeing grant of about $6,000 for a new inventory system.

The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound recently awarded a grant to Assistance League of Everett to purchase a bar code system that has improved efficiency in servicing children and improved accuracy of its Operation School Bell clothing inventory and student records.

The grant also included money to purchase the computers/scanners that operate the system.

Effectively managing and keeping track of the 90,000 plus items has been difficult and open for inaccuracies, said Assistance League President-elect Margaret Bright.

“Thanks to the grant, we have been able to implement a new Operation School Bell bar code scanning interface with a computerized inventory software inventory system,” she said. “It is working extremely well and has significantly streamlined and enhanced the process of serving children.”

Operation School Bell, the league’s oldest and largest program, provides students with new clothing, hygiene kits and, when needed, vouchers to purchase new shoes. The goal of the program is to help low-income children and teens in Snohomish County feel good about themselves.

Assistance League of Everett is at 5107 Evergreen Way in Everett. For more information, contact the league at 425-252-3011.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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