April 16, 2022

Children in Foster Care

Coming in July

The Blazing Paddles Pickleball Tounament


This July the Assistance League of Klamath Basin will partner with the Klamath Basin Pickleball Association to present the Blazing Paddles Pickleball Tournament at Mazama High School.


Registration Dates

  • Open: 03/30/22
  • Closed: 07/07/22

Tournament Dates

  • Starts: 07/15/22
  • Ends: 07/17/22

Cancellation Dates

  • Cancellation Deadline: 07/04/22


Mazama High School
3009 Summers Lane
Klamath Falls, OR 97603



  • Player’s age as of: 12/31/22
  • Minimum Age of Player: 18
  • Final Registration Deadline (Received by): 07/07/22
  • Tournament Sanctioning: Not Sanctioned
  • Minimum Registration fee (First event plus registration admin fee): $60.00
  • Registration – $60.00
  • When registering online, online waiver signature is used.
  • Online payment via PayPal is available. PayPal also allows credit card payments.

March 22, 2022

ALKB donates Award Winning books to local libraries

 Herald and News

From left: David Blanchard, VP Marketing/Communications ALKB; Nathalie Johnston, County Library Director; Thom Green, Co-Organizer 2021-22 ALKB Award Winning Books Program.

 Each year the Assistance League of Klamath Basin distributes award winning books to the K-12 local public school libraries as well as to the Klamath County Libraries.

This year, the following books were distributed: Sector 7 — Caldecott Award; Hello Universe — Newbery Award; City of Ghosts — Intermediate Young Readers Award; and Five Feet Apart — Senior Young Readers

Also receiving books from ALKB were the Tulelake Schools, Exodus House, Marta’s House and Citizens for Safe Schools. The purpose of this program is to promote literacy and to help instill a love for reading in children. 

March 17, 2022 Rogue Credit Union donates $2000 to ALKB

 Herald and News

From left: Sally-Ann Palcovich-VP Strategic Planning ALKB; Dorene Ridgeway-Grant Writing Co-Chair; Rich Ortiz-Branch Manager Rogue Credit Union; Patty Barsalou-President ALKB; David Blanchard VP Marketing/Communications ALKB.

The Assistance League of Klamath Basin (ALKB) is pleased to announce the Rogue Credit Union has donated $2,000 to be used exclusively for supporting ALKB’s signature philanthropic program, Operation School Bell (OSB)®.

The funds will be used to allow more of the Klamath Basin’s children needing help to take part in ALKB’s OSB program aimed at addressing the basic issues of neglect, health, and education.

The OSB program helps children to be successful, to maintain school attendance, and enhances their self-esteem. This support will provide access to clothing and other necessities for students grades K-12 who need assistance in purchasing these items. By providing essential needs, ALKB transforms lives, strengthens our community, and helps families to flourish.

Beginning as a 10-teacher, member-owned cooperative in 1956, Rogue Credit Union has grown to a financial cooperative serving over 184,000 members. Rogue is committed to improving the lives of its members and of our communities through its local programs. It works to create stronger and healthier communities for us all.

February 8, 2022

ALKB Receives $15,000 grant from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation

 Herald and News

Pictured are the members of the Assistance League of Klamath Basin receiving the check at the regular business meeting in February. 

The Assistance League® of Klamath Basin has received a generous grant of $15,000 from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation.

The mission of the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation is to offer assistance in youth education, strengthen youth and family, provide for positive youth development, and add to the quality of life for people in southwestern Oregon.

These funds will be extremely beneficial in providing for our Operation School Bell® program that allows many more children in need, including homeless children living in poverty, to take part in ALKB’s Operation School Bell philanthropic programs aimed at addressing the basic issues of neglect, health, and education here in the Klamath Basin.

To learn more about The Assistance League of Klamath Basin, please visit our website at

2021-2022 Board Training

Some photos from the first meeting of the new board.


August, 2021

ALKB Receives $1250 Grant Award from Circle of Hearts

 Herald and News

July 3, 2020

Findables Store Reopens

 Herald and News

Assistance League of Klamath Basin volunteers are working to fulfill their mission of “transforming the lives of children through community programs· even as the COVID-19 pandemic presents some added challenges to their work. One recent bright spot in the nonprofit’s operations was the re-opening of its used fumiture and home decor store, Findables, which brings in approximately 50 percent of its fundraising monies to help area youth, according to ALKB President Patty Barsalou.

Findables closed temporarily in March due to COVID-19 restrictions but reopened June 18. The store accepts donated furniture and household items in decent condition. The same items are also accepted on consignment; the profit on consignment items is split 50/50 between Findables and the customer if an item is sold.



September 29, 2019

Warm for the winter

 Herald and News

The Assistance League of Klamath Basin receives a $2,000 donation from RIP City Riders. Presenting the donation are members of the RIP City Riders with their President, Brent Phelps. Receiving the donation is Leslie Wilkenson, president and Dorene Ridgway, vice president of resource development of the Assistance League of Klamath Basin. RIP City Riders believe in helping children in the Klamath Basin. The donation will help clothe students K-12 referred to the Assistance League’s Operation School Bell philanthropic program.

May 23, 2019

Chamber of Commerce Members Meet at Findables

Assistance League hosted a very successful Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Greeters and Friend-raising event at our Findables store on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. to 9 a.m.  It is a way to introduce our organization to other Klamath County Chamber members in a relax social setting. It helps us stay connected to the rest of the business community.   We had 42 attendees and we briefly introduced the Assistance League organization and our special home décor thrift shop. The social time was highlighted with snacks and drinks.

May 4, 2019

Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast

Assistance League of Klamath Basin held a flapjack fundraiser on May 4 at Applebee’s Restaurant. Among those present was Patty Barsalou, who is shown helping 2-year-old Kelsa Jesperson with her flapjack breakfast. Proceeds from the fundraiser went to the Operation School Bell Program helping students in need of assistance to purchase school clothing. Thank you was extended to Applebee’s Restaurant for its assistance in holding the fundraiser.


April 10, 2019

New member orientation at member’s house

March 24, 2019

Exodus House

Assistance League completed an annual book drive which was a part of National Assistance League’s Literacy Week involving all 120 Assistance League Chapters.  Our Chapter decided to donate the books we collected to the Exodus House which is one of our new philanthropic programs.  We collected over 200 books which is fantastic. 


September 11, 2018
Assistance League of Klamath Basin – Operation School Bell


Operation school Bell

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October 13, 2019

Ready for the winter

 Herald and News

August 28, 2019

The Assistance League® of Klamath Basin Earns BBB Accreditation

 The Assistance League of Klamath Basin is Committed to Promoting Trust in Giving.

Klamath Falls, Oregon – August, 2019. The Assistance League of Klamath Basin (ALKB) is proud to announce its recent Better Business Bureau Accreditation. As a BBB Accredited Charity, ALKB is dedicated to BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, a comprehensive set of best practices for charities that go beyond the requirements of state and federal regulations in critical areas of operations: governance; measuring effectiveness; financial management; and fundraising and communications.

ALKB applied to become a BBB Accredited Charity because for more than 100 years, BBB has helped people find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust.  Displaying the BBB Accredited Charity Seal shows the community that ALKB upholds rigorous standards of ethical charity practices.  Consumers can find ALKB’s Charity Review report at

“We wanted to become BBB Accredited to build trust with our donors and the community,” said Leslie Wilkenson, ALKB’s president. “We are proud to have met the BBB’s Standards for Charity Accountability and look forward to displaying the BBB Seal to show that we are committed to promoting trust and wise giving.”

ALKB is an all-volunteer organization committed to helping children in the Klamath Basin. Funds raised through events, donations, grants, and its quality used furniture and home décor store, Findables, are re-invested in the community.

Mission Statement:  Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.

Vision Statement:  Essential needs are met in our communities and families flourish.

You can contact the Assistance League of Klamath Basin at 541-883-1721.  Find us at on Facebook.

The BBB serves the Northwest with more than 14 million consumers in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Hawaii, Montana and Western Wyoming.  

May 19, 2019

Active Shoes = Active Bodies



L to R: Front Row 1 Alexander Nazareta, Aiden Raum, Madisin Felber
Row 2: Domonic Figueroa, Tristan Foltz-Warrior, Athena Duncan, Cheyanne McFarland, Lizabeth Henderson
Row 3: Beth Clark, Principal; Linda Hartenberger, Assistance League; Brandon Powell, P.E. Teacher; Sheri Wilson, Assistance League; and Isaiah Bigby, Big 5 Sporting Goods Store.
Row 1 & 2 are student recipients of Active Shows = Active Bodies.

The Assistance League of Klamath Basin has added another segment
to its Operation School Bell program involving
Stearns Elementary School’s program entitled “Active Shoes = Active Bodies.”

It was established by Brandon Powell, Physical Education Teacher,
to provide quality athletic shoes for its students with the goal of improving participation during physical education class and increasing the amount of physical activity students engage in daily as well as helping with their self-worth.

The teachers work with the students to write down attainable
goals to “earn” a $40.00 shoe certificate.
The Assistance League raises money to pay for these certificates
which are used at the Big 5 Sporting Goods Store who, in turn,
makes sure these students get quality shoes at a low price.


April 17, 2019

Chapter Visit Meeting

Held every 4 years with National Representatives and Klamath Basin Board and Chair Members


April 16, 2019

Reception for Assistance League National Representatives at Findables store


February 3, 2019
Gold Seal Status


Assistance League Gets Gold Seal Status

Assistance League of Klamath Basin has received 2018 Gold Seal status on the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile thanks to the tireless efforts of one of its members, Marilyn Christian. The mission of league volunteers is transforming the lives of children through community programs. To become a member, contact Findables, 1330 E. Main St., 541.883.1721, Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Shown here are, from right, Marilyn Christian, Denny Jamarck, Leslie Wilkenson and Micki Lemke. (Published February 3, 2019 Klamath Falls Herald and News)

October 2, 2018
Operation School Bell Offers Warm Clothes for Cold Days Ahead


Operation school Bell

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