Las Profesionales is an auxiliary of the San Pedro-South Bay chapter of National Assistance League®. Chartered in 1995 (first meetings were held in 1992) the auxiliary allows women who are employed, to participate in and support the chapter's fundraising and philanthropic activities. Meetings and functions are held in the evenings or weekends. Besides supporting the chapter, our philanthropic projects include Assault Survivor Kits® (clothing kits for sexual assault survivors) and scholarships for forensic nurses, the first to be offered in the United States.
Besides annual dues of $65 ($105 for new members), the financial obligations are to purchase a ticket to the annual fundraiser, held the first Saturday in June, and to acquire donations of $50 or more for the silent auction. Members are asked to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours a year by supporting the auxiliary and chapter philanthropic projects and supporting the June fundraiser (A Day at the Races, held at Hollywood Park). Members also volunteer at the chapter's gift shop, dental center, and with the Assisteens®.
Social activities have included summer parties, holiday socials and social exchanges-dinners at members' homes and friendship groups.