Who We Are

  • 100% volunteer-based with no paid staff
  • Impacted nearly 35,000 St. Louis children and adults in 2020-2021
  • Our 494 volunteers gave nearly 57,000 hours which is equal to 27 full-time employees and is worth nearly $1.4 million
  • 100% St. Louis-based
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Our member volunteers manage a variety of programs to benefit underserved populations in the St. Louis metropolitan region.  Each program has a unique delivery model and focus. We provide everything a child needs to wear to do well in school, athletic shoes and socks, personal care items for women and children in shelters, books for aspiring readers, and items to help families through tough times when they can't find help elsewhere.

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Books From Friends Partners With Barnes & Noble & Becomes First in Nation To Create Custom Children's Book

Allie All Along Debuted at Urban League Back to School EXPO

Sue Long Ruth Ellen Barr BFF UL 2021On Saturday afternoon, August 21, Assistance League of St. Louis provided St. Louis Public School children with a new customized children's book by Sara Lynne Reul - ALLIE ALL ALONG. This book was one of several given to each St. Louis Public School child who attended the annual Urban League Back to School EXPO Drive-Through. The event was held at Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis' headquarters.

At the event, Assistance League's literacy program, Books From Friends volunteers, provided 5,500 new, age-appropriate books to the children, including over 800 copies of Allie All Along. In 2020-21, Books From Friends distributed over 15,000 new books to St. Louis Public School children.

ALLIE ALL ALONG IMG 3174 2ALLIE ALL ALONG, with an engaging set of illustrations and storyline, has important themes on family engagement. "The custom book enables Assistance League to communicate with children and their families and provides questions to think about as the book is read aloud," said Assistance League President Yolanda Perez-Cunningham. "The goal is to help children understand and process their feelings and to enhance social and emotional growth." A special page in the book allows the children to write their names, as owners and readers.

In addition to the books, ALSTL volunteers also distributed 900 unique age-related activity kits to educate and entertain toddlers through high school.

"Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and Barnes & Noble have been invaluable partners with Assistance League of St. Louis and share a commitment to our community and to literacy," Perez-Cunningham added.

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Mark Your Calendars for 2021 Imagine! A Night of Inspiration

Are you ready for an evening of fun, good food and relaxation with your friends? All for a great cause?

Join us on Saturday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Chesterfield.


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We are planning an exciting and classy Imagine! gala for this fall. We have secured a beautiful spacious venue, the Tony Viviano Band, valet service for our members and their guests, an extremely appetizing gourmet dinner with premium beverages, dinner entertainment, and dazzling decorations.

Our master of ceremonies and auctioneer will be Mr. Rene Knott of KSDK 5 TV. We look forward to hosting our guests on this special evening as we strive to raise funds to support our 2021-22 programs for many community families.

Please join us for great food and drinks, music, entertainment, comradery, and exceptional Silent and Live auctions.  See a sneak preview of Live auction offerings here!  Invite your friends and relatives! There will be something for everyone. Download the registration card.

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