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  • 100% volunteer-based with no paid staff
  • Impacted nearly 35,000 St. Louis children and adults in 2019-2020
  • Our 471 volunteers gave more than 65,000 hours which is equal to 31 full-time employees and is worth more than $1.6 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, from new school uniforms to shoes and socks, and from personal care items for crisis shelter clients to teddy bears for comfort.

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Dawn Thomas is Our President for 2020-2021


Assistance League of St. Louis has named Dawn Thomas president for 2020-2021. In 2016, after a brief career as an attorney in West County and decades volunteering at her children’s schools, for community organizations, and on non-profit boards, Dawn joined Assistance League of St. Louis.

Dawn has assumed several Assistance League leadership positions in recent years, including Vice Chair of Outreach, Chair of Corporate and Foundation Support and as a Grant Writer. As President-Elect in 2019-2020, Dawn played a key role in supporting the launch of Assistance League’s Advisory Council. This group of six influential business leaders in St. Louis meet quarterly to advise and educate the Board on emerging trends in the community.

Dawn worked with the Assistance League board to establish a new program in 2020—Books from Friends, which provides thousands


of students in the region books through interactive book fairs and other activities. The program’s goal is to distribute 12,000 books to area students in the coming fiscal year. In collaboration with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Books from Friends will distribute over 3,000 books this summer at a back-to-school expo. As a champion of this and other Assistance League initiatives, Thomas, in 2019, recorded over 1,200 hours of volunteer service.

“Dawn’s forward-thinking and hard work led to her election as president,” said outgoing President Jane Harbron. “Her strategic planning abilities, strong commitment and excellent people skills will help our organization continue to move forward in these unusual times to serve the many needs of the people of the St. Louis region.” Dawn is a resident of Town and Country, Missouri.

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Authors Brunch 2020 Recording Now Available!


View a recording of 2020 Authors Brunch held on Saturday, August 8     

Hear Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction

* Here is the link to view the entire hour of discussion and fun! This virtual event was produced by HEC Media. 

* Hear who won each of the amazing Opportunity Baskets!

* Melanie Benjamin’s books are still for sale and available with an authentic signature  label at Assistance League's office or contact Debbie McConnell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

* Paperbacks (Aviator’s Wife and Swans of Fifth Avenue) are $16 and the hardback (Mistress of the Ritz) is $28.

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