Who We Are

  • 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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Thinking Inside & Outside the Box!

Feb. 22-28 is AL National ACTION! Week: 
ALSTL Books From Friends (BFF) Celebrates Children's Literacy with a Virtual Book Festival in a Box & Character Parade

BFF urban league costume characters at Feb 23 2021 parade 2Assistance League of St. Louis Member volunteers have designed a unique Virtual Book Festival in a Box for two Urban League Head Start Programs and teachers. Inside the Box is a magical flash drive containing a video Puppet Show written and performed by the volunteers, plus 14 story time vignettes, and suggestions for classroom activities. The teachers were also given books corresponding to all the vignettes.

urban league costume characterOn Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis' MLK Head Start Center and again on Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Urban League Magnolia Head Start/Early Head Start Center, preschoolers watched the Puppet Show and book reading on the flash drive. Then, in the school gyms, Assistance League members brought the stories alive in a costume parade dressed as book characters including Pete the Cat, Thing One and Thing Two, and the Cat in the Hat. After the parade, each child received two new age-appropriate books to take home.

Dr Suess characters at urban league MLK event In addition to the Virtual Book Festivals, Assistance League is participating in an Urban League drive-through on Feb. 27 to continue National Assistance League ACTION! Week's focus on literacy. This marks the third time ALSTL has partnered with Urban League in a drive-through and donated a total of 10,000 books. St. Louis area Girl Scouts collected and donated 3,000 of these age-appropriate, gently used and new books to ALSTL.

The creative and innovative volunteer members of Assistance League of St. Louis prove once again how to "think outside the box" with a Book Festival inside and outside the box!

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You are Invited to our 16th Annual Authors Brunch!

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Assistance League is pleased to feature international best-selling author of historical novels, Alyson Richman, at our 16th annual “Virtual” Authors Brunch at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 24. Some of Richman’s best-known novels include The Lost Wife, The Velvet Hours, The Garden of Letters, The Last Van Gogh, The Rhythm of Memory and The Mask Carver's Son. Her books have been published in more than 20 languages and have received national and international acclaim. (Meet our author on YouTube.)

This annual fundraising event will be virtual with no charge to view.  However, you may register now to receive the event link by filling out a Reservation Card. The Reservation card provides an opportunity to make a donation to help fund essential Assistance League programs and purchase chances to win any of our six wonderful Opportunity Baskets!  Just print the card, fill it out and charge the amount or mail a check with your form.

The Lost Wife and The Secret of Clouds are also on sale for $16 each. Simply print an order form and mail as instructed. We look forward to this very special and exciting time together!

 

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