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  • 100% volunteer-based with no paid staff
  • Impacted more than 21,000 St. Louis children and adults in 2022-2023
  • Our 493 volunteers gave 63,200 hours which is equal to 30 full-time employees and is worth over $2 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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STEM Inspired Book Bash Sparks Young Imaginations

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On Saturday, May 18, in a unique collaboration designed to foster creativity and learning, Assistance League of St. Louis, along with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis and the Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club, presented the Book Bash.

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Welcoming 50 club members and their parents to the Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club, the Book Bash featured a pair of celebrated local authors: Micheal Anderson (pictured at left), creator of the award-winning Zoey Landon STEM series, and Thomas E. Dear, III (pictured at right), children’s author and founder of Dream Big Publishing.

Event highlights included:

  • An author panel that delved into the authors’ motivations and journeys to success
  • A hands-on experience to spark interest in science, technology, engineering and math
  • Book signings that provided opportunities for young readers to interact with the authors and receive personal autographs.
  • A nutritious lunch provided by EY (Ernst & Young) paired with educational talks

Each child left with a Bag of New Books and an Author Starter Kit, encouraging their ongoing exploration in literature and science.

Denise McKibben, President of Assistance League of St Louis, said, “This Book Bash was designed not only to entertain, but to educate. Through our collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis and the support from EY, we are helping to light up the imaginations of tomorrow’s innovators and leaders. Together, we are building a community that values learning and creativity.”

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