Assistance League recently honored Jason Jester of Kwik Kopy for his continued support and genuine concern for our chapter. He consistently goes “above and beyond,” working overtime and on weekends to meet our deadlines. Jester is always patient with our members and offers creative and innovative solutions for all our printing needs.

It is significant that in Assistance League’s 35-year history, this is only the second time we have given the ALSTL Business Award. Jason has shown through his actions over the years his support for our vision and mission and is well deserving of this honor.

The need for a helping hand is astonishingly in high demand these days; the recurring query on the lips of many is where does one go for help? The Assistance League is proud to be an efficient resource for meeting these needs. Our Outreach Program chairs are constantly bombarded with requests from social workers seeking resolutions for serving the community.

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The Assistance League Outreach Committee always exceeds expectations.” This is what the committee has heard from several social workers involved. They are pleased with Assistance League because they know that Outreach will do its best to fulfill needs, and if it can’t, referrals to some other organizations that may be of help are given.

The chairs confirm that the number of cases is rapidly increasing. They say that they’ve already supplied 102 beds for the first half of this fiscal year, compared to a total of 82 that was supplied all of the last fiscal year. It seems that part of the reason for the uptick in cases is the flooding of 2022. People have lost their homes and possessions, are searching for new places to live, and need all of the necessities.

Feedback from our clients is always positive toward AL,” say the social workers. These clients constantly express how grateful they are and how much help Assistance League has been to them. (One of the clients even said it was like having an angel land on their front porch when their items were delivered.)

To the Outreach committee, we say: Continue your mission; your assistance is invaluable.

Assistance League of St. Louis announces the addition of three new members to its Advisory Council. They are Dr. Gwendolyn Diggs, VP of Headstart at Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, LaVicki Hart, Senior VP Citibank Retired, Realtor and Relocation Specialist Coldwell Banker Gundaker and Chris Krehmeyer, CEO and President of Beyond Housing.

DrDiggs headshop cropGwendolyn Wilson Diggs, Ed.D is Vice President - Urban League Metropolitan Saint Louis Head Start/Early Head Start where she implements and promotes initiatives for academic success, community and parent involvement, and staff development for leadership development, manages two federal grants and multiple partnership grants. Dr. Diggs served as Assistant Superintendent in the Jennings and Ferguson-Florissant School Districts where she was responsible for overseeing district operations and opening one of the two Hope Houses. She completed the Saint Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows Program in 2018. She serves on the board for Building Futures, Magic House. She is the Urban League of Metropolitan Saint Louis, 2022 Salute to Women in Leadership Awardee and received the St. Louis American Foundation Salute to Excellence in Education 2021 Stellar Performer in Education Award.


LaVicki headshot cropLaVicki Foxwell Hart is a Realtor & Relocation Specialist and recently retired from Citi as Director - Retail Operations & Performance Management. She received her MBA/Finance from St. Louis University. A Focus Leadership Class of 2012-2013 alumni, she is a member of the United Way's Women in Leadership Society and the non-profit agency's Charmaine Chapman Society. She recently became Corporate Engagement Co-Chair for the St. Louis Alzheimer's Association. She served as Chair of the Mathews Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club Board of Directors and led their challenging combination strategy in 2020. She has also served on the board of Junior Achievement, YWCA, and the Professional Organization of Women.


Chris headshot web cropChris Krehmeyer is President and CEO of Beyond Housing since 1993. Under his leadership the organization created a comprehensive community development initiative representing 24 municipalities in the Normandy school district who share one vision for successful children, engaged families and a strong community. He is a graduate of Washington University with a degree in Urban Studies and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from both his alma mater and the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He serves on the boards of Midwest Bank Centre, Community Builders Network of St. Louis, and University of Missouri’s Not-For-Profit programs. He is board chair of the national Home Matters movement and is the former chair of the National NeighborWorks Association Board.

The January 30 Everyday section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch featured an article, "Care closet equips students with necessities," in the KidNews section. The story featured a Chicago public school program providing students in need with clothing and personal items. Julie Hundmann of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) in St. Louis responded on February 4 to the story in the From Our Readers Opinion section about the NCJW Kids Community Closet Program.

Monroe School Kids in ALs Closet Nov 2022 scaledMonroe Elementary School children in AL's closet

Assistance League of St. Louis Operation School Bell (OSB) program developed AL's closets five years ago, and this year, we have given 22,000 new items of clothing, including pants, shirts, underwear, socks, fleece jackets, hats, gloves, belts and over 1000 coats. Operation School Bell volunteer liaisons stock AL's closets in 24 elementary and middle schools in St. Louis Public Schools, several county school districts, and five district closets for students in transition. We work cooperatively with the NCJW to stock several of these closets. Additionally, we provide school nurses with hygiene and personal care items. Our unique STEPS program provides athletic shoes to the OSB schools plus schools in the Pattonville, Ritenour, and Ferguson/Florissant school districts.

The schoolchildren in this community have ongoing needs. Assistance League of St. Louis has 99 attentive volunteer liaisons who respond quickly and keep AL's Closets ready to answer those needs. We are very proud of the significant contribution we make to our St. Louis community. For 35 years, Assistance League of St. Louis has put CARE into ACTION.

February is the month we associate with valentines and love.
Assistance League of St. Louis also celebrates LITERACY in February.
Literacy and the love of reading have a year-round priority in all our programs.


The rose symbolizes love, and the ROSE (Raise Our Self-Esteem) program puts great love in all they do. ROSE assists women and children in secure shelters and women in transition to find respect in a safe, loving refuge. This holiday season, ROSE member volunteers partnered with local businesses, friends, and groups to provide toys, personal items and handmade stockings filled with surprises for the children. Eighty-seven pairs of warm pajamas and age-appropriate books were included as a special holiday gift for mothers and children to read together. These generous donations were also shared with Outreach to help families in need. Additionally, ROSE partners with St. Louis Community College to provide scholarships to women aspiring to improve their lives. Love and Literacy go hand and hand in ROSE.

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Books from Friends, our literacy program, partnered with Barnes & Noble for its sixth and most successful Holiday Book Fair to date. Each year, a Book Fair starts the holiday season for ALSTL, and the two-month-long book drive continues to give customers a chance to provide books for our program. This year, 1020 books were donated, and a $3000 gift card was presented to ALSTL by Barnes & Noble, as a percentage of Book Fair sales. This will be used to provide and distribute books during the February and March ALSTL Book Festivals held in several school districts, and at the Urban League Head Start Festival. Books from Friends puts Love and Literacy into Action!

Books scholarshipsThe Assistance League of St. Louis (ALSTL) Scholarship Committee awarded 17 scholarships to qualified students from the St. Louis Community College in 2021-22. Established in 2015 and under the aegis of Project ROSE, the ALSTL Scholarship Committee oversees a fund managed by the St. Louis Community College Foundation. The funding is determined each year by the Assistance League’s available philanthropic funds.

Common majors of ALSTL scholarship recipients are:

  • General transfer (requirements to transfer to a 4-year institution)
  • Nursing
  • Paralegal

Teacher scholarshipsThis fall semester there were 61 applicants, and seven scholarships were awarded. The awards are based on criteria established by ALSTL (2.5 GPA, academic or personal references, financial need) and by the St. Louis Community College Financial Aid Office.

Since 2015, more than 132 ALSTL scholarships have been awarded. On average, 95 students per year apply for this scholarship.

Below are a couple of the extremely grateful letters we received from awardees this fall. The Scholarship Program is a much needed and appreciated endeavor!

I am honored that I was chosen to receive this scholarship. Thank you! Your act of kindness will allow me to continue my education with one less worry. This scholarship will go towards books and tuition. As a single mother of three, and still being impacted by the financial hardships of COVID-19; any additional funds that I am able to receive are greatly appreciated.

I can't express how thankful and appreciative I am to the donor for this award. Being a single mother while going to school full time has been extremely challenging and this scholarship will be so helpful. Thank you on behalf of myself and my 3-year-old son!

Imagine! Assistance League of St. Louis Puts on the Glitz With Gratitude

MaryPatTwenty-first century flappers and Gatsby-esque gentlemen recently gathered to celebrate IMAGINE! at the Doubletree by Hilton-Chesterfield. This year, Assistance League of St. Louis' signature fundraising gala was attended by 245 glittering guests. See Town&style for more photos.

With Rene Knott, KSDK News Anchor as MC, the packed ballroom of generous bidders achieved a "roaring '20s" financial success. The annual gala raises a significant portion of the funds critical to implementing the five community programs managed by the volunteer members. In the past year, 36,000 lives have been touched through these programs in the St. Louis community. With gratitude for this generosity, the nonprofit is a prudent financial steward, accredited by the BBB and has achieved Platinum status by Charity Navigator.

Fantastic Finds Gives Back With Customer Appreciation Days

FF MembersIn addition to IMAGINE!, Assistance League of St. Louis volunteers manage and staff FANTASTIC FINDS, their upscale resale shop in Creve Coeur voted 2022 A LIST* BEST RESALE SHOP by St. Louis Magazine. Fantastic Finds is the year-round fundraising engine for the nonprofit and empowers it to transform the lives of children and adults through their five programs.

drone photo125 Assistance League members gathered at their Ellisville headquarters on a glorious autumn afternoon for a ribbon-cutting at their new garage storage addition. With a drone hovering overhead photographing the event, members in bright yellow hard hats cheered President Pam Bogosian and Past-President Yolanda Perez-Cunning-ham, as they cut the ribbon.

Ribbon CuttingThe excitement for this long-awaited storage addition continued inside headquarters with flutes of bubbly and appetizers created from recipes in the members' own Fare to Remember cookbook. The cookbook was composed by members as a fundraiser in the chapter's early days, and the recipes continue to inspire newer members.

View the article in TOWN & style.

Pictured on the cover: President Pam Bogosian (center) with students and staff from Adams Elementary.


BFF UrbanLeagueExpo croppedAssistance League of St. Louis volunteers marched in a parade dressed as children's favorite book characters to welcome aspiring readers to the annual Urban League's Expo Back-to-School event. Held at America's Center on Saturday August 6, the community event drew over 27,000 visitors and was held inside the spacious dome for the first time since 2019.

ALSTL Books From Friends costumed volunteers gave over 5,000 books to Pre-K through 5th grade children at the Expo. Each child received two age-appropriate books for their own home library. In addition, St. Louis children's author Micheal Anderson, special friend of ALSTL, signed and presented 393 copies of her Zoey Lyndon books to eager young readers.

Micheal Anderson

Books from Friends is the literacy program of Assistance League of St. Louis, and last year provided 26,675 books to schools and readers of all ages, positively impacting literacy throughout our community.