Assistance League of St. Louis and Barnes & Noble Booksellers held a Book Fair at the West County Mall Barnes & Noble Store on Saturday, Nov. 11.  Continuing through Nov. 16, Assistance League will receive a percentage of ONLINE sales of books, games, CDs, DVDs, food and toys, which will benefit Books from Friends, our philanthropic literacy program. For a copy of the flyer which contains the code needed to receive credit for online purchases, click HERE.


Many thanks to Barnes & Noble for their generosity in sponsoring the Book Fair and also a Book Drive in which customers may purchase a children’s book to be donated to Assistance League through December 31. In 2016, we received over 2,000 books from the Book Drive.



Meet the newest addition to Assistance League of St. Louis. It is the “Giving Garden” created this year under the loving hands of our members as a pollinator garden. Inspired and motivated by an essentially unused and unappealing plot of soil on the Headquarters site, chairman Bev Pettit foresaw an opportunity! Why not beautify the area and enrich the ‘giving’ agenda of Assistance League?

Assistance League of St. Louis held its second annual Discovery Day at The Magic House on September 25 as part of its Steps to Success Program. On this exciting day, 151 children from Hazelwood School District’s Larimore Elementary School received new socks and athletic shoes, enjoyed a variety of fun learning activities and went home with a brand new book.

Operation School Bell had another great year of bringing smiles and a sense of pride to nearly 3,500 St. Louis area students at 29 schools who received crisp new uniforms during our 59 dressing days. In addition to the traditional uniform shirts, pants, fleece, socks, underwear, toothbrush and toothpaste--and the ever popular book of their choice--each child this year received a warm hat, gloves and a belt! Also new this year, Operation School Bell is providing the schools with extra clothing and hygiene kits to be available as needs arise.

Assistance League® of St Louis has approved their Scholarship project as a new philanthropic program for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.  Having been tested as a pilot project under the auspices of Project ROSE since 2014, Assistance League Scholarship is designed to finance and implement scholarships for women in transition, women who want to improve their lives but are unable to do so on their own.
The impetus for the program was borne when Research & Development of Assistance League identified a need for helping women in the shelters that the organization serves.  To address these needs Assistance League created the Scholarship Pilot Project. After it became clear that Assistance League needed help in formulating an effective program, they teamed up with members of the St Louis Community College Foundation.  This non-profit Foundation  selects students who are qualified and then guides them through the educational process.  Assistance League funds the scholarships.

On September 23, 2016 Assistance League of St. Louis launched its first Philanthropic Event Discovery Day at the St. Louis Zoo. 
One Hundred students from Adams Elementary in the St. Louis School System came to the zoo to be fitted for new athletic shoes and enjoy a field trip at the zoo. Please click on the puzzle above to watch our
new video about Discovery Day 2016! Thank you to Michael Hundelt and Sustainable Infrastructure Consulting, LLC for putting our new video together.




Three of St. Louis’ leading educators, Judge Jimmie Edwards, Circuit Judge and founder of Innovative Concepts Academy; Dr. Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent of Jennings School District; and Jeffrey Rhone, Director of Family Community Engagement, St. Louis Public Schools, generously contributed their time to be interviewed about the positive impact Assistance League’s philanthropic programs have had on their schools.  Filming for our new video occurred at the iconic St. Louis Zoo in April, 2016. The eagerly anticipated premiere of the completed video will be shown at our Fall Fundraiser, Imagine!, October 8, 2016, at the Edward Jones Atrium. Come join us! To see a short version of our new video, click on the photos above.


Culinary Professionals Ruth Reichl and Christina Lane Featured

Over 440 guests attended our 11th annual Assistance League of St. Louis Authors Brunch on Saturday, April 9, in support of the Assistance League philanthropic program ROSE (Raise Our Self Esteem), which provides personal care items, clothing and household items to several St. Louis area women’s shelters.

After a meet-and-greet with the authors, guests enjoyed a sumptuous brunch in the dramatic soaring glass atrium of the Edward Jones Headquarters. Guests also enjoyed the opportunity to purchase a chance to win one of 18 beautiful opportunity baskets. Christina Lane’s cookbooks and Ruth Reichl’s memoirs and novels were also available for purchase.

To see more photos and read what Ladue News wrote about our Authors Brunch click HERE and go to pages 17, 20 and 21.

May 3, 2016
What a day!  Give STL Day was absolutely amazing, 
and its success demonstrates once again the
generosity of spirit that sets St. Louis apart.   
 One day. One community. 
$2,144,212 raised from 14,466 Gifts!
 Assistance League of St. Louis
received 26 donations and raised $ 1,820!!! 
 We couldn't have done it without you!! 



An international group of visitors from eight countries recently visited Assistance League of St. Louis headquarters as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program: Israel, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Thailand, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This program is arranged by the Institute of International Education. ALSL was contacted following an internet search that led them to the St. Louis chapter.