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. 

We are making a difference to homeless students in the St. Louis Public Schools. Please read this opinion piece from the St. Louis Post Dispatch, by Deidra Thomas-Murray, of the St Louis Public Schools Office of Students-in-Transition. She mentions our organization as a resource. Click HERE to read the article.


A big thank you goes to members of the Vatterott Foundation Youth Board who have “adopted” Assistance League of St. Louis and provided much-appreciated assistance to us over the past four months!  The youth board consists of more than 800 cousins ages 13-35 nationwide whose mission is to give back to their communities in the spirit of their ancestors.

Assistance League of St. Louis was recently featured on Channel 4. Click HERE to view the video that was made when KMOV visited our headquarters.


For the past four years, Assistance League chapters across the country have participated in USA WEEKEND Magazine’s national Make a Difference Day by conducting local children’s book drives to spread enthusiasm for reading. This year, ALSL is providing nearly 2,000 books to 12 schools and agencies serving children in the St. Louis community. Recipients include: Ferguson Florissant Parents as Teachers program, The Freedom School, Innovative Concepts Academy, Jackie Joyner Kersee Foundation, Jackson Park Elementary, Koch Elementary, St. Louis Catholic Academy, St. Louis the King, and four shelters for women and children in transition.

Operation School Bell’s quarter-century year has a silver lining!  The 2015-16 school year dressing days just ended in January, and over 3570 young students received fresh, new uniform pants, shirts, socks, underwear AND a book of their own to keep.   

Assistance League volunteers have stepped up again this September to begin another year of providing new athletic shoes to students in need through the Steps to Success program.  More than 1,700 deserving students in the Hazelwood, Jennings, Normandy, Ritenour, Riverview Gardens and St. Louis Public school districts were all smiles as they walked away with a brand new pair of colorful, well-fitting athletic shoes and two pairs of new socks.

Over the course of six days, dedicated volunteers logged over 925 hours as they worked hard to make sure each student received just the right shoes!

Click magazine cover to read the article about Assistance League on page 7