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  • 100% volunteer-based with no paid staff
  • Impacted more than 36,000 St. Louis children and adults in 2021-2022
  • Our 494 volunteers gave 61,200 hours which is equal to 29 full-time employees and is worth nearly $1.4 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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Assistance League of St. Louis Adds Three New Advisory Council Members

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.

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18th Annual Authors Brunch - You Don't Want to Miss it!

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We are thrilled to reveal Eight Premier Experiences and Eight Signature Experiences & Baskets for guests to purchase tickets for a chance to win. 

To register for the event, complete and mail this form. To become a sponsor, complete and mail this form. Thank you!

The Assistance League of St. Louis is excited to announce the authors for the 18th annual Authors Brunch.

LauraBradford cropLaura Bradford
Laura is the USA Today Bestselling author of over 35 books. In the area of women’s fiction, her novels have garnered book club picks from Delilah of Delilah radio and Southern Lady Magazine. In mystery, her most prolific of areas, Laura has penned many series including: A Friend for Hire Mysteries, An Amish Mystery series, the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey). She is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. Learn more at: www.laurabradford.com. View a short video clip recorded by Laura for Assistance League.

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Jeannette has written seven books—six nonfiction (biography or cultural history) and a murder mystery. A member of the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame, Jeannette was the staff writer at St. Louis Magazine for twelve years. Her work was cited as Notable in Best American Essays 2021; she received the Writer of the Year award at the 2019 City & Regional Magazine Awards; and she was named to the 2017 FOLIO: 100 list of “the best and brightest” in the magazine industry nationwide. Jeannette spent a decade doing investigative reporting for Riverfront Times, where her work was recognized by the National Education Writers Association, the National Mental Health Association, the National Black Journalists Association, the National Gay and Lesbian Journalism Association, and the Society of Environmental Journalists. View a short video clip recorded by Jeannette for Assistance League.

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