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On Wednesday, August 15, volunteers from Assistance League of St. Louis met 60+ students at the organization’s headquarters in Ellisville. The elementary students bounded off the big yellow school bus that came from Barack Obama School in Normandy.  Filled with a bit of apprehension but excited about what the morning held in store for them, these students understood they were there to get new school uniforms. As many of the students were guided to volunteers to be individually "fitted" for their new uniforms, others met with a volunteer to hear a story, do an art project, or play games.

Assistance League of St. Louis was recently invited to participate in a unique challenge Saint Louis University launched to celebrate the university’s 200th Anniversary. The university is aiming to deliver 200 years of service hours – 1.7 million volunteer hours – performed by community organizations in a single year. Assistance League happily joined the 200-Years-in-One service challenge to help SLU reach more than 1.7 million hours – all in one prolific year—by adding 44,923 hours to SLU’s clock. This represents volunteer hours from November 2017, through the end of the fiscal year in May, 2018.  More will be added in November at the end of the campaign.

A Renaissance Woman is well-educated, sophisticated and has talent and knowledge in many different fields of study. Roxie Randolph, President of Assistance League of St. Louis for 2018-2019, seems to wear this description well according to Assistance League peer, Arlene Holley. Arlene, a friend for many years, adds that Roxie is a true leader, a natural multi-tasker, a woman of her word and eager to share her learning and talents with others.

The volunteers of Assistance League of St. Louis give of their time and talents each year to benefit the Steps to Success program, providing students new shoes and socks, as well as a sense of pride. Our volunteers’ organized, energetic, patient and good-humored spirit provided a solid foundation for yet another successful school year!  


On April 12, Assistance League of St. Louis was recognized for the immeasurable contributions it has made over the past 30 years to benefit needy individuals in the St. Louis Community. This significant honor, the 2018 Community Service Award, was bestowed upon them in the form of a special grant by Commerce Bank President and CEO, Robert S. Holmes.

Imagine…..you come home one late afternoon and find three young children sitting on the front stoop of your home.  You don’t know them. What would you do?  What would you think?  As reported by the St. Louis REVIEW (1-11-18), this did happen to Kim Davis (pictured left with Barb Doering) in the Ville neighborhood of North St. Louis. A bit startled in finding the three of them firmly planted on her front step, Kim asked if she could help.

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.

In fall of 2017, the Assistance League Outreach Committee received a unique request from social workers at Forest Park Community College. They were in need of non-perishable foods to help stock a new food pantry on campus called the Brown Bag Café. Outreach committee members got busy, went shopping and were able to fill the shelves of the Brown Bag Café before Thanksgiving! 

At a recent Operation School Bell® uniform fitting, students received more than new school clothes! The Assistance League of St. Louis paid for Happy Meals for the students, with dessert and a Ronald McDonald magic show provided by Banducci Enterprises Inc., which owns the Ellisville McDonald’s. Click HERE to view an article in West Newsmagazine with photos of the event.

 

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?

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“My best memory is receiving the keys to our new headquarters.  After years of operating our programs in small rented quarters, we came together and raised the money needed to purchase a permanent home for this organization.”
- Assistance League of St. Louis Volunteer