About Us

Mission Statement

Assistance League volunteers transform the lives of children and adults through community programs.

Vision Statement

Essential needs are met in our community and families flourish.

2022–2023 Successes

  63,982 hours of volunteer work
  9,952 children and teens provided with brand-new clothing
  17,000 Dell Children’s Hospital patients and families received books, crafts, and toys
  97 Austin Community College students received an ALA scholarship
  221 families received emergency support needs
  $90,000 of instructional material and equipment supported 1,926 children
  235 adolescents comforted with items from our Assault Survivor Kits®

Core Values

Assistance League has a rich history of supporting the vision and talents of our volunteers, all engaged in service that puts caring and commitment into action in the community. Our five core values are:

 Commitment – Compassionate and caring service
 Leadership – Professionalism that is visionary, ethical and sensitive
 Ethics – Honesty in communication and action
 Accountability – Fiscal responsibility
 Respect – Appreciation and consideration for others

2023-2024 Board of Directors

President, Linda Noy
President-Elect, Linda Ford
VP Philanthropic Programs, Jane Traugott
VP Resource Development, Ann Cowan
VP Membership, Cathy Wodarski
VP Marketing, Stef Atkinson
VP Strategic Planning, Anna Stewart
VP Technology, Teresa Hartman
VP Finance, Judy Kjelland
Recording Secretary, Debbie Touchet
Treasurer, Lisa Ottenbacher
Parliamentarian, Tracy Burger

Our History

Deeply moved by the plight of those ineligible for assistance from existing relief organizations after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, Mrs. Hancock Banning organized a Southern California relief unit named “The Assistance League.” This organization continued its volunteer activities through World War I, culminating in the founding of the first chapter in 1919. The organization has since expanded its community service and refined its philanthropic philosophy.

Founded in 1973, Assistance League of Austin is one of 120 National Assistance League philanthropic, nonprofit, nonsectarian organizations of volunteers helping those less fortunate across the United States. The chapters are linked through membership to National Assistance League and guided by its bylaws. This network of support to chapter members helps them provide effective philanthropic programs designed to meet specific needs in their communities. Each chapter is autonomous and funds raised are retained for services within its local community.

Assistance League of Austin Background Information

Assistance League of Austin encourages contributors to review our

Community Newsletter
Annual Report
Form 990
Audited Financial Statement
CEO Compensation Policy.