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.

2020-2021 Success Amidst a Global Pandemic

  34,700 hours of volunteer work
  3,876 children and teens provided with brand-new clothing
  62 Austin Community College students received an ALA scholarship
  71 families received emergency support needs
  $6,397 of instructional material and equipment supported 965 children
  260+ children and teens 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

Board of Directors

President, Anna Stewart
VP Philanthropic Programs, Sharon Torrico
VP Resource Development, Ardeth Still
VP Membership, Sue Vasser
VP Marketing, Stef Atkinson
VP Strategic Planning, Sharon Vars
VP Operations, Robin Turner
VP Technology, Teresa Hartman
Recording Secretary, Linda Ford
Treasurer, Lisa Ottenbacher
Parliamentarian, Julie Jary

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.