Assistance League of Birmingham was established as a guild of National Assistance League® in September 1976 and was chartered as the 66th chapter in 1980.  The chapter is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization dedicated to helping those within its community to achieve a better, more meaningful way of life.  Today we have over 80 volunteers dedicating over 10,000 volunteer service hours to our community annually.

National Assistance League has its headquarters in Burbank, California.  The Founding Chapter was organized in 1894, and National Assistance League was formed in 1935. Today there are 120 chapters nationwide performing 3 million service hours and returning nearly $44 million back into the local communities.

Operation School Bell® is the signature philanthropic program of National Assistance League and is administered by all chapters.  Assistance League of Birmingham established our program in 1985 and has clothed over 36,000 children in the metropolitan area since that time.  Each year, school counselors designate the children who are in need of clothing for school wear.  These children are provided with appropriate school clothing, warm hoodies, undergarments, and a hygiene kit.

In 2000, Operation Literacy was adopted as a philanthropic program. Operation Literacy provides a book to each elementary school student who attends Operation School Bell. Funding for these books comes in part through the sale of used books in ALB’s store, thereby supporting literacy efforts through reading.

The philanthropic programs are supported by chapter-sponsored fundraising events, grants, and contributions from individuals, corporations, and the communities we serve. In addition, Assistance League of Birmingham opened an upscale thrift shop in 2010. The shop sells gently used clothing, furniture and decor at very reasonable prices. The thrift shop has brought in additional monies to help support the philanthropic programs of Assistance League.

Mission, Vision and Values

MISSION

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

VISION

Essential needs are met in our communities and families flourish.

CORE VALUES

Commitment – Dedicated to a course of action

Leadership – Willingness to lead and develop leaders

Ethics – Doing the right thing in a reliable way

Accountability – Willingness to accept responsibility

Respect – Treating all with courtesy

Annual Report and Financials

National Assistance League Volunteers in Action

Assistance League of Birmingham in Action

Assistance League of Birmingham

Please watch and enjoy this video that tells our story of how we like to help improve the lives of individuals in greater Birmingham. This video was prepared by the nice people at Starnes Publishing

Posted by Assistance League of Birmingham on Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Assistance League of Birmingham 2023-2024 Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Katharine Nichols

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Darien Roche

RECORDING SECRETARY

Sandy Ridgeway

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY

Linda Lazar

TREASURER, INTERIM

Debbie Anderson

ASSISTANT TREASURER / PHILANTHROPIC

Tracy Pharo

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

Reba Williams & Debbie Anderson

THRIFT SHOP

Valerie Sarver

OPERATION SCHOOL BELL

Jerri Lynn Morrow

OPERATION LITERACY

Susan Sheedy

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Jen Troxell

MEMBERSHIP

Debbie Anderson

HEADQUARTERS

Diane Wallace

BYLAWS / EDUCATION

June Pryor

Assistance League of Birmingham 2023-2024 Advisory Council

Heather Hall Coleman
Marketing Manager, Tidal Wave Auto Spa

John Hardin
Managing Director, Partner; Shannon Waltchack
Member, Homewood City Council

John Lyda
Operations Manager, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
Member, Hoover City Council

Maxwell Pulliam
Attorney at Law

Dr. Weily Soong
AllerVie

Frances Owens
Advisor Emerita, Charter Member, & Past President Assistance League of Birmingham