Celebrating over 35 years of service in Boise!

Assistance League of Boise is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is transforming lives and strengthening our community through philanthropic programs in Ada County.  Member volunteers are dedicated to ongoing support and a long-term presence in the community through hands-on involvement and innovative philanthropic programs.

The Boise chapter was organized in 1976 with about 50 members, chartered in 1980, and was the 67th chapter of National Assistance League.  Today, there are 120 Assistance League chapters in 26 states with over 22,000 members.  In 2017-18, Assistance League chapters served 1.6 million people, returned $57.9 million to local communities and invested 3.5 million service hours.

Assistance League of Boise currently has ~370 member volunteers working to make Ada County a better place to live and work through our programs.  Assistance League of Boise supports seven community based philanthropic programs benefiting everyone from infants to adults residing in Ada County.  In 2017–18, our dedicated members volunteered over 57,600 hours.  We encourage you to learn more about our chapter and the many ways you can become involved and make a difference.

The Thrift Shop on Glenwood is our main source of funding.  The shop is staffed and managed entirely by our member volunteers.  Donations are always welcome and are tax deductible.

Other funding sources include corporate and private foundation grants, a Philanthropy Endowment fund at the Idaho Community Foundation, individual donations, and an annual Community Support Letter requesting monetary donations dedicated to Operation School Bell®.

Mission, Vision and Values


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


Essential needs are met in our community and families flourish.


Accountability – Willingness to accept responsibility
Commitment – Dedicated to a course of action
– Doing the right thing in a reliable way
Respect – Treating all with courtesy

Assistance League of Boise 2018-19 Strategic Plan

Annual Report and Financials

Tours and Presentations

Assistance League of Boise members are available to conduct tours of our facilities for you or your organization and explain how our various programs create a better community.  Members can also provide fashion shows, modeling top-label clothing for sale in our thrift shop.  Call (208) 377-4327 for information.

Volunteers Enriching Lives for a Better Community

2018-19 Board of Directors


Carolyn Rapp


Sue Oliver

Vice President Membership

Elen Hunt

Vice President Philanthropies

Pat Fletcher

Vice President Resource Development

Kathy Palmrose

Vice President Technology

Robin Holmes

Vice President Marketing

Louise Auchampach

Vice President Strategic Planning

Chris Werner

Vice President Administration

Marie Hughes-Wabst


Christine Smith


Kathy Henkel


Karen Menz

2018-19 Advisory Council

Rick Allen

Police Chief, Garden City

Kara Brascia

Director, Service–Learning Program, Boise State University

Missy Goode

Strategic Partnerships Coordinator, Boise School District

Jeff Harry

Social Worker, Crimson Point Elementary School, Kuna School District

Heidi Hart

CEO, Terry Reilly Health Services

Jim Jones

Attorney, Parsons, Behle & Latimer Law Firm
Recently retired Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court

Tom Scott

President, Tom Scott Communication Shop

Dawn Snapp

President, Board of Directors, Garden City Chamber of Commerce

Dawn Tolan

Coordinator of Student Support Services, West Ada School District

Alex Westfall

Vice President, Washington Trust Bank