Four of North Carolina’s 10 most economically distressed neighborhoods are located in Charlotte. Sixty-four thousand residents now live in extreme poverty, nearly 5,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg school children are homeless and over 40% of Charlotte’s children of color are poor. In addition, a Harvard

University study reports Charlotte has the worst economic mobility of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Assistance League of Charlotte is working as part of the solution of bringing Charlotte from worst to first.


The students served by Assistance League of Charlotte attend 27 of Charlotte’s high-poverty elementary schools selected in collaboration with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.

Assistance League of Charlotte’s programs are designed to address the issue of upward mobility by providing children an opportunity to succeed. If a child is prepared to learn with proper food, clothing, and legal counseling he/she will stay in school, get a job and become self-sufficient.  Read Full Metric Report

Funds raised are returned to the community through five philanthropic programs:  2018-19 Program Report

Support for Assistance League of Charlotte philanthropic programs is made possible through private and corporate donations, grants, and proceeds from Assistance League of Charlotte Thrift Shop. Our complete list of Grantors and Donors

Assistance League of Charlotte was founded in 1992 and became the 93rd chapter of National Assistance League® in 1995. National Assistance League is a nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action through community-based philanthropic programs. Founded in 1935 in Southern California, National Assistance League empowers volunteers through a strong network of local chapters across the United States, each meeting changing needs in their own communities.

Fall Newsletter 2018

Annual Report

Strategic Plan

Mission Statement

Assistance League of Charlotte is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through community-based philanthropic programs – we feed, we clothe, we mentor, we educate.

Vision Statement

To provide every child an opportunity to succeed.

Chapter Identity Statement

Changing Lives, Child by Child

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 their communities. Five core values inform and craft leaders’ and members’ priorities and actions.

Commitment– We believe that providing compassionate and caring services to individuals in communities across the nation is the standard and the primary measure of our organization. We believe we exist for the sole purpose of providing philanthropic services to meet the challenges posed by a diverse array of compelling individual and community needs.

Leadership– We believe that the full measure of our leaders and members is the sum of the products of their vision, professionalism, ethics, sensitivity and the quality of responsiveness to individual needs.

Ethics– We believe that integrity and authenticity in communication and action best demonstrate the most basic, intrinsic values held by member volunteers of this organization.

Accountability– We believe that full accountability is the responsibility of our leaders and members, and is an appropriate expectation of this organization by those who support Assistance League’s work and those who receive its services. We believe that this responsibility demands and drives prudent fiscal and physical management, transparent internal and external relationships, viable program assessment and reasoned evaluation of personnel and organizational performance.

Respect– We believe in the intrinsic value of those we serve and of those with whom we serve. We believe that we can best demonstrate our respect for this value by providing fair and equitable treatment for our member and community volunteers, the recipients of our services and our donors and funders.

Speakers Bureau

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Financials/Annual Report

Audited Financials 2017-2018
Form 990 2016

Assistance League of Charlotte 2018-19 Board of Directors

Lynn Pazder

 President Elect
Laura Gallagher

 VP Member & Volunteer Services
Kelly Fifield

VP Philanthropic Programs
Susan Brackett

 VP Marketing Communications
Toni Boelsen

 VP Resource Development
Jean Midkiff

 VP Strategic Planning
Renee D’Amico

 VP Education
Susan Roberts

Susan Brooks

Mary Lou Grgurich

Dolores Jones

Assistance League of Charlotte 2018-19 Advisory Council

Denis Tontodonato
Advisory Council Chairman
Retired VP CFO
Colfax Corporation – Fluid Handling Division
Term: 18-20

Sue Gorman
Sue Gorman Interior Designs
Term: 17-19

Laura Graff
Account Coordinator
M-Squared Public Relations-Charlotte
Term:  18-20

Kristen Miranda
WBTV Anchor
Term: 17-19

Randy Russell
Sports Med Properties
Term:  18-20

Steve Santee
Lowry & Associates, Inc.
Term:  18-20

Cheryl Steele
Horack Talley Attorneys at Law
Term:  18-20

Peggy Eagan
Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services
Term 17-19

Avery Mitchell
South Learning Community Superintendent
Term 17-19