Celebrating over 25 years of service in the East Valley, Arizona!

Assistance League of East Valley

Assistance League of East Valley is a nonprofit, charitable organization committed to volunteer service in the community. Assistance League of East Valley works with community agencies and schools to provide help to children and adults in need. We are a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers with no paid employees. In 2021-2022, members and community volunteers contributed more than 23,600 service hours enabling us to touch the lives of more than 11,000 children, teens, and adults.

Our chapter assesses the unmet needs of the community and addresses these needs through its programs, which are evaluated annually and adjusted when necessary. Our programs are funded through our Thrift Shop, grants, and donations.

The funds raised are returned to Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale and Ahwatukee communities of the East Valley through philanthropic programs including: Operation School Bell®, Assault Survivor Kits®, Adult Day Care Socials, Scholarships, and Share Our Spare.

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.


We believe that providing compassionate and caring service 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.


We believe that the full measure of our leaders and members is the sum of their vision, professionalism, diversity, ethics, sensitivity and quality of response to community needs.


We believe that integrity and authenticity in communication and action best demonstrate the core qualities of our members and our organization.


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, implementation of quality programs, viable program assessment and reasoned evaluation of personnel and organizational performance.


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, equitable and courteous treatment for our diverse members, service recipients and donors.

Grantors & Donors

Tours and Presentations

Assistance League of East Valley members of our Speakers Bureau would be delighted to bring an informative presentation to your business or to your civic or social group. 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 (480) 792-1606.


Assistance League of East Valley 2024-25 Board of Directors


Ibis Valles

Vice President Membership

Pat Butler

Vice President Philanthropic

Lois Eitel

Vice President Resource Development

Kitty Larson


Cheryl Shafer


Janifer Gorney

Strategic Planning Chairman

Carol Best


Donna Thompson

Assistance League of East Valley 2024-2025 Advisory Council

Michele Grimaldi, Director

Wraparound Services – Tempe Schools

Curtis Chipman, Attorney

Udall Shumway PLC

Maria Hesse, Professor

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College –  ASU

Mike Hutchinson, Executive Vice President

East Valley Partnership

Dale Speight, Senior Vice President

First Bank – East Valley

Julie Graham, Director of External Affairs

Dignity Health Arizona Service Area

Alicia Sterzinar, Program Manager

Executive Escalations – PayPal

Holly Travis, Director

Learning and Development Strategy
and Enablement Group – Intel

Volunteers Enriching Lives for a Better Community