Transforming Lives Through Education Since 1966

Assistance League of Houston is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that removes barriers to education for at-risk, disadvantaged students of all ages, giving them hope and inspiration for a brighter tomorrow.

Celebrating More Than 50 Years of Service

Assistance League of Houston is an all-volunteer organization serving Houston since 1966. Our philanthropic programs have developed over the years into a singular mission to remove the barriers to education for students of all ages.

National Strength – Local Focus

Assistance League of Houston began in 1966 as the 31st chapter of National Assistance League®. Founded in 1919 as Assistance League of Southern California and incorporated as National Assistance League in 1935, there are currently 120 chapters throughout the United States.
Each chapter develops philanthropic programs to meet the needs of their local community. So, while we benefit from the full strength of our national organization, our funds are raised and spent locally to meet the growing needs of our community here in Houston.



Martha Whitley

Vice President Philanthropic Programs

Jennie Hampton

Vice President Resource Development

Paula Wright

Vice President Operations

Donna Matthews

Vice President Membership

Jenny Browning

Vice President Finance

Allison Elliott


Betty Puryear

Marketing Communications Chairman

Debbi Thomas


Marina Adams




Dolores Chapman

The Houston chapter has been serving the Houston community since 1966, with more than 130 hands-on, dedicated volunteer members. These volunteers lovingly gave over 16,477 hours in 2019-2020 to fund our 5 philanthropic programs dedicated to:

  • Clothing students in need (Operation School Bell®)
  • Funding students to continue their education (Scholarship Program)
  • Assistance League Reads: Providing literary enrichment to Pre-K children
  • Providing holiday cheer to Texas Children’s Hospital patients and their families (Celebration of Giving)


Assistance League of Houston Engages and Empowers Volunteers to Strengthen Our Communities.


To Become a Recognized Leader of Community Volunteerism.


Assistance League of Houston Strives to Create a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Culture that ensures Every Person Belongs, is Respected, and Valued as themselves.


Commitment Leadership Ethics Accountability Respect

Assistance League of Houston 2023-2024 Advisory Council

George Connelly
Attorney at Law
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry

Ray Scippa
Director of Publications
Conoco Phillips

Larry Wright, II
Operations Analyst
Lime Rock Resources

Assistance League of Houston in Action

National Assistance League Volunteers in Action


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