About Us

We are committed to serving our local community.

Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to meeting the basic needs of children and families in the Greater Twin Cities area. Our organization is nonpolitical and nonsectarian. We are one of 120 Assistance League chapters nationwide.

Since 1996, our member volunteers have been committed to identifying unmet needs in the local community and addressing them through programs they develop and administer. Currently, Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul’s nearly 200 member volunteers work to fund and operate eight philanthropic programs in food, clothing, education, and literacy.

The funding for our programs is generated from our Assistance League Thrift Shop, grants, and donations from individuals and community supporters.

Strategic Statements

Mission

Volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs

Vision

Essential needs are met in our community and families flourish

Values and DEI Statements

Our Values

Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul supports and serves our community by developing and utilizing the diverse talents and backgrounds of our dedicated member volunteers who are committed to our chapter values of Ethics, Leadership, Accountability, Respect and Teamwork.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul is committed to cultural competence and humility and to developing practices that promote anti-racism, inclusion, and equity for all. We are actively pursuing greater diversity and inclusion with our community partners, member volunteers, and other stakeholder groups.

Strategic Plan

2017-2021 Strategic Plan

National Assistance League Video

2020-2021 BOARD MEMBERS

President
Mary Dries

President Elect
Laurie Lokar

Treasurer
Sheila Bjorklund

Secretary
Mary Beth Rissmann

VP Membership
Mary Arnold

VP Philanthropic
Deb Hamilton

VP Strategic Planning
Karen Jenks

VP Resource Development
Terri Hudoba

VP Marketing/Technology
Lisa Harmening

2020-2021 ADVISORY COUNCIL

Victoria Fuehrer
President, PORTICO Consulting

Liz Bedard Halberg
Director of Development and Communications, Project Success

Michelle Kellogg
Minneapolis Public Schools

Jennifer Mayerle
Reporter, WCCO TV

Roma Anderson Milton
VP & Chief People Office at Volunteers of America – MN and WI

Rohan Moradian
Modern Workplace Solutions Specialist, Microsoft

Robert Schwartzbauer
Attorney, retired partner, Dorsey & Whitney

Robert L. Shutes
Vice President of Investments, retired, RBC Wealth Management

Nancy Stachel
Principal, Sheridan Hills Elementary School, Richfield