About Us

We are committed to serving our local community.

Assistance League 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 Minneapolis/St. Paul’s nearly 200 member volunteers work to fund and operate nine 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


Volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs


Essential needs are met in our community and families flourish

Values and DEI Statements

Our Values

Assistance League 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 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.

For more information about our DEI Initiatives, please click on the link below:


Strategic Plan

2022-2026 Strategic Plan

National Assistance League Video


Sheila Bjorklund

President Elect
Karen Jenks

Carolyn Azine

Linda Damman

VP Membership
Dana Badgerow

VP Philanthropic
Doreen Robinson

VP Strategic Planning
Judy Cipolla

VP Resource Development
Jan Bates

VP Marketing/Technology
Nancy Kloehn


Dr. Leslie Hitchens
Principal Maxfield Elementary School, St. Paul

Michelle Kellogg
Contract Manager, Hennepin County Health and Human Services

Jennifer Mayerle
WCCO TV Senior Investigative Reporter

Roma Anderson Milton
Retired Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at UCare

Rohan Moradian
Cyber Security Sales Director, Microsoft

Joyce Norals
Retired Chief Human Resource Officer VP Lutheran Social Service, MN