Assistance League of Salem-Keizer is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable corporation whose member volunteers administer programs and perform specific services to meet community needs. Funds raised by the chapter go directly back into the Salem-Keizer community.

Mission, Vision, Core Values and Goals


Assistance League of Salem-Keizer is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action for the benefit of children and adults through community-based philanthropic programs


To be highly recognized in our community as a philanthropic organization that meets the changing needs of the greater Salem-Keizer area.


  • Collaborate:  Work collectively to create maximum results and sustainability.
  • Respect:  Affirm the intrinsic value of those we serve, and of those with whom we serve.
  • Serve:  Provide compassionate, caring services to individuals in Salem-Keizer as the primary purpose of our existence.
  • Welcome:  Be an inclusive organization, representative of our community demographics.


  • Seek and maintain a diverse, informed and committed volunteer/member base.
  • Align our philanthropic programs with community needs.
  • Promote the brand of Assistance League; increase public relations and community awareness through coordinated marketing.
  • Maximize resources, effectiveness and sustainability.

Annual Report and Financials


National Assistance League Volunteers in Action

2018-2019 Board of Directors


Dorothy Leonard  


Anita Saalfeld


Sally Beilstein


Charlotte Rieder-Bolton

   Assistant Treasurer

Pam Kuppenbender

   Encore Furniture Store Chair

Gayle Alexander

   Encore Furniture Store Vice-Chair

Jane Berry-Eddings

   Finance Chair

Catherine Pederson

   Gift Shop Chair

Mary Chesley

   Gift Shop Vice-Chair

Kathy Hemann

   Membership Chair

Jean O’Grady

   New Member Orientation

Terri Douglass

   Operation Art Adventures

Sandy Wiscarson

   Operation Bookshelf

Gillian Johnson 

   Operation School Bell

Jeanette George

   Operation School Bell Vice-Chair

Phyllis Lovejoy

   Puppets with Purpose

Nancy Heringer   


Vernadene Anderson

   Resource Development

Maria Mokrai

   Strategic Planning

Toni Phipps

   Auxiliary Chair

Mary Gene Atwood & Kim Koloen

Assistance League of Salem-Keizer 2017-18 Advisory Council

John Bauer, Attorney

Diana Enright, Policy Analyst

Joe Phillipay, Insurance Consultant

Steve Woodcock, Salem-Keizer Public Schools Support Services

Chris Veit, Architect Consultant

Melissa Wisner, Federal Programs

Benny Won, Banking/Investment Consultant