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

2017-2018 Board of Directors


Jean O’Grady  


Dorothy Leonard


Vernadene Anderson


Kathy Saviers

   Assistant Treasurer

Charlotte Rieder-Bolton

   Encore Furniture Store Chair

Mary Ann Goff

   Encore Furniture Store Vice-Chair

Gayle Alexander

   Finance Chair

Sandy Wiscarson

   Gift Shop Chair

Anita Saalfeld

   Gift Shop Vice-Chair

Mary Chesley

   Membership Chair

Kathy Sansone

   New Member Orientation

Karen Anderson

   Operation Art Adventures

Mary Ann Kemmer

   Operation Bookshelf

Laurel Langenwalter 

   Operation School Bell

Toni Phipps

   Operation School Bell Vice-Chair

Donna Wetter

   Puppets with Purpose

Nancy Heringer   


Patty Walker

   Resource Development

Maria Mokrai

   Strategic Planning

Vickie Hilgemann

   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