Right now, Seattle faces a homelessness crisis.

Seattle declared a State of Emergency on Homelessness in November 2015, and one of the major concerns is the rapidly growing number of homeless students. And this doesn’t count the number of students and their families who live close to the poverty line. The statistics are sobering:

As of May 2016, 3,859 students in Seattle Public Schools are currently experiencing homelessness, a 316% increase in homeless students since 2009 (and 24% increase over the past year alone).

Seattle Public Schools’ free / reduced lunch rate is 36%

570 unaccompanied youth who aren’t in the care of a parent or guardian in grades 6-12 in Seattle classrooms.

How can we reach these at-risk students and others who are vulnerable?

Founded in 1962, Assistance League of Seattle works to removes barriers to education for children and adults in Seattle through the collective strength of our volunteers and philanthropic projects. We change lives of disadvantaged students in Seattle through three programs: Operation School Bell®, Enrichment Scholarship Program, and Financial Aid for Education.

Join us and support our work as we put caring and commitment into action in our community!

2016-17 Statistics


K-5 students clothed through Operation School Bell, a 119% increase over 2015


youth in grades 6-11 sent to summer camps through Enrichment Scholarship Program


high school grads in college with Financial Aid for Education full-ride scholarships

Volunteer with us!

Assistance League of Seattle is run entirely by dedicated volunteers.

Last year, our 126 members and community volunteers contributed 23,621 volunteer hours to our three philanthropic programs, Thrift Shop, and operations, valued at $709,575 in donated services. Wow!