Celebrating 55 years of service in Seattle!

Founded in 1962, Assistance League of Seattle is a 100% volunteer-run nonprofit that serves at-risk, disadvantaged students in Seattle. Our work focuses on three philanthropic programs, which advance the education of underserved students from kindergarten through adults. We operate on the belief that quality lives are achieved through education.

The Philanthropic Projects of Assistance League of Seattle:

Through our Operation School Bell® program, we provide new school clothing, shoes, a health kit and backpack to 2,000+ underserved students in grades K-5 in Seattle Public Schools each year. By providing these disadvantaged students with weather-appropriate clothing, we see an increase in self-confidence which makes them much more likely to attend school, participate in class and stay focused on learning. As of March 31, we have clothed 2,042 students!

The Enrichment Scholarship Program awards 60+ scholarships for extracurricular classes and summer camp programs for Seattle school students in grades 6-11. Scholarships are granted in a variety of fields including music, art, science, debate, mathematics, language, drama, technology, leadership and outdoor experiences. Students who are given the opportunity to go beyond the learning available to them in their school, often become more passionate about learning in general, and often times are more eager to take on leadership roles. In 2016, we awarded 59 scholarships to deserving students.

The Financial Aid for Education scholarship is available for students with a significant financial need, who are enrolled in a King County public college or vocational/technical school. This scholarship covers full tuition and up to $550 in books per quarter for students, as they work towards their AA degree, Transfer Degree, or Vocational/Technical Certificate. Each scholarship recipient is matched with one of our Assistance League of Seattle members, who acts as a mentor for the duration of their scholarship, therefore maximizing their opportunity for collegiate success. We currently support 24 students.

Assistance League of Seattle Thrift Shop, our largest, ongoing source of revenue also provides an essential service to the community by providing quality, low cost apparel, household goods, and other much-needed merchandise. Our store also provides the opportunity for Seattleites to donate items to an organization serving only local needs.

Contact Us

We are located in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. Our Operation School Bell facility and chapter office is located at 1419 North 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98103. Our Thrift Shop is located next door at 1415 North 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98103.

Contact Us

Assistance League of Seattle
1415 North 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

Phone: (206) 547-4680
Email: assistanceleagueofseattle@gmail.com


Quality lives achieved through education.


To remove barriers to education for Seattle’s children and adults through the collective strength of our volunteers and philanthropic projects.


Commitment, Service, Learning, and Integrity


Caring and commitment in action.


Click here to download our 2016 Annual Report.


Click here to download our Strategic Plan



Kristen Klein

Vice President

Carrie Slavin


Julie Bouffleur

Assistant Treasurers

Martha Niehoff & Heather Baker

Corresponding Secretary

Elaine Say

Recording Secretary

Laurie Leland

Education Chair

Kim Kommers

Membership Chairs

Stacey Bean, Ev Hays & Katherine Faubion

Committee Chairs

Enrichment Scholarship Program Chair

Becky Bates-Shull

Financial Aid For Education Chair

Sara Lewis

Operation School Bell Chairs

Janie Andrews & KJ O’Connor

  • Scheduler: Marci Clevenger
  • Liaisons: Theresa Roberts & Elizabeth Kain
  • Unpackers/Inventory: Janet Eckmann
Public Relations & Marketing Chairs

Julia Marconi & Erica Conlon

Thrift Shop Chairs

Pat Bates, Cathy Stanford & Deborah Spenser

  • Thrift Shop Scheduler: Shirley Muller
  • Weekend Warriors Coordinator: Julie Cross
Bylaws & Standing Rules/Circle Fund Chair

Georgia Oistad


2016 Auction Chairs

Carol Viydo & Kathy Trumbauer

General Fundraising

Theresa Evans

Database Manager

Chuck Martin

Hospitality Coordinator

Wendy Bambrick

Property Manager

Kim Kommers


Christy Olsen Field