About Us

Get to know Assistance League of Chicagoland West.

Assistance League of Chicagoland West is a qualified 501(c)(3) corporation. Founded in 1996, we are one of 120 chapters of Assistance League, a national organization that has put caring and commitment into action for 80 years. Our all-volunteer membership identifies unmet community needs, structures programs to fill those needs, and raises the funds necessary to deliver quality solutions. All monies raised assist those struggling in our own “backyard” of western Cook and DuPage Counties. Our philanthropic programs measure community need as well as the passion of our members. As local needs change, our programs adapt accordingly. Thus we are always evaluating new ways to serve.

Our largest fundraiser, Books & Brunch, along with sponsorships and donations, supports all of the chapter’s philanthropic programs.

Beyond monetary donations, we partner with individuals, businesses, foundations, and other community organizations to develop volunteering and giving opportunities. We work with businesses to establish discounted purchasing arrangements and in-kind donations. Assistance League is always looking for new business partners, donors, and members to help us help others. We would like to work with you.

Our Philanthropies:

Operation School Bell® Provides brand new winter coats, hats & gloves to elementary students without proper cold weather clothing. The result is improved attendance, academic performance, and sense of self-esteem. In 2018, nearly 2,250 elementary, middle school and high students received brand new winter coats, hats, and gloves, and school appropriate clothing.

New Start   Provides all new, essential kitchen equipment to those leaving transitional shelters for independent living. This encourages preparation of meals at home and extends the reach of limited financial resources. In 2018, a record 161 kitchens were delivered serving 404 individuals.

Early Reading   Distributes pre-literacy training materials to disadvantaged preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary students through local Head Start programs and elementary schools in need. This promotes reading readiness which has been proven to improve future academic performance. In 2018, 296 children in 20 classrooms received new books through our Read Aloud programs and Head Start students and kindergarteners throughout DuPage County benefited from the 574 literacy backpacks in our backpack lending program.

Scholars Support   Awards scholarships for students attending College of DuPage. This eases financial burdens and promotes graduation while increasing availability of a skilled workforce for local businesses. In 2018, four scholarships were provided to COD students in financial need.

At A Glance

Money Management and Goals

2017-2018 Net Support & Revenue $203,035

2017-2018 Expenditures $190,598


We are proud to announce that Assistance League Chicagoland West has achieved GuideStar Gold Status.

Click here for our Latest Annual Financial Statement

Click here for our latest Form 990

Federal Tax ID Number:  36-4053184

2019 Executive Board

The leadership of Assistance League of Chicagoland West is elected by the membership each year. A nominating committee identifies candidates and presents a slate of nominees to the Executive Board. The slate is voted on by the voting membership at the December meeting.

  • President: Mary Parsons

  • Vice President Membership: Pam Thinnes

  • Vice President Philanthropy: Chris Hotchkin

  • Vice President Event Fundraising: Maureen Hegarty

  • Vice President Donor Development: Linda Legner

  • Vice President Communications:

  • Treasurer: Ricki Lessig

  • Assistant Treasurer: Annette Phillips

  • Secretary: Beth Brownson

Ada Edwards Laughlin Award

Ada Laughlin was a co-founder of Assistance League. Known as the "silent partner", she was instrumental in outlining policies to promote and expand Assistance League nationwide. Since 2006, Assistance League of Chicagoland West has presented the Ada Edwards Laughlin award to a member who has contributed significantly to the chapter while remaining behind the scenes. These members have provided quiet and dedicated service above and beyond the chapter's normal expectations.

  • 2006 - Diane Mrozek

  • 2007 - Marie Raffl

  • 2008 - Rickeia Lessig

  • 2009 - Linda Legner

  • 2010 - Betty Cronin

  • 2011 - Phyllis Young

  • 2012 - Madelon Pearlman

  • 2013 - Becky Moats

  • 2014 - Nancy Newell

  • 2015 - Diane Kurtz

  • 2016 - Judy Casten

  • 2017- Beth Waldo

  • 2018 - Maureen Hegarty




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Want to learn more?

View Assistance League's National Impact Video to see how the organization is putting caring & commitment in action nationwide.

View The DuPage Community Foundation's "The Changing Face of DuPage County" presentation to see economic trends in DuPage County.