Today, we are a volunteer organization of more than 400 members who donate over 45,000 hours to our philanthropic programs serving our community annually. We are a volunteer, nonpolitical, nonsectarian, 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit corporation dedicated to working together for Tucson.
Mission Statement: Volunteers working in the Tucson community to help those in need.
Vision Statement: Recognized as a leading force for hope and positive change.
Our future is our volunteers who reinvigorate the organization by staffing programs and providing services to enhance the lives of men, women and children in Tucson. We invite you to become a member and have fun making a bright future.
In 1958 Mrs. Ruth Mahnken, field representative of National Assistance League, met with a group of community-minded women to explore the possibility of beginning a chapter in Tucson. The result of that meeting was the formation of The Service League of Tucson in 1959. This was the first group of its kind to be organized in Arizona. The group’s 22 founding members installed their first board of directors with Mrs. Richard Knight as President and they set up Homemaker Services to provide temporary in-home help during illness and recovery. See photos from this era.
Membership and support grew and The Service League of Tucson officially became Assistance League of Tucson after receiving its charter in May 1964; The Service League of Tucson became the thirty-second chapter of National Assistance League and the first of five chapters in Arizona.
After meeting in various locations for the first five years, Assistance League of Tucson found a permanent home in 1965 when property was purchased on Alvernon Way. A number of building phases have resulted in the present facilities which house the administration of our philanthropic programs as well as a large thrift shop which is a major source of funds for our programs.