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Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children through community programs.


Essential needs are met in our community and families flourish.


Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community

Who is Assistance League?

Assistance League of Pueblo is a chapter of National Assistance League. While there are 120 chapters across the United States, the Pueblo chapter serves Pueblo City and Pueblo County school children and college students. NO MEMBER GETS PAID. WE ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS!

We provide new school clothing to underprivileged children who are referred by the school counselors as being in need. We do this through our signature philanthropy, Operation School Bell®, which takes place soon after the beginning of the school year. This program was started in 1973. In 2016 we provided clothing to 1,136 children!

We provide scholarships to qualified students attending Pueblo Community College and Colorado State University Pueblo.

We provide PAL Bears to children in crisis situations. These are distributed by the school counselors, funeral home directors, and emergency medical providers in Pueblo.

We provide Baby's Book Bags to at-risk pregnant women. These books encourage both maternal bonding and literacy as mothers are encouraged to read to their children.

How Do We Pay For All of This?

We own and operate the Bargain Box Thrift Store on E. 4th St in Pueblo. Our volunteers serve in the Receiving Room and on the Sales Floor. We have operated a thrift store since 1964.

We have fundraisers such as our Holiday Fashion Preview and Gourmet Luncheon, which has become a premier event since its inception 29 years ago. In 2016, we added a golf tournament fundraiser for which we partnered with the Pueblo Country Club. We will once again be offering this fun event in 2017.

We rely on grants and community donations. We are very fortunate to live and work in the very generous city of Pueblo.

Community support is demonstrated, not only by cash donations, but by community members making donations of gently used clothing and housewares to our store and by shopping in our store.

Want to help contribute to Assistance League of Pueblo? Contact us today!


It is the hard working volunteers that make our organization special. They make up all the working parts that keep Assistance League of Pueblo alive. But any organization also needs leadership to make it thrive. That is the responsibility of the board members who are elected by our membership to serve each year.

The Executive Board meets monthly one week prior to the membership meeting. They solve problems, anticipate needs, explore new ideas, and keep records. In other words, they keep the organization organized!

2017-2018 Executive Board


Pat Gonzales


Pam Roberts

1st VP (Philanthropies)

Shirley Knafelc

2nd VP (Membership)

Sharrie Nunn

3rd VP (Resource Dev.)

Mary Kay Peters

Recording Secretary

Sue Carter


Irene Price

Assistant Treasurer

Diana Koch

Public Relations

Kelli Walker

Strategic Planning

Linda McEwan

Annual Meetings

New Members

We welcome and celebrate new members who have joined us during the past 12 months.

Commitment Recognition

We also recognize and celebrate those volunteers who have been members for 25+ years.

Presidential Recognition

We recognize those volunteers who have, in the past, served as president of Assistance League
of Pueblo and who are always invited to join us
at our annual meeting, even if they can no longer be active in our organization.

Board Member Inductions:

Every year in May, Assistance League celebrates the hard work of its volunteers and the accomplishments of the organization. This is also when we officially induct our new officers for the coming fiscal year, which starts on June 1 and ends on May 31. We recognize and thank our outgoing board members and welcome our incoming board members.


We remember and pay tribute to members who have passed away during the past 12 months.

It's a time for reflection, planning, fun and good food provided by our Hospitality Committee