History of Assistance League of Austin
Deeply moved by the plight of those ineligible for assistance from existing relief organizations after the
San Francisco earthquake of 1906, Mrs. Hancock Banning organized a Southern California relief unit named
"The Assistance League." This organization continued its volunteer activities through World War I, culminating
in the founding of the first chapter in 1919. The organization has since expanded its community service and
refined its philanthropic philosophy.
Founded in 1973, Assistance League of Austin is one of over 120 National Assistance League® philanthropic, nonprofit, nonsectarian organizations of volunteers helping those less fortunate across the United States. The chapters are linked through membership to National Assistance League and guided by its bylaws. This network of support to chapter members helps them provide effective philanthropic programs designed to meet specific needs in their communities. Each chapter is autonomous and funds raised are retained for its services within their local community.
Total - Nearly 36,000 people served