The primary objectives and purposes of ASSIST are:
tProvide educational resources and opportunities to students, individuals, and groups interested in sustainable, grassroots community development;
tAssist individuals and groups in procurement and handling of funds for research and projects relating to appropriate technologies and sustainable, grassroots community development; and,
tDesign, develop, and implement low cost, appropriate technology programs globally for the enhancement of targeted communities, especially those in need, in a charitable way. We take grassroots, community development to mean assisting communities in obtaining the basic necessities of life including food security, water supply, sanitation, health care, economic self-empowerment, and education.