Rating: 4.98 stars   62 reviews 1,757

Issues: Human Services

Location: 6101 N Chestnut Ave Gladstone MO 64119 USA

Mission: Assistance League of Kansas City (ALKC), a chapter of National Assistance League, fulfills specific unmet needs of children and adults in the Kansas City area through philanthropic programs developed, funded and operated by dedicated volunteers and community partners. ALKC has served those in need since 1982. ALKC's programs provide school clothing, backpacks, school supplies and other necessitites for children in need, teach safety skills to elementary age students, supply teddy bears to comfort children in crisis, provide clothing to women and men who are victims of sexual assault, support seniors in area nursing homes and provide clothing for individuals who are entering or re-entering the job market.
Results: Assistance League of Kansas City has 350 members who contributed over 54,600 volunteer hours to serve 15,500 children, adults and seniors in 2013-2014. There are no paid employees.
Target demographics: fulfill specific unmet needs of children and adults
Direct beneficiaries per year: During 2013-2014, over 15,500 children and adults were served by our diverse community-based philanthropic programs.
Geographic areas served: the Kansas City area
Programs: Operation School Bell, Operation Child In Need, Assault Survivor Kits, Birthday/Celebration Bags, I'm In Charge, Operation Hug, Senior Outreach Service and Best Foot Forward.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a school social worker a Kansas City metro area High School.

You just can't possibly imagine how much we appreciate all the joy and hope that a clothing voucher for prom shoes and new clothing that ALKC provides bring to families and students!

ALKC was working with the social worker at the middle school with a family of 4. The high school student, who I work with, is 20 years old and in special services. He is graduating this year!!! I know he was not going to qualify for the clothing voucher.

I had already talked to him about that. and was trying to find graduation clothing in the clothes he already owned. Earlier he had told me that Grandma was going to buy him a graduation outfit when she got back in town. She is an over the road truck driver. Well, then later, I asked again, and he said that her trip was extended and she wouldn't be back until the day before graduation. Broken promises and disappointments are commonplace with some families.

So, my next plan was trying to find graduation clothing in the clothes he already owned. He said he had a pair of dress pants, but he needed to sew the button back on. He just asked for black thread. I was thinking that I would wash and iron his shirt and pants.

Then the other social worker gave me the incredible news that ALKC staff made the decision to provide a voucher for him as well! WOW!

I just want everyone to know how much basic needs and other things that the ALKC provides touches the lives of children. These kind of things make a difference and give them hope for the future! Thank you!

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Rating: 5 stars  

A few weeks ago, I met with a mother of 4 kids, to help her with budgeting and credit counseling. As I got to know her financial situation, she expressed frustration at the overwhelming cost to keep up with school uniforms for her kids. They had already outgrown the uniforms she bought them within the first couple months of the new school year! To top it off, her daughter's winter coat was taken from her school locker, and the zipper of her youngest son's coat broke. So they were both wearing coats that weren't a proper fit for them. I reached out to the Assistance League of Kansas City, and through a partnership with Burlington Coat Factory, they provided this family with vouchers for 2 shirts, 2 pants, and a winter coat for EACH OF THE FOUR KIDS!!! I'm just so thrilled that I was able to find such a wonderful organization to provide much needed help!!

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer at Lewis & Clark Elementary in Liberty. Recently, I took a second grader into the hall to read a story with me. But before she would read, she said she wanted to tell me something. She proceeded to tell me about her exciting morning spent at Operation School Bell. And she said, "I got to pick out things all by myself, and it was BETTER than Christmas"! I found out later from her teacher that she had shared her experience with her entire class with the same enthusiasm that she'd expressed to me.

I realize that the material things given to this child were certainly important to her. But more impressive was what the Operation School Bell ladies had instilled in her. She was so proud and felt so special in how she was treated. I believe these ladies showed her respect and caring, and she left feeling like a very proud and important little girl. How great is that!

My thanks and admiration to each of you at Operation School Bell for not only WHAT you do for kids, but also HOW you do it. Congratulations on a job well done!

Linda Daniels

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Rating: 5 stars  

Week of December 8th my husband and I had stopped at Payless Shoes in Liberty and the store was filled with children excited about getting shoes. I said hi to one of the children and ask them if they were getting new shoes and 3 little girls said yes we just went to a place where we got to pick out brand new clothes and now we are picking out our own shoes and they had such big smiles on their faces. I whispered to my husband while we were in the store and said they have just been to OSB.
I am part of this organization and always feel rewarded when working at OSB, but it was even a greater experience listening to all the happy children talking to the adults about their new clothes and shoes.

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OSB helps kids at the middle school that I serve as a guidance counselor. For the last two years, 18 of our kids have had the opportunity to go shopping for new clothes for school. This is invaluable to our students. This is a time that they feel like "fitting in" is the most important. I love they have the opportunity to pick out NEW clothes that they feel reflect their own style. LOVE THIS PROGRAM!

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For the last several years, I have helped our school counselor with taking our children to Operation School Bell. This is such a fantastic program. The ladies are so helpful and patient with the children. Each child's face lights up when their name is called to walk into the "shopping area" and choose their own clothes. The Children leave there not only with the generosity of Operation School Bell but with pride and happiness. In the days that follow their trip to Operation School Bell, you see the pride on their faces as they show off their new outfits. So happy and big smiles! Thank you for this wonderful program and the needs that in fills in these children's lives.

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I am an elementary school counselor and take kids every year for operation school bell. This is such a wonderful program for kids. The ladies are always so nice and accommodating for the kids. The look of excitement on their faces as they pick out their clothes and show them to me is wonderful. I had a fifth grade boy later in the day stop to tell me how much fun he had! That makes it so worthwhile. For some of my students these maybe the only brand new clothes that they get all year. They love it. Thanks to the assistance league for all they do to make kids feel special!!!!

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As great as it is to take our students to Operation School Bell, I think I like the day after the best. Many, if not all, of our students come to school dressed in their new clothes and shoes and can’t wait to show them off. A few minutes ago, one girl came in my office to show me her new shoes, jeans, and shirt. I honestly think she looks the best I have seen her since last winter. She was so proud of her new things, as well as happy and excited to talk about them.

From the "personal shopper" volunteers to the racks and racks of in-style clothing, it's clear that the Assistance League of Kansas City knows how to run a huge program smoothly, treat people with dignity, and provide a valuable service to kindergarten through fifth grade students.

Thanks to all the wonderful people who make Operation School Bell possible for our kids!

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In the previous review, the wrong initials were used for this agency. The initials CAC were used instead of AL of Kansas City. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The Assistance League of Kansas City offered to donate $500 to our school based program to purchase uniforms for families that do not have the money to get their child a uniform. Below is the response from the gentlemen that went with the volunteer to purchase the uniforms. We are truly grateful for their generosity.

"AL of Kansas City was very eager to help with as many uniforms as they were allowed to. We were at the register and the balance was like $430.00 and I was actually satisfied with the amount of uniforms we had, but Etta mae insisted we reach the whole $500.00 that was alloted to us. Etta mae insisted I go back and get more until we reached our limit. While shopping Etta mae and I spoke about our school district and I could tell that her organization really cared about our students and that community as a whole. I expressed to Etta several times how grateful spofford & Hickman were to be receiving such a generous donation, and we would have been grateful weather we received 20 uniforms or only 2."

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This organization is absolutely awesome!! I have donated to Operation School Bell over the past few years, but never had a chance to see the facility in person. Recently, however, I got a tour of Operation School Bell along with a description of each child's experience. It is so wonderful! The clothes are all new, organized, neatly and creatively displayed, and it's all done with love and care. I then did some shopping at the Re-Sale Shop. I, again, was witness to the hard work done by so many dedicated volunteers. The Shop is well organized and run with grace and respect for all who enter. It's this kind of organization that changes a community and the world!

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