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June 25, 2012

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June 25, 2012

I am a volunteer for several of the philanthropic programs sponsored by Assistance League of Kansas City, a 100% volunteer organization. I work in their ReSale Shop (thrift store) which provides about 98% of ALKC's funding. I am a volunteer for Operation School Bell, which provided new clothing to almost 2000 elementary school children in 2011-2012. ALKC also has programs assisting seniors, assault victim survivors, and children and families in crisis. ALKC not only responds to the needs of our community but provides an extremely rewarding volunteer opportunity.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 5, 2012

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March 5, 2012

I work as an Activities Director at a Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Kansas City. The Assistance League has offered so many wonderful activities for our residents. I can not thank them enough for bringing in so many unique activities for our residents & seeing the smiles on their faces. All of the women I have met with the Assistance League have been absolutely wonderful & so pleasant to work with. I look forward to continuing to work with the Assistance League in the future.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 23, 2012

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February 23, 2012

I work as a Dementia and Alzheimer's unit manager in a local nursing facility. The Assistance League has been working with our facility for over a year. In this timeframe they have brought in many different shows and events for our residents. Some include: a fashion show, barbershop chorus, pottery barn, Cloggers and many more. My residents love to listen to music and watch different groups it helps them reminisce. They are a great asset for our building, without them we wouldn't have nearly as many great activities.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 4, 2011

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May 4, 2011

As the Coordinator of Advocacy Services for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), I have had the pleasure to work closely with the Assistance League of Kansas City for several years. The Assistance League plays a very important role in our work to support survivors of sexual assault since they provide us with care kits for victims at the hospital. These Assault Survivor Kits include clothing, toiletries, and a book on healing from rape. These items are presented to survivors when our advocates meet them at the hospital to provide support during the forensic medical exam. This exam often requires victims to give up their clothing during the evidence collection process, so having clean, comfortable clothing and toiletries to clean up with after the exam can make a world of difference. We are so grateful for the Assistance League and the great work that they do preparing these kits and ensuring that survivors of sexual assault in the Greater Kansas City area can feel as comfortable as possible during this difficult process. They are such an asset to the community!

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I am privileged to see the impact of the assault survivor kits provided by the Assistance League when they are received by survivors of sexual assault at the hospital. It is amazing how much of a difference the items in the kit make to survivors. Victims have told me that they feel like a person again after being able to clean up after the exam and change into the new, comfortable clothing. That is so important to someone may feel dehumanized by the experience of the sexual assault.

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I cannot think of anything to change.

April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

I have brought children to operation School Bell, a program for disadvantaged children to choose new clothes, for many years. This program is provided by the Assistance League of Kansas City. It gives these children h\the opportunity to walkback into their school wearing brand new clothes that they hve chosen. There are so many eamples of how this experience has helped build self esteem and pridein our students. One of my favorite, bittersweet memories was of a student who would not take the price tags off the clothes until they fell off so others would know they were new clothes. Another student, who had a kinship with pigpen from the Peanuts cartoon was so proud of his new clothes, he insisted on wearing a new outfit back to school. By the time we arrived back at school 15 minutes later his new clothes were already filthy but he still proudly marched up to his teacher to show off his new outfit. We never did figure out how he got so dirty in that short amunt of time, but the memory of his enthusiasm puts a smile on my face even today. There are humdreds of children I have taken over 20 years to OSB at the Assistance League, and i still believe it is a ray of sunshine in the lives of all of these children just as I did on the very first trip. children wil approach me i the halls fo the school asking when we get to go our our special new clothes field trip again. If ever an organization has make a profound difference in the lives of children in such a simple way, it would be this organization. The volunteers take these children into their small clothing center and give the attention and smiles that these kids will remember for a life time. I often have high school students pop in to say high and say, "do you remember when we went to et new clothes?" What a gift they give.

I cannot close withut giving a shout of approval out to their 'i'm in Charge" curriculum. This is a curriculum complete with a professional quality video and enough high quality bookets forevery student in one grade level each year. It is not ean exaggeation to say that this curriculum resource is the best discussion starter among my students about the subject of safety available. The students literally follow me down the halls after class to discuss being oe alone safely, internet safety or a miriad of othe safety issues pertent to their lives. The teachers get tickled watchng me looking like the Pied Piper as children tell me their stories or try to get answers to their "what if " questions or sadly tell me of dangerous situations they need help dealing with. One 7 year old in our school went home to an empty house on a dark winter late afternoon when mom thought she was at girl scouts. She told me when asked how she knew what to do, "I sat on my front step for a minute and cried then I remembered what you taught us bout going to my contact people for help." She literally had to go to 3 contact people's houses before finding anyone at home, but because she had a plan she kept her cool and did it. These are only 2 example of what this great organization does for the children of our community and surrounding communities. They are changing lives one shirt, one safety booklet, one smile and helpful hand at a time.

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watching the way the lives of children are improved by knowing their are good strangerout there who care about whether they have adequate clothing and who care about their happiness and safety.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them raise even more funds to help the growing numbers of children who need help. Their services are invaluable and the need keeps growing year after year.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

I do not kow of any other organization who focus on programs that build confidence becase the children get to choose their own new clothes and their choices are respected. This organiztion teaches on a wide spectrum of safety issues. I know many organizations that provide used clothing for parents to come and get for their families--none other that provides new clothing. I know of many resources that focus on one type of safety for chilren such as stranger danger or internet danger. i know odf none that focus on the total experiece of the child and teach gun awareness, fire safety, how to handle things that go wrong at home like a water faucet that breaks or setting up safe emergency contact people in their neighborhood.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

The Assistance League of Kansas City is vital part in the success of our hospital advocacy program here at MOCSA. The kits that they provide for sexual assault survivors who go to the hospital for evidence collection are a key piece in giving those survivors some dignity and self-respect back. They provide over 400 of these kits a year to our organization which include new clothes, underwear, toothbushes, toothpaste, and soap.

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I cannot count the number of victims at the hospital who are so thankful to have nice clean clothes to go home in and a toothbrush and toothpaste to brush their teeth after a forensic exam or soap to take a shower with.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

We are an ambulatory surgery center. Our total volume of cases is approximately 60%. The kids love walking back to pre-op and seeing those soft bears waiting for them. Parents are very happy about them getting to keep them throughout there experience here. I have had nothing but friendly, courteous communication with the volunteers.

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They are all so friendly and helpful.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

In high school, I served as an officer in the teenage auxiliary of Assistance League of Kansas City, Assisteens. I am now in college, but my experiences as an Assisteen member and officer taught me effective leadership styles I continue to use today and ingrained within me the importance of serving one's community. The Assisteens service project I most enjoyed was the Senior Citizen Prom. We filled the recreation room of a local senior center with decorations, music, dancing, and games. We hired a professional photographer capture photos of couples and groups of friends throughout the event, and even crowned a king and queen. The most wonderful part of the event were the comments from some residents who looked forward to the prom every year and had a lovely time. One gentleman in particular, every year, arrived as soon as the event begun and partied until the very end. His smile made everything the Assisteens do worthwhile. Assisteens and Assistance League of Kansas City truly work to improve the lives of community members about them and genuinely succeed. I was blessed to be a part of such a group.

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I've experienced the invaluable results of membership (bolstering a heart of service for others) and seen the positive impacts of both the Assisteens and Assistance League of Kansas City (visit the organization's web page for a listing of all its incredible service efforts).

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Assisteens could simply reach out further with a larger membership. But, certainly one of the most challenging aspects of non-profit work is recruiting members.

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

The assistance league of KC has been a very vital organization in helping the Clay Co. Children's Division in providing pretty much anything our foster children and families have needed that there were no state funds for. They provided one of my families who were about to lose their children to foster care due to having a cluttered, dirty house with cleaning supplies and rubber totes to store alot of their stuff. One of the members Joy George met me and the family at Wal-Mart and was very helpful and supportive toward the family so they did not feel ashamed. They have also provided the Children's Division with learning material such as books and DVD's to help our parent's learn positive parenting skills. They provide Christmas to our foster children and to families in need in Clay Co. They are a very important resource in our community.

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They have helped me with resources for my families every time I have asked. They have went above and beyond to get me those resources.

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None I think they are wonderful!!!!!

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

We receive bears on a regular basis from the Assistance League of Kansas City. It is wonderful to be able to give the bear to a child (sometimes adults) who are scared or in pain.

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It is really nice to be able to provide the bears to the patients that come to the Emergency Department. No one wants to come to the ER especially children. Having the bears available is wonderful, it really helps us look less like the bad guys after we have to drraw blood or perform other procedures. The bears are comforting, gives them something to hold onto or squeeze, or provide distraction.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing-I wouldn't change anything. The Assistance League does a great job!

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