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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Service Clubs, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Thrift Shops

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.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks for all you do for our community!! You have made an incredible difference in the lives of SO many.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Kansas City is made up of the most caring group of people I have ever had the privilege of working with and the most amazing thing is its entirely run by volunteers. They are organized, professional and above all care so much for the children in our community!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These volunteers are some the hardest working people I've met, all to make a HUGE difference in a child's life. Not only do they work hard but they enjoy doing it!

I can't wait to work with them again and hear more encouraging, gracious stories.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a teacher assistant for a local school district. I recently attended the clothing drive with a student with special needs. The volunteers there were so kind and helpful. It required some waiting and patience on our part to help him understand what he needed to and make his own choices, and these ladies did exactly that. This organization focuses on the students, makes them feel special, and empowers them. I am so impressed and pleased with what they do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Assistance League has served our school for the past 10 years! We have utilized their services through "Operation School Bell" and through the "I'm In Charge Program". Both programs have enriched the lives of our children! Through Operation School Bell, many of our children are able to receive much needed clothing and toiletry items. The kindness of the volunteers and the attention that they give each individual child, make the children feel like a "million bucks" when they are there. Our children are very excited to have the opportunity to "experience" having a "personal shopper" assisting them while they are shopping for much needed clothing items! In addition to Operation School Bell, our school has utilized the "I'm In Charge Program". Our students enjoy receiving the donated workbooks that accompany the video about safety. The children feel that they are receiving a "special gift" when they are told that they may KEEP their workbooks! They are very excited to do the activities within the workbook and enjoy referring to the pages as they learn important safety tips being taught. This organization is wonderful! I would recommend its programs to any elementary school!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.