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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Assistance League of Las Vegas is a philanthropic organization that provides programs and services to enrich the lives of children in need.Our programs are:Operation School Bell, Kids on the Block, andAssistance League Community Outreach

Target demographics: Low income children (grades K-8) in Clark County Nevada

Geographic areas served: Clark County, NV

Programs: Operation school bell provides annually new clothing to title one students in the clark county school district. Clothing includes new jackets, shoes, two outfits, socks, underwear, hygiene kit and a book. If the child is in a uniform school we give them two uniforms and a weekend outfit. These items were provided to over 8300 children from families with extreme need. Program hope high assists clark county high school students who are at risk, encouraging them to stay in school. We provided them with sleeping bags, bus passes, fast food gift cards, bath towels, washcloths, and personal items. We assisted 417 high school students. For make a difference day we collected reading books that were distributed to the elementary schools in clark county.

community programs/identifies and fills needs in clark county through short and long term programs including: 1)assistance league closet/provides emergency clothing to students attending at risk, and low income schools. In addition, the auxiliary supports als closet by donating clothing items to at-risk schools. 644 new and 70 slightly used items were donated to allv in 2013/2014. 2)bear program/provides stuffed teddy bears to traumatized children through local agencies. These bears are used to give comfort and help children communicate. Rose warren volunteer program to assist the teacher as needed in the classroom setting. Layette program/provides layettes to low income expectant parents. Number of recipients for the above programs was over 8,200.

pocket books program provides approximately 104,000 pocket books to 120 schools annually. There are 18 copyrighted titles of pocket books which are written (in both english and spanish), illustrated and published by auxiliary members. They are small enough for the children to take home and read with their families.

1)angels assistance program provides the following: a. 100 tray favors to two (2) area hospital pediatric wards seven (7) times per year for major holidays. These goodie bags include coloring books, crayons, crafts and puzzles for children hospitalized during the holidays of halloween, thanksgiving, christmas, valentines day, st. Patricks day, easter and the 4th of july. B. Memory boxes are delivered to six (6) area hospitals which are given to families who have suffered the loss of a newborn. The memory box contains (1) a hand-made gown and bonnet which are made for different sized infants; (2) a book on grief in both english and spanish; and (3) a hand-made angel pin. 132 memory boxes were delivered to the hospitals in 2013/2014. C. Shadow buddies are dolls provided to area pediatric oncologists to give to children who are scheduled to undergo a procedure so the doctor can explain what the child can expect, and the child is allowed to keep the buddy with them during treatment. Approximately 80 delivered in 2013/2014. D. Approximately 300 blankets and 300 health care kits are provided to hospitals to give to indigent mothers who have given birth in the hospital. 2)kids on the block puppets provides skits on issues of physical, emotional and cultural differences to third graders.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What an honor it is to serve the membership of Assistance League of Las Vegas! Not a day goes by that I am not thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our membership, donors, agencies, community volunteers and the children we serve. We are making a difference bringing hope and encouragement continually. We offer the ability for others to enhance their lives in many satisfying ways. We are proud to be housed in a Reynolds Foundation building that provides an inviting environment to work and to accomplish our goals in fulfilling our mission to provide goods and services to children in need. We welcome others who would like to learn more about us or even become a member or a donor. Assistance League of Las Vegas is an amazing place where last year members gave 40,000 hours of time. That is truly amazing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Las Vegas is an amazing non-profit organization that provides goods and services to children in need by members who are not paid, who offer their helping hands over and over again to benefit others. The rewards for serving with Assistance League of Las Vegas come back two-fold again and again. Members not only serve others, but have the opportunity to further develop their own skills and create new interests with the help and encouragement of other members. I am so proud to be a member who welcomes children who come to us for new clothing and other items. I am proud to be a puppeteer who preforms a skit about blindness to educate third grade students about this disability. I am proud to help facilitate the ongoing operation of Assistance League of Las Vegas. I would encourage everyone who desires to help others to take a look at joining us!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Assistance League for six years and have found it to be a genuinely worthwhile experience. There are many meaningful ways for our community volunteers to reach those in need. The women who are members are willing to give of themselves and share their kind-hearted and inspirational ideas, which has allowed us to continue to grow and reach so many people in our community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Assistance League of Las Vegas for 12 years. The efficiency and camaraderie that is exhibited by our members is unique. I feel very good about the programs we have for children and the volunteers we have to serve them. We have the ability to hear about a need in a school, like emergency clothing, and now have a program in 37 schools to fill that need. Our thrift shop is a clean and friendly environment that provides low cost clothing and housewares to the community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be on the Board of the Assistance League Las Vegas. Following is a synopsis of the outreach programs we provide to the children of Clark County Nevada:
• The Assistance League Las Vegas' mission is to implement programs and services that enrich the lives of children in need.
• Assistance League® Las Vegas, a 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization, was organized in 1976 as a chapter of National Assistance League®. We do not receive any funding from our national organization. We do not receive government or United Way funding. We rely primarily on corporate and foundation support.
• Assistance League of Las Vegas is composed ENTIRELY of volunteers.
• Last year, 480 members volunteered over 37,000 hours to help children in need in the Las Vegas community.
• We have several programs addressing the needs of children in our community.
• Operation School Bell® provided new school clothing and other necessities to over 8,100 homeless and economically disadvantaged school children this past year. Without this program, these children may not have had adequate clothing to attend school.
• Assistance League's Closet, our newest program, is an on-site clothing closet, established in at-risk, low income schools, confidentially providing new clothing, underwear, socks, shoes and toiletries to children with immediate needs. We have closets in 37 at-risk schools.
• Our Bear Program provides teddy bears to firemen, police and other first responders to children in crisis. We delivered 3,600 bears to these agencies this past year.
• The Kids on the Block Puppets provide skits on issues of physical, emotional and cultural differences to third graders. Issues like divorce, bullying and ADHD are addressed in these skits. Puppeteers performed skits to 6,500 third graders. In summary, I feel that we are very much deserving of being named one of the top nonprofits for 2012.