Assistance League of Reno-Sparks

Rating: 5 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Mental Health, Food, Human Services

Location: PO Box 7376 1701 Vassar St Reno NV 89510 USA

Mission: Assistance League of Reno-Sparks volunteers provide services which benefit individuals in need in our community with emphasis on children, seniors, veterans and victims of abuse.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Have been in business for a number of years and upon retirement went full bore into the Assistance League to further my quest for activity, and did I ever find it! Enjoy working in all of the programs, and can't say enough about the remarkable women who dedicate their hours to this amazing organization.
Our Thrift shop is immaculate, and we lovingly call it "The Nordstrom's of Thrift Shops". Can't think of another organization with the dedication of these ladies. As the saying goes, "Try it, you'll like it!".

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Rating: 5 stars  

To see a group of women so dedicated to a cause is indeed an inspiration. To see the cohesiveness, the ability and the dedication of an inspired group makes one wonder why the rest of the world cannot operate like the Assistance League.Oh, yes, we do have bumps in the road, but cooperation and working together makes a task lighter. I am proud to be a member of the Assistance League of Reno-Sparks..

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?

A lot

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?

2013

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the Assistance League of Reno-Sparks almost five years ago, and I have been amazed by this energetic and organized group of wemen ever since. I am always struck by what is happening in the Assistance League building at any given time: women are working in the Thrift Shop, the Senior Sampler, the food pantry, the office, and in meetings, organizing our many programs. The fact the Assistance League is run totally by volunteers makes this organization even more impressive, especially considering the impact we make on children, the elderly, victims of abuse, and Veterans. Every program is well organized and carefully evaluated. I have been most closely associated with Links to Learning, a program that awards teachers (208 this year) money to bring books, math manipulatives, technology, etc., to their students. On a personal note, a friend whose 15-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted began to cry when I asked her if her daughter had received one of our sexual abuse survivor kits. She told me her daughter had slept with the teddy bear in the kit every night, and she felt that teddy bear had saved her daughter's life. Indeed, we do make a difference.

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

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to the Assistance League of Reno-Sparks shortly after I moved here in 2000. Since I did not know anyone in the area, the members and voluteers became my family. But it was through the Operation School Bell program that I realized what a wonderful and worthy organization this was. Seeing the looks on the childrens' faces as they receive new clothes - many for the first time in their lives, and the looks of appreciation on parents' faces, is so rewarding. I have continued working with this program as well as taking part in many of the other programs that serve this community so well. This organization is made up totally of hard working volunteers, and it is truly doing such good work for so many!!

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

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is a big part of my life. When I retired I needed a activity to keep up my energy level. This organization not only gave me a new set of friends but a vehicle to help my community. Working with the students during Operations School Bell is very rewarding. The organization has also given me an opportunity to keep my computer skills updated and exercise my mind. This worthwhile group is a real asset to the Reno and Sparks communities.

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?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Four years ago I was introduced to the Assistance League of Reno-Sparks at Women's Expo. Little did I realize I had stepped on a gold mine. This non profit is an all volunteer organization. We have 12 wonderful programs that provide services to benefit individuals in need in our community with empasis on children, seniors, veterans and victims of abuse.Our programs are funded by grants, fundraisers and other donations as well as proceeds from our Thrift Shop located on Vassar Street. I believe strongly in giving back to the community in which you live and that is exactly what Assistance League of Reno-Sparks does. All services stay in Washoe County.

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

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Visitors to Assistance League of Reno-Sparks' building on Vassar Street in Reno are amazed at the flurry of activity that goes on there: Six days a week volunteers man the Thrift Store and Senior Sampler consignment shop; the Food Pantry buzzes with members filling bags of food supplies, getting them ready for distribution to local low income seniors; Operation School BellĀ® committee members organizing the next shopping event to clothe low income elementary and middle school students; puppeteers rehearsing their next The Kids on the Block presentation to local school children on topics such as bullying and physical disabilities; Links to Learning members completing their selection process to award grant money to teachers for school projects for which funding is not available; volunteers receiving and sorting donations for sale, with unusable items going to other area nonprofits; and meetings and administration involving all 12 philanthropic programs. These amazing women give so much to the success of our chapter. If you get a chance, drop by and check out the action.

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?

A lot

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

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I joined Assistance League a year ago this past September. They take the time to inform you of all their charitable endeavors before you even join. Because I serve as the PR photographer I go to most events to document it with photographs. I have never been involved with a group of women where so many show up to help whether its to man the Thrift shop, help bag food for the food pantry or read to preschool children. The camaraderie and friendships that develop from this 100% volunteer group is nothing less then inspiring. This is by far the best volunteer group I have ever encountered or been involved with in my life.

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?

A lot

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

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

As a new member, upon entering ALRS I was enthusiastically welcomed, trained, and mentored into the most exciting professional experience of my lifetime thus far. ALRS' sophisticated organization is a 100% volunteer membership, governed by its formal By-Laws, Policies, Standing Rules and 12 diverse and impressively managed philanthropic programs...ALL run like clockwork. The Board is nurturing and communicative, open to new ideas from the membership, even new members who want to see an idea developed, vetted and worked through to completion. ALRS' motto is 'Caring and commitment in action' which perfectly describes our membership's united dedicated actions.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I walked through the front door of the Thrift Shop on Vassar Street in Reno and was struck by the friendliness of the people, the cleanliness of the Thrift Shop and the energy of the dedicated group of woman. Next thing I new, I was joining the organization as a volunteer. Then I started to learn about all the philanthropic programs. I was particularly struck by how well things were organized. I am so happy working with this wonderful group of women who all have busy families but they all want to give something back to their community. I am proud to say that I am part of the Assistance League of Reno-Sparks where I get a chance to make a contribution to the work being done by them.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm astonished at the number of committed women in Assistance League who work together to better the people in our community, and I'm proud to be one of them. The initial draw for me to join this organization was one program called Operation Schoolbell. As a former teacher, I loved the fact that community folks were willing to dress many of our children living in poverty. Today, I continue to work with children, but now through a program I helped start called Read to ME---a preschool literacy program whereby Assistance League volunteers read one-on-one to children ages 2-5 three times a week in the Boys & Girls Club preschool in Reno. Recently, Assistance League joined forces with the Associated General Contractors and the Washoe County School District to raise 3000 books to start a lending library in that preschool. The beauty of our organization is that women from every walk of life can find a niche where their energies, passions, and efforts provide needed and necessary aid to folks in our community.

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

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