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March 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 15, 2011

I joined Assistance League when I retired in 2008 as a way of giving back to the community and staying active. I have met a wonderful group of committed women and have been able to be involved in some wonderful programs. Everyone is so generous with their time and energy---not only to those we serve but also with other members. Participating in the programs never seems like work---everyone makes it fun. If you're looking for volunteer opportunities, Assistance League is number one!

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Satisfaction in helping others.

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Very well-run organization. No changes suggested.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

We have been receiving the AL Activity Kits featuing "Al Bear" for sometime, and they have really made a possitive difference. These kits which we receive from Assistance League of St. Louis really seem to break the ice with the siblings of our NICU babies.
Our parents/families are often
too worried and focused on the baby in the NICU, to remember to bring along an activity or something for the sibling to concentrate on or play with. The siblings at the bedside are afraid: the NICU is a very scary place, lots of wires and alarms. Children are very aware of how the parents are feeling, anxiuos, scared, worried, and they take these feeling to heart. The activity books help occupy the siblings so the parents can visit with their babies, plus it makes them feel special and loved.
I remember one girl inparticular who couldn't beleive she could keep the coloring book, crayons and bendable toy tiger. She was so happy she couldn't stop smiling, This had really made her day.
We also give the kits to children in our waiting area when they are waiting for a family member to deliver. It is very difficult for children to wait patiently hour after hour for a family member to give birth to a baby.
These kits have been invaluable in helping siblings, parents and nursing staff have a possitive experence in our NICU and waiting area.
Thank you,
Carlotta Corso-Klippel

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see above

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I would make it available to more hospitals.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

Assistance League of St. Louis is a philanthropic organization that serves children and adults in the St. Louis area. We are an all volunteer organization, we have no paid staff. The professionalism, enthusiasm and loyalty of our members is the most impressive thing about us. Our 300+ members work to raise funds that stay in the St. Louis community and help make lives better for those we serve. It also provides an opportunity for our members to develop new skills and competencies in an atmosphere of true volunteerism.

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Seeing smiling faces on grade school age children and they receive new uniform clothing. Fit children with new athletic shoes so they can run and fast as they can. They are so proud when they take their new clothes and shoes home to show their parents!

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Nothing....over nearly 25 years we have grown into a well respected organization in the St. Louis community. I fully expect that we will continue to grow and make an impact on many lives.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

I am a volunteer tutor at Loyola Academy, a non-profit middle-school (sixth through eighth grades) serving financially under-privileged male students. Loyola's mission is to "end the cycle of poverty through education." Over 80% of these young men live at or below the poverty level and are on reduced lunches. They attend school at Loyola for nine and one half hours each day and for five-weeks during the summer. This intense program is designed to prepare them for success at college preparatory high schools.

Assistance League has aided Loyola Academy in two major areas: school uniforms and computers, both of which the Loyola student families can not afford to purchase. Assistance League Operation School Bell has provided the much needed uniforms for these young men in past years. Last summer, Assistance League donated numerous computers, printers, scanners, and monitors to Loyola. Loyola students, teachers and administration were so excited to receive this generous donation, which has greatly enhanced Loyola's educational mission. Most of these young men do not have any type of computer at their home so they need to have access to these tools at school. Assistance League's computer equipment donations provided additional resources and tools needed to aid these young men in their daily pursuit of a good education. I would like to thank Lynn Dolan, current President of Assistance League, for offering this equipment. One evening Lynn and I were discussing the Assistance League projects and I mentioned to her that I had recently started volunteeering as a tutor and grant writer for Loyola. Lynn contacted me the very next day to offer the equipment to Loyola because Assistance League had been fortunate enough to receive a grant for new computer equipment.

I have also attended the Assistance League annual auctions and have seen the tremendous amount of work expended to raise the funds to support the League's projects.

The Assistance League and its volunteers are truly God's Angels. They have inspired not only other volunteers but also the children, whose lives they touch on a daily basis.

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See above explanation.

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Not a thing

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

I joined Assistance League two years ago after retiring from IBM. This organization is a great volunteer group who do an outstanding job of providing services and support to children in need and they support four women's shelter. It is very rewarding to provide volunteer hours to such a fun organization.

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Watching the children get new school clothes and new shoes is very rewarding and the smiles on their faces is all the thanks we need to continue to support this great organization.

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Get more women to join as volunteers.

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

I have been volunteering for 10 years now with Assistance League after I retired as a nurse. This non profit organization is run like a fiscally responsible business while helping so many disadvantaged children and adults in the St. Louis community. We are unique because our members run this organization without any paid staff. They put in more than 46,000 service hours last year.

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I get personal satisfaction from helping the needy citizens of St. Loiuis

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Like to see more members put more service hours in.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

In Assistance League's almost 25 years they have clothed thousands of disadvantaged school children in the St. Louis area through Operation School Bell. Their other programs include providing teddy bears for first responders to give to children in crisis situtations, providing athletic shoes to disadvantaged children and overnight bags to women in abuse shelters.

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I have worked at Operation School bell uniform fittings. The smiles on the children's faces when they receive their new clothes makes all our hard work so worth it.

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None, they are wonderful.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

Assistance League of St. Louis is an all volunteer organization that helps many people in the community. Children are provided with school clothing and shoes, abused women are provided support, teddy bears are given to frightened children during times of stress, children and adults are given "fun stuff" to occupy their time as they await testing in a hospital setting. These services and many more are provided by a group of women willing to work toward making life better for those less fortunate.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in watching the happy faces of children as they received new pants, shirts, underwear and socks to wear to school.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would want them to continue to make themselves and their good works more widely known, so many more women would want to be a part of this amazing sisterhood.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

Assistance League has transformed my life in one short year. I have experienced a wonderful sisterhood among the membership. Everyone is a caring and hardworking volunteer who wants to reach out in our community and help the less fortunate. We are an all volunteer organization with no paid employees. Our members work so hard to serve our community. Everyday I spend working with the other members make me so proud to say "I am a member of Assistance League.''

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I loved watching the children looking in the mirror and seeing themselves in their new school uniforms. I witnessed the pride in their faces.

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support more opportunities to raise our profile in our community.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

Assistance League of St. Louis is a fantastic all volunteer organization. We affect all segments of the St. Louis population through our philanthropic programs. We provide new uniform clothing, underwear, and shoes to needy public school children. We distribute activity kits to both children and adults in area hospitals. We give teddy bears to children in emergency situations and gift bags of essential items to women in abused shelters. We serve as a community resource for unmet needs for many individuals and agencies in the area each year. Assistance League of St. Louis is recognized by the Better Business Bureau as a professionally managed non profit organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the faces on children we dress through Operation School Bell and Steps to Success. I've experienced the gratitude of non profit agencies when we provide goods or services that cannot be covered in their budgets.

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I would increase our budget to affect more people in the St. Louis area.

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