Assistance League Of St. Louis

Rating: 5 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 30 Henry Avenue Ellisville MO 63011 USA

Mission: Assistance League of St. Louis is a non-profit volunteer service organization whose members identify, develop, implement and fund ongoing philanthropic programs to serve specific needs of children and adults in the St. Louis coummunity 
Programs:

Provides activity kits to children and adults in hospital settings. 12,000 kits were provided in 2009-2010.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

What a great organization!!! Besides have great fun with all the people that donate their time to Assistance League, I have felt a great sense of pride in knowing how much we are helping the community. Giving back feels great!!! I have been a volunteer for over two years, and I still am amazed at all the things that we do---from providing uniforms and/or shoes to thousands of students each year, to fun activity packets to kids in the hospital, to cuddly bears given my first responders, to overnight bags to women and kids in shelters, to unique items purchased for organizations that might have slipped through the cracks. I enthusiastically tell everyone about the Assistance League of St. Louis!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been an Assistance League volunteer for more than 10 years. This organization offers a variety of opportunities to use your talents with hands on activities. My current favorite is working at our resale shop, Fantastic Finds located at Mason and Olive. This shop is a major fund raiser for our philanthropic programs which serve children and adults in the St. Louis area.

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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?

2014

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Satisfaction in helping others.

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

Very well-run organization. No changes suggested.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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!

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

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above explanation.

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

Not a thing

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

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

Get more women to join as volunteers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

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

None, they are wonderful.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

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

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.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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.''

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

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

support more opportunities to raise our profile in our community.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

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

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

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