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October 30, 2012

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October 30, 2012

Assistance League of Tucson touches the lives of so many in our community. Operation School Bell provides new school clothes for kids K-6, Starting Over Supplies provides people starting their lives over with supplies to set up house keeping in a new apartment, Assault Survivor Kits assist assault victims, PAWS Teddy Bears are provided to children in crisis across the community, the Assisteens work to provide assistance in our schools. Being a volunteer for Assistance League and its Auxiliary has been so rewarding. The looks on the faces of children when they are picking out their new school clothes makes the time spent working with them more than worthwhile.

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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?

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

April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

The most rewarding experience in Assistance League of Tucson is volunteering in Operation School Bell. The most disadvantaged children in Tucson's Title 1 schools are selected to visit our Philanthropic Programs Center. As a volunteer I help an individual child shop for brand new clothing that we provide. Through funds received at our Thrift Shop, grants written by our members and donations from the community, we are able to purchase tops, jeans, shoes, jackets, underwear, socks, backpacks, school and grooming supplies. The children are very appreciative and so excited to have new clothing. You can see the happy smiles on their face. School administrators and teachers believe that new clothing increases a child's self esteem, which effects their attendance in school. It is such a good feeling to make a difference in a child's life.

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

Hearing the good news from the Operation School Bell schools and how much they appreciate Assistance League of Tucson's efforts in respectfully clothing the children and giving them dignity. The principals of the schools wrote letters in support of our nonprofit.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to promote Assistance League of Tucson through advertising in prominent publications and by participating at community events to let the public know of our good works in the greater Tucson area. This increases donations from the community, shoppers in our Thrift Shop and the number of people who want to become members and volunteer with us.

April 24, 2011

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April 24, 2011

My mother has been a member of Assistance League for more than 40 years. She first joined in Arcadia, CA. When my parents moved to Tucson, she continued her membership in Assistance League of Tucson. She asked me to join too and I have enjoyed every day of volunteering. The programs are some of the best in Tucson, providing people in need with help and with hope. Our Thrift Shop, which has the most amazing finds, provides more than half the funding for our programs.

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

I was photographing a dressing at Operation School Bell where each child is given a weeks worth of new clothing and school supplies and a hygiene kit. One little boy was fascinated by the toothbrush. When we asked him about it, he said, "Now I do not have to share with my bothers and sisters."

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

help us become better known in Tucson to attract more volunteers.

April 23, 2011

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April 23, 2011

I have volunteered with Assistance League for eight years, spending most of my hours in Operation School Bell. Operation School Bell is one of the Assistance League's National Programs that dresses underpriviledged children for back to school. At our local Chapter here in Tucson, we try very hard to offer our School Bell children a positive, caring and rewarding experience by giving them new clothing, school supplies and age appropriate books. Many of these children are receiving new clothing for the first time. For a volunteer, the experience is wonderfully fulfilling and heart-breaking at the same time. For the children, it can be a single positive experience that might help them face the daily hardships and difficult challenges they experievce daily in their young lives.

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I was a newcomer to AZ when I started volunteering. I quickly learned about the hardships faced by our very diverse population And the how these hardships affect children.

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

In Assistance League change is constant. I would change our in-take process for new volunteers and get them volunteering in our various programs.

April 21, 2011

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April 21, 2011

One of the reasons Assistance League of Tucson is able to provide clothing for children and fund our other programs is the income earned in our thrift shop. However, the thrift shop is more to some of our customers than a place to find great merchandise at low prices. It is a place to spend time; to be in a place where they have caring volunteers to talk to. We listen and encourage or sometimes cry with them. A trip to our shop is a part of their daily lives. We know many by name and greet every customer that walks in our doors. They also know the good that we do with the money that they spend there and that makes them feel very good about shopping with us.

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

seeing the pleasure we bring to so many who enter the thrift shop doors.

Ways to make it better...

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

like the Tucson community to be more aware of all that Assistance League does for those in need.

April 21, 2011

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April 21, 2011

I have been volunteering for Assistance League of Tucson for about a year and a half and can testify that all who work for the organization are hard workers and their hard work goes back into the community by aiding local school children with clothes and supplies. In addition local residents who have are, in essence starting over, are aided with supplies for their new living situation.

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

Seeing the lights in the eyes of children who received new clothes and school supplies

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

I think the organization is headed in the right direction and don't feel qualified to suggest messing with a good thing.

April 21, 2011

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April 21, 2011

I have been a volunteer for the Professional Association of Women's Services, an auxiliary of Assistance League to Tucson for five years, and serve on its Board. This Assistance League auxiliary allows professional women the opportunity to do volunteer work to benefit children in our community. It dovetails nicely with the overall mission of Assistance League of Tucson's mission to support women and children in Tucson. P.A.W.S. focus is providing child safe Teddy Bears to children in crisis, helping them to feel safe or to simply have something to cling to when they are very sick or being taken from their home due to neglect, physical or sexucal abuse. We distribute 1,500 bears each year

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

Learning about the situation that result in children recieiving one of our child safe bears. I have also seen children who are dressed by Assistance League's Operation School Bell.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find more people willng to serve our community through Assistance League of Tucson or P.A.WS.

April 21, 2011

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April 21, 2011

I have been a volunteer with Professional Association of Womens Services, an auxiliary of The Assistance League of Tucson for 11 years. Our main program is to provide child safe teddy bears to children in crisis in hospitals, and many social service offices, including Southern Arizona Child Advocacy Center. This year we supplied these agencies with 1500 teddy bears and each year, sadly, the number increases. It is our goal to give some comfort to the children, that receive these bears, at a time when they are under unbelievable circumstances. Another program is the provision of snack foods for children undergoing interviews at Child Advocacy Center. Age appropriate, new books are donated to refugee children in one of our school districts and also to Parents as Teachers.
Funding for our programs comes from our annual Teddy Bear Tea, a typical High Tea that occurs early in October each year.

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Our programs do not include hands-on experiences with the children, but we receive wonderful thank you notes from many of the children.

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

I would love to see our membership grow. We are a small group of working women that do powerful things in our community.

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

none

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have gained many new friends through this organization.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel needed and appreciated.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

Assistance League of Tucson is an all volunteer organization serving needy men, woman and children of the Tuson area. The largest program serving over 3600 children provides new school clothes, school supplies and toiletries to help elementary age children fit in with their classmates, improve self esteem and be prepared to learn. For some children this means having underwear or wearing shoes that are big enough. One child was so happy to have his own toothbrush. These simple supplies mean so much to the children who have nothing. The second largest program provides kits with supplies needed to set up housekeeping for individuals and families trying to get back on their feet when coming out of a shelter. One mother was able to regain custody of her children because she was able to set up a meager home. Cuddly teddy bears are provided to agencies dealing with children in traumatic situations. The bears provides some comfort to the child. Funding for these programs is provided by donors, grants, special events and the Thrift Shop. Shop, donate and volunteer at the Assistance League of Tucson

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

seeing the smiles on the children's face when they are selecting a shirt in their favorite color or one depicting a favorite sport. One child was going to a concert with his Big Brother and wanted to be sure he looked good for that special day.

Ways to make it better...

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

find the funds and volunteers to be able serve more children. They are our future.

More feedback...

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?

2011

April 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

As a member of the Public Relations committee I have the privilege of seeing our volunteers in action. I have been present at Operation School BellĀ® dressings watching children get new clothes, shoes and supplies for school. You cannot have a bad day after seeing 30 (or more) smiling kids who are excited to pick out new things for school. Our latest Community Newslink has a look back at the start of this program; it is posted on our website, www.assistanceleaguetucson.org and we have lots of photos on our Facebook page (AssistanceLeagueTucson), too. Income from our Thrift Shop helps support our philanthropic programs; our customers like the fact that their purchases help support programs for the greater Tucson area. Assistance League is a national organization with local chapters.

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

Getting the word out about our good works.

Ways to make it better...

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

Wish for more member volunteers so we could help even more people.

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