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

Mission: Assistance League 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, and Assistance 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

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Non Profit is run by volunteers so all of the proceeds go to helping people in the community, mainly children. I started volunteering with them because they had a great reputation in the community and they are fiscally very responsible.
They have a Thrift Store that is run, very well. It is clean and the items are not over priced.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Most recently I joined the Assistance League of Las Vegas and have been pleasantly surprised at the warm welcome of the group. They have a first class facility which provides many needed services to the community. Nevada is a young state and with the influx of new people entering our community, the state education and mental health service centers have been overworked. Here is where the Assistance League has shown residents of their caring spirit and loving help. I am proud to be a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit organization has no paid staff, except for maintenance workers and has many projects serving children and citizens in Las Vegas. Some of the many projects include: Operation School Bell provides new clothing for students from low income families, the Desert Sage Auxiliary supports homeless college students with lap tops and gift cards ; Angel’s Assistance projects to include handmade gown/bonnet and booklet for parents of babies who die in birthing process.
I am a proud member of the Desert Sage Auxiliary!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of ALLV for 6 years. Everyone, from the President down, is a volunteer. We were able to clothe over 9,000 needy children this year, provide teddy bears for traumatized children and layettes to newborns. It is amazing what dedication can accomplish.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization ran by wonderful volunteers. I love shopping at their thrift store with so many awesome finds and the best part is all the money goes towards their programs for the kids in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the Assistance League this February, 2018. I never realized all the wonderful work these ladies (and gentlemen) do for the community of Las Vegas. I had been looking for a couple of years where I would love to be and do the most good. I was welcomed in warmly and can't speak enough about all the programs the AL has for the community, and the children. God Bless the Assistance League and may it be around forever. I look forward to many years of service.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to Las Vegas just over a year ago; upon moving I started looking for volunteer opportunities to start embedding myself in my new community. I found the Assistance League of Las Vegas last October and joined. I expected that I would have an opportunity to volunteer but what I didn't expect was to meet and bond with other volunteers so quickly. Not only does ALLV do great work through programs such as Operation School Bell, the ALLV Thrift Shop, Kids on the Block, and more, but they have brought a sense of community to me that I appreciate and value. I would recommend ALLV to any new member of the community, as well as long-term members of the community that would either like to participate as a volunteer or benefit from the services that ALLV provides.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work for a large bank in Las Vegas and we have the opportunity to participate in this event several times throughout the year. Our team member love attending Operation School Bell because they get to see an immediate difference in the self-esteem of a child in need. Helping these kids is healing and humbling. As a volunteer, you can't help but walk away a better person after interacting with a child, helping them pick out brand new clothes in a store-like environment. As the child walks out of the dressing room in their new attire, their smile melts your heart. Many have mentioned this was the first time they had brand new socks or shoes. Wow!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Since 2013, I have had the pleasure of working with Assisteens®, an auxiliary of Assistance League®. This group of adolescents regularly shows me what is right with today's teens. So far this year 33 members have volunteered over 630 hours to improve lives in our community. They have given up precious Saturdays to guide children through Operation School Bell. They have spent Sundays making blankets for OSB, dressing bears for first responders, and earning money to shop for plus-size clothing to accommodate the larger students who come through OSB. They collected and distributed 263 books to children who didn't have a book to call their own. Most heartwarming though was their decision this year to forego their own holiday party to host one for underprivileged students. In December they served 57 youngsters breakfast and lunch, helped them shop at OSB, provided each a photo op with Santa, presented each a stocking full of goodies, and had each choose a stuffed animal and book. If these teens are our future, it seems to me we are in very good hands!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am a retired eye surgeon, and a long time member of Desert Sage, the evening part of Las Vegas Assistance League. We aid kids on many ways, one of which is Operation School Bell.
We clothe needy kids referred by school teachers, with shoes, underwear, shirts, pants, jackets, school supplies, etc. We have a big
store, and members let the kids choose. Often, these are the first
new clothes student has. We have
many projects, such as Shadow Buddies, where we provide show
and tell dolls, matched to the patient.
This allows the cancer specialists to
show the kid what is going on, and the
kid to show his classmates. It allows the ill kid to have a pal to accompany him.
We also have written about twenty
kid's books, in Spanish and English, for
five and six year olds to own, and read
with their parents. I wrote one of them, about my dachshund, Max. They are fun to read, and are on easy topics.
We have so many good projects, it
is hard to mention them all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a personal shopper for School Bell. As a teacher, I took a Continuing Education Class on working with students who live in poverty. The instructor gave us this criteria: After dinner, students from the upper class are asked "How was the presentation?" Students from middle class are asked "Did you like it?" Students who live in poverty are asked "Did you get enough?" When children come to me in School Bell, they barely have enough. When they leave, after they have selected new shoes, clothes, and a coat, they are proud of their presentation. This program elevates children in every way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteers, giving of their heart and time to help children in need, are what make Assistance League Las Vegas (ALLV) unique and special. For over 40 years, ALLV has been an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff. I have been honored to be a member for 9 years. Volunteers work diligently to impact Clark County children through our many programs. Operation School Bell provides a school-appropriate wardrobe to over 8,000 students annually. Students with the most need are referred to us by the school district. Besides leaving with a bag of brand new clothes (jeans, shirts, jacket, socks, shoes, underwear, hygiene supplies, blanket, hat and gloves, reading book), students leave our facility with HUGE smiles and a remnewed sense of self-confidence!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I volunteered with a community group at Operation School Bell for six years before I became an active member of Assistance League of Las Vegas. The organization is amazing- it is an all volunteer group that dresses 8,000+ children per year! I am inspired by the caring and dedicated members that came before me, and who continue to make the work of Assistance League their lifelong passion.
The children that I have had the privilege to work with are so sweet and are truly appreciative of the help that we are providing to them, but also to their families. I have had numerous children tell me that their parents (or caregiver) will be so excited for them to have the new clothes and school supplies that we provide. These children want to go to school and learn, and I enjoy helping them be successful.
I am honored to be part of this organization!

scourtemarsh

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new volunteer with Assistance League (since the end of November 2017) and I am already very impressed by how organized and neat everything is. Hard to believe, when you find out the Charity is run EXCLUSIVELY by volunteers. No paid Board of Directors!!! It is run like a well-oiled machine, each committee is composed of highly capable women (mostly women) and things get done efficiently. I am proud to say I am now a part of this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

On a very busy Saturday, I had a little boy about 8 years old. We went shopping in our OSB store and he was overwhelmed by all the clothes besides getting to pick out what he liked. He had never been shopping before this shopping spree. After 15 minutes of shopping, I returned him to the other children that were having pizza for lunch. He said I have had new clothes, energy bar, string cheese and now pizza, wow, is this what it is like to have a Birthday Party. Dressing little Micky made me realize why I work so many days and so hard helping these young children so deserving.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member for 5 years and love working for this organization. We are all volunteers working everyday to make a difference in the lives of the children and their families in our community. We have a Thrift Shop that helps provide funds for our many philanthropic programs which include Operation School Bell, Assistance League's Closets in elementary schools, Bears provided to various agencies for children in crisis, Layette program to name a few.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League of Las Vegas for 8 years now. We are 100 % volunteers with NO PAID STAFF. All donations go 100% to help children in need in the Las Vegas Valley. Last year Operation School Bell, our signature program, was able to help over 8000 children in need of school clothing. We are helping to make successful young adults out of these school children. When you don't have to worry about what you are wearing to school you can concentrate on your studies and succeed in school then succeed in LIFE !!!!! What a great feeling it is to be making a difference in the world we live in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League Las Vegas is the best non-profit organization there is. Everyone is a volunteer. No one gets a paycheck so ALL the monies raised goes directly back into the Las Vegas Valley. Our largest program is Operation School Bell. We clothe under privileged and homeless children in the Clark County School District. Every year our numbers grow -- last year we clothed over 8000 children. If someone is looking for a place to donate they don't need to look any further...... Assistance League Las Vegas will use their donation for the good of Las Vegas !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my 9th year volunteering - I have been in many organizations through the years but ALLV is exceptional - Every volunteer is there to help either through the thrift store or School Bell program but the most fun is being a KIDS ON THE BLOCK puppeteer - we go to many schools and perform shows teaching the audience that disabilities just make us different but really we are all the same - our Bullying skits are very relevant in today's world (unfortunately) - KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as a member with the amazing women of Assistance League since 1990 . I am so gratified at how hard members and volunteers work. What a wonderful group of people and how much we are able to accomplish to enhance the lives of children and their families. Whether one works with Operation School Bell, clothing needy children, the Thrift Store, selling donations of items from our friends in the community to help pay the bills, or any of the other branches of ALLV, our all volunteer membership excells at going the extra mile to help those who are in need of our services. I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful organization!
Suzanne Rivers