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Assistance League Of Albuquerque Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: Assistance league of albuquerque, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, improves lives through philanthropic programs that fulfill basic needs and enhance the quality of lives in the albuquerque metropolitan area.

Programs: Operation school bell provides clothing and shoes to elementary and middle school students.

the kids are pretty special (k. A. P. S) program provides clothing and hygiene kits through children, youth and family department for children identified as being at risk.

the sharing program distributes gently used items from assistance league's thrift store to appropriate non-profit organizations.

blue portal: provides an outlet for senior crafters to sell their crafts in a retail environment. 100% of entire purchase price is returned to the senior crafters. Buddy bears: teddy bears are provided to police and fire departments for use in traumatic situations involving children. Assault survivor kits (a. S. K. ): provides clothing, snacks and community kits for assault victims. Tender loving care (t. L. C. ): provides new handmade layettes and knitted chemo caps to university of new mexico hospital.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best programs is the Operation School Bell which provides school uniforms for elementary and middle school students who can't afford them. The program provided over 3700 students with uniforms and shoes and partnered with a local TV station to provide an additional 2200 pairs of new shoes to students.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A group of more than 300 women (and a few men) that reach out into the margins of the Albuquerque community. Operation School Bell serves the Title 1 schools in the Albuquerque area providing new shoes, socks, a backpack and a book of their choosing. Caps are knit for chemo and premies. A philanthropic store is run in Old Town Albuquerque that provides gallery space (at no charge)for Senior New Mexicans to sell their art - 100% of the proceeds go to the artist. Victims of assault are with privacy and care given assistance after the trauma. A large Thrift Shop, now with furniture, receives donations and resells them to support our philanthropic programs. It was selected Best In City for 2015 by ABQthe Magazine.

Review from Guidestar

Judy153

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As I approach the ten year mark as a member of Assistance League I am still impressed by the energy and commitment level of our members. Camaraderie, spirit and the sheer fun of voluntarism are demonstrated daily as many willing hands accomplish "impossible" tasks and even make it look easy.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Albuquerque is thriving and growing. With this growth comes the opportunity to enhance the philanthropic programs offered to children in need, senior artisans and people suffering from violence or abuse. Growth also is accompanied by greater need for funding. The volunteers of Assistance League are incredibly dedicated and hard working, donating time in the Thrift Shop, shopping for essential items for CYFD, or putting shoes on over 3,400 little feet. Last year, the return to the community was 80%! This year will likely mirror that return. I am proud to be a small part of this organization.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through Assistance League, we purchased shoes for all the kids enrolled at Cuidando Los Ninos as well as for their siblings. One of those boys is ten, lives in his car because he is homeless, and is on the Honor Roll at school. He arrived at Cuidando after school as the shoes from Payless Shoes were being unloaded. Payless had marked the shoe boxes with the recipients’ names. He offered to help unpack the shoes. When he saw the box marked with his name - Philip - he asked if the shoes were for him. When he was told that they were, he started crying and couldn’t believe that he had been given a new pair of shoes to replace his held together with tape.

Sherri Wells who is the Development Director for Cuidando asked the parents and children that they serve what constitutes security for them. The parents wanted enough gas in the car to get to work. The kids wanted new shoes. Apparently, lack of decent shoes is a major cause for bullying.

Who knew a pair of new shoes is a treasure?

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League of Albuquerque since 2009, and I am constantly impressed with the energy, professionalism, and care our members put forth when serving those in need. We have eight programs that reach thousands of disadvantaged children and adults in Albuquerque. Our most recent project, a shoe drive for children in Title 1 schools, is representative of how our members come together, eager to be part of a project that assists the children in our community. The involvement with the school children, the amount of hours of volunteerism, keen organizational skills, and members’ enthusiasm are what made our shoe drive a success. Involvement, volunteerism, excellent organization, and enthusiasm are the reasons that Assistance League of Albuquerque is a success. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this outstanding organization.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is my third year as a Board member for Assistance League of Albuquerque. The organization has impacred the lives of many children in Title 1 schools in the city by providing school uniforms. This year we partnered with a local television station, KRQE, to provide over 2000 new tennis shoes to children in six schools. This process involved mamy volunteers and many hours sorting and distributing shoes. It is one of the most personally rewarding experiences I've had with this group. Each child was given a book along with new shoes and the smiles on their faces were priceless. It was a win- win for everyone involved!

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a retired psychologist, I have personal knowledge of the need that exists in many of the children of Albuquerque. It's been most gratifying to experience the way this organization has touched to lives of thousands of families. It does my heart good to know that my time and energy are being used in a very productive way. What a great and efficient organization!

Janeanne Snow

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

After retiring as CEO from Ronald McDonald House Charities of NM, I went looking for opportunities where I could continue to serve those most vulnerable in our community while still using my business skills. Assistance League of Albuquerque was the answer. Not only are the philanthropic programs truly helping people in need, the organization is run like a well-oiled machine. Considering everyone is a volunteer, the level of professionalism is amazing. Members bring their skills in financial oversight, fundraising, board development, public relations, facilities management, and much more. Every member gives of their time, talents and treasure to support the critical work of Assistance League. I am so fortunate to have found such an amazing organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Albuquerque touched over 12,000 lives in the community last year through its programs and partnerships. Most interactions will remain anonymous, but I would like to recount one. My husband, an engineer, worked with interns each year. A year ago, he repeatedly told me of one young intern who was exceptional: smart, curious, and sure to be outstanding in his field . On the intern's last day working, my husband took him to lunch, where they enjoyed sharing personal stories. It came out that I volunteer for Assistance League, whose signature program is to provide new clothing to kids in Title 1 schools. Hearing this, the young man paused and then said, "Yes. They helped me get an education. Without the clothing they provided, I could not have gone to school."

Assistance League makes a difference, and it does it every day.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Albuquerque, an all volunteer organization, is well organized and financially stable. Dedicated volunteers return well over the expected percentages to the underserved community, especially to children and women. While my tenure with the organization is coming up to the year mark, I have been impressed with the Assistance League's focus on raising awareness and strengthening their role within the Albuquerque community to increase funding opportunities. This, in turn, is used judiciously to support several philanthropic programs that are not offered by others. I truly believe that this focused effort has brought benefit to those most in need. I plan to continue volunteering my time and energy to this worthy organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Albuquerque is a great organization for volunteers and clients. As a volunteer for the past five years on many committees, on the board, and in the Thrift Shop I have had rewarding experiences, made many friends and felt as if I was making a difference. We do make a big difference in the community whether providing items for rape victims, school uniforms for needy children or premie caps for newborns at UNM. CYFD is able to better help the children and families they serve because of the items (diapers, formula, clothes) that we provide. Women returning to the work force come into the shop and are able to find professional clothes through the program, Our Sister's Closet. Many of these women have expressed thanks to us for this service. Firemen and Police carry Buddy Bears to hand out to children in crisis situations. Assistance League enables everyone to work with any or all of these programs. Then there is Blue Portal in Old Town where artisans are able to sell their wares with no charge to them. There are no paid employees...we are all volunteers.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of this organization since 1974 and am soon to celebrate my 40th year as an Assistance League volunteer. Starting in high school I had the opportunity to learn first hand the joys of giving and helping others. Assistance League is a great organization focused on philanthropic programs and addressing needs right in our own backyard. All you have to do is talk to an elementary or middle school teacher, student, or parent who has received clothing from us and they will tell you...Assistance League allowed my child to stay in school, make friends, be excepted by his.her peers, build self confidence, etc. We are Assistance League and we do make a difference1

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Albuquerque is constantly evolving for the better. With only volunteers to do its work, it's astounding what has been accomplished in just the fifteen years I have been a member. We run two shop: the thrift store (our fundraiser) and our senior consignment shop (strictly a program). Besides the staffing for these two shops, there is a huge corps of behind-the-scenes workers making sure we have due diligence in our financial transactions. The benefits for me, as a volunteer, are in the satisfaction of helping others and doing a good job, and in the interaction and camaraderie we enjoy.