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Assistance League of Charlotte

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Community Service Clubs, Family Services, Human Services, Thrift Shops, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Assistance League of Charlotte is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through community-based philanthropic programs - we feed, we clothe, we mentor, we educate. Their vision is to enable every child to succeed. The goals of Assistance League of Charlotte are to: empower volunteers for increased effectiveness in our community, ensure a viable future for the organization, and achieve name recognition as a leading volunteer organization. Changing lives - child by child!

Target demographics: children in high poverty environments obtain necessary and basic fundamentals to help them succeed in their education

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 65, 000 children

Geographic areas served: Charlotte, North Carolina

Programs: Operation School Bell®;Operation Check Hunger; Mecklenburg County Teen Court, Scholarships and Outreach

Community Stories

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Debbie Silverman T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Charlotte is a philanthropic organization with programs that impact children. They feed,clothe, educate and mentor children. I have been a member for over 15 years, serving on the board and as program chairs. It is a wonderful group of volunteers who care deeply about the community. The majority of money raised for programs comes from the proceeds of a great thrift shop.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I moved to Charlotte 7 years ago I read a customer review on Yelp saying that the Assistance League thrift store was the Tiffany of thrift stores. This is most certainly true!
I’ve been volunteering at Assistance League for the past 3 years and I’m so impressed with the dedication of the women I work with. The AL helps the community in so many ways: the mission of the Organization is We feed, We clothe, We mentor and We educate.
Additionally, the quality of the goods sold at the thrift shop is incredible and the merchandise is displayed as well as any retail store.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The assistance league is one of my favorite thrift stores. It is so organized, easy to shop and the volunteers are so helpful and nice. I love shopping there because I always find something wonderful and I know the proceeds are helping those in need. Thanks for being here.

Michele H.4

Board Member

Rating: 5

My initial experience with Assistance League of Charlotte was shopping in the Thrift Shop at 3405 S. Tryon St.,Charlotte, NC. I was impressed by the friendliness of the staff and by the organization, cleanliness, and quality of merchandise in the shop. I learned that it was an all member volunteer non-profit organization, and I asked for volunteer information. After a volunteer meeting and tour of the facility, I joined Assistance League in 2018 and have been active on several committees, working in the Thrift Shop, working in the warehouse sorting and prepping merchandise to sell, and have been elected as Secretary to the Board. There is a great appreciation among the volunteers for the philanthropic programs for children and families in the community that are supported by the agency. And I still shop in Charlotte's most upscale Thrift Shop!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned about Assistance League by shopping at their boutique-like thrift store. When I was looking for a volunteer opportunity, I thought of this group. Assistance League is an all-volunteer organization with an 80% return of revenue to the community through programs and services for children in the public school system. Great place to volunteer AND shop!

Angie W.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with this chapter for a year now and it's been an amazing experience. From the level or organization down to the cleanliness and dedication of the long time members, it's impressive! You know they're doing great when you see so many regular customers coming in weekly just to see some of the members while shopping. Everyone I've encountered has been kind and passionate about the cause.

Sandra O.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first visited the Assistance League thrift shop as a customer and was so impressed with the boutique atmosphere and then with the organization that I became a member. I have volunteered in several areas and enjoyed every opportunity to help. Most of all, being a newcomer to Charlotte , I was happy to meet so many wonderful people and make new friendships. It has been one of the best experiences I have had since arriving here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member volunteer at the local level and also serve nationally on a committee. I have devoted the last six years of my free time to help families and children in need. Thousands of hours are donated by members to do the hard work. In Charlotte our mission helps thousands of children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

we feed, we clothe, we mentor, we educate
As a former seventh grade teacher, I was looking for a place to fit in when we moved to Charlotte four years ago. I was introduced to Assistance League of Charlotte by a friend and I found a perfect fit! I love thrifting and the volunteer run thrift store is more like a consignment store with bargains displayed beautifully. I loved my former students and working with children and seeing their eyes light up when they receive their brand new clothes warms my heart. Knowing we further education with our scholarship program helps me know I am spending my time where I belong. Come join us, shop us, and you'll find a perfect fit too!

Lane Williams A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

People always ask, where’d you get that sofa/desk/table/sugar dish/quilt/Christmas Santa/necklace....ok I’ll stop listing all of my amazing purchases! Hands down the BEST resale store in CHarlotte, AND you’re helping our community’s children while finding GREAT deals. Win/win!!! Thank you AL ❤️

Norma D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group has an amazing Thrift Shop! They help children in our community by feeding, clothing them for school and offering scholarships to high school graduates!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Charlotte is a marvelous organization in so many ways. I was first drawn to it by the many ways in which it supports our community--new clothing and accessories to elementary school students in the area; back-packs filled with food over the weekend for families and their children; scholarships; Mecklenburg County Teen Court; a marvelous thrift shop to raise funds...to name a few. I like how there is only one part-time paid employee; everyone else involved is a volunteer.

Everyone who volunteers is totally dedicated to helping those in need in our community. It is a pleasure to work with such wonderful people to help those in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that contributes so much to the Charlotte area. We donate new school clothes (uniforms, coats, accessories, shoes and books) to hundreds of children each year. We provide food to 15,000+ students each year through a backpack program and school food pantries. We work with Mecklenburg County to provide the Teen Court Services to hundreds of youth, and we have scholarships available to those in need.

How is this possible? We have a great staff of volunteers to prepare and sell donated goods to customers at our store. We work very hard and to provide a wonderful, friendly, clean and organized shopping experience for our customers. Selections include clothes, furniture, toys, books, household furnishings, linen, artwork, electronics, jewelry, handbags, and so much more.

Please stop by--check us out! Sign up for our mailing list! Support our children! Volunteer! You'll be glad you did!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Assistance League of Charlotte three years ago. It is a wonderful volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and their families.
we feed -we clothe - we mentor - we educate
visit us www.assistanceleague.org/charlotte

joanspec

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Joan Spector and I’ve been a volunteer at the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired for more than 5 years. It never ceases to amaze me. I originally volunteered to write a monthly blog for the Miami-based non-profit. More than 60 months later, I am still doing so. In truth, I am the one who has truly benefited from the opportunity to meet, interview, and write about the many incredibly dedicated members of the Miami Lighthouse staff, starting with its most amazing member, President and CEO Virginia Jacko.
Lately, I have been fascinated by the Lighthouse’s new and very innovative Pre-K program for 4 and 5 year olds. To my knowledge, what makes it so remarkable is the fact that for the very first time in the nation, this is a program designed for both sighted and vision-impaired children. The children play and learn together, and I can tell you from my own experience, it is very hard to tell the difference between them. It is such an innovative program that the Children’s Trust is funding a study to see how it effects the children as they mature.
I’ve interviewed several of the mothers of the children in the program. One of my favorites was Anisia LaRosa, mother of Julian Rooks. What she had to say pretty much says it all.
“My son Julian is one of the sighted children in the Miami Lighthouse’s Pre-K program. He is totally unaware that some of his classmates are visually impaired and some are sighted like him. He’s friends with them all. That says a good deal about this remarkable school program. In my mind it is beautiful. Thank you for letting Julien have this wonderful experience.”
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The majority of my volunteer hours as a member of Assistance League of Charlotte are spent with the Mecklenburg County Teen Court program. This program not only holds local teens accountable for their actions by their admission of guilt, but it also gives them the opportunity to maintain a clean criminal record. Once they have completed the sentence given to them by a jury of their peers, the charge is expunged. This is a very important opportunity for the youth of our community to learn that their actions have consequences beyond what they may be thinking of at the moment. It allows them to look ahead to college applications and/or job possibilities without the fear of a criminal charge on their record.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a regular weekly volunteer in the Thrift Store - Amazing customers who I have gotten to know on a personal basis. Their joy in finding a "treasure" or a great outfit at a great price is so rewarding.

I also work with underprivileged children providing them with a complete set of clothes ,, shoes and winter coat through our Operation School Bell. The joy in their faces when they see the clothes and actually have them in their bags tears at my heart.

We do so much more for underprivileged children and their families. The thanks we get is worth every bit of our energy. This is what I love about volunteering for Assistance League of Charlotte and of course all the wonderful women who give us their time volunteering.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Charlotte has been my primary volunteer outlet for over a dozen years. There is no better feeling than seeing a student beam over their shopping bag filled with new clothes, or knowing a family leaving one of our mobile pantries loaded down with food will now have full bellies. Too many in our city live pay check to pay check or work multiple jobs hoping to keep their head above water. One small disruption can be catastrophic. So many of our thrift shop customers use our shop as a social outlet as well as a place to get a bargain. We are the "Cheers" of Charlotte thrift shops. Knowing Assistance League of Charlotte can make everyday life easier for many in my community motivates all the volunteer hours.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Charlotte is a chapter of National Assistance League, headquartered in California, and the Charlotte chapter is well-regarded among those involved in chapters nationwide as an outstanding example of what can be done by an organization powered by volunteers. There is a vitality and a sense of can-do among its members that has generated growth in its funding and the programs it supports. As a 4-year member volunteer I continue to be impressed with how much thought goes into developing, running and growing the programs to support children in the Charlotte Mecklenburg area. The genuine compassion for helping kids and the enthusiasm of my fellow members has begun to attract more and more volunteers looking to contribute significant time and talent to making life better for children in need.

Because Assistance League Charlotte is a member/volunteer run organization, the funds we raise go to our philanthropic programs, not to administration costs. I encourage everyone to learn about this non-profit and to contribute to its mission to feed, clothe, mentor and educate children. You can help Assistance League Charlotte by shopping at our fabulous thrift shop and by donating gently used items to help stock the store. Our volunteers there will be happy to tell you about our philanthropic programs supported by the shop's proceeds. If you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer and make a real impact in the community you can do no better than to join this group of enthusiastic, talented - and optimistic! - volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Charlotte Thrift Shop is not only a fabulous place to volunteer, but it is also a great place to shop. There are all kinds of treasures to be found at the Thrift Shop and proceeds support children in Mecklenburg County through five philanthropic programs. It's a five star organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of many organizations before I moved to Charlotte. I joined ALC 15 years ago and have enjoyed every minute. We take pride in the fact that we are all volunteers and run a very complex business. Our thrift shop keeps growing because of our dedicated customers and volunteers. Our sales topped the $520,000 mark 3 years ago and we expect it to go well over that again this year. The revenue from the thrift shop funds our 4 programs. All of the money raised through grants and the thrift shop stays in the Charlotte area. Our programs benefit at risk children in the Charlotte area. We have provided food, uniforms, scholarships to thousands of children in the area. We also mentor teens that are first time offenders in our teen court program. Come shop and volunteer with us, you will love it.












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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Charlotte is an all-volunteer organization working hard to help every child succeed by providing thousands of meals and new school uniforms to disadvantaged children, mentoring hundreds of youthful volunteers and first time offenders, and granting more than $30,000 in scholarships each year. A majority of the funds used for the programs are raised through a Thrift Shop which provides high quality items at very reasonable prices.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a realitivly new member to AL, I started out as a visitor to the thrift store and absolutely fell in love with the place. The volunteers were so welcoming and were very passionate about sharing what AL is all about. Their enthusiasm was so contagious. I wanted to be a part of it. In my short stint there, I find that weekly I'm blown away by what this orginatization accomplishes for high risk children in our city! The men and women here are focused, organized , fun, and committed to the tasks at hand, ( which are many). This is truly a first class non-profit and I'm very proud to be a part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is truly an honor to volunteer with Assistance League of Charlotte. Since becoming a member volunteer four years ago, I've been overwhelmed by the ingenuity of our volunteers putting action into play and integrating our five core values - commitment, leadership, ethics, accountability and respect - when responding to individual and community needs. Looking forward to this upcoming year and being a part of this enterprising organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since becoming a member volunteer of Assistance League of Charlotte two years ago I have witnessed the amount of love and dedication this organization has for our community. Our philanthropic programs enable us to make a difference in children's lives and for this we are all rewarded.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As chairman of Operation Check Hunger, one of our main programs, I'm helping children and families in our community who need food assistance. We provide pantries, mobile pantries, send home weekly backpacks and help a special needs school. It is a tremendous organization that can aid so many people each year. Each volunteer member is committed to our various programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Charlotte is the local chapter of the non-profit National Assistance League. Similar to the 120 chapters across the country, ALC is operated by dedicated volunteers and sustained by community donations in order to provide philanthropic programs for local children and their families. It is well organized, well run and full of creative, caring and friendly volunteers. It is an honor to be part of their team and to see first hand the wonderful work they do for our local children. Kudos!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Charlotte is a dynamic organization of men and women joined together to help disadvantaged children. Their slogan “ we feed, we clothe, we mentor, we educate” reflects the realization that children need help in many ways and at each stage of their lives. The Thrift Shop at 3405 South Tryon, the main source of income, is a true treasure chest where people shop for bargains because they enjoy the “hunt for the unusual” or a place to fill the needs of those with limited funds. A friendly place where shoppers and workers a like know they are doing good for their community. I am proud to be a member and urge you to check our our store, our causes, our people and join us there is a lot of work that still needs to be done.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Charlotte is an incredible volunteer organization helping children at risk in Mecklenburg County. ALC members clothe, feed, mentor and educate through their various philanthropies including Operation School Bell, Operation Check Hunger, Mecklenburg Teen Court and a generous Scholarship Program for example. Funds to underwrite all of these superb efforts come from sales profits at the Assistance League Thrift Shop located at 3405 S. Tryon in Charlotte, NC. This Thrift Store is heads and shoulders beyond any shop of its kind throughout the southeast! The shop is large, well-organized, extremely neat and clean and offers gently used items of all kinds: housewares, clothing for men, women and children, fantastic furniture, books, collectibles, jewelry, linens and bedding, toys.....you name it, they have it! Special sales throughout the year feature reduced items at incredible prices; especially notable is the Bauble and Bags Sale in August that offers hundreds of quality handbags, beautiful jewelry and accessory items that customers wait in line to be the first to enter the store and acquire these once-a-year bargains! Volunteers work tirelessly year around to sort, price and display the donated items and then work hours in the store to assist customers with their shopping.
This non-profit is, without a doubt, one of the finest efforts locally in Charlotte and is one chapter out of many all over the United States that help our children enjoy a happier, healthier, productive future. Membership is rewarding and is open to any caring person who simply wants to make a difference in a needy child's life! Kudos to the Assistance League of Charlotte.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

How refreshing to find an organization that does an amazing service to the children of Charlotte! The programs supported by their fabulous thrift shop help to clothe, feed, and educate needy and deserving youth in the Charlotte area. Kudos to this wonderful group of women!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every ALC member I have met has been delightful and extremely helpful. I am in awe of all of the programs they organize and execute to the benefit of the children in our area. What a wonderful organization, consistently doing good in the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization helping the community by giving priority to children. I just love volunteering there.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Changing Lives - Child by Child This remarkable organization reaches out into their area;s backyards to help children in need in the Charlotte Mecklenburg, NC community. Staffed and ran by volunteers, last year ALC clothed children in new school uniforms, distributed hygiene kits and school supplies, fed through backpacks, in school food pantries and mobile food pantries; awarded scholarships so deserving children could achieve a higher education and helped teens to help teens negotiate their way out of trouble and get back on the right path.
Funding for these programs comes from a unique business model because the volunteers run a thrift shop selling upscale donations they have been given to underwrite program costs. Assistance League of Charlotte is an extraordinary organization doing extraordinary good for the Charlotte Mecklenburg community and it's high poverty children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am one of 30+ retired men who volunteer at the Assistance League. It is a pleasure to be able to share a role in helping children in need in Mecklenburg County through the Assistance League. We deliver snacks to schools, work at Teen Court, deliver shoes for Operation School Bell, and help out with the backroom duties at the terrific Thrift Shop at 3405 S. Tryon. I am proud to be associated with this great organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Very well run nonprofit organization with excellent volunteer leadership and dedicated board members.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a member volunteer with the Assistance League of Charlotte for the last 4 years. We are a hard working group of amazing women working together to bring 5 valuable philanthropic programs to the at-risk children here in Charlotte. Please consider supporting our efforts by shopping in our Thrift Shop, donating gently used household goods, furniture and clothing at our donation door, or becoming a member volunteer! We are located on South Tryon and Clanton Roads.

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Donor

Rating: 5

These are the hardest working volunteers. They own and operate the beautiful Assistance League Thrift Shop where you can find great bargains on everything you could use around your home. While saving money you are helping Assistance League of Charlotte feed, clothe, mentor, and educate kids in Charlote in need of a helping hand. What could be better than that!

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Donor

Rating: 5

You don't feel like you're at a thrift shop when you go to the Assistance League. Its very clean, the volunteers are really helpful and provide great customer service, and you can alway find what you're looking for.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm proud to be a member of this wonderful hard working organization of women and men. I've been a member volunteer for 14 years and now that I am retired it has become one of the most rewarding part of my life. The care and consideration each member shows for the children we serve, and the members we serve with, is heart warming. We are hard working volunteers who love what we do and it shows in the many lives we work to improve.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

After 26 years in the corporate world and almost nine years as a member volunteer I am still amazed at what all we do for the Charlotte at-risk youth in our community: we feed, we clothe, we mentor, we educate. We are a member-led volunteer nonprofit organization administering five philanthropic programs and managing a terrific Thrift Shop that helps fund those programs. Please check us out at charlotte.assistanceleague.org and come by the Thrift Shop open to the public T/TH/FRI/SAT 10:00-4:00. Join us by becoming a member and be a part of a dynamic group of women who've been making a difference in Charlotte childrens' lives for over 20 years!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League for over 12 years. Serving the children of Charlotte by providing new school clothing, snacks at school, working with teen offenders and providing scholarships to outstanding young men and women, has been a very rewarding experience. This is a very dedicated group of women who volunteer countless hours caring and working for Charlotte youth.
We also run an outstanding Thrift Shop, which helps fund these programs! A hard working group of men volunteer in our backroom and together we hope to continue growing our organization. The need is great and the children of Charlotte need to know we care.

1 Sharon89

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wrote a review of this wonderful organization when I was no longer a member. I have rejoined and am so thrilled to once again be a part of this outstanding group of dedicated individuals serving the less fortunate children and families of Charlotte.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although I am no longer a member because of moving away, I still regard Assistance League of Charlotte as a fabulous non profit organization dedicated to the less fortunate children of Charlotte. Their philanthropic programs are staffed by a marvelous group of caring women who strive very hard to make the lives of youngsters in the area so much better.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Thrift Shop is a treasure trove of items that should be a frequent stop for smart shoppers. I've purchased brand new drapes, handbags, luggage and more at affordable prices. A win win as this is a foundation worthy of our support.

1 Dolores J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization! I have been volunteering with Assistance League of Charlotte for almost 11 years. We are dedicated to improving the lives of our community's children and families through five philanthropic programs - we feed, we clothe, we mentor, we educate! The revenue from our fabulous thrift shop helps fund these programs. And, we couldn't do what we do without the support of our grantors and donors. If you're looking for a place to volunteer or make a donation (monetary or goods for our thrift shop) - check us out!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League for almost nine years, and wouldn't exchange this experience for anything! We feed, clothe, mentor and educate through our community-based philanthropic programs. We really do make a difference every day. Seeing the gratitude in the eyes of a child lets me know it is all worthwhile. If you want to make a difference in our community and make great friends at the same time, this is the organization for you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a GREAT group of dedicated volunteers tht accomplish amazing things. Sadly unsung SHERO"S in Charlotte

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent customer service, and a great selection of used and antique furniture for very reasonable prices. A great charity run by great ladies!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing thrift shop - The best in Charlotte! Great selection and terrific prices and the money raised goes back to the community in helping children. All workers are non- paid, volunteering their time and energy to help the needy of Charlotte.

Patricia74

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first began shopping at ALC I was after the great bargains. After a few months of seeing them working with children and seeing their commitment, I would not shop elsewhere. I tell all my friends to shop there too. My brother uses a computer purchased there. All my grown sons dress pants are purchased at ALC and books. Recently I added to my china pattern at ALC. My sister purchased a unique ruby ring for me at ALC. Their name brand clothing is often new and discounted. ALC makes my shopping trips guilt free because I am participating in their mission!
Pat L

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a part of such a community driven organization. We touch so many children and their families through our philanthropic programs. The volunteers in our organization are the hardest working folks I have ever worked with.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working for this wonderful volunteer organization for nearly three years. Every day we feed 4000 school children and clothe over 2000 school children annually. We mentor first time teen offenders through our Teen Court Program and awarded $30,000 in scholarships last year. Our funds come from the sales in our highly successful Assistance League Thrift Shop, grant awards and donations. We have only one paid employee so our return to the community is truly exceptional. I am proud to work alongside the more than 150 dedicated and caring volunteer members. We make a difference in our community everyday by filling the needs of children who might otherwise go hungry, not attend school or become crime statistics. My charity of choice is most definitely Assistance League of Charlotte!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Charlotte has been making great strides in it's effort to better serve the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. We are set to close on our own building very soon, a sign of real progress and growth as we enter our 21st year of existence!

Susan157

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with children all my working career, as a teacher and a children's librarian. When I heard about Assistance League of Charlotte's mission to improve the lives of children in Charlotte, I knew this was an organization that I could wrap my arms around. Assistance League members raise money for the organization's philanthropic programs by volunteering in its retail thrift shop at 3600 S. Tryon St. and through other fund-raising activities. Then members have an opportunity to see this money in action. From being a personal shopper assisting a child (1800 children this school year) choose new school clothes in its Operation School Bell program), to sorting snacks (3,000 each school day) for delivery to elementary schools to alleviate hunger in its Operation Check Hunger program, to working with first-time offenders in its teen court program, to awarding college scholarships (over $25,00 last year), Assistance League is making a difference in so many lives in Charlotte. Working alongside the wonderful women that belong to this organization is icing on the cake!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined the Assistance League of Charlotte and am overwhelmed by all of the great work they do to help people in the community. The volunteers are so commited to the mission of this organization. They donate a tremendous amount of time to run the thrift shop and do many special programs such as Operation School Bell, Teen Court and Baubles and Bags that positively impact the community. I am proud to be part of such a great team.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Assistance League of Charlotte on the recommendation of a friend at church after my retirement. The services provided to the community are awesome! My favorite program is Operation School Bell, clothing elementary school children from uniform schools. These kids will melt your heart with their smiles, hugs and heartfelt thanks. My "grown-up" interaction is helping in the Thrift Shop and on our work Mondays when we process donations received as well as serve on the Marketing Committee. These activities give you the opportunity to meet and be with the membership overall and you couldn't find a better group to be associated with. Dedicated, hardworkers, fun - and we achieve our mission/goals to the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful service organization serving the community from clothing elementary school children for school to providing college scholarships to the "needy" but excellent high school students. Also makes a big difference in the live's of young kids who get into trouble with the law enforement. First time offenders are allowed to clear their records though Teen Court.

Jane G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a menber since I moved to the area in '96. I have yet to see us not over achieve in our mission. Our volunteers work thousands of hours a year for the betterment of the underpriviaged children in our area........with very rewarding results

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This dedicated group of member volunteers, with help from committed community non-members, works exceedingly hard to make our community a better place for all. Helping every child to succeed is more than a mission statement, it is way of life for these individuals who feed, clothe, mentor and educate at risk children in our area.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League of Charlotte since 1999. Volunteering with this organization is just about the best thing I have ever done. I have made some wonderful friends and helped some terrific children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Deborah O.

Donor

Rating: 5

the assistance league of charlotte is our charity partner...I must say I could not be prouder to assist in this organization. My experience with the assistance league has never fallen short of proud. The volenteers are professional and caring and do a world of good.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board Member/Volunteer of Assistance League of Charlotte, and a very active volunteer within the Charlotte community all my adult life, I can honestly say this is a group of dedicated volunteers unlike any group or organization I have encountered. before. They work hard, they are frugal with their funds and their hearts are in the right place. Does Assistance League of Charlotte change lives? You bet we do. We clothe children in uniforms and warm winter coats so they can fit into their school classes, We fill hungry bellies with nutritious snacks so they can concentrate on their studies. We turn lives around by giving a teen a second chance to right a wrong. We give scholarships to deserving students so college becomes a reality. We waste nothing as we reach out to other organizations in our Outreach program. I tell each and every person who will slow down long enough to listen about Assistance League of Charlotte, what we do, why we do it and how they can help.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Charlotte volunteers are a group of hard-working people with the biggest hearts in the city. I was first drawn to them through a newspaper article about their program, Operation Check Hunger. In this day and age, children shouldn't go hungry, and here was this organization making sure they didn't. Daily during the school year, Assistance League of Charlotte provides snacks to send home with thousands of children so they can attend to their studies without an empty tummy. WOW! I wanted to be a part of that group. While that is the program that drew me to Assistance League, I met with them and was taken aback with their other programs. Many, many hours go into support of Operation School Bell, Operation Check Hunger, Mecklenburg County Teen Court, Scholarships, Outreach and into running the Thrift Store which is the primary source of funding for the programs. While working hard, volunteers have fun yet never lose focus of the goals of feeding, clothing, mentoring and educating at risk children and their families in the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Charlotte - Mecklenburg County Teen Court - My son was involved in an incident at school - an incident involving significant peer pressure. This program was absolutely invaluable to my son, Andy. Not only was this program an alternative to the formal court system, the program gave my son an opportunity to participate and understand our court system and contribute to the community in several ways. He received a sentence for his participation in the incident, and through the process, he more fully understood the ramifications of this behavior and more importantly, learned alternative ways of responding to similar situations now and in the future. He also had the opportunity to serve as a juror, and understand the 'other side of the courtroom'. I cannot say enough good things about this program - it saved my child, and I am truly grateful. A Thankful Parent.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Charlotte is an important, and well-run,asset to our community. These volunteers provide clothing in the form of school uniforms and coats, shoes, underwear, and tolietries to thousands of our community's most needy students. These ladies order, sort and deliver daily snacks to dozens of schools and serve thousands of economically challenged in this small way to help them get through their school day without an empty stomach. The Thrift Shop that the Assistance League runs is not only beautiful but so efficent. It serves as their primary source of funds - but through their well priced items, repair and press job on clothing, and complete inspection and repair on household items, and furniture offerings - the Assistance League Thrift Shop is an important shopping haven for many of our city's residents to make ends meet. The Teen Court program is unique both to our County and the only one of it's kind for an Assistance League in the US. This program has made a difference in changing the lifes of teens - not just a way to get them out of the court experience. In addition it had saved the court system so much time and money! The Assistance League of Charlotte NC is a true gem in our community for the one of a kind work they do!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Assistance League is an amazing consortium of women who have taken the time to gather and empower women and children who are less fortunate. Growing up, I was a latch-key kid in Harlem, NYC. My mom became a single mom through divorce and struggled to raise my brother and I. I remember my grandmother borrowing a cup of milk from the neighbors one day so that I could have something in my stomach for school. It may not have been the Assistance league that helped me and my family in NYC, but it was through the efforts of people like them that I was able to become what I have become. I was mentored, clothed and fed by folks like these and their work is changing lives at the speed of which i am sure they have no idea. If they could see into the future they would be able to see what a difference they are making. this is an amazing group and its why I sit on the board of advisors.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen the work that this organization does by the enthousiasm that its volunteers show and the time that they put in to their work. I am delighted to be part of an organization that gives so much to children and families in our community. Operation School Bell does a wonderful of giving clothing to school children. The AL thrift shop provides another opportunity for families to find items that they may need. I am a new board member but I joined the board because I want to be able to help this wonderful organization continue its fine work in this community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic orgnization that changes lives. My favorite program is their Operation School Bell. It provides new school clothes for students who do not have appropriate clothing. Keep up the great work AL!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Charlotte chapter is a group of hardworking, fun loving volunteers whose work has a huge impact on local students with new clothing (School Bell), peer counseling (Teen Court) and school snacks. Members and guests attend philanthropic programs together such as the Empty Bowl Luncheon and sponsor the splendid annual fundraising fashion show. And the Thrift Shop!It is decorated and managed like a small,high quality department store with donations from the public. The stock is fresh and items seasonal, and they do not waste anything, by donating those items that do not sell to other organizations. It has been a privilege to meet so many women dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work as a news anchor at WBTV and I'm involved in lots of efforts to help Charlotte at risk youth. One of my favorite organizations is Assistance League of Charlotte. The work these volunteers do-- changes lives. I am always moved when it's time for operation school bell. The joy and pride you see on these youngster's faces stays with you year round. Through their school bell efforts you children who otherwise wouldn't have the proper uniforms are able to go to school with new clothing, a warm coat and the grooming supplies that will make them feel confident and ready to learn. I have never met a volunteer who didn't have those young kids at the center of her heart. The AL thrift shop is one of my favorite second hand s hops in town. I am always so impressed with the volunteers who work in the shop. They are always enthusiatic, attentive and engergized. It makes the experience of shopping there fun! I wish I could spend more time with the AL of Charlotte. It's the kind of organization that makes me feel good and know I'm making a difference!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was really just dropping some stuff off, or at least that is how it started... But the problem is, the people who volunteer at Assistance League of Charlotte are just so nice, they sort of suck you into a conversation. They're excited about what they do, and that rubs off on the people they talk to. So when I realized that I might be of some assistance, it didn't take long for me to want to help... That was almost a year ago. And in that time, I've come to realize that even making a little difference, can mean a lot to the right person. That time volunteered, doesn't mean that the work is unrewarding. And being part of something good, can actually be something great.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Assisstance League of Charlotte for nearly three years and the services they provide the community is beyond comparison. They have helped improve the lives of so many families in the area which in turn impacts the entire Charlotte community in such a positive way. I feel honored to have helped in such a small way to this dedicated organization!