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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 55, 000 children

Geographic areas served: Charlotte, North Carolina

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

Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.