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Assistance League of Kansas City

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Service Clubs, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Thrift Shops

Mission: Assistance League of Kansas City (ALKC), a chapter of National Assistance League, fulfills specific unmet needs of children and adults in the Kansas City area through philanthropic programs developed, funded and operated by dedicated volunteers and community partners. ALKC has served those in need since 1982. ALKC's programs provide school clothing, backpacks, school supplies and other necessitites for children in need, teach safety skills to elementary age students, supply teddy bears to comfort children in crisis, provide clothing to women and men who are victims of sexual assault, support seniors in area nursing homes and provide clothing for individuals who are entering or re-entering the job market.

Results: Assistance League of Kansas City has 350 members who contributed over 54,600 volunteer hours to serve 15,500 children, adults and seniors in 2013-2014. There are no paid employees.

Target demographics: fulfill specific unmet needs of children and adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: During 2013-2014, over 15,500 children and adults were served by our diverse community-based philanthropic programs.

Geographic areas served: the Kansas City area

Programs: Operation School Bell, Operation Child In Need, Assault Survivor Kits, Birthday/Celebration Bags, I'm In Charge, Operation Hug, Senior Outreach Service and Best Foot Forward.

Community Stories

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization provides an invaluable service to our students. When they "go shopping," our students are treated with dignity and respect. I appreciate everything that the Assistance League does for our children. Thank you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love taking my students to Operation ScHool Bell every year!
They love the experience and the clothes! The staff is always so helpful and kind!
The students are so excited when they come back, this truly helps their
self esteem and self confidence!
I also love that it helps provide eye glasses for students in need.
It helps their academic success!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Run entirely by volunteers, the Assistance League of Kansas City does an incredible job living into their Vision: "Together . . . Making Our Community Better." Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the organization continues to serve youth and adults in the KC Metro area with a variety of outstanding programs and outreach activities. Among their program highlights is Operation School Bell, which provides new clothing to over 2,800 needy elementary and middle school children in local school districts each year. The Assistance League's ReSALE Shop is the premier thrift shop in the area, providing the lion's share of the funding for the good work this organization continues to devote in service to those in need. Truly an amazing group of dedicated volunteers!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks for all you do for our community!! You have made an incredible difference in the lives of SO many.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a member of this organization for over 24 years. Currently an organization of over 350 members - we have NO paid staff. Our volunteers do this work out of the goodness of their hearts! Our 10 programs serve a variety of needs, ranging from those aged birth to seniors - none of which are duplicated within the community. Last year we served over 16,000 clients and our members logged in over 54,000 volunteer hours.
Each and every day I am amazed by the loyalty, generosity, commitment and passion that our members exude in running our programs and our fundraisers that support our community!
NO paid staff - can you imagine !!?? What dedicated members we have!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization to be a part of and it provides so many services to our community. As an "All Volunteer" organization, we run a fabulous thrift shop and use the proceeds to provide new clothing for thousands of school aged children each year. We also provide backpacks with school supplies for students and teddy bears for children that are hospitalized. We have multiple programs that serve a wide variety of needs in our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I have served on the Advisory Board for 1 year and have been familiar with the Assistance League's services for over a decade. The organization accomplishes their goals through dedicated members and volunteers committed to philanthropic services to children, youth, and seniors. My organization has funded the Senior Outreach Program and they have been successful in reaching their goals of providing companionship, activities, and other essential items that reside in long term care facilities, particularly, those that do not have family. They are fiscally responsible and effectively leverage their funds and resources.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Kansas City puts the sparkle back in kids' eyes!! I've been a member for 6 years and continually delight in the responses of the children who receive clothing at Operation School Bell. The kids feel wonderful about themselves when they are decked out in their new clothing.

1 Cindy218

Board Member

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Kansas City is celebrating 30 years as a chapter of National Assistance League. During those 30 years, it has developed ten programs which allows them to meet basic needs of the children, families and senior citizens of our community. Through Operation School Bell, their largest program, they have provided over 27,000 children new clothing, a health kit, a shoe voucher that allows them to buy their own shoes and a book. A large percentage of their funding comes from their ReSALE SHOP which is run entirely by volunteers. This organization is truly amazing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization meets the need of a wide range of ages...from school age to seniors in their different projects
The Operation School Bell serves more than 2,000 students each year with new clothing, shoes, health kits and, what the children treasure, a new book. All these are things they pick out and proudly take home.
Other programs are partnered with organizations such as MOCSA, an organization that offers support to victims of assault, or police and fire departments who deal with children who are experiencing trauma
Their mission and vision are centered around making our community better.
Assistance League of Kansas City has been doing this well for 30 years!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Kansas City is made up of the most caring group of people I have ever had the privilege of working with and the most amazing thing is its entirely run by volunteers. They are organized, professional and above all care so much for the children in our community!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These volunteers are some the hardest working people I've met, all to make a HUGE difference in a child's life. Not only do they work hard but they enjoy doing it!

I can't wait to work with them again and hear more encouraging, gracious stories.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a teacher assistant for a local school district. I recently attended the clothing drive with a student with special needs. The volunteers there were so kind and helpful. It required some waiting and patience on our part to help him understand what he needed to and make his own choices, and these ladies did exactly that. This organization focuses on the students, makes them feel special, and empowers them. I am so impressed and pleased with what they do.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a social worker for the Park Hill School District. I recently took two big groups of students to the Assistance League of Kansas City's clothing center. The experience was so amazing for the kids. It was such a blessing and empowering experience for these kids who attended. Days following the visit, many of those who attended were so excited to show off their brand new clothing and shoes. Our school district is so thankful to receive such an amazing, loving experience for our students. Thank you!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just want to tell you how grateful I am for AL of KC. In 2009, the rug was pulled out from underneath my husband and I when we were both laid off. I was out of work for almost 2 years, my husband for one of those years. We had two young children in Platte R-3 schools. If it weren't for the councilor referring us to AL and Operation School Bell, our children wouldn't have had warm, fitting coats and hats during those cold winters. While our family continues to struggle, (my husband was never able to fully recover with a full time job, and I now work in non for profit, which pays low wages) we are so blessed and grateful for organizations like the Assistance League of KC for all they did for us during our walk through the desert. Thank you to Assistance League for your kind and generous support and thank you to the people who support you and your efforts. It makes a huge difference for those suffering through no fault of their own. God's blessings to you all!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League of Kansas City for 15 years and have watched grins on children's faces and warm glow of a senior receiving a small gift. Of course, I have received as much from this group as I have given

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with the North Kansas City School District and have the privilege of taking students to the Operation School Bell. This service is such a blessing to our families here at our school. We appreciate the willingness and kindness of the volunteers that assist the children in choosing clothes. The Assistance League of Gladstone, MO is comprised of an amazing group of people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Kansa City provides wonderful services for children in our local schools. Each year we clothe over 2500 children K-8. As a former educator, I know that having new and more trendy clothing really increases the self esteem of school children. Clothing children is only one of the 10 philanthropic programs our chapter sponsors. I'm thrilled to be a part of this group that works actively to meet the unmet needs of our neighbors in the area.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for the North Kansas City School District and have taken elementary students to Operation School Bell for a number of years. This program is so well organized and the volunteers that help the students are friendly and nurturing. The kids love getting the new clothes and the interactions they have with the volunteers. We so appreciate how this program helps our kids get off on the right foot for the new school year!

1 RitaHull

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Assistance League of Kansas City. Recently I was shopping for a tray to serve fruit on for my sister-in-law and brother-in-law's 50th Wedding Anniversary. I went to the ReSale Shop and in my search found a gold tray that actually said Happy 50th Anniversary. I found what I was looking for at a reasonable price and I walked away a very satisfied customer.