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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

112 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Assistance League of Kansas City, I can can share an experience I had. I am a member of The Best Foot Forward program. This is a program to help individuals entering or reentering the workforce. It has been my pleasure to assist several individuals. The one I remember the most vividly is a young lady reentering the work force. This individual had nothing except the clothes on her back. She didn't even have any underwear. we were able to provide her with everything she needed for her second interview and the job she hoped to get. She was so grateful for the assistance we provided and thanked us with tears in her eyes for not only the clothing she needed but for not judging her. As she left she asked if she could give us a hug. Of course we hugged her and wished her luck. We will continue to to to expand on this service and have recently added household items for those who need them.

NanaKaren

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of this wonderful organization for seven years. A couple of weeks ago I had an interesting conversation with my neighbor. Her three year old grandson was having a minor surgery and he received one of our cuddly Operation Hug bears from the hospital. She commented to me that he has slept with it daily and that she felt it was such a comforting item to receive at a time that was rather traumatic. Thanks Assistance League for once again bringing comfort to a child (and grandparent)!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer member of this incredible organization, I can't say enough about the dedication and commitment of the ladies who give so abundantly of their time. I was fortunate to give a talk to a local homeowner's association group and one of the attendees was a local police officer. When I shared the information regarding our Assault Survivor Kits Program, he was quick to speak up and share that he had personally heard from volunteers of MOCSA how helpful our kits are to individuals who have been in domestic abuse situations. We could not provide our services without the generosity of our donors, financial supporters and those that shop at our thrift store, THE ReSALE SHOP. We truly believe in our vision statement, "Together...making our community better".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This well-run organization is truly 100% nonprofit and enthusiastically devoted to helping those who are less fortunate and in need of a helping hand.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is amazing what this group of dedicated women have accomplished for our community! 10 different philanthropic programs that benefit the KC area funded through grants, donations and sales at our thrift store, The ReSale Shop, and all volunteer driven (no paid employees.) Over 300 members lend their time and expertise to make it all work! Also includes a teen auxiliary that gives young people from grades 7 thru 12 opportunities to volunteer throughout the metro area! This is a wonderful organization, very worthy of everyone's support!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Assistance League is an amazing organization of volunteer women working together to improve the Kansas City community north of the river. They provide a number of programs such as training of “latch Key kids” who spend time alone at home before either parent is home from work. They help to clothe several thousand children with new clothing as they begin their school year. A large portion of their financial support comes from their Resale Shop which provides quality and lightly used items for resale. This shop handles a large volume of wares and clothing and is totally run and manned by volunteers. I personally shop at this resale store and am very grateful for the work of this organization. It is a double win for me for I buy items I need but I also like supporting this organization. Every dollar I spend in their resale shop I know helps to provide a child with needed clothing. I say thank you Assistance League Women!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of ALKC (Assistance League of Kansas City) I feel that the time i spend volunteering for this organization is time very well-spent. This chapter is so well organized with many programs to choose from. The greater part of my time is spent with Operation School Bell, a program that has clothed over 3300 students last year. One of these students just told me yesterday that "this was the best day of my life--and I don't want it to end." When you hear that from a student, you know you are making a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a volunteer opportunity with a professional and well organized organization that allowed flexibility with my schedule. I found all that and more with Assistance League of Kansas City. It has been incredibly rewarding. The organization has exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend looking into this nonprofit if you are interested in volunteering. You can be as involved and committed time wise as you want to be.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Kansas City helps enrich lives of many, and mine is one of those lives. In the world we are currently living with the greed, selfishness, and rancor we see all around us, the Assistance League of Kansas City brings meaning to my life as I get the chance to help kids from schools all around the area I work at the ReSale Shop which funds our programs and am proud to work with other volunteers. I am one of many, all volunteers. Even our shop manager is a volunteer. Working at the shop has enriched my life personally as I have worked with wonderful people, fellow volunteers and customers alike. Volunteering at Operation School Bell has been one of my greatest pleasures. I help children select brand new clothes purchased with the proceeds of our shop. I will never forget one little boy I was helping who, as he changed into new clothes in a dressing room, called out, "This is the best day of my life!" I am so grateful to be part of this organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a parent of two teens involved in Assisteens. This opportunity has been so rewarding for my teens. Giving them a chance to help others has made them see that they can make a difference in others lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The organization I work for partners with Assistance League and they are helpful, kind and willing to share their resources with our participants. Their role in our community is appreciated.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault and ALKC provide sexual assault response bags to survivors in Kansas City. Thanks to ALKC, all survivors we meet at the hospital are able to leave with new clothing, toiletries and resources in order to restore a small amount of dignity to that person. ALKC means to much to MOCSA and survivors of sexual assault!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Assistance League of Kansas City! The students will love the books you donated to the Dogwood Elementary Library. It is difficult to meet the needs of all students through books, but your generous donatation makes more students' needs able to be met this year!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization helping children and adults in our community. Assistance League of Kansas City has 9 philanthropic programs. Each one makes a difference in the lives of those in need. It is an all volunteer non-profit organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Clothing children today at Operation School Bell was very rewarding. All 26 children were so eccited to get their new clothes. One little girl said "I'm wearing this outfit tomorrow".

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am impressed with the folks at Assistance League of KC! The team worked hard to put in a garden at Heritage Village assisted living for the residents to grow their own tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers this summer. The raised bed garden allows these senior residents to comfortably garden in their own backyard. It's been a great excuse to get them outside in the fresh air and seems to bring out nice memories of the "old days" when they used to garden at home. Thank you Assistance League for your great work in the community!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words alone cannot describe how much we appreciate Assistance League of KC! For as many years as I have been with Phoenix Family and HIKE, Assistance League has partnered with us to bring us books for our program and the youth we serve. If you could see the smiles on the faces of the kids as they receive a new book title they have been wanting, you would understand. Many thanks to Assistance League for being our advocate, our partner, our friend in the world of literacy!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of this amazing all volunteer organization for almost 10 years. We have no paid employees. I am continually in awe of the time and commitment our over 350 members give to make our community better. These volunteers keep The ReSALE SHOP in Gladstone open 6 days a week and run 10 philanthropic programs that make lives better for children, adults and seniors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member of Assistance League of Kansas City. It is my honor and privilege to serve our community though the programs managed and funded by this organization. The programs of Assistance League of Kansas City have had an important impact on the lives of children, students and families in our area for more than 30 years.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Kansas City provides new clothing to over 3,000 needy school children in the Kansas City Northland area. All the members are 100% volunteer and the percentage of money they raise that actually gets to people in need is among the highest of any nonprofit. Go ALKC! Great Job!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Kansas City Child in Need program is a great way to build a bridge with parents. Being able to offer a real solution to their child’s need is amazing. I have noticed hat it really increases cooperation between the school and family

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of ALKC, I am most involved in the elementary and middle school Operation School Bell clothing programs. It is so rewarding to see the excitement each child feels when getting new clothes. Here are a few responses I have received from the middle school students/families:
• A student and his family who had escaped from North Africa said he was told that the people in the United States were nice people...and he said "that we were nice people."
• A woman who brought her children said she was so grateful...her home in Florida was destroyed during Hurricane Irma.
• A grandmother, who is raising 5 granddaughters on her own, said that she always took them to thrift stores to shop. She was so thankful for them to have new clothes and that it would make a difference for them!
• A..was so excited to choose her own clothes. She just kept giggling.
• 1st time in program. Love It! Thank you.
• M...is happy to have new clothes. We were unable to shop for back to school. Thank you all so much.
• Thank you so much. You can't believe how much this has helped my child feel.
• My daughter absolutely loves the opportunity - she gets so excited - her self esteem gets a boost!
• We thank you for your help. We are very grateful. Thank you.
• There was one student who came with his younger sister, also in middle school, and his mother. His mother did not seem to understand English. When I asked if they had come to shop last year, I got the biggest smile ever...when he said "no, we just came to Missouri!" His delight and the smiles of his sister and mother were replicated by so many families.