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

Mission: Assistance League of Kansas City (ALKC) is a chapter of National Assistance League and our mission is to transform the lives of children and adults through community programs. Our philanthropic program s are developed, funded and operated by dedicated volunteers and community partners. ALKC has served those in need since 1982. ALKC's programs provide new and appropriate school clothing, health kits, new books, backpacks, school supplies and other necessities for children and students 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 more than 350 member volunteers who contributed over 64,400 volunteer hours to serve more than 21,100 children, adults and seniors in 2018-2019. There are no paid employees. Eighty percent of funds were returned to the community through our philanthropic programs.

Target demographics: transform the lives of children and adults through community programs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: During 2018-2019 , over 21,100 children, students 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, Operation Celebration, I'm In Charge, Operation Hug, Senior Outreach Service and Best Foot Forward.

Community Stories

126 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Assistance League & the programs they offer are invaluable to our community. Every person that I have worked with or spoken to has passion for their mission. They find ways to help with kindness & compassion. I work for a local Domestic Violence shelter, the impact that this organization has had on our residents/outreach clients, especially the kids, is immeasurable. During the roughest time, things like food, clothing, toys, medications, glasses, & personal care items they provide, take some of the insecurity off our families so they can focus on healing. On a personal level, I really adore this organization & love working with them, they make it all so easy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In my agency we work closely with Assistance League of Kansas City and they have helped so many families. More recently I have requested multiple clothing vouchers for low income families that have fallen on hard times and they are so quick to email me and drop off the clothing vouchers. I cannot say enough good things about ALKC as I have seen the smiles and some tears from families when I tell them about the help ALKC can offer them as they are so humbled that our community has such a program to help families. I know that I can always find support with ALKC and they are truly an asset to our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a social worker who works at the Children's Division. In my position I work with children who are placed in foster care. As part of my job I work with the children and their parents to work toward reunification. Sometimes children do not have enough clothing money for the state that as workers we have to look at other resources so the foster parents, kinship or residential placements do not have to worry about buying clothing for the kids in their home. I have used Assistance League more than I can count and I have always had them answer a need for my kiddos. It is great that there are places to help with the burden of providing for our families that we work with on a daily basis.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for the Clay County Children's Division and I have had to contact the Assistance League for multiple reasons and I have always been helped 100% of the time. No matter what I have asked from them to help my families I have never been turned down. It is so nice when the families are so grateful for everything we do for them and I can only tell them that it was with the help from the Assistance League that made it all possible. Thank you so much for helping out when we need it. Its a tough job but a resource like this makes it all worth it!!! Thank you for everything you do!!

Heather B.9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked in a local school district for over 20 years. I have worked with elementary and high school students. The assistance league has been a major source of support and resources for the students at each of the levels! They provided much needed clothing and school supplies and recently have been providing emergency packs for the homeless students with whom I work! The thing that makes this organization stand out from others is their attention on the emotional health of students and not just the physical needs. For example, the elementary level students do not just get school clothes, they get a one on one shopping experience with a personal shopper. They are pamper and giving an exciting outing. Recently I was worked with the organizers of the homeless packs for high schoolers. This group took time to find out what students at my school wanted in clothing and not just what they needed. They looked for items that were extra soft or warm that would give comfort and not just coverage. For many of our students, they are not only in need of items, they are in need of care and kindness. ALKC provides both in abundance!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ALKC has been assisting the North Kansas City School District for years. They have developed several programs that assist our students with basic needs. They definitely help us serve our students and their families. We couldn't do it without them.

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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!

Jessica T.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a school social services provider at a large high school, I have used ALKC's programs for many years, for many students. I most frequently utilize their Child In Need program for students who have needs that are not served by other non-profits. From clothing to school trips to other specialized needs, they work with my students nearly 100% of the time. And often surprise me with their amazing generosity. The volunteers also just some of the nicest, most caring women that I have encountered. Their resources are invaluable.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a school nurse it was extremely frustrating for me to see a student with unmanaged asthma miss school because he did not have the medication he needed to stay at school safely. When I reached out to Assistance League (Kansas City) our school did not have a current contract, however, the Operation Child in Need Committee sprang into action immediately. I worked with two great committee members and they both went above and beyond. Once I worked with Mom and the primary care physician's office to get the medication orders and follow up visit scheduled Ms. Johnson took over and worked with the parent to cover all costs related to the student's asthma needs. I am so very grateful that we have such a wonderful program available to the students in our community. I will not hesitate to contact them again with a student in need.

Tammy S.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Assistance League is an amazing non-profit that helps so many of our struggling students!! Just recently they provided our high school homeless students with vouchers to shop at Target! They were so excited! Anytime I have a student in need, they are more than willing to help out! We are so grateful for their awesome services!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked with the AL to get clothing & winter coats for a family of 3 including a teenager who struggles to find anything to be happy about! When my kiddo brought back the receipts, she was a different person. She had the biggest smile on her face and was wearing her new clothes and then told me everything she had gotten to purchase. She wanted to know who helped her and why they helped. She told me that no one had ever done anything like that for her and her family. She just couldn't believe that there are groups out there to help. She shared with all her teachers (who then shared with me) that she had this awesome group buy her a new coat & new winter clothes. The difference in her was amazing. Sometimes that's hard to see in teenagers. The parent was also extremely grateful. Assistance League is always so willing to help and we are so grateful for their service.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Kansas City provides Adult Survivor Kits (ASK Bags) to MOCSA for MOCSA to share with survivors of sexual violence. These ASK Bags contain brand new clothing and toiletries for survivors having an exam done at local hospitals. We are thankful for all the Assistance League of Kansas City does to support MOCSA and survivors of sexual violence.

Barbara2345

Board Member

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Kansas City cares for the people in our community. but this organization doesn't just meet the needs of children, families and adults by providing items necessary for everyday life; they do it out of genuine love and concern for people. That love and concern is demonstrated to all who receive their help and it is also given to all who volunteer their time. It is not unusual to hear a nonprofit tell about the good things they do for people in need, but we often fail to tell the story of how our volunteers benefit by interacting one-on-one with a child, a family, and many others. A friend of mine told me about Assistance League when I retired 10 years ago. I am so glad she did. I love what we do and I love the people I've gotten to know. Through the Assistance League we are a part of an organization that truly is making a difference in people's lives. A few months ago a gentlemen handed me a $20 bill after he had paid for his purchases at the ReSALE Shop. When I told him that his wife had already paid for their purchases he said he knew that, but he wanted to give it as a donation. He shared that a couple of years ago his children had received new school clothes because they were going through a tough time. His family was now in a better position and he wanted to pass on that blessing to someone else. Not only was the immediate need met, a need to be a contributing part of the community was carried forward. We make a difference.

Morgan67

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of ALKC , I'm proud to be able help guide our Assisteens teens (7-12 grade) in learning to love volunteerism.

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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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Assistance League is a great organization! Coming to know and work alongside so many committed, passionate volunteers has been a rich blessing. It is rewarding to see lives changed through our many community programs.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's a pleasure to work with dedicated volunteers helping underserved students with new school clothes.

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

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.

1 Joy G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with Assistance League of Kansas City for over thirty years, I have seen a small group of women in the Northland who were committed to helping meet the needs of their community, grow to over 350 volunteers dedicated to enriching the community by helping its residents from birth to super seniors.
All of ALKC's programs from Operation School Bell which clothes nearly 3000 needy area school children yearly, to Senior Outreach Service that provides friendship and support to residents of Northland senior care centers, reach people who truly need ALKC members' help.
One program unique to Assistance League of Kansas City is Operation Child in Need. This program answers the needs of children from birth to twenty-one, whose families are in crisis and are not able to fulfill the needs of their children. The individual children, who are referred by school counselors or social workers, may receive clothing, eye glasses, medical equipment, or tubs to store their clothing. Babies may receive portable cribs, so they can come home from the hospital, students receive costumes for performing in a show choir, work clothes, rental for musical instruments, a weight vest to calm a child with autism, or fees to participate in sports. Operation Child in Need strives to help children have life experiences more like their peers.
For many Assistance League members, serving our community through this organization is a life long commitment. We can actually see the difference ALKC programs are making in the lives of people living around us.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My school uses the "I'm In Charge" Curriculum to teach 3rd-5th grade students about safety. The video is a great mix of humor and serious. The workbooks that students receive are a great talking piece for students to take home and communicate what they have learned with their family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an ALKC member and a lifelong music teacher, singer and pianist, I now have a new performance venue....playing piano and singing "golden oldies" songs to Smithville Living Center residents in the memory care unit. What a joy when these people dig deep in their memories and sing along or get up and dance to the music. Hopefully it blesses them, as it most certainly does me.

Maribeth Griessel

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I attend operation school bell with three schools from the North Kansas City School District. The children always love attending this trip and are so excited to be getting new clothing. The volunteers at OSB are very kind in working with the children and do a great job helping them in picking out just what they want. This service is great for the children that are in need in this community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with the personal shoppers in the Best Foot Forward program, they were helpful and friendly. I would recommend the program to everyone who needs it. - Gregg H.

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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!

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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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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a regular shopping participant at the Resale Shop in Gladstone. I love what they are doing for others and try to support them as much as possible with donations and of course shopping. I do window displays for Arthur Bryant's Brooklyn location and am always finding great items at the shop.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the teen auxiliary, Assisteens, for the past four years and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The group completes a variety of community service projects in the area, which can be very useful when obtaining community service hours for school requirements. In addition, being a member of the group can be as small or as big of a commitment as the member wants, which works well with teens' busy schedules. The group typically meets or completes an activity once a month, and all events are optional. By contrast, members can take on a larger commitment by taking on a leadership role in the organization. As a member of this organization, I was able to serve in two different leadership roles, allowing me to see how an executive board works to run an organization. I also enjoyed having the opportunity to work with students from a variety of schools and age groups around the Kansas City area, as this allowed me to meet new people from a variety of backgrounds. Most importantly, though, the variety of community service projects we performed developed in me a passion for serving others, which is why I am now considering a career in non-profit management as an adult. I highly recommend this group for any 7th-12th grader in the Kansas City area interested in serving the community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a school social worker a Kansas City metro area High School.

You just can't possibly imagine how much we appreciate all the joy and hope that a clothing voucher for prom shoes and new clothing that ALKC provides bring to families and students!

ALKC was working with the social worker at the middle school with a family of 4. The high school student, who I work with, is 20 years old and in special services. He is graduating this year!!! I know he was not going to qualify for the clothing voucher.

I had already talked to him about that. and was trying to find graduation clothing in the clothes he already owned. Earlier he had told me that Grandma was going to buy him a graduation outfit when she got back in town. She is an over the road truck driver. Well, then later, I asked again, and he said that her trip was extended and she wouldn't be back until the day before graduation. Broken promises and disappointments are commonplace with some families.

So, my next plan was trying to find graduation clothing in the clothes he already owned. He said he had a pair of dress pants, but he needed to sew the button back on. He just asked for black thread. I was thinking that I would wash and iron his shirt and pants.

Then the other social worker gave me the incredible news that ALKC staff made the decision to provide a voucher for him as well! WOW!

I just want everyone to know how much basic needs and other things that the ALKC provides touches the lives of children. These kind of things make a difference and give them hope for the future! Thank you!

1 Crystal 86

Advisor

Rating: 5

A few weeks ago, I met with a mother of 4 kids, to help her with budgeting and credit counseling. As I got to know her financial situation, she expressed frustration at the overwhelming cost to keep up with school uniforms for her kids. They had already outgrown the uniforms she bought them within the first couple months of the new school year! To top it off, her daughter's winter coat was taken from her school locker, and the zipper of her youngest son's coat broke. So they were both wearing coats that weren't a proper fit for them. I reached out to the Assistance League of Kansas City, and through a partnership with Burlington Coat Factory, they provided this family with vouchers for 2 shirts, 2 pants, and a winter coat for EACH OF THE FOUR KIDS!!! I'm just so thrilled that I was able to find such a wonderful organization to provide much needed help!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Lewis & Clark Elementary in Liberty. Recently, I took a second grader into the hall to read a story with me. But before she would read, she said she wanted to tell me something. She proceeded to tell me about her exciting morning spent at Operation School Bell. And she said, "I got to pick out things all by myself, and it was BETTER than Christmas"! I found out later from her teacher that she had shared her experience with her entire class with the same enthusiasm that she'd expressed to me.

I realize that the material things given to this child were certainly important to her. But more impressive was what the Operation School Bell ladies had instilled in her. She was so proud and felt so special in how she was treated. I believe these ladies showed her respect and caring, and she left feeling like a very proud and important little girl. How great is that!

My thanks and admiration to each of you at Operation School Bell for not only WHAT you do for kids, but also HOW you do it. Congratulations on a job well done!

Linda Daniels






Volunteer

Rating: 5

Week of December 8th my husband and I had stopped at Payless Shoes in Liberty and the store was filled with children excited about getting shoes. I said hi to one of the children and ask them if they were getting new shoes and 3 little girls said yes we just went to a place where we got to pick out brand new clothes and now we are picking out our own shoes and they had such big smiles on their faces. I whispered to my husband while we were in the store and said they have just been to OSB.
I am part of this organization and always feel rewarded when working at OSB, but it was even a greater experience listening to all the happy children talking to the adults about their new clothes and shoes.

Advisor

Rating: 5

OSB helps kids at the middle school that I serve as a guidance counselor. For the last two years, 18 of our kids have had the opportunity to go shopping for new clothes for school. This is invaluable to our students. This is a time that they feel like "fitting in" is the most important. I love they have the opportunity to pick out NEW clothes that they feel reflect their own style. LOVE THIS PROGRAM!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the last several years, I have helped our school counselor with taking our children to Operation School Bell. This is such a fantastic program. The ladies are so helpful and patient with the children. Each child's face lights up when their name is called to walk into the "shopping area" and choose their own clothes. The Children leave there not only with the generosity of Operation School Bell but with pride and happiness. In the days that follow their trip to Operation School Bell, you see the pride on their faces as they show off their new outfits. So happy and big smiles! Thank you for this wonderful program and the needs that in fills in these children's lives.