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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

97 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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".

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 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

I am a grandmother of two children that attend school in Platte City. Both girls received the I'm In Charge booklet distributed by Assistance League of Kansas City. What a great tool to help assist children who need to be home alone. My second grade granddaughter was so excited to share her booklet with her mom and I as soon as she got off the bus, "Look, this book shows kids like us how to take care of ourselves if we are home alone or see a stranger. It's really great to know what to do". Thank you Assistance League of Kansas City for developing such a helpful, informative booklet for school age children.

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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.

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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.