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

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

157 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kathy Bill H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member for 1 year. During that time I volunteered for four difference projects plus working in the Resale Shop. I participated in Operation School Bell, Operation Hug a Bear. Senior Outreach Services and Operation Child in Need. Each of these programs made me very aware of the impact that ALKC has on the Kansas City community. This is a very cohesive organization because everyone is assisting people in need in the community. I hope to be a active part of this organization for years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Moving back to Kansas City in the summer of 2020, I knew I didn't want to get back into a full time paid job, so I began to look for a place to volunteer where I could best use my 20+ years of nonprofit experience. With so many nonprofits doing amazing work in Kansas City, I thought it would be hard to choose. Having donated to the ReSale Shop, operated by the Assistance League of Kansas City, for many years, a friend suggested I take a closer look at all of the opportunities Assistance League had to offer. The ALKC supports nine different programs, benefiting children, teens, seniors, sexual assault survivors, hospitalized children and more. What surprised me most was learning that there are no paid staff! For 35 years this organization has been a well oiled machine completely run by volunteers. Sign me up! With many different committees to choose from, this is a place where everyone's time and experience is valued. And, now having an opportunity to work at the ReSale shop, I can see why it's the nicest "thrift" store in town! Check it out. If you're looking for a great volunteer experience, join us at the Assistance League of Kansas City!

Barb Tomes S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I retired at the end of 2020, I knew that I wanted to find a nonprofit organization with which I could share my talents as a volunteer. I found the ideal match - Assistance League of Kansas City! Throughout my first year as an ALKC volunteer, I was welcomed warmly by many members, given rewarding and challenging assignments, and recognized for the contributions I've made. The philanthropic programs ALKC provides to our community's children, families and senior citizens make a true difference in their lives. I am proud to be associated with this outstanding nonprofit, and I look forward to many years of association with ALKC!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer member for Assistance League of Kansas City(ALKC) for over 18 years. Giving back to our community through our 9 philanthropic programs is what ALKC is all about. I especially love volunteering with Operation School Bell. Watching students walk away with new clothing, shoes, health kits and a book is a joy to watch. Knowing that a new outfit brings happiness and self confidence to a students life is extremely rewarding. ALKC is making a difference in thousands of student and family lives.

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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

This organization does AMAZING work for children, seniors, assault victims, and more. With lots of volunteers, every dime the raise go to programs to support the community! Absolutely the best!!

Emily H.10

Advisor

Rating: 5

Assistance League Kansas City is a wonderful organization powered completely by incredible volunteers! They work year round to provide impactful programs in the community, helping everyone from students to seniors. The work they do is truly inspiring!

Donor

Rating: 5

For over 35 years Assistance League of Kansas City has met needs in the Kansas City metro area that other non-profits are not addressing. The all volunteer members providing services give from their hearts and are always looking for ways to adjust to meet these needs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Kansas City is a wonderful organization that does so many great things in our community! I continue to be amazed at the types of things they do and how many people they are able to help. I am especially impressed with how they have organized their Assisteens group which includes young adults in our community giving of their time and talent. ALKC is teaching our youth what it means to be a contributing member of society. Teens come together for all sorts of service projects and ALKC coordinates the projects on a monthly basis. My daughter has been involved with this program for a number of years and definitely understands the importance of giving back!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Kansas City is a great organization. I have been a member for 12 years and have volunteered in several capacities. Most recently I have worked with the Assisteens group. These young people are committed members of the community who are anxious to make a difference. They assume ownership of the projects and jump right in and make them happen. Their energy and enthusiasm are contagious!

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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.

LinJenk

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Kansas City is the MOST ORGANIZED group of women with whom I have the pleasure of being associated. I am not overstating here. They are kind, compassionate, caring and willing to take on the most difficult projects with a smile. From the Senior Outreach Service caring for seniors; Operation School Bell dressing thousands of underprivileged school children each fall; Assult Survivor Kits to help women who have been assulted providing clothing and necessities; Operation HUG supplies teddy bears to hospitals and emergency care workers; Assisteens are a group of young people helping the community and hosting holiday parties for Synergy House children; Operation Child in Need provides backpacks, and many other items; The Scholarship Committee provides scholarships to high school students.

Money to support these projects comes from THE ReSALE SHOP at 6601 N Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, MO 64118 and from many generous organizations and individuals.

I could go on with more and more but I am sure you get the point. Well worth your time to come join the team. Contact us thru our website.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They are a wonderful, amazing supportive agency! They’re always willing to help out and be flexible to support high needs populations and those of us that work with them. I enjoy having the opportunity to work with them immensely!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League for 13 years. I have always been impressed by the commitment of members of this organizations to give their time and resources. I know we usually think of this organization's membership as only being attractive to retirees who wish to be meaningfully engaged in supporting our community. That is basically true. But one of the most exciting things that most people aren't aware of is the fact that we are also attractive to young adults, too. In fact, we have an organization, Assisteens ,that actively engages teens in community service. Recently, we had a local middle school student who isn't a member of Assisteens but knew about our organization because her grandmother was a member. She needed to do some volunteering and chose to work with her grandmother at the ReSALE SHOP and in Operation School Bell. She was so impressed that she created a video for a class project explaining some of the ways Assistance League of Kansas City impacts our community through its services. This young woman is the future of community service and I find that exciting.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for volunteer opportunities after I retired and moved to this area when a friend told me about Assistance League of Kansas City. I became a member and am amazed at the opportunities within this one organization to help others in need. Each project is efficiently organized with maximal use of members' talents. New members are warmly absorbed into the projects, spending as much time and talent as they are comfortable spending. Everyone in this organization is friendly and helpful while working together to help those in need making Assistance League of Kansas City a win for everyone.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Kansas City has been so helpful with clothing and more specifically coats for my students. They are always so nice and timely. They process referrals quick and are great with communicating with me. I'd refer anyone to this non-profit. I really appreciate their services!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Kansas City was gracious enough to award me with one of their scholarships when I was a senior in High school, which helped with my tuition and room & board costs for college. I am so grateful for their consideration & decision, and because of their kindness I had less to stress about, less debt in general, and felt supported by my community while going into my college career! It’s a great nonprofit & even more amazing that they try to give back i’m so many different ways!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Assistance League for many years now as a school counselor. While I know that the organization has been a great resource for students in our school district by providing necessities that the students could not otherwise have so they can attend school with confidence by having what they need to be successful in school, they have also been a charitable organization which has provided great scholarships for years to our eligible graduating seniors. We are very grateful for the generous scholarships that have been provided to many of our seniors who have needed the financial assistance to reach their goal of attending college. I look forward to a continued partnership with the Assistance League of Kansas City!

Client Served

Rating: 5

To say the Assistance League of Kansas City was a blessing to me is an understatement. As a scholarship recipient I was able to use their help to pay for my tuition. Paying for college is a daunting task and it was a relief to get financial support from the Assistance League of Kansas City. They are an amazing organization doing wonderful things for the community. I can't thank them enough!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am serving on the Board of Directors for the first year. I am awed by all the programs our chapter assists. Everyone has been so helpful and there are no dumb or silly questions.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Assistant League has always treated me great. As a scholarship recipient I am grateful for all that the Assistant League has done for me. As of right now I am a college student and because of the Assistant League I am now able to afford school, they made this possible for me. I have nothing bad to say about this organization they have not just help me but also many others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a scholarship recipient from this organization, I have nothing but great words to say about The Assistance League! Receiving this scholarship has helped me pay for college as it is not cheap! I'm currently using my money on books but you can use it for anything on campus. They're very friendly and quick to answer any questions you have! I am extremely grateful for the support I get from them and would recommend them anytime! Thank you for everything!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As Scholarship Coordinator for a local high school, I have worked with the the Assistance League outreaching scholarships to our community. The ladies on the scholarship committee are not only stellar role models, but they are committed to making sure their scholarship best serves underserved youth. Our students are so grateful for this opportunity to aide in financing their college degrees! Thank you Assistance League of Kansas City!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a scholarship recipient of this organization I am incredibly grateful of this organization. This organization put me one step closer to achieving my ultimate dream of becoming a physician. This organization has offered nothing but support for me and the community that they serve. They are incredibly considerate and compassionate to all members in and out of our community. I will be forever grateful for the assistance league of Kansas City.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ALKC does an excellent job of determining a need in the community and then finding the most effective and efficient way to meet that need. A large part of our funds ar used for Operation School Bell which clothes school children from kindergarten through high school whose families don't have the means to provide. Counselors recommend which children would benefit from new clothes and we clothe them with several sets of new clothes, as well as a health kit, vouchers for shoes, a new book and an elevated self esteem.

Some needs will never go away but there have been times when a need is met or it makes sense for another organization to continue so ALKC will bow out of that particular one.

It has been a very rewarding organization to work with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Kansas City is an invaluable resource for our Northland and for the Kansas City community. Each year the ALKC raises money through their store, fundraisers and donations to support high school scholarships. In the age of uncertainty, it is wonderful that we can count on funding for our high school seniors to obtain to help with college. They also offer an amazing assisteen volunteer program which provides great service learning for our teens. This amazing non-profit goes above and beyond in supporting the community and we are very grateful for all selfless work they do. Dr. Lori Dameron, Oak Park High School, Kansas City

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for Metro Lutheran Ministry and each year we have a Christmas Store that provides items for families in need. This year we are increasing the number of families we serve as we know the need is greater due to the pandemic. The Assitance League of Kansas City has donated 5 boxes of jeans and pants for women! This is going to be a huge help and we are so thankful for their donation! They are great people doing wonderful things in our community!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ALKC consistently goes above and beyond to serve families in the North Kansas City School District. They continue to reevaluate their programs to make sure they are meeting the changing needs of our community.

Jessica T.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a social services provider in a Northland school, I work with ALKC regularly. The services they provide are literally unmatched, and their volunteers are friendly and helpful. I can't say enough good things about them.

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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

ALKC is such an important part of the Kansas City community. The ReSale shop not only offers an avenue for shoppers to purchase quality items for VERY low prices, it also provides wonderful volunteer opportunities for the community. ALKC is 100% volunteer staff, all donations and profits from the ReSale shop go straight back into the community. Each year, they expand programming and serve more children in need. This organization is second to none - they reach out often to schools to ask what is needed. The collaboration between ALKC and the school districts in our community ensure children are getting what they need. Love ALKC!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The volunteers at THE ReSALE SHOP have gone above and beyond the call of duty to reopen the store with every precaution for shoppers and volunteers. They have put a lot of thought into making the shopping experience enjoyable and safe to ensure that the profits can continue to fund ALKC's many worthwhile programs in our community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I like being apart of a nonprofit that has 100% volunteer-no paid staff. We also return 80% to the community, which I think says a lot for this organization. The over 300 members are welcoming and compassionate about ALKC mission of transforming the lives of children and adults. So proud to be apart of this nonprofit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Assistance League of Kansas City story has three unique and wonderful chapters.
In chapter one of my story, my role was that of 2nd grade teacher. For nearly 30 years as I worked with and loved my 7 and 8 year old students and their families, I was witness to so many difficult, heartbreaking situations - situations of want and longing. Kids of any age just want to be like their peers; no one wants to stand out for uncomfortable reasons - and when young students feel self-conscious because of torn clothes or missing school supplies or shoes that squeeze their feet it is a such a distraction to their learning! Each fall and spring, these precious kids were able to take a field trip with the school counselor and social worker to take part in Operation School Bell - just one of ALKC's outreach programs - and return to school with brand new clothes, a coat, a voucher for new shoes, and a book. Oh the joy in their spirits coming to school the next day - walking noticeably taller and straighter - wearing clothes (many of them having never owned anything new before in their lives) that enabled them to blend in with their classmates - giving them a feeling of belonging within themselves - and removing the distraction, freeing them to focus on learning! I also saw ALKC, through their Child in Need program, step in like a silent super hero when our school counselor contacted them about families who had lost everything in a house fire over night, or who just needed a mattress because we learned that the children were sleeping on the floor. Assistance League of KC graciously and consistantly did the things that we, as teachers, longed to but couldn't afford to do.
In chapter two of my story, my role is that of retired teacher, still teaching and working closely with children of all ages now as a vision therapist for Vision Source Eyecare, a group of Kansas City optometrists with 11 offices throughout the area. Eye care can be expensive for all of us, but for families living paycheck to paycheck, things like routine eye exams and glasses, if needed, can simply be financially out of reach. Again, a barrier to learning. When ALKC reached out to us to investigate the possibility of developing a partnership, we were excited! Now, when school counselors learn that classroom teachers suspect a vision problem may be in the way of a child making progress or learning to read, a referral is made to ALKC's Child in Need volunteers, and we step in alongside our ALKC partner to provide a comprehensive exam for $25 AND prescription glasses for $25. ALKC picks up the tab, which is a fraction of the most inexpensive options they used to utilize, freeing up their resources for other needs. And each child who walks out of our office with new glasses, able to see the leaves on the trees? Once again, that child returns to his or her classroom more equipped to be successful, more confident in his or her own smarts! It's an incredible feeling!
In chapter three of my story, my role is that of proud ALKC member and volunteer. This month, after witnessing the passion within this all-volunteer organization, and personally benefitting thanks to the impact of the Assistance League on the students and families in schools throughout our city, I could no longer resist - could no longer watch without getting involved. There simply isn't a better, more deserving, more impactful organization in our community - and I'm so excited to see the life changing ways we're able to give back in the years ahead!

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.

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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!

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.

rpickering

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.

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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!

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.

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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