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Assistance League of Omaha Nebraska Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Thrift Shops

Mission: Assistance League of Omaha is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) volunteer service organization whose members identify, develop, implement and fund ongoing philanthropic programs to serve specific needs of children and adults in the Greater Omaha area.

Target demographics: support the specific needs of children and adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 5000 students and 1000 adults through seven area school districts, twenty hospitals/agencies and police, fire and judicial partnerships.

Geographic areas served: the greater Omaha area

Programs: Operation School Bell, ACT/PSAT Review Sessions, Assault Survivor Kits, Operation Bear Hug, Operation Recovery, Operation Teen Parent and Make a Difference Day.

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an employee of Omaha Public Schools I have been part of ALO's "Operation School
Bell" for 15+ years. The women of ALO have provided a wonderful service to the children of OPS generally and my school specifically. The effort and organization that they put into this program is amazing to see and it has grown every year. It is truly an amazing organization well worth the support of our community.

Martha41

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of assistance league for over seven years. Our out reach to the community is so broad and we touch so many lives. Volunteering for this nonprofit has been a true joy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been at both ends of Operation School Bell: First as a guardian with 2 young men who were over joyed to receive nice coats, new clothes and books from ALO women; Secondly as a volunteer seeing students thrilled from not only new clothes, but, jumping jack happy after receiving a new book!
Oh how meaningful this is to me, even as a volunteer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have helped with our ALO Operation School Bell for several years and every year is better than the last. We provide shopping cards to elementary aged children at our local Penney's store. We get referrals for the children in need from counselors/nurses at our local schools and then schedule the children into a time slot offered for shopping. The children come in, get their shopping card and an amount allotted and away they go. The sparkle in their eyes is beyond our expectations and is so fulfilling. Some children have never been to a department store let alone get new clothes! What would these needy families do without Operation School Bell? Their teachers always tell us the students come to school the next day in their new, clean clothes and it is an obvious boost to their self confidence. It is so satisfying to me as a volunteer to see these children and hear their stories knowing that Operation School Bell is making a huge difference in their young lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked 25 years as a School Nurse in the Omaha Public Schools. I helped register needy children in my elementary school for the annual Operation School Bell program funded by the Assistance League. First hand I saw the benefits of their fund raising efforts as clothing, shoes, and a book was given to those needy children. Through my career in the public school system I saw more families struggling to provide for their children with the increase costs of food, gas, shelter along with job losses and an influx of immigrants with limited resources. When I retired 2 years ago I joined the Assistance League of Omaha. I feel my volunteering helps to keep Operation School Bell going. The agency strives to serve more families each year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am now retired after working twenty five years as a school nurse in the public school district. The Assistance League of Omaha was one of the few resources available for my school's children in need of clothing. In recent years I saw the number of children without basic clothing such as winter coats, underwear, and shoes that fit increase. Operation School Bell is just one of the programs the Assistance League provides. I saw their fund raising go to a very good cause when these families were provided these basic items. Since retiring I have joined this group to help assist families in poverty.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League is an all volunteer non-profit. The women in this organization about our community and "making a difference" in people's lives. I have been a member since 1994 and my life has truly been enriched by serving our community. Operation School Bell is our flagship program, providing new clothing to school aged children who are in need of appropriate clothes to wear to school. This might include a heavy winter coat, new jeans, underwear and socks. Each student receives a voucher for a new pair of sneakers. The smiles, hugs and thank you' s that we receive will warm any heart. I am blessed to be a member of this passionate group of women who strive every day to "make a difference".

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Omaha is a fantastic organization that helps our families find assistance in school clothing for the school year. Many of our families need help to find uniforms and the Assistance League of Omaha and their organizers bless our families with being able to like nice and feel great about themselves while attending our school. Thank you from the bottom of our school community's hearts.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Assistance League of Omaha for the past 23 years, as they have generously supported our young teen parents by supplying incentives to stay in school, scholarships for furthering the post secondary education of teen parents, and by offering an inspiring celebration for those who graduate from high school. In addition, Operation Teen Parent has promoted literacy for young families by supplying books for school libraries and additional books for individual families to keep. Such help from the Assistance League of Omaha inspires our young parents to stay in school and provides excellent role models for a better life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I witnessed a student come to school with his new clothes after shopping at JCPenney! The fact that the clothes were new was a huge factor for the student.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Selected students between Kindergarten and 8th grade are given the opportunity to shop with a voucher at JC Penny's for much needed clothing. Some students pick out a new winter coat, while others shop for new pants or shirts. These students are also given a coupon to get shoes at Payless Shoe Store as well as a new book to take home. The students love modeling their new clothes at school and their smiles beam with confidence. Families and students are so appreciative of this wonderful opportunity. I believe your donations are directly helping children with very limited clothing. By helping meet their basic needs, students will be better able to focus on their learning.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Omaha is fantastic! For many years now they have provided winter clothing to several of our students at our elementary school. These are students that would go without new clothes or and even struggle to get a winter coat or shoes. The families are always appreciative of having this assistance. I see the students come in with their new clothes and coats and smiling so much because they have something new and clothes to keep them warm. So much thanks to ALO.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

They are a great nonprofit. They give money to families that are struggling financially. Without the Assistance League's help many students would have to go without winter coats or new school clothing.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The ALO has helped children and families for years! For the School Bell program or in a emergency situation, they always respond to help our families find clothing, shoes, and coats. Thank you ALO for your support!
G. Bos

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wow!!! What a difference this organization makes in the lives of Cody kids. We truly appreciate the warm clothing, shoes and coats that are given to our kiddos every year.
The Assistance League is sooo easy to work with to provide assistance to our families.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of ALO since 2008, after enjoying a wonderful career as a teacher and school administrator. My volunteer pathway to Assistance League was a planned part of my retirement, I had witnessed the benefits to children in my classrooms and my desire to be a part of an organization supporting local needs, impacting children and adults was answered fully. It is a joy to volunteer with so many tireless and motivated people and to see joy on the faces of the recipients. Thank you Assistance League of Omaha. Rock on!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work at a school, and this is the first year I have worked with the Assistance League of
Omaha's Operation School Bell. I had heard about the program, but never really was involved, so it was interesting and exciting to be a part of it! The professionalism of the staff at ALO was amazing, especially when I had made a few errors in my submission and they had to bail me out! The parents were grateful and the kids were excited to participate. It was heartwarming to see the kids come to school 'strutting' in their new clothes! What a wonderful program. Thank you for all you do!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Omaha is a wonderful organization! Every fall, they serve students through their Operation School Bell by allowing them to shop for clothes they need and coats for the upcoming winter. These shopping nights and weekends are very well organized and the students love getting the chance to pick out new clothes. The next day, you can see these students beaming with pride in their new clothes. What a blessing this organization is to the Omaha Community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WOW!!! That's what id like to say about the Assistance League of Omaha. What a neat group they are, and friendly and if we lined them up all in a row their smiles would be all you would see!
I recently got to spend some time with these wonderful people at the "Operation School Bell" event that I have actually had the pleasure of attending 3 yrs. In a row now and Ive thanked God for the Assistance every year. It gives my son and myself some quality / positive time together shopping for clothes/coats that without the help would probably be a stressful situation, as I'm sure some of you know.
I really would like to say thank you to the members of this awesome organization and how appreciative my son and I are that they continue to be so careing and so friendly. Thanks you guys you are all amazing!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Gratefully recieved $80 for my son's school clothes tonight. The Assistance Legue's generousity is big help for me as a single mother. Although I wprk full-time, in fast food, finding money left for clothes after paying necessary living expenses seldom happens. My sons was thrilled getting "new" clothes for a change.
The ladies volunteering tonight were very nice and helpful.
Thank you so much!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of this organization for over 8 years, I am very proud to say this is a group
where the majority of our 350+ members all support and work our philanthropic projects.
It takes our large membership numbers to cloth over 3400 local school children, support
Santa Monica house, distribute clothing for assault victims, give bears for children at
hospitals, assist with ACT/PSAT and involved with teen parents. Don't miss our successful
thrift store @ 36th & Leavenworth. We do all of this and more with almost 100% volunteer staffing only!