Assistance League of Omaha's flagship program is Operation School Bell that provides clothing for children in need throughout the greater Omaha area. They also provide emergency clothing for school children through the year. Project Harmony will also contact ALO for immediate needs in clothing for the children they serve.
ALO responds to the needs of women at Santa Monica House, teddy bears for children facing crisis, and books for various agencies throughout our city.
Assault survivor kits are provided for victims of assault. These kits are provided through area hospitals and emergency rooms. There is a change of clothes and personal items to help preserve the dignity of the survivor.
The ACT/PSAT Review Seminars is especially helpful for students taking the ACT & PSAT that are first generation college bound students. This program is open to other students as well. It focuses on test taking skills. Operation Teen Parent supports OPS' program to encourage teen parents to stay in school and provides parenting information, several scholarships, and several incentives to help the teen parents.
I could use up all of my space with more that ALO does, but I think one can get the picture of the amount of service the ALO does every year. The Assistance League of Omaha's motto is, "Transforming Lives-Strengthening Community"!
Imagine being so poor that your family could not afford to buy you a white teddy bear or new clothes. This was the degree of poverty experienced by a girl whose personal essay I reviewed. Now imagine the joy that this girl experienced when she was able to receive new clothes at Operation School Bell sponsored by Assistance League Omaha.
This experience meant so much to her that, as a high school senior, she volunteered for Operation School Bell this school year. The city of Omaha is very fortunate to have such a wonderful organization as the Assistance League of Omaha which every October provides new clothes for approximately 3300 school children in need.
I am a retired school nurse of 28 years. I remember a 9 year old boy that was so excited to get new clothes that he came into my office first thing in the morning to show me his new outfit & told me about all the things he received. It was like Christmas for him.
I am a school counselor. Every year, the Assistance League of Omaha allows each school a limited number of "spots." which we can fill with needy children that could use clothing. These students are allowed to go to a mall in Omaha, where they are given vouchers and shopping time, all run by volunteers with the League. My students are always so excited to come to school the next day wearing clothing, coats or shoes that they were able to shop for themselves. When the kids feel better about themselves, they learn better, and make friends easier. I'm grateful for the role the Assistance League has taken on to make these students lives a bit easier.
I have been a member for six years. I joined because of their work with children. Operation Scool Bell helps to clothe over 3000 children each year. This is one of several programs supported by the group. The group operates a Thrift Shop to help fund all of the programs.
Assistance League of Omaha continues to provide for the needs of women and children in the greater Omaha area. Established in 1976, its membership has grown and we welcome all who wish to help our community through their volunteer efforts and financial support. Our programs address emotional and clothing needs of children through Operation Teddy Bear and Operation School Bell®. Support and encouragement is given to teen parents with a special emphasis on developing literacy of their pre-school children. Students who have college aspirations may attend low-cost ACT and PSAT review sessions. Various organizations in the community receive books to promote literacy. We also help women suffering from substance abuse, and offer a sense of dignity for victims of assault by providing Assault Survivor Kits®.
The efforts of Assistance League of Omaha volunteers have touched many lives. Witnessing the happy, smiling faces of children and the appreciative comments from parents of the students attending Operation School Bell is always the highlight of my many service activities. It is truly the vision of our organization that “essential needs are met in our community and families flourish.”
Assistance League of Omaha is an all volunteer, non-profit organization with over 350 members that continues to grow as the community recognizes the value of our philanthropic programs. We identify specific needs of children and adults in the Greater Omaha area and work to address those concerns. Our programs touch the lives of children, teens, assault victims, and women working to recover from substance abuse. Generous grants, a popular Thrift Shop, our wonderful Christmas Caravan tour of homes, and other sources provide the necessary funds. We truly do serve our community.
If you have ever been lucky enough to be at JC Penny's during the ALO's Operation School Bell, well that says it all about this group. If not then you have not seen the smiles on a youth's face shopping for new clothes and or re-calculating what monies they have left to spend on an awesome tshirt.
It truly is something special to witness.
The women that put this together are incredible, not to mention HARD Working.
When I moved to Omaha several years ago, I wanted to get involved with an organization that focused on the needs of children and adults. A member of the Assistance League of Omaha shared many of her rewarding experiences with me so I jumped on board and joined the league. It's been an honor and privilege to work with so many wonder ALO members. They have a steadfast focus and knowledge of the needs in our community. Many volunteers give a tremendous amount of time and talent. I have witnessed first hand the positive effects on so many children, families and adults we serve in our area.
I have been in Assistance League now for over 10 years and it has been very rewarding. I work with our Emergency School Bell program, which helps provide new school clothes for families that are in crisis. The situation could be from a fire, home eviction or domestic abuse. We also have school personnel call to see if a coat can be provided for a child who shows up in the winter without one! During our formal Operation School Bell program in October, we assist over 3,000 children with new clothing. It has been very surprising to me how much need exists in Omaha. I'm so glad that Assistance League, Omaha exists and can help our local children!
I have been a member of Assistance League of Omaha since 2008. I joined this non profit because of Operation School Bell. They help so many students in the Omaha area with clothing every year. Then I learned of all the other wonderful Philanthropic Programs that they support. It is special group of ladies who all volunteer their time and talents to help the Omaha Community in many ways. I am very proud to be part of this special group. They make a difference in the lives of children and adults in the Omaha Community.
I have had the opportunity to work at Operation School Bell the last seven years. I love seeing the children searching for just the right article of clothing to show off the next day at school. The smiles are so wide on their faces! One of the best smiles I see every year, is at the end of the shopping experience, they get to select a new book for their very own. Several children always ask if they get to keep the book. What fun it is for all of the participants and volunteers!
I heard about the Assistance League from a dear friend. She told me about all the projects that this organization was involved with in the Omaha area. Because I taught 30 years in an elementary classroom, clothing students in need through Operation School Bell touched my heart deeply. The first night I worked on this project was uplifting and emotional. On this very cold windy, rainy evening, I assisted two young boys who were limited with English skills. They came in flip-flops, very thin shorts and a T-shirt. One of the boys had on a very ragged coat. As I interacted with them, I knew they needed jeans and some shirts. The question about a winter coat was answered after much probing. The boys came away with everything they needed for our cold Nebraska winters. At check out, they also received a book of their choice. The most important ending to this story was the smiles on their faces!
The Assistance League of Omaha helps students at my school who need warm winter clothing. For many students, these are the only items of new clothing that they have received in a long while - if ever. Seeing my students warm and confident in their new clothes, and hearing how grateful families are for this wonderful services makes me so thankful for the opportunity to work with this fantastic organization.
I am an Elementary School Counselor and have coordinated the Operation School Bell referrals at my schools for many years. This program makes such a huge difference for so many of our families! The students return to school so proud of their new clothing, and parents are so appreciative for the support! Shopping for warm/winter clothing and shoes through OSB takes a financial burden off of parents and allows them to put their limited resources toward other necessities. Students who receive the new clothing walk just a little taller when they return ~ it definitely boosts their self-esteem and gives them more confidence at school. Thank You, Operation School Bell/Assistance League of Omaha, for your continued support of our children and their families!!!
I'm an Elementary School Counselor and the OSB Coordinator at my school. I can't tell how how THANKFUL I am for OSB. We have many students who benefit from OSB. Students come back to school (after shopping at JCPenney) with a big smile on their face & tell me thank you. They love being able to shop, pick out some of their own clothes. Also, they have some new clothes that help them feel good about themselves, which helps them come to school & feel good so they can do their best learning! Thank you, OSB! I don't know what our students and our community would do without you!
As a school counselor, I have appreciated the ability to refer students and their families for clothing assistance each year. Families express their appreciation of this assistance each year. Families struggle to keep up with their children's growing bodies so often students wear pants that are too tight and or too short. Students often lack warm outwear and warm shoes or boots. I do believe that the Assistance League of Omaha helps reduce family financial stresses by assisting with clothing needs. Families can focus on other needs when they know their children have clothing that fits and is appropriate for the season.
OSB has helped so many Cody Elementary students over the years.
It is a wonderful program that truly meets the basic needs of Omaha children.
Our Cody kids are always so happy to show off there new clothes, coats and shoes. Having appropriate clothing makes a difference in self esteem!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.