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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 volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.

Results: Operation School Bell clothes over 3500 kindergarten through eighth grade children each fall. Positive impacts are reported from the 204 school contacts in the areas of improved student self-confidence, behavior, peer relationships and attendance.

Target demographics: support the specific needs of children and adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 5000 students and 1000 adults through ten 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 Operation Literacy.

Community Stories

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Omaha is such an amazing community partner for our students and schools. Operation School Bell provides an invaluable resource for kids whose families are struggling financially to start the school year in a positive way. Often, students light up, and parents break down, when they arrive at the event and learn they can pick out the clothes for free. Parents always express that the event lifts a great burden from their hearts.

And it doesn’t just help the families. When a student is living in poverty, teachers and administrators reach into their own pockets to pay for basic coats, hats, and gloves. Assistance League lifts that burden from our teachers and administrators, too. As a school board member, I am incredibly grateful for the smart, caring, driven women of Assistance League of Omaha. Thank you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a third grade at Western Hills Elementary. I love Assistance League of Omaha and their Operation School Bell program. It is an amazing program that helps boost student confidence and attendance. Operation School Bell also improves student safety by providing warm coats during our cold winter months. Another important aspect of this program is that it teaches students math skills related to money management. I love seeing the smiles on their faces when they come to school wearing their new clothes. I can't say enough about the wonderful Operation School Bell program and the opportunities it provides for our students.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work for a local non-profit our mission is to provide treatment to women recovering from their addiction. The Assistance League does so much for our women and their children! Starting with providing our ladies with a voucher to shop at Yesterday’s Best. They continue to help our ladies and their children by donating household items and hygiene products, they prepare graduation baskets full of goodies and other necessities, they donate children’s books, and what our ladies enjoy the most is how the Assistance League donates their time by coming into our home to do fun activities with them. I cannot express the amount of gratitude we have for the Assistance League ladies and how much they care for our women. Thank you so much, you ladies do wonderful things and bring happiness to those you serve!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work for a local non-profit that works with the Assistance League of Omaha. They donate household items, childrens books, graduation gifts for our women, and lots of time spent doing fun activities with our women. They also provide shopping vouchers for our women to visit their thrift store. Thank you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work for a local non-profit that work with chemically dependent women and women with children. The assistance league has been a fundamental presence and has helped to positively impact the women’s lives we serve. From providing donations in form of children’s books, graduation gifts, fun events with the women, volunteering at our fundraisers and more! Thank you to all the ladies with the assistance league!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We at JCPenney Westroads, Omaha NE, have partnered with the Assistance League for the Operation School Bell event for the past 8 years. The Assistance League has been an excellent organization to partner with and have provided clothing needs for 3,500+ children each season. They continue to coordinate the entire event with the schools/participants, work closely with us on merchandise needs/timing and schedule their members to help volunteer over the 10 day event. We appreciate everything they do for us at JCPenney and the community of Omaha.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Omaha Nebraska Inc., thank you to Operation School Bell’s Support and Columbian Elementary School. The way children feel about going to school and how they benefit from regular school attendance can be affected by their clothing. Some children might not have the extra money available for new clothing or wear worn out hand me downs. As the school counselor I have been able to go shopping with our students and was fortunate enough to experience first hand the joy and spark this experience brings to the students and their families. The ALO volunteers are so helpful outfitting the children, handing out free books and delivering a free voucher for shoes! It is priceless to be at the front door of school to greet the students come in with smiles that melt your heart showing gratitude and walk proudly down the hallways!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went through Santa Monica in 2016. The assistance league came monthly. The ladies helped so much with ideas for new coping skills. My favorite was the writing activity that they did. I still use it to this day! They were very interested in hearing our stories and always had a loving ear. They let us do projects for our children which for me helped me feel like I was being proactive in there lives even when I wasn't physically there. I am amazed at the selflessness and care they brought every time. Three years later they still hold a place in my hear! Jessie Lager

Client Served

Rating: 5

The children at Ponca Elementary were able to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity the Assistance League of Omaha Nebraska provides. Our children were allowed to pick out items of their choice to cover and warm their bodies for the winter. The chosen children shopped and picked out items from coats, gloves, shirts, jackets, and pants. The were much more confident and ready to learn when they returned to school the following days. Thank You Assistance League of Omaha Nebraska for helping our community and Ponca Elementary School.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The school I work in has many new immigrants to the US. Many times our families are not prepared for the winters of the Nebraska and do not have the appropriate clothing such as sweaters, boots or winter coats. The Assistance League has a program that allows families in need to get the clothing they need, which in turn, raises the confidence level of our students and helps them do better in academics, behavior and attendance. The Assistance League of Omaha is the absolute best!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of Assistance League of Omaha, I am impressed with the organization and planning involved by the members. All moneys after expenses are used for our philanthropic programs. We are a totally volunteer organization. Omaha benefits from this organization. Nancy Glasser

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For several years, I have been impressed with the work done by the Assistance League of Omaha. As an Elementary School Principal, I witnessed the generosity of the League when they clothed two of the students in my school who had come to Omaha in the winter with no warm clothing.
In the past year, I have been more impressed with the work of Operation School Bell as the League had endeavored to clothe hundreds of Omaha children. Because of their willingness to step up and dress more children this year, I made a significant monetary contribution to their organization. I believe the Assistance League of Omaha is one of the most worthwhile nonprofit organizations in Omaha Nebraska.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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"!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

David Daughton

Omaha, NE

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.”

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.