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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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Sarah354

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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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.

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.

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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.