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Causes: Community Service Clubs, Education, Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Literacy, Nursing Facilities, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Seniors

Mission: ASSISTANCE LEAGUE of Southeastern Michigan is an all- volunteer service organization. To improve the quality of life for those in need of care, guidance, and assistance through development and implementation of philanthropic programs in Michigan.

Target demographics: Thousands of people in need through our philanthropic programs, our members provide comfort and care with clothing, food, tutoring, supplies, and personal care kits.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 5,200 children in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties

Geographic areas served: Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties

Programs: Operation School Bell provides winter clothing for disadvantaged elementary school children. Stores are set up in the school for a one-day shopping experience where the children can shop for new clothing (winter coat, hat, gloves, blue jeans, underwear, socks, a duffel bag containing a book and hygiene items, and a voucher for shoes). Students are chosen by the schools districts in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.  Shelters in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne County are provided with children's clothing, school supplies, and toiletry items throughout the year. 

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member since 1999. Over the years I have volunteered for many of the programs, events and been a sales person in the resale store. My favorite program is Operation School Bell. As each fall comes to Michigan, the ladies of Assistance League are out in force helping low income children prepare for winter. These good people distribute free winter coats, hats, gloves, tee shirts and warmer garments, underwear, socks and books to children in need on a grand scale. These distributions are held in 3 counties and bring a “store” to each school being serviced for that year. All of the funds used for these distributions are from grants, donations, fund raisers or sales at the resale store which is run solely by the volunteers. Believe it or not, this is but one program of many that help children, adults and seniors throughout the year.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being retired, I found myself at loose ends with too much time on my hands. Joining Assistance League and helping children receive new clothing, sometimes their very own and first new clothing, is very rewarding. Furnishing food through partnership with Neighborhood House helps sustain community families. Tutoring students at two Oakland County schools helps to ensure their future is on an upward trajectory. Assistance League helps lives- those we assist and our own. My life has renewed meaning which Assistance League has allowed me to fulfill.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of this fantastic organization for 5 years. I have participated in many of our philanthropic programs such as Operation School Bell in which we setup a store of new clothing for Title 1 schools and we clothe the children in clothing of their choice. It is so rewarding to see the children light up with their new things. We service over 5000 children each year.Another example is One2One tutoring helping children learn to read. The one to one Assistance helps to bring them up to their expected level.
We have a yearly fundraiser called Mistletoe Marketplace to raise money for our many philanthropic endeavors as well as a Resale shop..
Being part of the Assistance League of Southeastern Mi is how I chose to spend a great deal of my time in retirement working with wonderful wonen and developing new friends.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hearing comments from students such as "Now I can go to school everyday since I won't have to share underwear with my brother" and "I never had a new coat before" is what inspires me to be a member of the Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan. These comments were made during Operation School Bell events which are well described in other stories on this site. Similar remarks are made when we deliver pack and plays and infant layette kits to social agencies for needy moms, by hospital employees when we deliver kits with clothing and toiletries for assault victims. Scholarship winners, who are non-traditional students returning to community college, say that the money is what has allowed them to continue their education. The newest program by this chapter of National Assistance League is working with a food pantry paying for the food one week a month as well as providing meal packages which contain all the ingredients for a hearty dish along with the recipe. The meal packages are quickly chosen by clients each week. It's all these things which keep me coming back year after year to this all volunteer group of hard working, caring women. Members donate over 50,000 hours a year. All these programs, and more, are funded through our resale store (described on this site), donations, and grants. Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan is truly a Great Nonprofit!

WillingWorker

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan for over 10 years. i have been a Board member for 4 years. I know we do a lot of good things, but last year something happened which really made me realize that we touch people in ways we may never know. Our Annual Fund last year went to fund Safe Sleep Sets - a porta crib and sleep sack - for mothers who would otherwise have their infants sleeping with them for lack of a crib. It is known that safe sleeping can help prevent infant deaths. I happened to notice that my bridge partner (a non-member) contributed to this fund and I thanked her. She told me that she had lost a child to SIDS. I never knew that. She was so grateful that our organization was doing something to help prevent infant death. I am very fortunate to be volunteering for an organization that is doing so much good for the communityl

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Assistant League of Southeastern Michigan has helped thousands of children and adults since 1993. I have had the privilege to work with so many people to help provide assistance to children and adults with our various programs throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. We offer nine programs that our membership handles: Assault Survivor Kits which provides kits of new clothing and necessities for survivors of abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence, Operations School Bell provides new clothing and necessities for children, Wee Help provides kits of new clothing and necessities to mothers for their newborns, One-2-One Tutoring weekly assistance for elementary students, Link to Creative Teaching provides educational enrichment opportunities that are not funded by districts, Pass It Forward provides clothing and house hold items to local nonprofit agencies that distribute to those in need at no charge, Scholarships provide support to two colleges for students with difficult life circumstances, Nourishing Neighbors collaborates with Rochester Neighborhood House-Food Pantry to provide children and families nutritious food, Community Connection assists nonprofit facilities with funding and serving meals to seniors. To volunteer in these programs is very rewarding and to know you are really helping so many lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Several years ago I went with a few friends who were already ALSM members to volunteer at one of their Operation School Bell sites- in which they turned the school gym into a store. Each child was assisted by a volunteer to shop for a coat, hat, mittens, tops, underwear, socks, a hygiene kit and a new book- which was all carried out in a large duffle bag. The kids were amazed, and so was I! I was hooked.

Then I found out that ALSM is a 100% volunteer organization- no one in the organization is paid!

Soon I learned about their many other philanthropic programs such as assault survivor kits filled with clothing for victims of assault to wear home from the hospital, wee help kits filled with layette items for infants born to low income mothers, one to one tutoring at two different elementary schools, nourishing neighbors (a new name for our food program)- to name a few!

I have been a member since 2015. Every one of the nearly 300 members are dedicated and caring volunteers with a goal of assisting children and adults in our communities. I couldn't be more proud to a part of this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have proudly been a member/volunteer for 19 years. Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan 's philanthropic programs help children and adults. Since I first joined in 2000, I have watched the organization grow every year, helping more and more children receive school clothing , food, tutoring help, etc. as well as services for adults.
Through grants, fundraisers, donations we are able to continue to provide for the community.
The proceeds from our store " ReSale Connection " in downtown Rochester, Mi. is our major source of income. Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan is definitely a Great Nonprofit.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for this organization for over 9 years. We work to help those children and adults in need with programs that have a lasting impact on their lives. Our Operation School Bell Program has helped us clothe over 6000 children last year. We also provide tutoring in local schools and serve Survivors of Domestic Abuse across the entire state of Michigan. We are a 100% volunteer organization!
We fund our programs through our ReSale Connection Upscale Resale store in downtown Rochester, MI. Our member volunteers staff the store Tuesday-Saturday. Check us out!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with this organization. One of our philanthropic programs is OSB. We go to a school and set up the gym to look like a store with new clothes, socks & underwear, winter coat, hat and gloves, a hygiene kit and a book for elementary school children. My first OSB distribution was in my very own city which I thought had no need for this type of service. I was working with the socks and underwear group, focusing on getting our items into the gym to set up. When we were done I had my first opportunity to look around me. I was AMAZED at what I saw. It was a store with the most welcoming people in it. After we finished the distribution of goods to approximately 350 children I had the greatest feeling of accomplishment. I had never experienced the pure joy on some of these children’s faces at the prospect of “shopping” for brand new clothes that were just for them.
I have participated in many more OSB distributions since them and the feeling is still there. What a wonderful, worthwhile organization this is. I’m proud to be a member.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan since 2012. From the beginning, I was surprised and overwhelmed with the caring attitude and incredible resourcefulness of our 300+ members. We contribute over 50,000 volunteer hours per year. And over 90% of our profits are utilized to serve the needs of children and adults in the Macomb, Oakland and Wayne county area. Our nine philanthropic programs are focused and streamlined--we coordinate with other area agencies to ensure appropriate coverage and minimal overlap of effort. As part of a national organization, we can provide local dedication while drawing upon the resources of our National Assistance League membership. My husband and daughter support my work with ALSM and have gladly volunteered their time, as well, to contribute to this worthy organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League provides new clothing to needy children through Operation School Bell. Also, there are many other charitable programs for our community. The main sources of revenue are the ReSale Connection in Rochester and the yearly event in November, Mistletoe Marketplace. 100% of all profits are used for charitable projects.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We clothe, feed, comfort and educate members of our community in need.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We helped dress over 5000 underprivileged school kids last year with brand new clothes. The smiles on their faces were priceless. Already working on this year's kids!

Board Member

Rating: 5

We are an all member volunteer organization, part of a national organization. We seek to cloth, feed, educate and comfort those in need in our communities. We raise our funds through our ReSale Connection store, our major fund raiser, and donations. We have 5 philanthropic programs that provide tutoring, assault survivor kits, school clothes books, layette sets, and weekend meals. We reach thousands of people and hear their heartfelt thanks

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former Board member and current volunteer, I have seen first-hand the thousands of people in need who have benefited from programs such as Operation School Bell. Last year, more than 5,000 children received new clothing for school, as well as winter clothing to keep them warm. Our all-volunteer organization spends funds on those in need -- no paid staff at all. Join us or donate to our fabulous nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The past 10 years as a member of this all-volunteer organization have given me a chance to see commitment in action. This fabulous group provides new clothing to more than 2,000 children every year. It is a group of dedicated women who are active and focused on helping those in need. GREAT organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered in many capacities for this organization for over two years. This is a group of over 300 women who work to make the lives of those in need in southeastern Michigan a little easier. We have programs for everyone who wishes to volunteer, as little or as much as you wish to contribute of your time, talents and treasures. We clothed over 2000 elementary school aged children this year in our Operation School Bell. I also love to tutor in the Pontiac School District. I continue to write grants for this organization and work on the fundraisers. I also volunteer to work at the upscale resale store that is the source of the majority of the funding for our programs. Come out to one of our monthly meetings in Rochester and you will be hooked! Check out our webpage at semich.assistanceleague.org

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan for 10 years, I feel blessed to be a part of such an amazing group and be able to give a little something back to our community in helping others. The 'Thank You' letters and smiles from the children and families who have been recipients of our philanthropic programs is heartwarming and inspiring. Because of our generous contributors and dedicated members, we are able to continue providing clothing, food, tutoring, and care kits to thousands of individuals in need throughout the year.

Barbara112

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League for 8 years. The caring and commitment of the women in this organization is unbelievable! By raising money at our store, Resale Connection, and thru other fund raisers, women and children in need in the tri-county area are provided with basic necessities through clothing, food, and, tutoring programs. The rewards we receive in return are priceless....smiles, pictures, notes of appreciation.

Sue_51

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined Assistance League 9 years ago and have been actively involved with this organization since then. Clothing over 2,000 children last year allows a retired teacher to still help children. Delivering Assault Survivor Kits to hospitals and clinics and Layette sets to needy mothers in all areas of our state shows the care and commitment of this organization. These women work hard all the time all year to help others in need.
Sue D

musicmom66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member for one year. This group is incredible - I can't even begin to list all the things they do for children, for women, for families. Their Operation School Bell clothes hundreds of needy kids every fall. They operate a wonderful tutoring program at a nearby school. They provide kits of clothing and other necessities to many local hospitals to give to victims of sexual abuse. They operate a Buddy Bear program. The list goes on and on. This is an all volunteer group and they welcome anyone in the Detroit area who wants to help. Members are friendly and welcoming to newcomers and new members are encouraged to help in whatever way is most comfortable for them. I have never been in a group that works so hard and does so much!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just joined Assistance League in the spring and I could not be more impressed by this volunteer group. They do incredible things for children and women with their Operation School Bell which gives clothes and school supplies to needy children, with their Wee kits which gives layettes to new moms in need of them, with one-to-one tutoring in schools and these are only three of the programs. What I really like is the way they involve new people by letting them just right into working with any group that seems to be the right fit. They train new volunteers and make them feel very comfortable and a necessary part of the group right from the start. I am so glad I found the Assistance League as a volunteer! Marilyn

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering for this non-profit last year for their Operation School Bell program. The faces of the children as they entered the makeshift store in their schools gymnasium were unbelievable. They were so very happy. The first child I took through told me that she had never been shopping for "new clothes" before and asked me if she could keep them. She said "I don't have any money!" The second child, a little boy, seemed concerned as we approached the school pants fitting area where our volunteers measure the children's waists for size. He said "We don't have to try them on do we? I don't have underwear on. My mom had to wash them." I assured him he did not have to try them on and that he was getting an entire package of new underwear to take home. He said, "My mom will be so happy!". The sacks of clothing are as big as some of the children in the younger grades. Since that time I have began tutoring for K & 1st grade readers, delivered Wee Help kits and Buddy Bears to hospitals assembled Assault Survivor kits and filled backpackers of food on Fridays for children in need for the weekend. What a great organization. They have over 300 members. Not one member is paid. We have an upscale resale store in downtown Rochester that is the major source of funding for all of these great philanthropic programs. Each member is asked to work at least 7 shifts at the store per year and to volunteer to work on at least one philanthropic program during the year. Our monthly meetings are informative, organized and attended by over 100 people. There is something for everyone. I am amazed at the commitment of this fabulous group,of women from the Tri-County area of Michigan.