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Assistance League of Wichita, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Service Clubs, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Thrift Shops

Mission: Assistance League of Wichita is a volunteer nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to transform the lives of children and adults through philanthropic services.

Target demographics: our volunteers to connect to our community

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,500 students through Operation School Bell; we gave scholarships of $10,000 to area seniors and mentored their first year in Post-Secondary training; and we provided support to two hospitals who examine and treat Sexual Assault victims.

Geographic areas served: Wichita, KS

Programs: Bear Hugs (for children that are victims of abuse or violence); Sexual Assault Victim Support (for adults and children); Post-Secondary Scholarships for graduating area high school students; Operation School Bell (to provide clothing and shoes for school-age children).

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is one of the most hard working groups with which I have ever been a part. Their programs and willingness to fulfill their obligations to the Wichita community is exceptional. It is a total volunteer organization, with no paid positions. Dedicated members run a successful Thrift Shop,which help to support the programs. The organization gives students scholarships to a community college and a technical School. They support needy children through the Operation School Bell program, having clothed 2714 this year and 78,000 since 1985. They support a program that helps give comfort to abused children. I am proud to be a member of this organization. Prue Schmidt

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined ALW after I retired. Been a member for 10 years and have been so proud to be a member. I've watched this organization grow, even more, into a more advanced caring and supportive organization supporting the youth in Wichita. We support children with providing clothing and hygiene needs, with scholarships for high school students, and with providing needs for those who have been abused. We continue to excel in our quest to help our children to be caring and productive citizens of society by taking care of their needs as they mature. I can't say enough good things about the Assistance League of Wichita! This video shows the old Operation School Bell model. We have partnered with JC Penney to provide clothing and hygiene needs to identified students now. This video does show our programs. Watch our Assistance League website, in a couple of months, for the revised video showing our wonderful new liaison with JC Penney!

Carol243

Client Served

Rating: 5

Assistane League of Wichita is a caring and committed group of volunteers who truly give back to the Wichita community through their four philanthropic programs. Their main focus is on children and education. ALW's funding comes mostly from their Thrift Shop which I like to say is the best Thrift Shop, "this side of the Mississippi." Donations are tax deductible. I like to shop and donate!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Wichita's membership is dedicated to the community and schools. Their philanthropic programs are dedicated to students in Wichita Public Schools with Operation School Bell and vocational scholarships. Another program is Sexual Assault Victim Support and bear hugs for abused children. The members are all volunteers providing support. One more thing, there is a "top-notch" shopping experience at the Thrift Shop @ Douglas and Grove on the south side of the street.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Like many of our volunteers, I joined the Assistance League of Wichita after I retired. As a former School Counselor I had the great joy of taking bus loads of children to Operation School Bell in Idaho. Without this great program, many of these students would not have had school clothing and winter coats. This is only one of the great philanthropic programs offered by the Wichita Assistance League. We also provide vocational scholarships for graduating seniors from local high schools. In addition we provide sexual assault survivor kits to the local hospitals, serving over 300 individuals annually. Our Bear Hugs program provides teddy bears to comfort sexually abused children while they are being cared for at local hospitals. These four programs are funded entirely by the profits from our fabulous Thrift Shop, generous donations from the community, and our annual Gingerbread Gala and Gingerbread Village fund raisers. The Assistance League of Wichita operates entirely with volunteer staff. Having no paid staff, we are able to use all of our resources to help those in our community. The Assistance League of Wichita is 160 members strong with a vision to empower volunteers to make lasting change through community-based philanthropic programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Thrift Shop is the Neiman Marcus of Wichita, but at bargain prices. It is clean, well organized and filled with many treasures. All volunteers are friendly and helpful. The philanthropic programs support children throughout the community by providing clothing and scholarships. Victims of sexual assault are helped by ALW through the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center and local hospitals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friend introduced me to Assistance League of Wichita (AL) just prior to my retirement in 2002. I was amazed at the number of volunteers and their excitement and energy in volunteering for this nonprofit. This organization is 100% volunteer! Amazing

Their philantropies are so helpful and needed in the community, and their Thrift Shop is a wonderful place to shop. They have great items that are donated to them and you can get really good bargain prices for quality merchandise.

I enjoy volunteering and knowing that I am giving back to my community at the same time.

Kyra H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I love this place. Very clean and organized. Great customer service and good prices. Thanks!

1 Barb34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After I retired I reviewed local non-profit organizations to find one to support. I was amazed at the Wichita Assistance League because it is run entirely by dedicated volunteers and provides support for local causes. Not many non-profits can claim this. It is a great organization! Check it out further at http://alwichita.org/.

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Judy98 10/06/2014

Thanks so much for promoting our wonderful Caring and Committed organization. Assistance League of Wichita

Pat_51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have the best selection of clothes of any Thrift Store I've been in. Every piece of clothing is checked for rips, stains, and missing buttons. Then they are all washed and ironed. Many of our clothes are new and have never been worn. We also have a great selection of men's clothing, including really nice suites.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great place the selection is always changing. No junk only the best. You never know what you will find. $900.00 blouses for $50.00. $100.00 perfume foe $20. O0. Where else would you find that?? No smell always clean. Friendly people, plenty of parking.
All funds go back to the community, no paid staff. Help support Operation School Bell, Abused Women and Children. Help others learn a trade through. Schooling .
Come join us!

1 Cheryl83

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member for more than 13 years. Becoming a member is a wonderful way to make new friends while serving the children of Wichita USD259.

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Judy98 02/26/2014

thanks for sharing your experience as a member.

1 Judy98

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member for a little over a year in this all volunteer philanthropic organization. The success of these like-minded, committed and caring members is phenomenal. In 2013, we clothed over 3,500 students in USD 259, supported 355 victims of rape or domestic violence and granted over $8,000 to post secondary students to complete a job skill or certificate program. It is amazing the difference a small group of dedicated women can do for a community. Our Thrift Shop at 2431 E Douglas is a major part of the reason that we can continue to provide these services. Please drop by and shop or consider becoming a member to connect and care with a wonderful community.