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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

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This charity is wonderful! They help thousands of kids with clothing across the metro area.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Millard students and families are so appreciative of the Assistance League of Omaha's Operation School Bell Program and all the volunteer work this amazing group does to provide clothes, shoes, coats, and books each fall. Thank you for all you do!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every year our school is given the opportunity to participate in Operation School Bell, allowing our students who need the most an opportunity to shop for new school clothes. I have participated for the last four years and this program is amazing! I watch our students come into school proudly wearing their new clothes and I am always grateful the the Assistance League for their help. This year we had some emergencies that came up just as we were turning in our list and we were able to connect these families with this program and it truly was a blessing at the right time. Thank you all for everything you do! Please know that we are extremely grateful :)

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME A OPPURTUNITY TO GET CLOTHING AND COATS FOR SCHOOL

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Omaha is a great Non Profit and I would love to thank them for helping my two boys out with winter clothing as I am a single mother and sometimes its hard to make ends meet.

Thank you for all you do for Omaha and my family!
Christin

5 Gail49

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization's work is greatly appreciated in Omaha by the children and families it assists. It is run and led entirely by volunteers which maximizes the dollars raised for the programs. It's great to see the smiles on the faces of kids who get to shop for new school clothes, many for the first time.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The programs that Assistance League of Omaha offers is phenomenal! Our students benefit greatly from Operation School Bell and the assistance that they provide. We are able to identify who doesn't have their basic needs met and Assistance League helps us provide for our students. We are so thankful for all they do. The students have the opportunity to pick out their own new clothes and coats which for some is a brand new experience. They are so excited!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am an elementary school teacher in south Omaha. I have taught 5th grade for 7 years and have had over 45 students benefit from the Operation School Bell program. Teaching in a high poverty area means that many of my students have a great need for clothes that fit and an appropriate coat for the wintertime. My students are always so excited to get the opportunity to shop in a department store and love to show off their new stuff at school. Most of my students have also told me how kind and helpful the ALO volunteers were when getting their new clothes. Several of my parents have personally thanked me for nominating their child to receive new clothes because they want the best things for their child, but can't always provide it. A big thank you to Assistance League of Omaha, NE for providing this service to children in need!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a public school teacher, I have witnessed the need for adequate clothing for school children in need and warm coats to endure the Nebraska winters. Operation School Bell, a philanthropic program of ALO, provides clothing for needy area school children. For many of these children, it is the first time they actually get to shop for new clothes. ALO will also provide emergency clothing when contacted by various agencies that work with children in crisis. Having family members and close friends that work with foster children makes me very aware of the need. Many of these children arrive with the clothes on their backs or all of their worldly possessions in a paper bag. ALO also provides teddy bears for first responders and hospitals to give as comfort to children. The ALO programs also help women recovering from addiction, provide clothing and toiletries for women that have been assaulted, support for a program that helps teen parents graduate from high school, and more. The women in this organization volunteer many hours to raise the funds to support these programs and to carry out the goals of the organization. They make our city a kinder and more loving place to live.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Assistance League of Omaha for 5 years. This organization gives one the opportunity to help others in our community who are less fortunate or who may be in difficult or crisis situations. Our motto "Touching lives - Making a difference" inspires our members to take action, not merely talk, when seeing a need for assistance or support. I see from the inside the many dedicated, admirable women who give their time unselfishly to improve the lives of others.

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5 Rosemary12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a long time volunteer. The fulfillment with ALO however has been optimum. As a member, one can find many ways to meet the needs of children and adults in the greater Omaha area. Seeing the joy on children's faces when they try on their new clothes provided by ALO's Operation School Bell is heartwarming. I also love to see our Thrift Shop customers smile as they find treasures in our shop. The simple fact is that ALO and its members provide a chance to serve others!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League of Omaha since 2007. I joined after retiring from 30 years of teaching; I met wonderful, dedicated, talented women who are passionate about helping others. We work very hard to raise enough money to support our programs. Assistance League of Omaha has offered many opportunities for growth both personally and professionally. It's work feeds my soul.

Our signature program is Operation School Bell, which provides a shopping experience at a mall and new clothes for over 3400 children each year.

Here is a thank you from a 6th grade English language learner: " My new clotes made me feel about how I shood be happyer about my life. After I got my new clothes I felt happyer. When I first try them on I felt like "Wow". I was astonished by the new clothes. I wore them on the first day!"

Here is another from a 5th grader: "Thank you for your gift. Now I have many clothing and thanks for the head phones that came with the shirt. My mom was happy. I got good clothes Because of you, I couldn't have done it without you. Thanks for the shoes that you could by with the gift card. Thanks for putting money for use and it is hurting to be cold so you needed a jacket so we don't miss school or be sick. What should I say. You guys thank you so much. I wish I can set a party for you guys or I could make you guys the Best."

Seeing the joy on the children's faces makes all of our work worthwhile. Knowing that women who are assaulted can leave the hospital with some dignity feels good. Helping women who are overcoming drug and/or alcohol dependency transition back into a productive life is gratifying. Encouraging young teens who have become parents too early to stay in school and celebrating their achievement is heartwarming. We do much good work. Assistance League has changed my life. I am thankful for it.

7 SJeanneH

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our daughter was sexually assaulted. One positive moment during that horrific evening was when she was handed a kit containing a change of clothing and a hygiene kit so she could shower, brush her teeth, etc. In the kit was a piece of paper that said, "Provided with caring concern form the Assistance League of Omaha." When a woman is physically or sexually assaulted, law enforcement takes all her clothing as evidence. We discovered that ALO provides Assault Survivor Kits to all Omaha area hospitals and, in fact, is the only nonprofit or agency who provides this wonderful service. Because of ALO's kindness, our daughter was able to walk out of the emergency room with some dignity.