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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Assistance League of Kansas City (ALKC), a chapter of National Assistance League, fulfills specific unmet needs of children and adults in the Kansas City area through philanthropic programs developed, funded and operated by dedicated volunteers and community partners. ALKC has served those in need since 1982. ALKC's programs provide school clothing, backpacks, school supplies and other necessitites for children in need, teach safety skills to elementary age students, supply teddy bears to comfort children in crisis, provide clothing to women and men who are victims of sexual assault, support seniors in area nursing homes and provide clothing for individuals who are entering or re-entering the job market.

Results: Assistance League of Kansas City has 350 members who contributed over 54,600 volunteer hours to serve 15,500 children, adults and seniors in 2013-2014. There are no paid employees.

Target demographics: fulfill specific unmet needs of children and adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: During 2013-2014, over 15,500 children and adults were served by our diverse community-based philanthropic programs.

Geographic areas served: the Kansas City area

Programs: Operation School Bell, Operation Child In Need, Assault Survivor Kits, Birthday/Celebration Bags, I'm In Charge, Operation Hug, Senior Outreach Service and Best Foot Forward.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member of Assistance League of Kansas City. It is my honor and privilege to serve our community though the programs managed and funded by this organization. The programs of Assistance League of Kansas City have had an important impact on the lives of children, students and families in our area for more than 30 years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Clothing children today at Operation School Bell was very rewarding. All 26 children were so eccited to get their new clothes. One little girl said "I'm wearing this outfit tomorrow".

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Kansas City Child in Need program is a great way to build a bridge with parents. Being able to offer a real solution to their child’s need is amazing. I have noticed hat it really increases cooperation between the school and family

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer member of this incredible organization, I can't say enough about the dedication and commitment of the ladies who give so abundantly of their time. I was fortunate to give a talk to a local homeowner's association group and one of the attendees was a local police officer. When I shared the information regarding our Assault Survivor Kits Program, he was quick to speak up and share that he had personally heard from volunteers of MOCSA how helpful our kits are to individuals who have been in domestic abuse situations. We could not provide our services without the generosity of our donors, financial supporters and those that shop at our thrift store, THE ReSALE SHOP. We truly believe in our vision statement, "Together...making our community better".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a grandmother of two children that attend school in Platte City. Both girls received the I'm In Charge booklet distributed by Assistance League of Kansas City. What a great tool to help assist children who need to be home alone. My second grade granddaughter was so excited to share her booklet with her mom and I as soon as she got off the bus, "Look, this book shows kids like us how to take care of ourselves if we are home alone or see a stranger. It's really great to know what to do". Thank you Assistance League of Kansas City for developing such a helpful, informative booklet for school age children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of ALKC, I am most involved in the elementary and middle school Operation School Bell clothing programs. It is so rewarding to see the excitement each child feels when getting new clothes. Here are a few responses I have received from the middle school students/families:
• A student and his family who had escaped from North Africa said he was told that the people in the United States were nice people...and he said "that we were nice people."
• A woman who brought her children said she was so grateful...her home in Florida was destroyed during Hurricane Irma.
• A grandmother, who is raising 5 granddaughters on her own, said that she always took them to thrift stores to shop. She was so thankful for them to have new clothes and that it would make a difference for them!
• A..was so excited to choose her own clothes. She just kept giggling.
• 1st time in program. Love It! Thank you.
• M...is happy to have new clothes. We were unable to shop for back to school. Thank you all so much.
• Thank you so much. You can't believe how much this has helped my child feel.
• My daughter absolutely loves the opportunity - she gets so excited - her self esteem gets a boost!
• We thank you for your help. We are very grateful. Thank you.
• There was one student who came with his younger sister, also in middle school, and his mother. His mother did not seem to understand English. When I asked if they had come to shop last year, I got the biggest smile ever...when he said "no, we just came to Missouri!" His delight and the smiles of his sister and mother were replicated by so many families.

1 Joy G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with Assistance League of Kansas City for over thirty years, I have seen a small group of women in the Northland who were committed to helping meet the needs of their community, grow to over 350 volunteers dedicated to enriching the community by helping its residents from birth to super seniors.
All of ALKC's programs from Operation School Bell which clothes nearly 3000 needy area school children yearly, to Senior Outreach Service that provides friendship and support to residents of Northland senior care centers, reach people who truly need ALKC members' help.
One program unique to Assistance League of Kansas City is Operation Child in Need. This program answers the needs of children from birth to twenty-one, whose families are in crisis and are not able to fulfill the needs of their children. The individual children, who are referred by school counselors or social workers, may receive clothing, eye glasses, medical equipment, or tubs to store their clothing. Babies may receive portable cribs, so they can come home from the hospital, students receive costumes for performing in a show choir, work clothes, rental for musical instruments, a weight vest to calm a child with autism, or fees to participate in sports. Operation Child in Need strives to help children have life experiences more like their peers.
For many Assistance League members, serving our community through this organization is a life long commitment. We can actually see the difference ALKC programs are making in the lives of people living around us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an ALKC member and a lifelong music teacher, singer and pianist, I now have a new performance venue....playing piano and singing "golden oldies" songs to Smithville Living Center residents in the memory care unit. What a joy when these people dig deep in their memories and sing along or get up and dance to the music. Hopefully it blesses them, as it most certainly does me.

Maribeth Griessel

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization to be a part of and it provides so many services to our community. As an "All Volunteer" organization, we run a fabulous thrift shop and use the proceeds to provide new clothing for thousands of school aged children each year. We also provide backpacks with school supplies for students and teddy bears for children that are hospitalized. We have multiple programs that serve a wide variety of needs in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with the North Kansas City School District and have the privilege of taking students to the Operation School Bell. This service is such a blessing to our families here at our school. We appreciate the willingness and kindness of the volunteers that assist the children in choosing clothes. The Assistance League of Gladstone, MO is comprised of an amazing group of people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Kansa City provides wonderful services for children in our local schools. Each year we clothe over 2500 children K-8. As a former educator, I know that having new and more trendy clothing really increases the self esteem of school children. Clothing children is only one of the 10 philanthropic programs our chapter sponsors. I'm thrilled to be a part of this group that works actively to meet the unmet needs of our neighbors in the area.

1 RitaHull

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Assistance League of Kansas City. Recently I was shopping for a tray to serve fruit on for my sister-in-law and brother-in-law's 50th Wedding Anniversary. I went to the ReSale Shop and in my search found a gold tray that actually said Happy 50th Anniversary. I found what I was looking for at a reasonable price and I walked away a very satisfied customer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the teen auxiliary, Assisteens, for the past four years and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The group completes a variety of community service projects in the area, which can be very useful when obtaining community service hours for school requirements. In addition, being a member of the group can be as small or as big of a commitment as the member wants, which works well with teens' busy schedules. The group typically meets or completes an activity once a month, and all events are optional. By contrast, members can take on a larger commitment by taking on a leadership role in the organization. As a member of this organization, I was able to serve in two different leadership roles, allowing me to see how an executive board works to run an organization. I also enjoyed having the opportunity to work with students from a variety of schools and age groups around the Kansas City area, as this allowed me to meet new people from a variety of backgrounds. Most importantly, though, the variety of community service projects we performed developed in me a passion for serving others, which is why I am now considering a career in non-profit management as an adult. I highly recommend this group for any 7th-12th grader in the Kansas City area interested in serving the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Week of December 8th my husband and I had stopped at Payless Shoes in Liberty and the store was filled with children excited about getting shoes. I said hi to one of the children and ask them if they were getting new shoes and 3 little girls said yes we just went to a place where we got to pick out brand new clothes and now we are picking out our own shoes and they had such big smiles on their faces. I whispered to my husband while we were in the store and said they have just been to OSB.
I am part of this organization and always feel rewarded when working at OSB, but it was even a greater experience listening to all the happy children talking to the adults about their new clothes and shoes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the last several years, I have helped our school counselor with taking our children to Operation School Bell. This is such a fantastic program. The ladies are so helpful and patient with the children. Each child's face lights up when their name is called to walk into the "shopping area" and choose their own clothes. The Children leave there not only with the generosity of Operation School Bell but with pride and happiness. In the days that follow their trip to Operation School Bell, you see the pride on their faces as they show off their new outfits. So happy and big smiles! Thank you for this wonderful program and the needs that in fills in these children's lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the previous review, the wrong initials were used for this agency. The initials CAC were used instead of AL of Kansas City. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The Assistance League of Kansas City offered to donate $500 to our school based program to purchase uniforms for families that do not have the money to get their child a uniform. Below is the response from the gentlemen that went with the volunteer to purchase the uniforms. We are truly grateful for their generosity.

"AL of Kansas City was very eager to help with as many uniforms as they were allowed to. We were at the register and the balance was like $430.00 and I was actually satisfied with the amount of uniforms we had, but Etta mae insisted we reach the whole $500.00 that was alloted to us. Etta mae insisted I go back and get more until we reached our limit. While shopping Etta mae and I spoke about our school district and I could tell that her organization really cared about our students and that community as a whole. I expressed to Etta several times how grateful spofford & Hickman were to be receiving such a generous donation, and we would have been grateful weather we received 20 uniforms or only 2."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAC offered to donate $500 to our school based program to purchase uniforms for families that do not have the money to get their child a uniform. Below is the response from the gentlemen that went with the volunteer to purchase the uniforms. We are truly grateful for CAC generosity.

"CAC was very eager to help with as many uniforms as they were allowed to. We were at the register and the balance was like $430.00 and I was actually satisfied with the amount of uniforms we had, but Etta mae insisted we reach the whole $500.00 that was alloted to us. Etta mae insisted I go back and get more until we reached our limit. While shopping Etta mae and I spoke about our school district and I could tell that her organization really cared about our students and that community as a whole. I expressed to Etta several times how grateful spofford & Hickman were to be receiving such a generous donation, and we would have been grateful weather we received 20 uniforms or only 2."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Doing volunteer work for Assistance League of Kansas City is very rewarding. We are also helping
ourselves by helping others. Our non-profit helps people in many walks of life from children needing
clothes to feel confident about themselves, to Seniors in nursing homes. We help scared children
in crisis situations or having surgery by giving them a Teddy Bear. One of our newest programs is to
help ready men and women for job interviews. I have met so many wonderful ladies since I have
joined Assistance League of Kansas City.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League of Kansas City for nearly 3 years. It is a wonderful organization and it is very rewarding to feel like I am making a difference in our community. I work at the Re-Sale shop and also at the Operation School Bell. It really makes you feel good when you help the children select new clothes and you can just see the excitement on the kids faces. I also help with Operation Hug, which is a Teddy Bear program. We don't actually get to see how a bear helps a child at a hospital but the nurses are so HAPPY when we bring them their bears. It makes me feel like a better person being involved with Assistance League of Kansas Citiy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am happy that I have clothes that i can wear for jobs interview. I'm really glad they provide me clothes because I know that it is expensive to purchased. Thank You for the clothing I need for interview.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friend invited me to go to an informational meeting a couple of years ago. She assured me that there was a committment but not a big one. Lots of people doing a little make the organization provide a lot. However, as I became more and more involved and found the niche that I liked best, I find spending time at the ReSale Shop to be so much fun. I got involved with some committees and was asked by the President to serve as Property Manager. I love it all!

ALKC is an amazing organization helping thousands of people, not only children but all ages in one way or another with our 12 programs supported by the revenue from the ReSale Shop. I am so proud to be involved with an organization of this stature and dedication.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for several of the philanthropic programs sponsored by Assistance League of Kansas City, a 100% volunteer organization. I work in their ReSale Shop (thrift store) which provides about 98% of ALKC's funding. I am a volunteer for Operation School Bell, which provided new clothing to almost 2000 elementary school children in 2011-2012. ALKC also has programs assisting seniors, assault victim survivors, and children and families in crisis. ALKC not only responds to the needs of our community but provides an extremely rewarding volunteer opportunity.