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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

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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.

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.

Previous Stories

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.

Katie W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In high school, I served as an officer in the teenage auxiliary of Assistance League of Kansas City, Assisteens. I am now in college, but my experiences as an Assisteen member and officer taught me effective leadership styles I continue to use today and ingrained within me the importance of serving one's community. The Assisteens service project I most enjoyed was the Senior Citizen Prom. We filled the recreation room of a local senior center with decorations, music, dancing, and games. We hired a professional photographer capture photos of couples and groups of friends throughout the event, and even crowned a king and queen. The most wonderful part of the event were the comments from some residents who looked forward to the prom every year and had a lovely time. One gentleman in particular, every year, arrived as soon as the event begun and partied until the very end. His smile made everything the Assisteens do worthwhile. Assisteens and Assistance League of Kansas City truly work to improve the lives of community members about them and genuinely succeed. I was blessed to be a part of such a group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the many projects under the Assistance League of Kansas City is Operation School Bell. Each year about 40 elementary students from my school district attends Operation School Bell. During their visit to OSB, students receive new clothing and a voucher for a new pair of shoes. For many of the students that attend, this is their first opportunity to shop, try-on, and select BRAND NEW clothing. The volunteers that work at OSB are always patient, friendly and kind to our students. Overall, this is a GREAT experience for our students. This program provides so much more than just the clothing the children go home with. It helps boost the children's self-esteem and confidence. I send a big thank you to all of the volunteers and sponsors that keep this program running.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Assistance League of Kansas City. I am amazed at the committment of the volunteers and the impact of their good work in Kansas City. ALKC is making a difference in the lives of children and families in Kansas City through several philanthropic programs that provide new school clothing, backpacks, school supplies and other necessities for children in need, teaches practical skills to children home alone or away from home, gives teddy bears to children in hospitals, offers clothing and support to victims of sexual assault, and supports seniors in area nursing homes.

One of our largest progrms is the Operation School Bell program which provided new clothing and supplies to over 2000 needy and at-risk elemenary and middle school students in 2010. There is nothing better than assisting these children as they choose their new clothes! They are so excited and proud. And studies show that these children have better behavior at school, have improved self confidence and are better integrated with their peers after coming to Operation School Bell.