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Assistance League of Kansas City

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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

Run entirely by volunteers, the Assistance League of Kansas City does an incredible job living into their Vision: "Together . . . Making Our Community Better." Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the organization continues to serve youth and adults in the KC Metro area with a variety of outstanding programs and outreach activities. Among their program highlights is Operation School Bell, which provides new clothing to over 2,800 needy elementary and middle school children in local school districts each year. The Assistance League's ReSALE Shop is the premier thrift shop in the area, providing the lion's share of the funding for the good work this organization continues to devote in service to those in need. Truly an amazing group of dedicated volunteers!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

A few weeks ago, I met with a mother of 4 kids, to help her with budgeting and credit counseling. As I got to know her financial situation, she expressed frustration at the overwhelming cost to keep up with school uniforms for her kids. They had already outgrown the uniforms she bought them within the first couple months of the new school year! To top it off, her daughter's winter coat was taken from her school locker, and the zipper of her youngest son's coat broke. So they were both wearing coats that weren't a proper fit for them. I reached out to the Assistance League of Kansas City, and through a partnership with Burlington Coat Factory, they provided this family with vouchers for 2 shirts, 2 pants, and a winter coat for EACH OF THE FOUR KIDS!!! I'm just so thrilled that I was able to find such a wonderful organization to provide much needed help!!

Advisor

Rating: 5

OSB helps kids at the middle school that I serve as a guidance counselor. For the last two years, 18 of our kids have had the opportunity to go shopping for new clothes for school. This is invaluable to our students. This is a time that they feel like "fitting in" is the most important. I love they have the opportunity to pick out NEW clothes that they feel reflect their own style. LOVE THIS PROGRAM!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I'm pleased to serve as an advisor to the Assistance League of Kansas City. The work they do with school age children, teens, seniors, assault survivors and others far exceeds many other organizations. They are always open to suggestions and want their program to be top quality all the time. They meet so many needs in our area. It's an honor to work with them. Deena James, Krueger & James Insurance