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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

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Kansas City has been very helpful in providing families with what they need. Working for the Children's Division I often see families that are in need of beds for the children, diapers, clothing, etc. The Assistance League has helped many families I have had on my case load. I had a family that the Assistance League helped get clothing vouchers for. The children stated that they had never owned new clothing. The clothing that they wore was either too big, too small or ripped. When this family was given the clothing vouchers they were extremely grateful and excited. I have had families where the children have never had a bed. The Assistance League has helped with this many times. The Assistance League has helped me, help people who truly need it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am employed with the Missouri Children's Division and have accessed resources through the Assistance League of Kansas City to assist local families in need. The Assistance League has assisted many at risk children and families in the area by providing resources such as clothing, diapers, and household supplies for children for those in need. One family that I referred to the Assistance League was a single mother who had left a very abusive relationship. Her paramour had not allowed her to take any clothes or personal items. She and her two small children left with the clothes on their backs. The Assistance League helped this family with clothing and even delivered a bed for the family so that they would not have to sleep on the floor. Our agency has utilized the services of the Assistance League on numerous occasions and they often "fill the gap" in areas where no other service has been able to assist. We are blessed to have this agency to help our local families.

Kristen G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work as a School Community Resource Specialist in a middle and elementary school. Assistance League has helped our families and students by providing clothing, undergarments and shoe vouchers through Operation School Bell. They were able to provide financial assistance for at least 3 middle school students to play an instrument in the band. They helped at least 5 students afford glasses and they provided at least 35 of our students with Target vochers to buy new clothing. The volunteers at the Assistance League are very easy to work with, and the process to access assistance is very quick. Without the Assistance Leagues assistance many North Kansas City students would go without. They are able to make my job easier and to help make our students lives easier when many are coming from tough situations.

Kimberly16

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Administrator at Heritage Village Assisted Living in Gladstone, MO. Assistance League brings smiles to our Seniors. Giving Seniors the ability to enjoy life. Creating memories and restored hope to not be forgotten by the community. Assistance League touch peoples lives, and gives the community faith within itself and others.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Site Manager for a homeless services center in the Kansas City area. The Assistance League donated time, energy, and funds needed to prepare more than 150 backpacks. The youth department within the assistance league collected hundreds of used t-shirts and turned them into quick easy to carry backpacks. The backpacks were filled with personal hygiene products that included, but not limited to: soap, tooth brush, tooth paste, band-aids, a comb, and hand sanitizer. The Assistance League contiues to donate laundry detergent, socks, and feminie hygiene products through out the year. The thing most greatly appreciated about the Assistance League is that they recognize that donations are greatly need when it is not the giving season. Everyone gives during holiday season, but the Asistance League gives when all other donations are down.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a licensed clinical social worker at an emergency children's center. These children and their families are currently in a crisis situation. The children often have experienced abuse and/or neglect and have been removed from their home. The Assistance League of KC provides a wonderful service to our children by providing birthday bags. These bags are full of gender-specific toys, books, and hygiene items. We also use these bags for good-bye parties when the children leave our facility. The children enjoy these so much and it really makes a difference for them to know that people are thinking of them and care about them. We appreciate the Assistance League of KC!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the Coordinator of Advocacy Services for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), I have had the pleasure to work closely with the Assistance League of Kansas City for several years. The Assistance League plays a very important role in our work to support survivors of sexual assault since they provide us with care kits for victims at the hospital. These Assault Survivor Kits include clothing, toiletries, and a book on healing from rape. These items are presented to survivors when our advocates meet them at the hospital to provide support during the forensic medical exam. This exam often requires victims to give up their clothing during the evidence collection process, so having clean, comfortable clothing and toiletries to clean up with after the exam can make a world of difference. We are so grateful for the Assistance League and the great work that they do preparing these kits and ensuring that survivors of sexual assault in the Greater Kansas City area can feel as comfortable as possible during this difficult process. They are such an asset to the community!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have brought children to operation School Bell, a program for disadvantaged children to choose new clothes, for many years. This program is provided by the Assistance League of Kansas City. It gives these children h\the opportunity to walkback into their school wearing brand new clothes that they hve chosen. There are so many eamples of how this experience has helped build self esteem and pridein our students. One of my favorite, bittersweet memories was of a student who would not take the price tags off the clothes until they fell off so others would know they were new clothes. Another student, who had a kinship with pigpen from the Peanuts cartoon was so proud of his new clothes, he insisted on wearing a new outfit back to school. By the time we arrived back at school 15 minutes later his new clothes were already filthy but he still proudly marched up to his teacher to show off his new outfit. We never did figure out how he got so dirty in that short amunt of time, but the memory of his enthusiasm puts a smile on my face even today. There are humdreds of children I have taken over 20 years to OSB at the Assistance League, and i still believe it is a ray of sunshine in the lives of all of these children just as I did on the very first trip. children wil approach me i the halls fo the school asking when we get to go our our special new clothes field trip again. If ever an organization has make a profound difference in the lives of children in such a simple way, it would be this organization. The volunteers take these children into their small clothing center and give the attention and smiles that these kids will remember for a life time. I often have high school students pop in to say high and say, "do you remember when we went to et new clothes?" What a gift they give.

I cannot close withut giving a shout of approval out to their 'i'm in Charge" curriculum. This is a curriculum complete with a professional quality video and enough high quality bookets forevery student in one grade level each year. It is not ean exaggeation to say that this curriculum resource is the best discussion starter among my students about the subject of safety available. The students literally follow me down the halls after class to discuss being oe alone safely, internet safety or a miriad of othe safety issues pertent to their lives. The teachers get tickled watchng me looking like the Pied Piper as children tell me their stories or try to get answers to their "what if " questions or sadly tell me of dangerous situations they need help dealing with. One 7 year old in our school went home to an empty house on a dark winter late afternoon when mom thought she was at girl scouts. She told me when asked how she knew what to do, "I sat on my front step for a minute and cried then I remembered what you taught us bout going to my contact people for help." She literally had to go to 3 contact people's houses before finding anyone at home, but because she had a plan she kept her cool and did it. These are only 2 example of what this great organization does for the children of our community and surrounding communities. They are changing lives one shirt, one safety booklet, one smile and helpful hand at a time.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The assistance league of KC has been a very vital organization in helping the Clay Co. Children's Division in providing pretty much anything our foster children and families have needed that there were no state funds for. They provided one of my families who were about to lose their children to foster care due to having a cluttered, dirty house with cleaning supplies and rubber totes to store alot of their stuff. One of the members Joy George met me and the family at Wal-Mart and was very helpful and supportive toward the family so they did not feel ashamed. They have also provided the Children's Division with learning material such as books and DVD's to help our parent's learn positive parenting skills. They provide Christmas to our foster children and to families in need in Clay Co. They are a very important resource in our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Operation School Bell for many years as a school social worker in a few surrounding school districts in Platte and Clay County. Operation School Bell is amazing!!! The children love getting to go and try on new clothes with their personal volunteer...their eyes and smiles just light up when they come back with a bag of goodies!!! They always want to take everything out of the bag and show us all of the cool clothes they receive! It never fails that they want to wear the new clothes back to school, but we try to encourage them to save their new clothes for the next few days of school. When you see those kiddos walk down the halls of the school with their new clothes on...it is priceless!!! Their self-esteem is totally positive and they are proud to look like all the other kids with cool clothes! I get tears in my eyes every time I see one of them so happy and so proud to show me their new things! This is an amazing opportunity for our students and we are extremely grateful to be able to participate in this outstanding program!!! OSB rocks!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Assistance League sponsors "Operation School Bell" which provides new clothes as well as shoe vouchers to needy elementary school students. I have had the pleasure of accompanying students on these trips. The volunteer staff is extremely loving and helpful. The facility is clean, organized and well-maintained.
The students are delighted to receive new clothes that fit. These typically become their favorite outfits! The children are able to go to school feeling better about themselves. This opportunity also builds stronger relationships between students, parents and school staff.