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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

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a member of this organization for over 24 years. Currently an organization of over 350 members - we have NO paid staff. Our volunteers do this work out of the goodness of their hearts! Our 10 programs serve a variety of needs, ranging from those aged birth to seniors - none of which are duplicated within the community. Last year we served over 16,000 clients and our members logged in over 54,000 volunteer hours.
Each and every day I am amazed by the loyalty, generosity, commitment and passion that our members exude in running our programs and our fundraisers that support our community!
NO paid staff - can you imagine !!?? What dedicated members we have!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I have served on the Advisory Board for 1 year and have been familiar with the Assistance League's services for over a decade. The organization accomplishes their goals through dedicated members and volunteers committed to philanthropic services to children, youth, and seniors. My organization has funded the Senior Outreach Program and they have been successful in reaching their goals of providing companionship, activities, and other essential items that reside in long term care facilities, particularly, those that do not have family. They are fiscally responsible and effectively leverage their funds and resources.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Kansas City puts the sparkle back in kids' eyes!! I've been a member for 6 years and continually delight in the responses of the children who receive clothing at Operation School Bell. The kids feel wonderful about themselves when they are decked out in their new clothing.

1 Cindy218

Board Member

Rating: 5

Assistance League of Kansas City is celebrating 30 years as a chapter of National Assistance League. During those 30 years, it has developed ten programs which allows them to meet basic needs of the children, families and senior citizens of our community. Through Operation School Bell, their largest program, they have provided over 27,000 children new clothing, a health kit, a shoe voucher that allows them to buy their own shoes and a book. A large percentage of their funding comes from their ReSALE SHOP which is run entirely by volunteers. This organization is truly amazing!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Assistance League of Kansas City for 15 years and have watched grins on children's faces and warm glow of a senior receiving a small gift. Of course, I have received as much from this group as I have given

Board Member

Rating: 5

Earlier in my career, I thought that, at retirement, I would join the Peace Corp. When I actually retired I realized that the Peace Corp was not a viable option for me. I instead joined Assistance League of Kansas City. I am now serving as president for the fiscal year 2013-2014 and this is my third year on the board. Volunteering in this organization has been one of the more rewarding experiences of my life. We serve our community in a myriad number of ways, with Operation School Bell being our signature program. We provided new clothing to more than 2,000 elementary children from September 2012 to December 2012. In the coming months, we hope to clothe even more..

Our primary funding comes from our thrift store, THE ReSALE SHOP. We are fortunate to have a community that provides donations and also shops at our store.

Assistance League members are passionate and dedicated to the mission of serving our community.

Linda Tyree,
President

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board member in various positions for a number of years. I continue to be amazed by the dedication demonstrated by the membership for our programs. It is through the dedication of the collective membership and the Board of Directors that we are able to accomplish what we do in the greater Kansas City area.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am currently serving my second term as President of Assistance League of Kansas City and I am overwhelmed by the dedication of our volunteers to our mission of serving our community. Our 300+ volunteers worked 43,872 hours in service to 15,651 children, families, victims of trauma or assault and older adults. While our facilities are located in Gladstone, MO, our programs serve our neighbors throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.