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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

This organization meets the need of a wide range of ages...from school age to seniors in their different projects
The Operation School Bell serves more than 2,000 students each year with new clothing, shoes, health kits and, what the children treasure, a new book. All these are things they pick out and proudly take home.
Other programs are partnered with organizations such as MOCSA, an organization that offers support to victims of assault, or police and fire departments who deal with children who are experiencing trauma
Their mission and vision are centered around making our community better.
Assistance League of Kansas City has been doing this well for 30 years!!



Rating: 5

I am a regular shopping participant at the Resale Shop in Gladstone. I love what they are doing for others and try to support them as much as possible with donations and of course shopping. I do window displays for Arthur Bryant's Brooklyn location and am always finding great items at the shop.


Rating: 5

This organization is absolutely awesome!! I have donated to Operation School Bell over the past few years, but never had a chance to see the facility in person. Recently, however, I got a tour of Operation School Bell along with a description of each child's experience. It is so wonderful! The clothes are all new, organized, neatly and creatively displayed, and it's all done with love and care. I then did some shopping at the Re-Sale Shop. I, again, was witness to the hard work done by so many dedicated volunteers. The Shop is well organized and run with grace and respect for all who enter. It's this kind of organization that changes a community and the world!