Human Services

Assistance League® of Kansas City

Together...making our community better

Gladstone, MO   |  www.alkc.org

Mission

Assistance League of Kansas City is a not for profit 501(c)(3) all- volunteer organization. Established in 1983, ALKC puts caring and commitment into action through community-based philanthropic programs.  Assistance League of Kansas City, 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. Assistance League volunteers transform the lives of children and adults through community programs.

Ruling year info

1984

President

Ms. Rita Pickering

President-Elect

Dr. Barbara Condra

Main address

6101 N Chestnut

Gladstone, MO 64119 USA

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EIN

43-1307672

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Family Services (P40)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Operation School Bell®

Operation School Bell provides needy and at risk elementary and middle school children in the Kansas City area with new clothing, personal care items and a book. Children are identified as needing our service by school counselors, teachers or administrators. In the 2018 - 2019 school year, 3,570 elementary, middle school and high school students were served. Each participating student receives two pairs of pants, three shirts, one warm top (sweater or sweatshirt), a package of socks & underwear, a winter hat and gloves, a $25 Payless Shoe voucher, a new book and a health kit. The 2018-2019 school year was the 27th year of operation for the program with a cost to clothe each child at approximately $90.  32,050 elementary children have been served since the program began. 677  Northland middle school students were also served during 2017-2018 by the Operation School Bell program. 2,479 middle school students have received clothing and supplies through the Operation School Bell program over the last eight years.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$472,941

Operation Hug provides new teddy bears to comfort children in crisis situations. In 2018-2019, Assistance League of Kansas City prepared and distributed 4,360  teddy bears to area emergency personnel to comfort children involved in accidents or other traumatic situations. We deliver teddy bears to hospitals (Liberty, North Kansas City, Children's Mercy Northland, St. Luke's - North, South and the Plaza locations, and Truman Hospital),  Briarcliff Surgery Center, the Liberty Surgical Center, and Synergy Services.  Since beginning this program in 1989, over 92,180 teddy bears have provided comfort to hurting children in our community.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
Budget
$41,281

I'm in Charge is a school curriculum which includes a DVD, a facilitator's manual and a workbook for elementary-age students focusing on safety in emergency and non-emergency situations when a child is alone at home or on their own away from home. In the 2018-2019 school year, 8,400 students in our community benefited from this program. The following topics are covered by engaging students in discussion and role-play situations; using the telephone, answering the door, inappropriate touching, stranger danger, fire safety, guns, first-aid, Internet safety, and emergency weather situations. Since the I'm In Charge program began in 1984, over 150,900 elementary students have received personal safety information and training through this program.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$14,701

This program provides personal care items for sexual assault victims. In 2018-2019 our kits provided comfort to 1,416 assault victims. The kits are distributed by MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault) when victims present at area hospitals.  The program provides clothing and other items to help assault victims, whose garments are retained by police for evidence, to leave the hospital comfortably and with dignity. Each kit contains pants, a shirt, underwear, hygiene items and the book Recovering from Rape by Dr. Linda Ledrey.  The volunteer coordinator of MOCSA made this comment, "This program is an invaluable resource to survivors.  Not only does it provide them with essentials such as clothing, toiletries, and information, but it also helps to restore a sense of dignity and control after the assault.  This is an important start to the healing process..."

Population(s) Served
Females
Males
Budget
$38,989

Operation Child In Need is a philanthropic program that helps any child in our community whose family is unable to provide the things that would help their educational, physical or emotional development. This program assists foster children, foster families, wards of the court and other children in need.  This program distributes new backpacks and school supplies as well as fill requests for clothing, tutoring and the extras children need that cannot be provided by the families and agencies caring for them.  In 2018-2019, 1,027 client were served from kindergarten - 12th grade and received various types of items and support.  Requests for assistance are made to Assistance League of Kansas City through school counselors and social workers.   Individual requests granted have included:  eye exams and glasses, psychiatrist services for a child, bike helmets, a baby carrier, cribs, space heaters, croc-like shoes and two yards of fleece to make a poncho for a girl with autism who lives with her grandparents, gas and hotel expense for a family to take their child to see a pediatric neurological oncologist in St. Louis, replacing Christmas gifts for a family whose gifts were stolen, as well as many requests for clothing and school uniforms for children without and those removed from their homes.    Operation Child In Need is indeed far-reaching in its scope and making a positive impact on needy children and their families in our community.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$104,062

The Senior Outreach Service program provides friendship and support to residents of six Northland senior care centers.  Assistance League of Kansas City volunteers are matched as senior pals to residents of these nursing homes to provide support through personal visits and mailing greeting cards on holidays and birthdays.  Entertaining and educational programming as well as as magazine subscriptions, puzzle books, CD's and bingo cards, are also provided to help enhance the lives of residents at these facilities.  Over 2,230 senior residents were served during 2018-2019 through this program.  An activity director from one of the senior care centers we serve made this comment, "You and your friends at the Assistance League of Kansas City have been wonderful during the holiday season about reaching out to our residents..thanks again for all your generosity and wonderful donations..."   ALKC volunteers had 120 Senior Pals during 2018-2019.  Holiday, birthday and thinking of you cards were sent to each senior pal on a regular basis along with gifts of candy for Valentine's Day and Easter.  Gifts were provided at Christmas.

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
Budget
$16,839

Operation Celebration is a philanthropic program administered by the Assisteens auxiliary of Assistance League of Kansas City focusing on meeting the needs of children who have been removed from their home, and placed in a temporary foster care facility.  Assisteens provide this program to celebrate birthdays of children 2 years through 18 years of age who have been removed from their homes and are staying temporary housing operated by Synergy Services.  If a child does not have a birthday during his/her stay, a celebration bag will be provided.  During 2018-2019, 62 children and teens received a birthday or celebration bag.  Each birthday/celebration bag contains a cake mix, frosting, decorations, paper products and an age appropriate gift.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Budget
$3,283

The Outreach Program allows Assistance League of Kansas City volunteers the opportunity to respond to various needs in our community on a seasonal or short term basis.  Clothing has been provided to tornado and fire victims through this program.   During 2018-2019,  24 emergency kits of clothing for high school students in the North Kansas City school district were provided. Each duffel bag contained sweatpants, sweatshirts, a t-shirt, underwear and socks.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Budget
$1,759

The Best Foot Forward program provides business appropriate clothing for men and women who are entering or re-entering the job market.  Assistance League of Kansas City's thrift store, THE ReSALE SHOP, is the primary clothing source.  Currently, Metro Lutheran Ministry's Learning to Earning program is our community partner.  The program has partnered with Maple Woods Community College in previous years.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Budget
$3,049

Assistance League of Kansas City (ALKC) offers scholarships to academically promising high school seniors who need financial assistance to attend a college, university, or technical school/program. 38 high school seniors have received scholarships since the program was established in 2017.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Budget
$8,795

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 1986

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Observed change in classroom behavior.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

82% of school counselors indicated that students experienced a positive or significant change in classroom behavior following participation in the Operation School Bell program.

Observed change in student confidence.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

98% of school counselors indicated students experienced a positive or significant change in student confidence after participation in the Operation School Bell program.

Observed change in level of engagement with peers and/or school activities.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

83% of school counselors indicated that students experienced positive or significant change in level of engagement with peers and/or school activities following participation in the program.

Provided a needed service to participating students and families

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

I'm in Charge

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

98% of school counselors indicated that the I'm In Charge program provided a needed service to participating students and families.

Students became more aware of their own safety.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

I'm in Charge

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

98% of school counselors stated that students became more of their safety when home alone or on their own away from home after participation in the I'm In Charge program.

number of childern and adults served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years),K-12 (5-19 years)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Assistance League of Kansas City provides philanthropic service to children, students, families and seniors in the Greater Kansas City community through diverse programs funded, managed and operated by committed volunteers and community partners. Our vision is to make our community better through the power of volunteerism.

Assistance League of Kansas City has five strategic goals and has identified strategies to support each goal. These goals assist the organization in moving closer to our vision, "Together...making our community better". These goals include: 1. Recruit and sustain an informed and engaged membership to ensure the success of our mission. 2. Provide philanthropic programs of excellence that meet community needs.3. Assure financial sustainability. 4. Create an environment that assures leaders are developed and supported. 5. Develop quality external and internal public relations content to ensure the success of our mission.

Assistance League of Kansas City is an all-volunteer non-profit organization with 350 members who contributed over 58,000 volunteer hours to serve nearly 25,000 children and adults in 2017-2018. 76% of funds raised were returned to our community. Assistance League has a 34 year history of philanthropic service to the Kansas City area. Assistance League of Kansas City has completed the detailed process of applying for and receiving the BBB Accredited Charity designation. The organization has also been recognized as a top-rated children and families nonprofit on the www.greatnonprofits.org website and was the beneficiary of the Kansas City 2014 Mayor's Prayer breakfast and the 2017 North Kansas City School District Business of the Year.  Assistance League of Kansas City is one of the 120 local chapters of National Assistance League that put caring and commitment in action through community-based philanthropic programs. Assistance League of Kansas City has an engaged and professional volunteer board of directors and talented and committed volunteers that manage and operate our philanthropic programs. Our values of integrity, commitment, leadership, ethics, accountability and respect are at the center of all we do. We have two auxiliaries that supports our philanthropic efforts. We manage and operate a thrift store open 6 days a week with an all-volunteer staff. We are proud of our community partnerships with 10 school districts, six senior living facilities, Metro Lutheran Ministries, a local women's shelter, several area hospitals and surgery centers, the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault as well as the Division of Social Services in two counties.

Assistance League of Kansas City monitors progress toward our goals though annual progress reviews of our strategic plan. Strategies developed to accomplish our goals include serving as many needs in our community as possible, determining specific measurable outcomes for our philanthropic programs, continually monitoring funding sources, developing and maintaining leadership skills training and maximizing community education and outreach about our organization and philanthropic work.

During 2017-2018, our organization accomplished the following strategic plan objectives: Experienced positive membership growth. The Operation School Bell program expanded outreach to all middle schools in area school districts served.   The I'm In Charge program began serving another school district and developed a new, updated video to provide to area     counselors and social workers. The Senior Outreach Service program provided 200 supply bags to area home bound seniors.   The Child In Need program began the 'Couch Surfers' outreach to local homeless teens attending area high schools.   We continue to measure and monitor defined program outcomes for our philanthropic programs. Presented information about our organization and our programs at several community speaking engagements by members and       active Past Presidents.   Several articles about our organization's philanthropic work appeared in local magazines and newspapers. We are always working to improve our organization in the areas of philanthropic service to our community, fiscal responsibility, marketing efforts and membership support.   Several efforts in these areas are underway and outlined in our current strategic plan.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Assistance League® of Kansas City

Board of directors
as of 8/28/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Rita Pickering

Community Volunteer

Term: 2020 - 2021


Board co-chair

Dr. Barbara Condra

Community Volunteer

Term: 2020 - 2021

Penny Merrill

Community Volunteer

Suzanne Wiggins

Community Volunteer

JoAnn Higgins

Community Volunteer

Janet Johnson

Community Volunteer

Rita Pickering

Community Volunteer

Chris Urie

Community Volunteer

Debbie Sobba

Community Volunteer

Faye Smith

Community Volunteer

Barbara Condra

Community Volunteer

Claudia Gosoroski

Community Volunteer

Janet Geary

Community Volunteer

Marylee Wickham

Community Volunteer

Shelly Knight

Community Volunteer

Barbara Reynaud

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

Philanthropic service to the Kansas City Community for 30 years assisting children with new school clothing and supplies Assault and rape victim assistance Self-help safety program for children home alone Foster children