Gifts and Grants

We are so pleased to receive over $2,000 from the Friendship fund of USD 259. This grant is administered by the United Way and will support our Operation School Bell. During the Gala held on November 6, 2014 we received a Grant from the Spirit Aerosystems Employee fund. This group of dedicated employees are committed to giving back to Wichita. spirit resized   The Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita (RMHC Wichita) Grants Program funds ways to change children's lives for the better. RMHC Wichita not only provides and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children through the two core programs: Ronald McDonald House® and Ronald McDonald Family Room® but also extends grants to non-profit organizations in the state of Kansas that are making an immediate, positive impact on children who need it most in the areas of education and the arts, civic and social services, and health care and medical research. Grants to these organizations extend the reach and impact of RMHC Wichita. Awarded grants come from a combination of fund raising efforts through area McDonald’s restaurants and matching grant funds from Ronald McDonald House Charities corporate office. This year Ronald McDonald House Charities awarded a grant to the Assistance League of Wichita for Operation School Bell. Assistance League2 Assistance League

Vocational Scholarships Awarded for 2013-14

On May 19, 2014, we awarded 9 scholarships to students who will be attending Butler County Community College or Wichita Area Vocational College. Also attending our ceremony representing USD 259, was Principal Ledy from South High and Assistant Superintendent Faflick.  Besides a grant for tuition, books and fees, these students will have a mentor from ALW scholarship committee to offer support throughout the year. Scholarships IMG_2308 scholarshps 2 IMG_2315

News from National

Without doubt, the big news this month is the national recognition our organization has received by winning the public vote for the National Make a Difference Day All-Star Award. Once again, our ability to mobilize our volunteer members nationwide has driven our success, not only through our second annual national book drive, but also through driving our personal networks to vote for us online - so thank you to all of you who voted, encouraged your friends and family to vote, and vote often - this is your award!


I had the privilege of representing the organization at the Make a Difference Day Awards luncheon in Washington, D.C.(USA Weekend article and video HERE). It was truly an honor and a proud moment for me to receive our award in such prestigious company. This kind of public recognition will help generate further national awareness of our organization, which in turn will lead to stronger national partnerships, increased national sponsorships and funding opportunities. Thanks again, everyone!

Best regards,

Geoff Wilson

Executive Director Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

As you have probably heard by now, Assistance League won the Make A Difference Day All-Star Award. Exciting, but more importantly, this was a testament to what can happen when we put social media to work. The call to get out the vote went out via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, chapter websites and the good old fashioned “word of mouth.” Friends, family, grandkids, students and entire workplaces all conspired to put us over the top and WIN!

Thank-you to all of you, our chapter members, who worked overtime to make sure that everyone voted and not just once, but every day. It is inspirational to see what can happen when we all share a common goal and believe that goal can be reached!


Maureen Smith

National Vice President Marketing Communications