ALW says, “Thanks”

March 9, 2016 at our Thrift Shop we had the chance to say, "Thank You" to Buckley Roofing Co Inc and WDM Architects for the pro-bono work they have provided over the years to ALW. We appreciate these local businesses for their continued support of our philanthropic programs which benefit our community. Pictured are Kathy Wilson, ALW President; Ed Frederick, President Buckley Roofing; Luke Scott, Project Architect with WDM Architects and Berneitta Harnett, Thrift Shop Building Administrator.20160309_140002 20160309_140036

ALW says, “Thank You”

12745534_953294671428722_6539184835310702907_n ALW had the chance to say "Thank You" to some of our donors by delivering Valentine cookies and balloons to their employees. We are so grateful to Buckley Roofing, Subaru of Wichita and Cindy Miles with On A Shoe String.

Sharing the Good News about ALW

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2015 Gingerbread Village and All Things Gingerbread

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2015 Gingerbread Village photo galleries

Nov. 13, 2015 Gingerbread Village Nov. 14, 2015 Gingerbread Village Nov. 15, 2015 Gingerbread Village Nov. 13, 2015 Gingerbread Village High School Competition 2015 Gingerbread Village Master Housebuilder's Creations for Auction

GINGERBREAD VILLAGE

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Subaru of Wichita selects ALW as the local non-profit for their “Share the Love” campaign!

Subaru-logo-and-wordmark We are very excited and pleased to announce that Subaru of Wichita has selected us as their local non-profit for Subaru's "Share the Love" campaign. Each customer that purchases a new Subaru from November 19 to January 2 will be able to pick one of four national non-profits or the customer can select the local non-profit - ALW!! Subaru will donate $250 to the non-profit the customer selects! While we support the other non-profits, we are certainly in hopes the local customers will select Assistance League of Wichita. Thank you, Subaru of Wichita!

Make a Difference Day

Assistance League of Wichita is again participating in Make a Difference Day on October 24, 2015. As we did last year, we are partnering with USD 259's homeless outreach program and will be collecting children's books (pre-k through High School). Bring your donations to the Sept. 28th meeting (Scotch and Sirloin 11:30) or drop them off at the Thrift Shop. Janis Meredith is this year's chair for Make a Difference Day. IMG_4742

June and July Newsletter

Kathy Wilson A MESSAGE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT... It seems strange to be giving the "message from the President." I know I had a year to digest that and the responsibilities with the position and I suppose I will get use to the idea but it does seem daunting. I hope I earn your willingness to be a partner with me in moving our mission forward. It seems strange to be giving the "message from the President." I know I had a year to digest that and the responsibilities with the position and I suppose I will get use to the idea but it does seem daunting. I hope I earn your willingness to be a partner with me in moving our mission forward. After attending the National Conference last fall and the recent Leadership Training (...where it was like: Whoa! What in the heck was I thinking...!) I want to report that the Assistance League® Wichita Chapter has much to be proud of and the potential for what more we can accomplish as an outstanding group of women is limitless. In current cultural lingo... We ROCK! At intermission during our social at Roxy's---which was great fun---I presented the "10 Things You May Not Know About the Assistance League of Wichita" for not only the visitors who were attending but our membership. I am reporting those again here because the "10 Things" include updated data and recognizes our proudest moments of the year. 1. All members of the Assistance League are volunteers. 2. The Wichita Chapter produced over 27,000 volunteer hours this past year. 3. Because we are all volunteers, we are able to consistently give 74% of our budget to our philanthropic programs. Only 8% of the budget goes toward general and management expenses and 16% is used for marketing. (Those percentages are unheard of even among non-profits.) 4. We are all about the mission of our organization which is supporting four philanthropic programs. This past year, we accomplished the following: Operation School Bell® - We clothed over 3,000 Wichita Public School students and over 75,000 since the program started in 1985. Scholarships - Twelve students were given the opportunity to pursue post-graduate programs at Butler Community College and Wichita Area Technical School. Since 1988, 199 seniors have been given a "hand up". Sexual Assault Victim Support - Clothing, footwear and necessary items were provided to 399 individuals to support them in the aftermath of tragedy. We regularly serve 350+ individuals every year. Bear Hugs® - Two hundred fifty-five teddy bears were provided to sexually abused children for comfort during examination at one of the recovery team programs at Wesley and Via Christi-St. Joseph. Since 1997, 3,012 teddy bears have been distributed. 5. In April, Operation School Bell was recognized by the Wichita Board of Education for outstanding service to USD 259 students. 6. The Wichita City Commission proclaimed the week of April 19 - 25 as Operation School Bell Week and presented the proclamation at a reception on April 23. 7. For the first time, we presented the National School Bell® Award to the Spirit AeroSystems Good Neighbor Fund for their consistent support since 2007 in the amount of over $400,000. 8. The second year of moving the Thrift Shop to the new location, its profits provided over 50% of the funding for our four philanthropic programs. We also were able to pay off the mortgage in the second year...a huge feat! This past year, our Thrift Shop generated funds of over $177,000. 9. 2014 was the 20th year for Gingerbread Village, a major community event. 10. We achieved the highest rating---the Gold level---at Guidestar, a national non-profit organization that gathers and publishes information on non-profits for the public and potential donors to review as a measuring tool of the integrity of an organization. This is a major accomplishment. Your first reaction, after lowering your chest a little, has to be "WOWZA!" I heard from several members that their guests were impressed with our service and accomplishments. There were some who thought they knew all about the Assistance League and were bowled over that we go beyond giving clothes to students. We should be proud. Now a push....Our Mission statement is, "Assistance League of Wichita, a chapter of the National Assistance League, is a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to putting caring and commitment into action through community-based philanthropic programs that address the needs of the Wichita community." We are a working organization and each member must commit to doing what it takes to move our organization beyond where we are today. Two of our responsibilities of being a voting member are: "(1) Attend chapter meetings as required; and (2) Participate in and support the philanthropic programs and fundraising activities of the chapter." We have a great place to meet and eat this coming year, Scotch and Sirloin. You are encouraged to put the monthly luncheon meetings on your calendar now and schedule around those dates/times (see below). We need everyone. Secondly, if you have not committed to working on one of the committees (see below) that keep our mission moving forward, contact Peggy Furan (pfuran@cox.net) and let her know which one you wish to work. If you have physical limitations, contact me (katy49did@yahoo.com or 831-9834) and we can review options because there are several jobs that are sit down jobs that will help tremendously. This is going to be a great year for Assistance League of Wichita. We are going to do some fun socials like we did with Bunco night and the night at Roxy's so we can get to know each other better and we are going to work to meet more needs within our community. Thank you for committing. Membership Meetings: August 24, September 28, October 26, November 23, December-no meeting, January 25, 2016 (ouch!), February 22, March 28, April 25, and May 23. No meetings in June and July. Membership meetings will be at Scotch and Sirloin, 5325 E. Kellogg (south side of Kellogg) and begin with lunch at 11:30. The meeting starts at noon and ends by 1:00 pm. Cost is $10 a meal that includes tip. We are not charged for use of the facility. Members will have a choice of a cold entrée or hot entrée. There is a big dollar door prize at every meeting. BIG..... Kathy Wilson,  President

Gingerbread Village 2014

Gingerbread Village 2014 is a community event of the Assistance League® of Wichita, which provides services to students and families in our community. We partner with Exploration Place to create an exciting and memorable experience. Gingerbread Village was  open to the public on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10 AM to 6 PM and on Sunday, November 16 from 11:00 AM to 5 PM. Guests are able to create their own take-home house and explore and experience Exploration Place exhibits! Go to http://www.exploration.org  for ticket information. Continue Reading