Assistance League of Kansas City History

  • April, 1983 - Organized as a Guild, the first step in becoming a chapter of National Assistance League.
  • January 1984 - I’M IN CHARGE program adopted to teach elementary students how to be safe in emergency and non-emergency situations. 
  • June, 1986 - Assistance League of Kansas City Northland was chartered in ceremonies at William Jewell College in Liberty by National Assistance League President, Janet Boyer.
  • November, 1988 - OPERATION HUG program adopted to provide teddy bears to comfort children and elderly people in crisis.
  • November, 1991 - Heartland Auxiliary was formed as an auxiliary group.
  • November, 1991 - OPERATION CHILD IN NEED program adopted to provide assistance to any child in our community whose family is unable to provide the things that would help their educational, physical, or emotional development.  This program is funded and managed by the Heartland Auxiliary.
  • August, 1992 - OPERATION SCHOOL BELL® program adopted to provide needy and at risk elementary and middle school students with new clothing and shoes, personal care items and a new book.
  • April, 1993—The OUTREACH program adopted to facilitate response to various needs in our community on a seasonal or short term basis.
  • December, 1994 - Organization name becomes Assistance League of Kansas City.
  • February, 1997 - ASSAULT SURVIVOR KITS®  program adopted to provide personal care items for sexual assault victims seen in hospital emergency rooms.
  • August, 1997 - THE ReSALE SHOP was opened to provide better and more consistent funding for our philanthropic programs.
  • August, 1999 - Assisteens® Auxiliary, our teenage service learning group, was established.
  • May, 2000 - Groundbreaking for Administrative Center located at 6101 N Chestnut.
  • March, 2001 - Dedicated new Administrative Center.
  • May, 2004 - Purchased property adjacent to Administrative Center for further expansion of our facility and programs.
  • May, 2004 - Christmas ornament, especially designed for us by Christopher Radko, created and offered as a fund raiser.
  • May, 2009—SENIOR OUTREACH SERVICE program adopted to provide support and friendship to residents of senior care facilities in our community.
  • May 2012—BIRTHDAY/CELEBRATION BAGS program adopted to focus on meeting the needs of children who have been removed from their home and placed in a temporary foster care facility.  The program provides a party in a bag and is managed by the Assisteens auxiliary.
  • April, 2012 - WASTE NOT program adopted to recognize the contributions of Assistance League of Kansas City to other nonprofit organizations of items not needed by our thrift shop
  • November 2012—BEST FOOT FORWARD program adopted to provide clothing for individuals entering or re-entering the job market using our thrift shop as a resource, in partnership with Maple Woods Community College.  
  • April, 2013 – THE ReSALE SHOP moved to its fourth location at 6601 N. Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, MO.
  • November, 2013 - Capital Campaign drive began.
  • January, 2015 - Successful completion of $1M Capital Campaign.
  • May, 2015 - BIRTHDAY/CELEBRATION BAGS program renamed OPERATION CELEBRATION to increase the scope and service of the program and better serve the needs of the Assisteens, our teenage auxiliary managing the program.
  • June 2016 - celebration of organization's 30th year as a chapter of National Assistance League