Fidgeting in his seat, second grader Juan* wiggles his tongue as he tries to read the vocabulary word on the iPad that his Assistance League volunteer tutor is holding. When he achieves success, smiles break out like the sun on the faces of both student and tutor.
Today in the United States two-thirds of low-income families have no books in their home to help their children learn. Students from these same homes are seven times more likely to drop out of school altogether than their more advantaged peers.
It is these startling statistics, along with smiles like the one that brightens Juan's face, that motivate over 50% of the 120 Assistance League chapters to embrace and provide some type of support for children's literacy. More...
Follow our red T-bird across America's heartland to discover some great Assistance League thrift shops along the route. Stocked with quality merchandise and staffed by friendly member volunteers, the shops benefit a variety of philanthropic programs local to the area. Leave your mark by shopping to make a difference.
In less than 24 hours, we've travelled from the Pacific Ocean to the Missouri River and beautiful Omaha, the home of the NCAA College World Series, the world renowned Henry Doorly Zoo, Boys Town, and Assistance League of Omaha's Thrift Shop. If you like the intimate feel of a stylish boutique, the Assistance League of Omaha's Thrift Shop is for you. Just like this red 1999 Mustang, ther shop boasts classic items as well as new or slightly used items. Click HERE for a video. More...
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In 2012-2013 $38+ million returned to local communities; 1.5 million people assisted; 26,000 member volunteers in 120 chapters who contributed 3.2+ million service hours; Operation School Bell assisted 330,815 children last year and nearly 4 million since 1958.
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