The Outreach program began in 1993 and enables Assistance League of Kansas City member volunteers to address a wide variety of community needs on a one-time-only basis. We work in partnership with school districts and local community organizations to provide this assistance. Each project under this program addresses specific needs that cannot be met through our other programs.
In 2021-2022, for example, we received a request for help from LevelUp Kids, Inc. They were in desperate need of home care lice treatment kits for a number of children who qualified for dental care services provided free of charge to low-income students in Clay and Platte counties through their Miles of Smiles program. The students were not able to receive the dental services they needed until the lice were treated. Our Outreach program quickly provided the kits for the children.
In that same year, we received a request from the Metropolitan Community College’s (MCC) Common Read program for help with a large project. They needed 230 copies of the book “Enrique’s Journey” for their students. Our Outreach program provided all 230 books that were requested.
Other projects have included:
Providing emergency backpacks filled with sweatshirt, sweatpants, t-shirt, sports bra/boxers, in sizes S-XXL, socks and a warm blanket for social workers in each of North Kansas City School District’s four high schools to keep in their offices for emergency distribution for unaccompanied youth in their district. The backpacks were donated by First Student Bus Services and the socks were donated by Bombas.
Providing diapers and wipes to a northland infant care centers.
Providing uniforms for Lee A. Tolbert charter school.
Furnishing a selection of books for Children’s Mercy Hospital Chapel Library to provide comfort for families being served by their Chaplaincy Services.
Supplying assistance when Winnetonka High School identified a growing number of students without any parental supervision or permanent home who wanted to remain in school and work to obtain their high school diploma. We provided sturdy backpacks to carry laptops, books, and clothing. We also furnished duffel bags for these students to discreetly obtain and transport food items from the school pantry.