AL’s (Assistance League’s) Closet

Because of the economic downturn, Assistance League has recognized the tremendous increase in need for immediate, emergency clothing, especially in the low income, at-risk schools. To meet this emergent need for adequate school clothing, AL’s Closet was developed in January, 2009. AL’s Closet is designed to be a supplemental clothing program which provides clothing directly to at-risk Clark County schools in low income neighborhoods. This school-based program will never be a replacement for Operation School Bell®, but is an enhancement program allowing us to reach more children in need.

Assistance League partnered with the Clark County School District’s School-Community Partnership Program to select the schools most in immediate need. The Partnership liaison contacts the schools to determine if the school is interested in having a closet at their school. Next, the Assistance League coordinator meets with the school’s principal and counselor to insure the need is not being met by another organization and to make sure a closet is available for use. Each AL’s Closet is controlled by the school’s counselor. If the counselor or other designated personnel see that a child is in need, they discreetly take them to the closet to select new items from it.

Assistance League volunteers work with each school counselor to restock the closet as needed. Each counselor receives a list of clothing, shoes, and supplies available for their school’s AL’s Closet. They email the request to Assistance League and the order is filled within 10 days by one of the Assistance League volunteers. In 2016-2017, 3,073 students received clothing from AL’s Closet due to an emergency situation or immediate need.

Because Assistance League wants to serve children in most need, each school has a budget of $500-$1,000 per year for clothing and essentials for their AL’s Closet. An Assistance League volunteer tracks the budget for each school and notifies the school counselor of their remaining balance.

Through this program, Assistance League of Las Vegas provided clothing to 3,073 students in 50 schools in 2016-2017