Assistance League of Wichita is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is transforming lives and strengthening our community through philanthropic programs in Wichita. Member volunteers are dedicated to ongoing support and a long-term presence in the community through hands-on involvement and innovative philanthropic programs.
The Wichita chapter was organized in 1984 with about 30 members, chartered in 1987. Today, there are 120 Assistance League chapters in 26 states with over 23,000 members. In 2014-15, Assistance League chapters served 1.5 million people, returned over $38 million to local communities and invested ~3.2 million service hours.
Assistance League of Wichita volunteers work to make Wichita a better place to live and work through our programs. We encourage you to learn more about our chapter and the many ways you can become involved and make a difference.
The Thrift Shop on Douglas is our main source of funding. The shop is staffed and managed entirely by our member volunteers. Donations are always welcome and are tax deductible.
Other funding sources include corporate and private foundation grants and individual donations.
Our hard-working member volunteers are dedicated to continuing the mission of transforming lives and strengthening community.
Our Philanthropic Programs
Operation School Bell® which served more than 6,000 students during the 2020-2021 school year and had aided over 97,000 students since 1985.
Scholarships to USD259 graduating seniors who are pursuing a vocational program at Wichita Area Technical College or Butler Community College. Over 300 scholarships have been awarded since 1988.
Bear Hugs where new teddy bears, journals, sketchpads, and tote bags are given to child victims of violence. More than 4,300 teddy bears have been provided since 1997.
Assault Survivor Kits® where clothing, footwear, and hygiene kits are provided to the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center to be distributed to women, children and men who have been victims of sexual assault. Over 400 individuals were served in 2020-2021.