Raise Your Hand, Step In & Get Involved! We Feed and Clothe Children, We Enhance and Enrich Education, We Support and Serve our Community
We Feed and Clothe Children
As a hands-on philanthropic organization, we’ve expanded our presence in north Minneapolis schools this year with our newest initiative, Food for Kids. This new food program was launched at one of those schools, providing nutritious food in backpacks to more than 70 families every week.
In addition to the food program, we continue to clothe over 3,300 children in five north Minneapolis schools and Maxfield Magnet school in St Paul with new school uniforms each year.
We Enhance and Enrich Education
Each week the students’ excitement and energy builds when they hear the approaching footsteps of the Assistance League volunteers entering the school to promote reading. Listening, teaching, and encouraging academic success, the volunteers work side-byside with children who strive to improve their skills. In Academic All Stars, students are recognized for their accomplishments with special uniform shirt in a short ceremony, enjoyed by clapping and cheering families and staff.
On the other side of the desk, 18 teachers benefited from grants in 13 Minneapolis schools. Using Links to Learning funds, teachers are able to enrich the classroom with creative non-traditional learning opportunities for over 2,000 children.
We Support and Serve our Community
Twice a year, Operation Graduation provides a celebration for
adults completing their GED or adult diplomas in the Minnneapolis Public Schools. It is a memorable event as 550
volunteers, graduates, and families come together to recognize the completion and importance of this accomplishment.
Behind the scenes, volunteers assemble 2,000 Assault Survivor Kits to provide rape victims with new clothing and toiletries following a sexual assault. “These kits make a dramatic difference,” said Jess Cheney at Hennepin County Medical Center’s Sexual Assault Resource Center.
“To have something clean and warm to give back to them is really nice. A victim’s first instinct is to want to clean their clothes and sanitize everything. We can help evidence remain intact”. Cheney added that some women hesitate to give up what may be their only clothing. (Portions reprinted from an article in the Star Tribune by Kim Ode, April 2011)