Philanthropic Programs

Our Goals

Assistance League of Omaha members work to meet identified needs of children and adults in the Greater Omaha area.  Success is measured through continuous monitoring and focusing on the organization's strategic plans.  Philanthropic programs are fueled by dedicated, caring volunteers and generous donors.

Mission and Vision Statements


Mission:  Assistance League Volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.

Vision:  Essential needs are met in our community and families flourish.


Overview of our Programs

  • Research has shown that attendance and thus grades improve when children feel good about what they are wearing. Each year over 3600 children in need from the Omaha area school districts, both public and parochial, receive new clothing for school from Assistance League.

  • Omaha teen parents are encouraged to complete their high school education. Students who meet academic, attendance, and citizenship requirements receive quarterly rewards. A graduation reception is held to recognize graduates and award post-secondary scholarships.

  • Operation Bear Hug provides hundreds of stuffed cuddly teddy bears annually to comfort children in crisis situations. These adorable ALO bears are given to children through our partner agencies which include Omaha area hospitals, medical centers, emergency rooms, fire and police departments, sheriffs' offices and a variety of other agencies that assist families in difficult circumstances.

  • Kits containing a complete change of seasonal clothing and hygiene products are provided to hospital emergency rooms and shelters for victims of rape and other forms of violence. More than 500 kits were delivered last year.

  • Residents of Santa Monica, a home for women recovering from drug and/or alcohol dependency, receive training in life skills and vouchers for clothing from the Assistance League Thrift Shop.

  • Operation Literacy
    Operation Literacy

    Operation Literacy is designed to promote literacy for children and adults in the Omaha community. In collaboration with community partners and the Assistance League membership, Operation Literacy collects new and slightly used books for distribution to our recipient partners which includes: Open Door Mission, Sienna Francis House, Heartland Family Service, Youth Emergency Services, Operation Teen Parenting and Operation School Bell. Over 3,600 books were collected in 2018-2019.