A group of schoolchildren at an Assistance League uniform event.

WHAT WE DO | We feed and clothe children. We enhance and enrich education. We support and serve our community.

Feeding and Clothing Children. Enriching Education. Serving our Community.

Grants for Teachers

Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul offers grants to teachers in the Minneapolis school district and to teachers at Maxfield Elementary School and Riverview West Side School of Excellence in St. Paul. These grants, which range up to $750, are for projects that exceed the standard curriculum. Examples of past projects include Spanish language books for the school media center, a drumming program and funding for a class that prepared and delivered meals to recipients of a local food shelf. Assistance League members review grant applications and conduct classroom visits to the award recipients.

Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul has awarded over $29,500 to teachers that support 44 projects in 28 schools in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Click here to see the projects supported by our Grants for Teachers Program.

Operation School Bell® Clothes for Kids

Operation School Bell®/Clothes for Kids provides new uniforms to economically disadvantaged school children. The goal of the program is to help the children feel better about themselves and be more comfortable attending school. Studies show that appropriate school clothing can improve school attendance and increase classroom performance. Operation School Bell/Clothes for Kids is the only Twin Cities nonprofit clothing program to work directly with the schools to help meet the needs of their students.

Academic All Stars

This program, which works in conjunction with Operation School Bell/Clothes for Kids®, recognizes students in grades
K-8 who achieve specific performance levels determined by their teachers. Recipients of this award receive Academic All-Star shirts and much-prized Academic All-Star wristbands.

Food for Kids

To address the needs of hungry kids in North Minneapolis, Assistance League established Food for Kids in early 2012. Each Thursday, members meet at our warehouse to pack nutritious food into eco-friendly tote bags, which are then delivered to two north Minneapolis schools. Children take home food for the weekend that provides them with 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners, plus some snacks.

Operation Graduation

Operation Graduation is a celebration that honors General Education Degree (GED) graduates. Twice a year, Assistance League members host a graduation night to recognize graduates‘ accomplishments. At the graduation ceremony, GED graduates receive a professional photograph of themselves in their cap and gown and are treated to a reception for the graduates, their families and friends. In addition, Assistance League provides a number of scholarships to help offset the cost of taking the GED examinations.

Early Childhood Literacy

This program encourages preschool and early elementary age children to read. Each week volunteers read stories to the children and help them select a book to borrow for a week. Because the participating school does not have a library, children are also taught about library principles by borrowing books and returning them on time.  Books are provided for the children's home libraries, an author visits the classrooms, and occasional field trips enhance the learning experience.

Assault Survivor Kits®

Sexual assault survivors are often discharged from emergency rooms with only a hospital gown to wear because their clothes are needed as evidence. Assistance League seeks to ease some of the immediate stress and emotional pain by providing Sexual Assault Survivor Kits. We work in partnership with the Minnesota Hospital Association to provide these kits free of charge to hospital emergency rooms throughout Minnesota. Each kit includes a T-shirt, sweatpants, underwear, toothbrush, comb and shampoo.

Community Outreach

This program allows Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul to meet a range of needs on a one-time or short-term basis. This enables our organization to react to requests from the community for goods or services in a flexible manner. It also allows Assistance League to collaborate with other charitable organizations, school, city or county programs as needed.

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Operation School Bell®/Literacy+

Operation School Bell/Literacy+ supplies tutors for school children to help them read at grade level. Studies show that students who are strong readers have a significantly greater chance for academic success. This program also provides books for children’s home libraries and books and reference materials for school libraries. In addition, the program hosts an event designed to encourage family involvement with their children’s education.

Thanks to Debra Fisher Goldstein Photography for many of our photos.

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