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Reach Out Lakota Inc

Putting help and hope into the hands of the community

West Chester, OH   |  www.reachoutlakota.org

Mission

The mission of Reach Out Lakota is to assist individuals and families who live in the Lakota School District who face difficulty providing adequate food and clothing for their families. "Putting help and hope into the hands of our community."

Ruling year info

1993

CEO/Executive Director

Mrs. Brenda Yablonsky

Main address

Po Box 362

West Chester, OH 45071 USA

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EIN

31-1356940

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We address hunger, need for adequate clothing and personal care items. We also provide school supplies and financial literacy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Client Assistance

Our year-round services and support provide families in need from West Chester and Liberty Townships with: fresh and shelf-stable food items, gently used clothing, small household goods, and personal care items such as personal hygiene products, infant care products and cleaning supplies. In addition, Rech Out Lakota provides annual programs focused on: School Supplies, Thanksgiving Meals, Holiday Meals and Holiday Toys. In 2023 we provided services for 12,020 total client visits. This represents 2,635 unique household members. Also, 52 percent of those we serve are children ages 0-17.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Awards

Best Philanthropic Organization 2021

West Chester +Liberty Lifestyles Magazine

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to provide a hand up to those in need by providing basic needs as well as resources to help them lift themselves from poverty.

We provide a large quantity of healthy food to our customers. We provide a non judgmental environment and are accommodating to those who speak Spanish only. We plan to use data to understand clients better, adjust hours to meet clients needs and mirror practices on both the food and clothing pantry services.

We have a large amount of community support both in volunteers and in donations of needed items. We implemented a new CRM in 2021 to allow us better access to data. We are working to reduce our cost and find new resources for food and clothing.

We continue to evaluate services provided and and recently added providing free refurbished computers to those in need on a regular basis.
We saw a reduction in costs in 2021 and an increase in the amount of food and clothing items provided to customers.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Reach Out Lakota Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs Sue Cheney

Sharon McGuire

Retired - Co-Founder of Reach Out Lakota

Tim Harmon

Retired, Volunteer Food Pantry Coordinator

Lauren Boettcher

Lakota Schools

Artimeo Castro

Retired from P&G

Jennifer Patsy

Bricker Graydon LLP

Gilbert Aguilar

Retired, Fortune 500 Executive

Bonnie Dooley

Retired, Sales and Customer Management

Holly Sheehy, CPA

CPA, Financial Advisor to Non-Profit Organizations

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/21/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/21/2024

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.