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Assistance League of Houston

Transforming Lives Strengthening Community

aka Assistance League of Houston   |   Houston, TX   |  www.assistanceleague.org/houston

Mission

Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.

Ruling year info

1967

President

Ms. Martha Whitley

Main address

PO Box 79668

Houston, TX 77279 USA

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Formerly known as

Assistance Guild of Houston

EIN

74-6081914

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Thrift Shops (P29)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Communication

Programs and results

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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?

Operation School Bell

Operation School Bell is the signature philanthropic program of the National Assistance League and one of the oldest and largest of Assistance League of Houston’s programs in which school uniforms are provided to economically disadvantaged schoolchildren. The objectives of this program are to clothe the children making it possible for them to attend school appropriately dressed and boost each child’s self-confidence, school attendance, and classroom performance. Assistance League of Houston invite children identified by personnel at partner schools and community agencies to attend “Shopping Days” with their families where they can shop for school appropriate uniforms. The program currently serves selected schools in the Spring Branch, Alief and Houston Independent School Districts, Harris County Area I Head Start Schools, and Yellowstone Academy.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Assistance League of Houston awards scholarships annually to students in participating schools who have financial need, including some with physical and learning disabilities, and who have demonstrated scholastic achievement. The scholarships are intended to encourage committed students to pursue their education through high school and beyond. Often, scholarship winners are the first in their families to attend college. Winner must be accepted by and attend Texas colleges.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Assistance League of Houston holds a holiday celebration every December at Texas Children’s Hospital to present gift cards for food, clothing and other items to patients and their families. Children also enjoy a visit with Santa, activities and each child receives a hand made stocking stuffed with "goodies".

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Assistance League of Houston volunteers provide a Literacy Enrichment Program to students at a Head Start Center by reading to them once a month, October through April. Our volunteers read a selected book to the class and each student, their teacher, and the school library receive a copy.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

OUtstanding Community Partnership 2011

Harris County Dept of Education

Proclamation - Assistance League of Houston Day 2011

City of Houston

Good Neighbor Award Winner 2013

Spring Branch ISD

Certificate of Recognition of Community Partnership 2014

Houston Community College VAST

Good Neighbor Award Winner 2014

Spring Branch ISD

Good Neighbor Award Winner 2020

Spring Branch ISD

Affiliations & memberships

National Assistance League 1968

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children receiving assistance with school appropriate clothing:

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to the pandemic, in 2020-2021, the method of delivery of Operation School Bell clothing was made more efficient by distributing clothing and school supplies directly to the schools.

Number of academic scholarships awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Scholarship winners are required to be accepted into and attend Texas Colleges. Funds are remitted directly to colleges.

Number of hospitalized children and families receiving holiday support.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Celebration of Giving

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hospitalized critically ill children are provided an annual holiday celebration where they (with siblings and family) visit Santa, play games, eat, and receive gifts in a festive atmosphere.

Number of books distributed to Head Start readers during classroom reading program.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Assistance League Reads

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our members read selected books in a school classroom setting from October through April annually. Each participating student, teacher and school library receives a copy of the book read.

Number of art pieces submitted for show consideration by emerging Texas artists.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Approximately 65 art pieces are selected from the entries for art show inclusion each year. Prizes totaling $7000 are awarded to winners selected guest juror. We did not have this event in 2020.

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.

Assistance League of Houston aspires to meet the challenging needs of all children and young adults in our community through our various programs such as Operation School Bell, Scholarships, Celebration of Giving and Head Start Readers.

Our strategy is to increase the awareness of Assistance League as a leading volunteer organization so we are able to increase our membership with a diverse group that is engaged and empowered to increase return to the community. We also want to ensure that facilities and funds are sufficient to support relative programs through increase productivity in the Thrift Shop and applying for grants within the community. We also would like to make sure that all our programs meet the needs of the children, young adults and families served by delivering significant services with sufficient resources.

In order to increase awareness of Assistance League, we are trying to contact three new businesses or non-profits to help ALH in its causes, and to also recruit three new corporate sponsors. Also, we will increase Assistance League awareness by targeting Media and Advertising Outlets, Internets and Local Newspapers. Using these contacts, we hope to increase our membership by advertising to the various areas of Houston for new member recruits. To ensure that we receive the most contributions for our programs, we hope to develop 2 new sources of revenue, increase production with our fundraisers.

We have been able to increase our grants income to help financially support our Scholarship and Operation School Bell programs. We are still trying to recruit new members to our organization to help with the increasing demands our programs and fundraisers need.

Financials

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Operations

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Assistance League of Houston

Board of directors
as of 09/17/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Martha Whitley

Assistance League of Houston

Term: 2023 - 2024

Martha Whitley

President

Jennie Hampton

VP Philanthropic Programs

Jenny Browning

VP Membership

Donna Matthews

VP Operations

Debbi Thomas

VP Marketing & Communications

Allison Elliott

VP Finance

Marina Adams

Recording Secretary

Betty Puryear

Treasurer

Board leadership practices

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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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/17/2023

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:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/15/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.