Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati

Transforming Lives - Strengthening Community

Cincinnati, OH   |  www.AssistanceLeagueCincinnati.org

Mission

Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati is a chapter of National Assistance League. We are dedicated to assisting adults and children in Greater Cincinnati who are victims of domestic and sexual assault and violence; children in kinship foster care; children in need of school clothes and adult college students in need of basic school supplies. Our philanthropic programs are funded by events, donations and local grantors. Our Mission is "transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs."

Notes from the nonprofit

None

Ruling year info

1994

President

Ms. Audrey Stehle

Main address

1057 Meta Drive Suite A

Cincinnati, OH 45237 USA

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EIN

31-1452221

NTEE code info

Unknown (Z99)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are addressing the needs of victims of domestic violence by providing clean,personal clothing products following violent assaults which result in emergency room visits. These items give dignity to a victim. New household goods, bedding and kitchenware is given to women who are leaving a domestic violence shelter and beginning an independent life away from their abusers. Our goal is to aid them in a "jump start" towards that fresh beginning. We provide dignity to children in need of school uniforms as they begin a school year or during the school year when in need of clean, new school uniform. Confidence and renewed focus on academic work have been shown to result once the basic need of clothing is fulfilled. We understand the needs of family members who come to the immediate aid of infants and children in their families who are in need of a foster care placement. By providing necessary diapers and clothing, they can focus on the caring and healing process of those children.

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 official project of National Assistance League.  Locally, Operation School Bell provides children who are disadvantaged with school clothes, jackets, socks, underwear, belt and personal hygiene supplies. A program expansion can supplement school supplies, health, literacy and nutrition needs. The project goal is to provide appropriate school clothing and supplies needed to improve daily attendance and encourage academic success.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati is committed to help adult victims of assault and violence. Almost one third of American women report being physically or sexually abused during their lifetime.  To address the needs of these women, Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati provides clothing and personal care items to hospitals and shelters in the Cincinnati Ohio and Northern Kentucky area.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Many first year college students depend on grants and financial aid for their tuition leaving little money for school supplies. Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati recognized this need and responded with a program that furnishes back-to-school supplies to adult students in need.  The kits are filled with essential items such as a calculator, flash drive, paper, pens, stapler and other basic school items. One recipient stated "it felt like Christmas” to receive the school supply kit.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The New Beginnings Program focuses on much needed basic supplies when a woman, and her children, affected by domestic violence leaves an area shelter for transitional or permanent housing away from their abuser. These supplies include basic essentials from cleaning supplies, linens, kitchen supplies and are targeted to particular circumstances.

Population(s) Served
Families

Victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault are provided clean, new clothing and hygiene products.
There is coordination between domestic violence shelters in the Greater Cincinnati area and our Program Director and team.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This program provides basic, immediate needs for infants and children who will be in the custody of family members, relatives or friends through the order and agreement of the Hamilton County foster care program. Items include diapers, clothing and outerwear, and other requests by the staff of Dr. Greiner at Childrens' Hospital in Cincinnati. Started as a pilot program by Dr. Greiner, this program has expanded to the hospital satellite facility serving Butler and Warren counties in Ohio. Additionally, clothing and supplies are provided to the foster children served by Jack's Closet.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Cincinnati Volunteer Service Award 1999

YWCA

For their “contribution to the eradication of domestic violence” 2002

The Greater Cincinnati Coalition on Domestic Violence

The “Extra Mile Award” was bestowed for the organization’s “extraordinary support” of children of Cincinnati Public Schools 2002

Cincinnati Parents for Public Schools

The Freedom Hero Award 2006

WCPO

Torch Award Winner for Marketplace Ethics 2012

Cincinnati Better Business Bureau

Innovative Program Award 2013

Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs

Community Partnership Award 2011

Top Ladies of Distinction

Learn Award 2010

Strive Partnership

ONE Award 2011-2012 Honoree, Process Category 2012

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Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 Greater Cincinnati is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that moves people forward in their lives through identifying, developing, implementing and funding effective strategies to meet critical needs of adults and children in our community.

We believe in helping to provide essential needs in order that our community and families flourish.
Assistance League volunteers transform the lives of children and adults through our programs.

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.

Core Values: Integrity, Service, Compassion, Accountability, Fellowship

• Five programs address gaps of services to children, adults and educational needs in the Greater Cincinnati area.
These are:
(Student Services)
1. Operation School Bell®: children in need from throughout our service area receive new school uniforms, shoes and jackets.
2, College Starter Kits: financially disadvantaged students entering college receive basic school supplies.
(Hospital Services)
3. Assault Survivor Kits® : victims of violence and abuse receive personal care items as they enter a hospital or shelter.
(Domestic Violence Services)
4. New Beginnings Program - New Beginnings provides household item kits for women seeking lives away from their abusers. These kitchen, bathroom, bedding and cleaning products allow a quick start toward establishing a new apartment or home. The main goal is to live in a safe, peaceful environment.
(Hospital Services)
5. Kinship Care Program - Provides immediate diapers, formula, clothing needs to children in the custody of family members (kinship) as the child (children) are placed in Hamilton County foster care. This program is administered by Assistance League in coordination with Dr. Mary Greiner at Children's Hospital and with the assistance of the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Foundation.

• As an all-volunteer organization in the Greater Cincinnati community for 20 years, Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati is a nonprofit charity with a 501c3 status. We have a diverse and dedicated membership. Our members are from a variety of career paths with varied skill sets. We are called to provide for the needs of adults and children; students; victims of domestic and sexual assault. We administrate our Cincinnati chapter through an Executive Board, an Advisory Council,and members. We create fundraising events carried out by our members. We use social media to keep our friends, donors and community current with our endeavors. Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati is committed to producing positive community impact.

In addition, to better enable us to gain committed volunteers and supportive donors, we proudly publicize achieving the Better Business Bureau 2012 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics and our accredited charity status.

Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati provides programs which serve 36 public and parochial schools, 18 hospitals, six women's shelters, Children's Hospital kinship foster children and families and five colleges in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. We aim for continuous improvement in identifying the critical needs of adults and children, implementing an effective response to those needs, funding the responses to these needs, and measuring the outcomes. We examine and re-evaluate our programs and procedures each year through data gathering and client focus. Our Board and Program Director positions change on a 12 and 24-month cycle guided by our By Laws and overseen by National Assistance League. We are proud of our 20 years of service in the Greater Cincinnati community, of achieving the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics and of the trust of our donors and grantors in the professional approach that we take to achieving our goals.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Women and children impacted by abuse, poverty and other societal issues affecting well-being and quality of life.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Added larger sized clothing for children receiving items through Operation School Bell Added hair care products for Kinship Foster Care families and children Added small electrical appliances to the New Beginnings Kollection

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners, Print and social media,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati is not empowered to make the types of structural changes described.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati

Board of directors
as of 11/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Audrey Stehle

NA

Term: 2019 - 2022

Mary King

ALGC- Student Services

Mary Irish

ALGC - Operations VP

Katharine Brenner

ALGC - Fundraising

Leann Kuchenbuch

ALGC - Hospital Services

Pat Eveslage

ALGC - Domestic Violence

Diane Branche

ALGC - Membership

Rosanna Nelson

ALGC - Treasurer

Jo-Anne Prendeville

ALGC - Grants

Cyndie Willson

ALGC - Recording Secretary

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 ? No
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/08/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability