Human Services

Assistance League of Metro Columbus

Transforming Lives * Strengthening Community

aka ALMC

Worthington, OH


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

Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Mrs. Barbara Drake

Main Address

400 W. Wilson Bridge Road Suite 170

Worthington, OH 43085 USA


NAL, literacy, tutoring, scholarship, assault survivor, childrens' clothing and shoes, children in poverty, families in need, shelters, kids enrichment





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Victims' Services (P62)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Through our program, Assault Survivor Kits, we provide support to children and adult survivors of domestic violence, physical, mental or sexual abuse seen in area hospitals and social service organizations in Central Ohio. Very often the survivors go to emergency shelters or foster care and have brought nothing with them. We provide hygiene kits containing items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc. We also provide replacement clothing because the police keep their clothing for evidence. The clothing is underwear and basic t-shirts and shorts in summer and sweats in winter. The number of abuse survivors continues to increase each year, and our organization has difficulty keeping pace with the demand. We are helping people during times of extreme crisis in their lives when they have no one to whom to turn and have left everything they had and knew behind. We try to help them by providing these basic necessities--the types of items we take for granted every day.

Our programs

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

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Operation School Bell

Assault Survivor Kits

Community Outreach


Crisis Clothing -- Hospitals & Huckleberry House

Franklin County Children Services & The Center for Family Safety & Healing

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

1. Increase engagement of current members and continue to reach out to new members.
2. Establish "continuing education" as a means of growing the organization.
3. Implement annual internal and external evaluations of programs to ensure we are effectively accomplishing our mission.
4. Grow chapter finances by finding outside sources for funding.
5. Grow Assistance League in terms of community awareness.

1. Strategies:
• Invite the people we meet through the Speakers Bureau and Chamber of Commerce to join the chapter.
• Continue to educate current and new members on the needs of the chapter, its philanthropic programs, the importance of fundraising and how they as individuals can utilize their time, talents and resources.
• Offer Membership Coffees and one-on-one conversations with prospective members.

2. Strategies:
• Provide activities geared towards increasing members' knowledge of and participation in the chapter on all levels (i.e. volunteer hours, committee work, fundraising).

3. Strategies:
• Continue annual surveys to both the Assistance League membership and recipients of programs and services to provide feedback and to determine chapter impact.
• Research new and creative opportunities in the community for members to volunteers.

4. Strategies:
• Research, prepare and submit grant applications to supplement current program funding.
• Research and request in-kind donations to help support the needs of chapter programs.
• Research and request corporate sponsorships to help defray costs of chapter fundraising events.

5. Strategies:
• Continue Speakers Bureau presentations to community organizations to increase awareness of the organization, what we do for the community, and how they can help the chapter.
• Attend Chamber of Commerce events and network with their members.
• Publicize events/activities through outside and social media.
• Participate in community events, e.g. Worthington Market Days, Clintonville Woman's Club Bazaar, etc.

Presently, we have 56 members who are committed to Assistance League and our mission. That means all members invite prospective members to our coffees and events, work on our volunteer programs and help with fundraising activities. Before we start a new project, we present the membership with a survey to find out their interest and whether they will participate. This has proved very successful in the past, allowing us to take on new projects because we have a consensus of positive commitment. Our continued participation in chamber events and other community activities is making us more well known in our community, and consequently, brings in money from our Annual Appeal and new members.

1. Measurements
• Track number of new members as a result of Speakers Bureau, Membership Coffees and other means.
• Track increase in member participation of chapter programs.

2. Measurement
• Members will be able to effectively communicate with others about the chapter and its programs (Mission Statement, programs, fundraising events).

3. Measurements
• Redefine current programs and/or new programs based on annual review and survey results.
• Track increase in outside volunteer hours.

4. Measurement
• Track the amounts received from outside sources as a result of grants, sponsorships and in-kind donations.

5. Measurements
• Track increase in membership as a result of presentations.
• Track increase in donations--monetary and in-kind support of programs.
• Track increase in number of volunteers to programs.

- Rate of return to community has increased to over 70 percent. - Requests for clothing and kits are filled quickly, usually within one week. Additionally, we receive help from a local department store in the preparation of hygiene kits. - Speaking engagements in the community are ongoing and have resulted in several new memberships and contributions. - We have a working Grant Committee that has applied for a number of new grants to date. Two have been received. - Membership has remained stable this year, with two new members onboard. We are taking a long look at our philanthropic programs, to determine which ones need updating or retiring, and what new programs are possible in the near future. We will try to establish an advisory council made up of community leaders to help us with future programming and funding of our programs.

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



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Organizational Demographics

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Race & Ethnicity

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Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
We have a diversity manager in place
We have a diversity plan
We use other methods to support diversity