Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito

Transforming Lives Strengthening Community 1997 — 2017

aka Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito   |   Encinitas, CA   |  www.assistanceleague.org/rancho-san-dieguito/

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1994

President

Mrs. Kathy O'Leary Mrs

Main address

270 F N. El Camino Real Box #368

Encinitas, CA 92024 USA

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Formerly known as

Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito

EIN

33-0556542

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Corporate Foundations (T21)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our Vision: Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs. As an all-volunteer nonprofit working to strengthen our communities, we help those whose lives have been negatively impacted by violence, trauma or poverty. Great communities have long been measured by the time, talent and resources offered by volunteers. In 2018 a volunteer hour is valued at $25.01 (12-mo average + 12% benefits) by the US. Our programs reported 6013 hours-a value of $150,385 if paid. As we help children become productive adults, San Diego County benefits. Recognizing the financial hardships families face, we work to reduce the outward signs of poverty & reach out to survivors/victims in crises. Our tutoring 4-year olds has small cost, but the lasting benefit of time/talent invested year after year is improvement of English/Math skills before kindergarten. Our scholarships/Assisteens programs extend our commitment to the lives of young adults.

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®

This is the signature philanthropic program for Assistance League® chapters nationwide. To meet local needs, our chapter has chosen, in years past, to provide a shopping opportunity for children, preschool thru 6th grade, and parents so that they could choose new school clothes (retail value of $70-$100).  

Due to COVID restrictions, our chapter chose most recently to provide clothing vouchers to families whose financial need had been determined. The vouchers were designated for shoes and clothes for pre-school - to 6th grade. Additionally, we provided gift cards to teachers to fund new programs intended to advance learning.

Throughout COVID our program continued to serve enlisted military families at Camp Pendleton, Annually since 2005 our chapter has provided sweatshirts in varied colors. Children continue to enjoy choosing their own size/color even if shopping options are curtailed.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Military personnel

This program supports Palomar's Forensic Health Services and S.A.R.T. (San DIego's Sexual Assault Response Team) by providing Assault Survivor Kits (ASK) to adults and children seen by Forensic Health Services. Victims that require a forensic physical exam need to leave their clothing for forensic examination as well. Therefore new, replacement clothing is critical. ASK provides each person with full replacement clothing and hygiene items. Our chapter is the only nonprofit in this area to provide new clothes & hygiene items as immediate support. Therapeutic toys and other supportive items are also provided. ASK was one of ALRSD's first philanthropy programs introduced in 1998.

This year Forensic Health Services estimates that 275 adult KITS and nearly 300 individual items of clothing (underwear, bras, sweats) have comforted survivors. Forensic Health stresses that new clothes are critical to survivors as a first sign that they can recover and that their community cares.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Non-adult children
Adults
Children and youth

Members of Assistance League Rancho San Dieguito partner with Solana Beach Head Start in Solana Beach, CA.
We provide children four-five years old with a variety of learning experiences to help them grow intellectually and socially to help prepare them for kindergarten. Volunteers work in small groups where the children participate in hands-on activities in both language arts and math. Lesson plans developed by Assistance League members are used by our volunteers.

We tutor the children weekly during the school year and have tutored over 1,000 children since 1998.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Infants and toddlers

Since 1997 our volunteers have created unique layettes, children's afghans and preemie caps to be donated to local military families. Members have donated more than 600 hand-knit sweaters, booties, blankets to the Balboa Naval Hospital over the years.

In 2014 volunteers began knitting scarves and warm hates for homeless teens and special caps for military members serving overseas.

Annually, our Knitters serve many other areas within San Diego.
* We mail scarfs to Operation Gratitude, an organization that fills care packags and mails to all branches of military , plus veterans and front line workers;
* We knit/crochet larger blankets for patients under going chemo or infusion sessions. These are distributed by Kay Clark who is the chemo coordinator for Scripp's hospital;
* We deliver to Gently Hugged, a charity that fills bags of items for a baby's first year. We donate blankets, hats, sweaters,

Population(s) Served
Adults
Military personnel

Flowers for Seniors receives a variety of donated flowers & plants each week.

The first three weeks of the month member volunteers prepare them for sale at the thrift store.

The last week the donated flowers are transformed into lovely arrangements and delivered to a different senior facility located in North County San Diego.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

The first scholarships for graduating seniors from the San Dieguito High School District were given to nine applicants in April 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. Our program focus is on those students who are job seekers and who are attending local community colleges or technical/trade schools. These would be students who seek additional training to prepare them for jobs more immediately than those seeking four-year degree programs, although those students are also being considered. Our volunteers work with the Social Workers and Guidance Counselors in our target high schools to direct students through the application process and interviews to qualify for these awards.

Since the initial program in 2019 over 40 students have applied for and been awarded scholarships ranging from $500-$2500. Scholarships can be used for any college related expense and are distributed through the financial aid office of the student's selected college/trade school.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

In 2016-17 our chapter added this leadership/project management/budgeting skills program for 8th graders.
The program has grown since 2016 and now attracts members from 9th-12th grades. Members are encouraged to search for projects that will contribute to the San Diego community. They research, organize and implement projects that are of value to the community, specifically those in need.

This program is currently self-funded with participants' yearly dues. Assistance League adult chapter members guide the development of the girls and their chosen projects, building their confidence and skills.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Observed change in classroom behavior

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

School district personnel observed a positive change in classroom behavior in 100% of those students whose behavior was observed.

Observed change in student confidence

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

1154 elementary and middle school students observed. 92% of educators surveyed agreed/strongly agreed that student confidence improved after shopping for a new set of school clothes.

Observed change in level of engagement with peers and/or school activities

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric was replaced by #4.

The Operation School Bell Program serves a high priority need.

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

At least 83% of Educators surveyed believe the Operation School Program serves a high priority need in their school.

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.

1. Philanthropic Programs: Create and support focused programs that enrich the lives of the community. Annually review community needs and committee analysis to ensure that programs meet community needs.

2. Membership: Cultivate an informed, active, committed membership from which to develop strong leaders. Promote and maintain membership at 100-150.

3. Resource Development: Fund the chapter's philanthropic programs through the Thrift Shop, fundraising events, grants and corporate sponsorships. Establish Finance Committee. Research developing a Legacy Program. Coordinate with our mentor from North County Philanthropic Council to meet with various Board members to enhance our present efforts in fundraising. Manage finances prudently and with accountability to meet all federal, state, local and Assistance League requirements.

4. Community: Strengthen our presence and effectiveness as a resource in our communities. Strengthen our image of being a leader in addressing the needs of women, children, and families in the communities that we serve. Work toward better outreach through establishing an Advisory Board.

Philanthropic Programs
 Annually review community needs to determine whether to retain or revise current programs or begin new programs
 Continue to support of needs of children whose families struggle financially
 Meet the needs of abused women in our community through cooperation with established agencies.
 Support programs which work with at-risk teens, military families and trauma victims

Membership Growth
 Take advantage of our national organization's training modules, such as leadership & resource development.
Empower members to accept leadership positions
 Promote an informed membership through education.

Resource Development
Continue to increase financial stability through managing/staffing a thrift shop, fundraising & grant writing Manage finances prudently and with accountability to meet all federal, state, local and Assistance League requirements.
Establish Finance Committee. Research developing a Legacy Program. Establish a Finance Committee. Use a mentor from North County Philanthropic Council to meet with various Board members to enhance our present efforts in fundraising.

Community
 Strengthen our presence as a recognized leader in the North County communities we serve
 Expand and promote the identity of ALRSD.
Establish an active Assisteens Auxiliary.
Work toward better outreach through establishing an Advisory Board.

Volunteers manage/staff an Encinitas thrift store 6 days each week. We have maintained the shop since 2004 - 15 years. Our customers live, for the most part, in the local area, so we value our current location. Expenses for the shop continue to increase. In 2018-2019, they are estimated at $119,910, yet we normally have a surplus of $50,000 to support our programs.

Further, we support our programs with our grant funding, our fund raising events, and the generosity of contributors, whose support we seek with yearly communications.

Our programs have been successfully implemented each year since 1994, or since the program's inception date. We've served more than 53,475 San Diego neighbors in need & continue to meet or expand support that is researched or requested. In our early years, we served several hundred neighbors. Last year, we served more than 5,000 neighbors in need.

Each year we establish, and live within, our budget, & plan program funding support for the next year.

Philanthropic Programs: continue to grow/develop to meet community needs, serving over 53,457 neighbors since 1998 when record keeping was accurate. Started Assisteens, a leadership development program for teens; working to incorporate them more into chapter activities, as well as their adding to their own projects.

Membership: Our membership is now over 163. Chapter by-laws/standing rules now have expectations not requirements, thus accepting members who might need more flexibility. We meet more often in small groups to socialize, learn more about the chapter & learn about our communities' needs.

Resource Development: The thrift shop expands its outreach via Google My Business, Facebook, OfferUp, our website & email advertisements. Costs are analyzed to determine how to increase our return to the communities that we serve.
Fundraisers: Have been expanded to occur throughout the year to meet budget needs. Our volunteers research varied ways to increase the surplus that can be returned to the communities we serve.

Community: Advertisements/messages reach more customers, the public & potential donors. We continue to research and concentrate on what works best to increase income and outreach.

Financials

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Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito

Board of directors
as of 04/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Kathleen O'Leary

No Affiliation

Term: 2020 - 2021

Marilyn Scheininger

No Affiliation

Wendy Morris

No affiliation

Liana Neyer

No affiliation

Maureen Whitmore

No Affiliation

Linda Kermott

No affiliation

Carol Tuggey

No affiliation

Nancy Piretti

No affiliation

Stella Ramos

No affiliation

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? 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 4/22/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Sexual orientation
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Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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