Assistance League of Mid-Missouri

Transforming Lives*Strengthening Communities

Columbia, MO   |  www.almm.org

Mission

Assistance League of Mid-Missouri (ALMM) volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Karen Wilms

Main address

1729 W Broadway, Suite 1 A

Columbia, MO 65203-1109 USA

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EIN

43-1618493

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ALMM provides services to children and families in the community through our philanthropic programs. Each program has a specific focus area. Our programs focus on needs that have been identified in the community and we work to collaborate with other human service organizations.

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

Since 1996, Assistance League® of Mid Missouri’s Operation School Bell program provides new winter clothing to children whose school attendance and performance have been adversely affected by lack of suitable clothing. The goal of Operation School Bell is to increase the self-esteem of the child and to encourage regular school attendance. School personnel identify and refer children to this program.

Population(s) Served
Students
Social and economic status

Links to Learning (since 1992)
This program is designed to provide support to teachers in the Columbia Public Schools for classroom enrichment projects for which district funds are not available. Among the many awards provided, Links to Learning has funded books, classroom learning materials, field trips and technology. More than 3000 awards, totaling $1.5 million have been distributed since 1992.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Teachers

ALMM offers scholarship opportunities for women 25 years and older who have successfully completed 60 hours of college work. ALMM believes that providing financial assistance towards a college degree or skilled training will improve employment opportunities and financial security. Local colleges (Columbia College, Stephens College) and the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing and the College of Education select recipients for these scholarships. Scholarships are also awarded through the Assisting Women's Military Heroes Awards at Columbia College. Also through Moberly Area Community College support is given to students in the Health Sciences Division which includes the LPN and Surgical Technology Programs. Beginning in 2019 in honor of two Charter ALMM members a Make-A-Difference scholarship is given to one graduating female senior at each of the 4 Columbia public high schools. Since 2004 more than $489,000 in scholarships was awarded to 295 recipients.

Population(s) Served
Women
Veterans
Students

This program is designed to address the needs of survivors of domestic or sexual violence in collaboration with True North of Columbia, Missouri. ALMM's goal is to provide goods and services that support adults and children as they navigate the challenges involved with fleeing danger, healing from trauma, and beginning the transition to a life that is stable, self-sustaining, and free from violence.
This program began in 2005. During 2020-2021, the program served 333 adults and children, at a cost of $42,871.32 and 523.89 volunteer hours.

Population(s) Served
Women
Children and youth
Family relationships
Victims of crime and abuse

Since 2002, ALMM provides layette items to the parents of newborns, who are struggling to make ends meet. Bundles are distributed through social workers at two local hospitals. These ‘bundles’ include a tote bag, nightgowns, blankets, diapers, baby wipes, towels and a child’s book. Approximately 350 bundles are distributed each year.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Economically disadvantaged people
Infants and toddlers

Since 1994 ALMM provided Assault Survivor Kits® to local hospitals for distribution to victims of sexual assault who must leave their clothing for evidence. These kits contain a sweatshirt, sweatpants, undergarments and personal hygiene items. Kits are packaged by clothing size and are available for male, female and child victims. Provides about 35 kits per year.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

This program provides personal hygiene items for children, senior citizens, veterans, and families. A kit contains shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, comb and lip balm. Kits are distributed through the ALMM Operation School Bell program, through Columbia Public School nurses and are provided to clients of the Patriot Place, Welcome Home, the Senior Center, Meals on Wheels and the Voluntary Action Center. The kits for Senior Citizens also include dietary products and cleaning and laundry supplies as needed. In 2020-2021, 5,074 kits were distributed with a value of $22,880.19.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Veterans
Adults
Families

Since 1996 Parent Packs has been a joint project with the Daniel Boone Regional Library. It provides preassembled kits in English and Spanish that are loaned to expectant parents. The kit contains books on pregnancy, fetal development, childbirth, baby names and nutrition. There is also a DVD on exercise and information on community resources.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Caregivers

Since 2008, ALMM provides vouchers to local social service agencies for distribution to their clients who are in need of clothing. These vouchers are redeemable in the ALMM Upscale Resale Shop. The program also donates items the chapter cannot use or are inappropriate for sale in the resale shop to other community charitable agencies.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Social and economic status

This new program provides a flexible, rapid-response strategy so that Assistance League of Mid-Missouri can respond to specific community needs that do not fit within currently existing programs and can be addressed on a one-time-only basis. The maximum request amount is $1,000 per fiscal year. Requests are considered from local school districts, social service agencies or similar entities. This program has impacted veterans, victims of human trafficking, youth affected by trauma, mental health patients, and families affected by domestic violence.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Social and economic status
Veterans

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.

Number of children who receive new clothing

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

Age groups, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of hygiene kits distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Kaboodle Kits

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Age groups

Related Program

Links to Learning

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Links to Learning

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Assisting Women's Achievement Scholarships has now been incorporated into the larger program titled Scholarships.

Total financial assistance given to domestic/sexual assault survivors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Women in Transition

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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 Mid-Missouri (ALMM) sponsors philanthropic programs designed to enhance the quality of the lives of children and adults in the Columbia, Missouri community.

ALMM's philanthropic programs address several unmet community needs: children who need school clothing and hygiene supplies (Operation School Bell and Kaboodle Kits); older adults who need hygiene supplies (Kaboodle Kits); school teachers who need funding for classroom enrichment projects (Links to Learning); new parents who cannot afford baby clothing (Bundles for Babies); expectant parents who need parenting skills information (Parent Packs); women 25 and older who need college scholarships to improve employment opportunities (Assisting Women's Achievement Scholarships); sexual assault victims who need a change of clothing when their clothes are kept as evidence (Assault Survivor Kits); and women and children who experienced domestic violence that need a safer, happier environment (Women in Transition).

Assistance League of Mid-Missouri (ALMM) evaluates our philanthropic programs through membership surveys, input from program participants and regular committee meetings. Staff levels needed for each philanthropic program and fundraising activity are regularly reviewed. Strategies for recruitment, utilization of members' talents, new member orientation and continuing education maintain an informed, enthusiastic, cohesive and committed membership. Funding strategies include membership input for budget development, consideration of long term budget needs and annual review of investment portfolio.

As ALMM's service area grows and changes, we review what other community organizations have identified as community needs and if other organizations are providing similar programs. This can build partnerships and provide ALMM with the opportunity to provide unique programs to meet the needs of children and adults.

Assistance League of Mid-Missouri (ALMM) is a volunteer organization formalized as a chapter in 1994. Members work in the Upscale Resale shop and serve on various committees to support the philanthropic mission. Many of ALMM's members are retired and have diverse professional and technical skills from their careers that benefit the chapter. The chapter also includes an auxiliary for members still employed and a Juniors Committee. In fiscal year 2017-2018, membership contributed 44,053 volunteer hours for a value of $1,003,087 in gifts of service to mid-Missouri.

ALMM's primary financial support is from sales of high-quality donated clothing, housewares, furniture and books sold at the Upscale Resale shop. Additional fundraising activities include Cookie Connection (freshly baked cookies sold and delivered 4 times a year); Community Fundraising Campaign; Memorials and Tributes; grant writing and eScript. During fiscal year 2017-2018 ALMM realized a 74.2% return to the community.

The Assistance League of Mid-Missouri (ALMM) partners with Columbia Public Schools, area colleges, the women's shelter and numerous non-profit organizations in Boone County to serve children and adults. We welcome the opportunity to share our progress.

Operation School Bell (OSB), first year 1997 spent $5,384; 2017-18 spent $137,612.

Links to Learning began in 1992, awarded $2,093; 2017-18 awarded $125,272.

Women in Transition, first year 1999 spent $2,900; 2017-18 support to participants $36,722.

Assisting Women's Scholarship, year one $11,500; 2017-18 awarded $62,500.

Kaboodle Kits began in 1992, spent $907; 2017-18 hygiene kits cost $24,684.

Bundles for Babies, began in 2002, spent $5001; 2017-18 spent $20,500.

Other programs 2017-18 support equaled $2,221.

Income generators:
Upscale Resale, opened 1999, Revenue $102,653; 2017-18 Revenue $581,698
Other fundraising activities: 1994: $28,489.38; 2017-18: $74,673

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • 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 ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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Assistance League of Mid-Missouri

Board of directors
as of 01/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Karen Wilms

No Affiliation

Term: 2022 - 2021

Karen Wilms

No Affiliation

Deb Gerecke

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Karen Rogers

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Jan Haffey

No Affiliation

Wanda McCampbell

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Renetta Gallup

No Affiliation

Linda Cook

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Virgina Ponder

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Patty O'Neal

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Sondra Flaker

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Donna Buchert

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Linda Glascock

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Linda Innes

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Debby Cook

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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? Not applicable
  • 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