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Assistance League Southwest Washington

Transforming Lives - Strengthening Community

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1994

President

Bette Ludden

Main address

PO Box 65

Vancouver, WA 98666 USA

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EIN

47-0921393

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

The problem our organization would like to address is improving the lives of children and youth in foster care and transitioning out of foster care. These young people are among the most vulnerable in our society. They move frequently from home to home, and when they age out of the foster care system, they often lack resources and a support system. About a third of them will experience homelessness before reaching the age of twenty-five.

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

Provide new clothing and literacy supplies to children in need in twenty-five schools in four Clark County school districts - Vancouver, Evergreen, Washougal and Woodland. Our members serve as liaisons with the schools, working with staff to identify needs, purchasing the garments and supplies, and delivering them as requested .

Population(s) Served

We work with Innovative Services Northwest to help children who have disabilities or other disadvantages reach their full potential. We provide skilled volunteers in classrooms and therapeutic settings, and help the children plant, maintain and harvest their own playground garden.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Provide clothing and hygiene items to survivors of assault, men, women and children, who arrive at the emergency rooms of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical (Vancouver), Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital (Vancouver) and PeaceHealth St John Medical Center (Longview).

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys

In partnership with the Department of Children, Youth and Families, our JUST because... program provides two sets of new clothing to children ages 10-18 when they are placed in foster care and offers a back-to-school shopping for 10 - 21 year olds shopping trip in partnership with Fred Meyer.

Population(s) Served

Fostering Independence, an Assistance League philanthropic program, has been designed to support A+K Ingenuity by providing the following: services to assist girls ages 16-18 transitioning out of foster care to independent group homes. This new living experience will assist with developing self-esteem, life skills and confidence. A+K Ingenuity is a pilot program of Department of Children, Youth and Families. Assistance League shall furnish requested household items as well as community resource information to help secure other identified needs.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

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.

Hours of volunteer service

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

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 Southwest Washington has four goals: membership growth, increased funding, increased community visibility and improved philanthropic programs. But the first three goals have the overall purpose of strengthening and deepening our philanthropic programs so that essential needs are met in our community and families flourish.

Goal 1: Membership Growth - a) Recruit new members b) Membership/info table at all events; c) Social member/guest events such as Each One Reach One, Bunco, Summer Social and Bingo; and d) Identify two members for speaking engagements. Goal 2: Increase Fundraising - 1) develop community donors and sponsors; and 2) grant writing. Goal 3: Increase Community Awareness - a) Elevator speech; b) newspapers; c) Facebook; d) Website; Instagram; and e) GuideStar. Goal 4: Improve Philanthropic Programs - a) Bi-annual analysis; b) Increase services to community; and c) educate members and involve them in our programs. As an all-volunteer organization, everything we accomplish is done through our members and through effective community partnerships.

Our successes over the past decade attest to our capabilities. First, our status as an all-volunteer organization means that all the funds we raise locally are spent on our programs. Second, we are part of a national organization that ensures our financial stability, accountability and the sustainability of our programs. Third. our members are competent and well educated, bringing high-level skills along with their passion for transforming the lives of children. And fourth, we have formed fruitful partnerships with school districts, state services and other local nonprofits to increase impact and eliminate duplication of efforts.

In the past two years, we have increased the number of schools we serve from 18 to 25, increasing by half the number of children served. We have added a new program for teens in foster care, giving well over one hundred the chance to shop for new school clothes--a real boon for many of them who have never in their lives owned new garments. We have also expanded our services to those in foster care, providing a sturdy wheeled duffle bag to each young person who ages out of the system. We have added enrichment programs for the very young, most notably a garden in the natural playground area of a partner agency providing early learning to children with special needs and families with economic challenges. With our help, the children grow, tend, harvest and eat vegetables as they learn about how things grow and about healthy eating. Other additions and improvements to our programs will come as we continue our evaluation process. To fund all these programs, we have increased the proceeds from our fundraisers through donations, sponsorships and better marketing. Those efforts all continue.

Financials

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Operations

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Assistance League Southwest Washington

Board of directors
as of 01/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Janine Smith

No Affiliation

Term: 2020 - 2022

Mary Ellen Silk

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Janine Smith

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Peg Steinmeyer

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Michelle Craig

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Jeanne Lightburn

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Geri Rowe

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Kathy Holm

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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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/23/2023

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