Active Support Buddy Inc

Let us support you one step at a time.

Pleasant Hill, CA   |  www.activesb.org

Mission

Active Support Buddy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to pairing cancer patients during or post treatment with a volunteer walking buddy for one-on-one companionship and motivation.

Ruling year info

2015

Principal Officer

Melinda VanderVeen

Main address

2176 Orin Ln

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 USA

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EIN

47-2705338

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

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

Walking with Patients in Contra Costa County

Regardless of where you are in your cancer journey, Active Support Buddy has caring volunteers to be your walking partner and provide you with moral support. Our goal is to ease the effects of cancer treatment by pairing you with a compassionate Buddy who will walk with you at a convenient outdoor location, such as a park or other public location within Contra Costa or Alameda County.
We are not licensed counselors or medical professionals, but we are people who have walked in your shoes, either as a cancer patient or caregiver. We've been down your path, some of us several times. With your doctor’s approval, we offer light outdoor exercise at a level that meets your customized needs along with supportive companionship. In this way, we hope to offset the effects of treatment, facilitate your healing process, and provide fellowship throughout your journey.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

This program is designed to match people with cancer or other diseases with volunteers who will be a partner for exercise and moral support during and after their illness.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

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Financials

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Operations

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

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Active Support Buddy Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Melinda VanderVeen

Robert Bawolski

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? 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? Not applicable
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/11/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/11/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.