Assistance League of Northern Virginia

Herndon, VA   |  www.alnv.org

Mission

Mission: Assistance League of Northern Virginia volunteers transforming the lives of children through community programs Our all-volunteer, nonprofit organization accomplishes this mission through our programs that help to feed, clothe and educate children in great need in our community.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Ms. Elizabeth Parks

Main address

PO Box 209

Herndon, VA 20172 USA

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EIN

54-1935378

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Northern Virginia, one in six children is at risk of hunger. To help, we provide nonperishable, weekend food bags to elementary school children at eleven Title 1 schools during the school year who qualify to receive free or reduced-priced meals. Statistics show that having proper clothes and one's appearance promotes educational success through better self-esteem and school attendance. To help meet this need we provide clothing, shoes, toiletries, and free haircuts. First graders, identified as at-risk students by teachers, our tutored by members weekly at two schools which greatly helps to enhance their language and comprehension skills. We also provide hundreds of new books to children who are often receiving their first book, through our literacy program. Helping to comfort children at a clinic for low-income families, we provide heart-shaped pillows filled with child-friendly items as well as layette sets, baby afghans, hats and other hand-made items.

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 - Weekend Food For Kids

This programs provides nonperishable, weekend food bags to children who qualify for receiving free or reduced-priced meals during the school year. Once a month, Assistance League of Northern Virginia members and community volunteers pack gallon-sized food bags and deliver them to six Title I schools so that the children have enough food on weekends. During the 2018-2019 school year, we provided approximately 17,000 bags of food to children living in food-insecure households.

Population(s) Served

Working with several, Title 1 elementary schools, Assistance League volunteers provide new clothing, shoes, personal grooming products and coupons for free haircuts to children from families in extreme need. We also provide hand-made blankets, hats, and other items for infants and young children of very low income mothers at a nearby clinic for children.

Population(s) Served

Since 1999, Assistance League volunteers have enhanced language arts and literacy skills for 1st grade students in Fairfax, Virginia. Weekly, we meet with with students at two Title 1 schools for one-on-one tutoring sessions. Our efforts are focused on enhancing reading skills such as sight word recognition, vocabulary and comprehension.

To further improve literacy and foster an overall enjoyment of reading, we supply hundreds of new books to children at Title 1 schools in Fairfax, and Prince William counties and the City of Alexandria. We hold book fairs at the school where every child in the school gets to choose a book to take home. For many of these children this is the only book in their home. We also provide books to the students we tutor and during the pandemic we gave books to 3 schools who distributed the books to families in need so the children had something to read during the summer when they had no access to books in the school or local library.

Population(s) Served

Operation Hugs was initiated in 1999 to bring an extra measure of comfort to young children at a local clinic for low-income families.

Community volunteers make hand-made, heart-shaped pillows whose pockets are then filled with child-friendly items by Assistance League members. These huggable pillows help ease the discomfort that these young patients experience. Since the start of the program, we have provided over 11,000 pillows.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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Philanthropic Programs
• Expand the number of children served by Operation School Bell food, clothing and literacy programs and our Operation Hugs program by 5% per year.
• Ensure all programs demonstrate measurable outcomes against our defined objectives.

Membership Growth
• Retain our general membership.
• Increase membership by 10% annually.

Public Relations
• Develop exposure to businesses and community neighborhoods through online, print and visual media.

Resource Development
• Increase total funding by 5% annually.

Leadership
• Develop new leaders to replace outgoing Board members and committee chairpersons.

Philanthropic Programs
• Develop output measures for Operation Hugs & Operation School Bell (OSB).
• Design and implement a plan for each program (Weekend Food for Kids, New Clothing for Kids, Literacy, Hugs) to increase the number of children served.

Membership Growth
• Develop and implement a plan for retaining members.
• Develop and implement a plan to attract new members.

Resource Development
• Develop and implement a plan to increase our outreach to former and current donors, grantors and sponsors.
• Develop and implement a plan to increase outreach to corporate partners and community organizations.
• Develop and implement a plan to identify new potential grant opportunities.

Leadership
• Implement an effective succession plan for Board members and committee chairpersons.

Chapter Growth
• Meet regularly with our Advisory Council for advice on improving and expanding outreach opportunities.

Assistance League of Northern Virginia is an all- volunteer organization that is one of 120 chapters of Assistance League, a nationwide organization of over 22,000 members. The Northern Virginia chapter was formalized in 2004. Since our inception, we have steadily expanded our philanthropic programs to provide services and support to children in great need in our community. Our financial resources are derived from fundraising events, grants, and corporate and individual donations. 85% of funds raised are spent on our philanthropic programs. We are able to accomplish our mission because of devoted members and business and community volunteers who perform the hands-on work for each of our programs.

In 2012, we began a very productive collaboration with Dominion Energy to support our Weekend Food for Kids program. During the 2018-2019 school year, Dominion Energy not only provided grant funding and the facility to pack food but also trucks to help with the purchasing of food and employees to help package and deliver the 1,810 individual food bags to six schools monthly. Also, this past year, we established more relationships with new corporate partners whose employees purchased and packed additional food bags for this program.

We are continually seeking new collaborative relationships and/or financial support with other companies and organizations to facilitate expansion of not only our Weekend Food for Kids programs but also our New Clothing for Kids and Literacy programs. Local retirement communities provide hand-made items for our Hugs program. Also, we are always looking for new grant opportunities and soliciting for potential donors.

In 2018-2019, our programs touched the lives of over 7,600 children in eleven elementary schools and a local medical clinic for low-income families. We accomplished this through the dedication of our members and the community who served over 10,500 hours this past year.

Operation School Bell - Weekend Food for Kids: Since the program began in 2010, the program has steadily grown from providing 500 food bags monthly to eligible children in one school to 1,800 monthly for a total of 11,310 bags to eleven schools before the pandemic hit. After schools closed due to the pandemic we provided 1031 grocery store gift cards to families in need at our schools. We continue to seek more funding and ways to develop more corporate partnerships, the critical drivers for expanding this program.

Operation School Bell - New Clothing for Kids: Since this program began in 2010, the number of items that we provide to schools has greatly increased as well as the number of schools that we support. During the 2019-2020 school year, we supplied 772 new items of clothing and 350 new pairs of shoes to students at five schools. We also provided 1,200 coupons for free haircuts to children at our schools. At at a local clinic for low income families, we furnished layettes (handmade baby blankets, hats, onesies and books) to mothers of young children and other handmade items.

Operation School Bell - Literacy for Kids: At two of our schools, our members meet with first grade children, identified as at-risk for are falling behind in school, for weekly, one-on-one tutoring sessions thus helping to improve their vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. Our members spent 1,000 hours tutoring. In addition, we provided individual children at the schools we serve with 2,410 new books.

Operation Hugs - Pillow Program: Through this program, we reached out to help comfort children at a local clinic for children that serves low-income families. In 2018-2019, we provided over 792 handmade heart-shaped pillows containing child-friendly items. Since 1999, we have distributed over 11,000 of these delightful pillows.

Financials

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Assistance League of Northern Virginia

Board of directors
as of 10/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Elizabeth Parks

Jeanne Sclater

No Affiliation

Darlene Cooke

Vernetta Gaiani

Nannette Henderson

Lynn Barron

Mary Gronlund

Nancy Treanor

Nancy Spinosa

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? 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 08/03/2020

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