Human Services

Assistance League® of Greater Placer

Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community

Auburn, CA

Mission

Transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs

Notes from the Nonprofit

Assistance League of Greater Placer is a nonprofit organization, with the mission of transforming lives and strengthening community. We care. We act. We are an all-volunteer organization, working year-round, with no paid staff. Our unique base of 232 members work in conjunction with other public, private and philanthropic organizations to help mitigate the identified needs of our community’s most disadvantaged. In the last fiscal year, our volunteers provided: • 1,500 children with new clothing and shoes • 1,341 children with school supplies • 299 elementary students with tutoring • 2,160 comfort teddy bears to hospitals, emergency rooms and CHP • 30 at risk teens with life skills classes • $27,896 in college scholarships for graduates of alternative high schools • 53 senior care residents with social visits • 43 people with clothing to re-enter the workforce • 63 low income clients with emergency needs • 3,082 K-3 student with puppet shows on bullying and safety

Ruling Year

1987

President

Paulette Benedict

President-Elect

JoAnne Kutzman

Main Address

P.O. Box 4693

Auburn, CA 95604 USA

Formerly Known As

Assistance League of Auburn Foothills

Keywords

Services for school children, at-risk teens, job re-entry assistance, elderly support, aid to assault victims.

EIN

68-0119738

 Number

3820031168

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

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

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Operation School Bell®

Community Assistance

Dressing For Success

Angels for Aging

Sierra Bears

Scholarships

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of youth who demonstrate that their school attendance has improved

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Chronic Absenteeism Rates at targeted schools with high numbers of students receiving new school clothing and shoes. Early indications show a small but significant increase in attendance.

Number of children who received school supplies

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context notes

The basic school supplies for at-need students match the request letters sent out by teachers at the beginning of the school year. Beginning to track Chronic Absenteeism rates.

Number of children who receive new clothing

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context notes

At need children receiving new school clothing and shoes. We have begun tracking Chronic Absenteeism rates (missing 19 days of school) and are seeing a small improvement at targeted schools.

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Providing basic life skills for at risk teens attending court order high school.

Hours of tutoring administered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Tutoring provided for 299 K-3 children at lower socio-economic elementary schools.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Three overarching goals drive Assistance League of Greater Placer's plans and activities as defined in its Strategic Plan: 1 - PHILANTHROPIC PROGRAMS: By the end of 2019, ensure that all programs demonstrate measurable outcomes against objectives. 2 - MEMBERSHIP: Implement strategies to attract and maintain an active and vibrant membership that will keep pace with the annual membership attrition rate. 3 - RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT: Increase funding by 7% annually to provide enhanced services to our communities.

PHILANTHROPIC PROGRAMS
• Define goals for each philanthropic program
• Develop and implement measurements of success for each program
• Monitor and evaluate community needs

MEMBERSHIP
• Develop and implement a member support program to assure we are making best use of member talents and expertise in support of chapter needs
• Recruit, train and integrate new members: enhance thrift shop training, strengthen mentor training
• Monitor member satisfaction through annual Chapter Evaluation Meetings and exit interviews

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
• Develop and use philanthropic program outcome data for marketing and fund development
• Increase Thrift Shop revenue
• Evaluate fundraisers to maximize revenue opportunities
• Research and expand Grant writing opportunities
• Increase donor base by 10% annually

INTERNAL RESOURCES: Assistance League of Greater Placer has 230 member-volunteers who contributed 44.2K hours in FYE 2018 at a value of over $1M. Assistance League welcomes and orients new members throughout the year and maintains a multi-talented membership with professional and technical skills gained through careers in the public, private, non-profit and volunteer sectors. We are an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff. EXTERNAL STRENGTHS: Assistance League maintains partnerships with a variety of organizations throughout Placer County. School districts provide support for Operation School Bell. Kids First distributes backpacks and school supplies. Kaiser and Sutter Hospitals and the California Highway Patrol partner with us to provide Sierra Bears to traumatized children. The Placer County Sheriff and Auburn Police partner in providing Assault Survivor Kits to women. Assistance League of Greater Placer has garnered a reputation for consistent quality programs providing assistance to thousands of people annually. The programs are focused on the most disadvantaged in our community. CAPACITIES: Over the past year we have increased focus and efforts in support of fund-raising and grant-writing. We are also moving towards an on-line scheduling system for our Thrift Shop and programs. CONNECTIONS: A strong public relations effort has contributed to the public perception of Assistance League through regular news articles, making new contacts with news media, and increasing our presence in social media.

Assistance League of Greater Placer has established indicators to measure the success of its programs: the number of children clothed through Operation School Bell shopping; the number of pairs of shoes provided through Feet Treat; the number of children reached in Tutor Time; the number of backpacks and grooming kits distributed; the number of people helped through Dressing for Success; the number and value of scholarships provided; the number of school children viewing Kids on the Block puppet shows; and the number of high school students participating in Competencies for Independent Living.

Assistance League of Greater Placer evaluates each of its 13 programs annually. These evaluations are based upon established indicators and feedback from the communities served, program leaders and volunteers. The results are incorporated into the President's Annual Report, which is posted on our website. In the Fiscal Year ending May 31, 2018, our accomplishments included: • Operation School Bell Shopping: Providing 1,535 children with new clothing and shoes • Delivering backpacks, school supplies and dictionaries to 3,470 school children • Supplying 2,299 teddy bears to hospitals and California Highway Patrol for traumatized children • Performing educational puppet shows on bullying, school safety, learning disabilities and cultural differences, for 3,767 children • Tutoring 265 children for 932 hours of classroom time • Providing 80 personal grooming kits for at-risk children and teens • Providing 678 hours of life skills classes for 30 at-risk teens • Awarding scholarships to 12 graduates of alternative education programs for community college or trade school • Visiting 52 senior care residents for 1,139 hours • Providing 108 people with clothing to re-enter the work force • Helping 39 recipients with unforeseen emergency needs At the end of our fiscal year, our chapter had 230 dedicated members who donated 44,200 service hours valued at over $1 million and touched the lives of more than 12,125 people in Placer County communities. We have raised funds to support our philanthropic programs through our Thrift Shop, Annual Appeal, Bingo Round-up fundraiser, Fall Tea and Fashion Show fundraiser, grants from various organizations and donations from individuals.

External Reviews

Awards

Best of the Best Thrift Shop 2010

Auburn Journal

Commendation for Competencies for Independent Living Program 2009

Placer County Office of Education

Best of the Best Non-Profit 2013

Auburn Journal

Best of the Best Thrift Shop 2016

Auburn Journal

Certificate of Recognition: Dressing for Success 2016

Placer County Employment Services & Business Advantage Network

Best of the Best Non-Profit 2013

Auburn Journal

Commendation for Competencies for Independent Living Program 2009

Placer County Office of Education

Best of the Best Thrift Shop 2010

Auburn Journal

Best of the Best Non-Profit 2013

Auburn Journal

Best of the Best Thrift Shop 2016

Auburn Journal

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Assistance League® of Greater Placer

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

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Disability

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