Human Services

Assistance League of Georgetown Area

Georgetown, TX

Mission

Assistance League of Georgetown Area is a nonprofit, philanthropic, volunteer organization dedicated to reaching out to those who need help within our community.

Ruling Year

1994

Principal Officer

Linda Meehan

Co Principal Officer

N/A

Main Address

900 North Austin Avenue Suite 313

Georgetown, TX 78626 USA

Keywords

women, children, volunteer, clothing, philanthropic, Operation School Bell, thrift store, charity

EIN

74-2877046

 Number

1036659043

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Thrift Shops (P29)

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Our programs

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Operation School Bell

Reading and More

New Friends

Scholarship Program

Assist A Teacher

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The Assistance League's (ALGA) goal is to help those in need in our community. Our philanthropic programs are selected carefully so we do not duplicate other groups' services.
*Operation School Bell focuses on elementary school children and the need for basic school attire that is otherwise unaffordable for their families.
*The Reading and More Program strives to enhance literacy to second and third grade students
*New Friends serves elderly residents in an Alzheimer's Unit in a local nursing home by celebrating birthdays and providing a monthly interaction with our volunteers.
*Our Scholarship program provides a $2,500 scholarship for each of four Georgetown high school seniors.
*Outreach is a new program begun in 2014 to provide emergency supplies to persons in need.

ALGA is part of a national organization with well-established policies and procedures. Our school clothing program, reading improvement program, scholarships and other endeavors ae designed to improve the lives of the least advantaged citizens of the Georgetown community. The organization strives to constantly improve and enhance our long term goals by:
*Developing a Strategic Plan that has been adopted and is adjusted when necessary
*Annual budgets are established and monitored through out the year with monthly financial reports
*Utilize an Advisory Council comprised of local citizens
*Utilize the expertise of our National Board
*Collect evaluations of our programs from participating parents, school district personnel and participating area business
*Operate a thrift shop staffed by our members to provide needed revenue
*A comprehensive orientation is mandatory for each new member/volunteer detailing our Chapter's activities and how they can best serve the community
*Committees are established to administer activities encouraging leadership and responsibility
*Ongoing education is provided to members through reports and updates at our monthly meetings

As a volunteer organization with no paid staff, we depend soley on our members to support our programs. Our members volunteered and reported 25,013 service hours in 2014-2015 at a value of $581,802 administering, funding and staffing our philanthropic programs and fundraisers. Assistance League members have a varied background in needed expertise such as finance, administrative skills, organizational skills and retail. We depend on these skills to further our organizations capacity to effectively run our programs.
We work closely with the Georgetown, Jarrell and Florence Independent School Districts, and their professional staff to constantly monitor the success of the programs.
Walmart is an important partner and provides needed assistance to ensure that the clients in Operation School Bell are able to purchase adequate clothing.

ALGA constantly monitors all of our programs to ensure goals and outcomes are met. An important part of assessing our progress is through our members. Our members volunteer their time to staff our programs and through their input we can assess what improvents may be needed. We know, for example, that Operation School Bell must serve more clients each year so our program must be expanded to serve as many students as possible. School district personnel such as counselors and nurses are asked yearly for their evaluation of the programs success and how we can improve the program. We do know that reaching the students through parent notification must be improved and we continue to work on that problem. Fundraising is evaluated monthly by reports to our membership to ensure our annual fundraising goals are met. One of our main fundraising tools is our Thrift Shop. To continue to expand this fundraising stream, we look to other thrift shops for new ideas on how we can increase revenue.

ince our local chapter was established in 2001 our initial programs have been substantially increased and new programs have been added to continuely insure that our vision to improve lives in the community is addressed. The Thrift Shop has been expanded with the needed outcome of additional revenue. Operation School Bell is able to serve more clients annually. A need for emergency supplies was identified and we were able to address that issue. Scholarships are now given to Georgetown seniors and we are working to expand that program.
Our programs are working but there is much more we can do and needs to be done. The biggest obstacle is the funds needed to support our programs. We are well aware of the needs in the community and as Georgetown continues to grow, the Assistance League must expand our revenue sources.

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Financials

Assistance League of Georgetown Area

Fiscal year: Jun 01 - May 31

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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?

Yes

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?

Yes