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Assistance League of Greater Collin County

Transforming Lives Strengthening Community

aka N/A   |   Plano, TX   |  https://algcc.org

Mission

Assistance League of Greater Collin County is a nonprofit, philanthropic organization whose dedicated volunteers transform the lives of children and adults through community programs.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Mrs. Rita Hanna

Main address

200 Chisholm Place Suite 105

Plano, TX 75075 USA

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EIN

75-2663446

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Family Services (P40)

Family Services (P40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We address 5 areas of need in the communities that we serve: Clothing, Hunger, Literacy, Supplies, Health. ALGCC addresses the community need of clothing by providing clothing for elementary school children identified by their school counselors as being "in need." In 2022, we clothed 823 in need children through our Operation School Bell program in concert with our partner J C Penneys. In addition, we provide replacement underwear for kindergarten and 1st graders at 34 Title I schools in Collin County (in the event they have an incontinence issue). Finally, we support multiple Middle Schools with additional clothing for students in case needed.

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

Operation School Bell® provides new clothing and dental hygiene kits to elementary school students K-6 grade that have been referred by school counselors and teachers in the school districts of Collin County, Texas. We clothe almost 800 children in a school year.

We implemented a pilot program named Listen and Learn in February 2022 to improve reading levels to designated 2nd and 3rd graders at Jackson Elementary; 17 members and 1 community volunteer deliver the services.

Our Hi and Dry Program delivered 273 packages (six pair/package) of different size underwear to 38 Title I schools in 4 school districts.

Our Warm Feelings Program works with 5 Middle Schools to provide items identified as needs by the schools administrative liaisons

Finally, our Dr. Seuss Program enlists the efforts of 12 members to read a Dr Seuss book to 61 first graders who then receive a copy of the book to keep.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Pass the Word program distributes reading materials to 16,000 patients in participating hospitals. We offer a variety of 17 popular magazines, crossword, word-finder, Sudoku puzzles and Mandala art books to adult patients and coloring books to children of patients. These were distributed by members to almost 400 patients at least once a week every month when services were resumed after COVID restrictions were lifted by the participating hospital.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Members engage in activities that are specifically one-time  responses to community needs such as donating 95 pairs of socks to the homeless in Greater Collin County.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Members prepare bereavement memory boxes for grieving parents whose babies have died at or shortly after birth. ALGCC delivered a total of 60 bereavement boxes for parents

Population(s) Served
Families

Caring in Action:
Krafts for Kids (Clothing, Health): Assembled and
delivered a total of 480 activity kits to children at Children’s Medical Center
Plano.
Senior Care (Food, Clothing and Supplies): Delivered 50
filled Christmas stockings to residents at Baybrooke Village Care and Rehab
Center Plano. Held bingo twice a month with prizes for the residents. Made and delivered 50 fidget blankets to memory loss residents at Baybrooke.
Crafts for a Cause (Health, Clothes): Member volunteers, of this creative and
prolific group, support most of our other program groups by making baby
blankets for the Bereavement Boxes, hand puppets, blankets, Christmas
Stockings, pillowcases, and Loveys. Items donated to THR Hospital Plano and Allen through our Wee Memories Program, Children’s Medical Center Plano and Baybrooke.
Safe Haven (Food, Clothing and Supplies): Knit or crochet
water resistant mats of strips cut from plastic grocery bags
delivering 22 mats to Streetside Showers for homeless.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

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.

Number of students who demonstrate improved overall literacy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Direct 1:1 tutorial services (reading) and expansion of Dr Seuss educational program

Number of youth who demonstrate that their school attendance has improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of economically disadvantaged elementary school children provided clothing to encourage and enable school attendance.

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.

To be a recognized leader empowering volunteers to meet essential needs to see families flourish in Greater Collin County.
To empower young students through addressing needs in the areas of clothing, health, hunger, literacy and supplies.

We continue to enhance and improve our programs within the community.
Operation School Bell® provides a shopping experience for elementary school children (K-6th grade) in need of new clothes and shoes and hygiene items.
Wee Memories provides bereavement boxes to grieving parents who have lost an infant at birth.
Pass the Word provides new magazines to hospitalized patients and waiting areas. This program pivoted during 2020 to suppling activity books, crayons, and puzzles to bedridden expected mothers.
Caring in Action includes several projects such as decorated baseball caps and loveys are provided to a local children's hospital, emergency children's underwear kits are provided for Title 1 schools, Reading program with Dr. Seuss books given to 1st grade children in Title 1 schools, supply closets are maintained with needed items for homeless teens in a middle school and a baby supply closet for a battered women's shelter.
We focus on 5 areas: Clothing Hunger Literacy Supplies Health

The chapter has an active education committee which orients new members on an ongoing basis throughout the year. The chapter enjoys a well rounded membership with professional and technical skills. Many are retired from long careers from a variety of industries. Assistance League has earned a reputation for consistent quality programs that provides assistance to many persons from many walks of life in Greater Collin County. A strong public relations effort contributes to a favorable public perception of Assistance League through making new contacts through various media outlets. Our organization has no paid volunteers.

Our 60 members volunteered their time and talents to meet the needs of the community around them. We served 823 children through our Operation School Bell® program in 2022-2023 school year. Pass The Word provided magazines, books, crayon to over 16,000 patients and families in Texas Health System hospital. Wee Memories provided 45 bereavement boxes to grieving families who have lost a baby at birth. Caring in Action provided: 134 caps, loveys, afghans and pillowcases to local children's hospital; read Dr. Seuss books to 9 first grade classes in 3 different schools and gave each child a book to take home; provided blankets and school supplies for homeless middle school students; delivered 3,102 pairs of underwear to school nurses; and initiated a new project to provide Christmas Stockings for Seniors delivered on Christmas Eve. Crafts for a Cause produced the handcrafted items to support the projects listed above. Through these various programs, we returned over 85.1% of the revenue back to our community.
Our goals include serving additional children through our Operation School Bell® program. We provide new school clothes to children in need. For some children, this will be the first time they have ever had new shoes, a coat or clothes. New clothing has the power to elevate self-esteem, encourage school attendance, and improve academic performance. We provide more than a new wardrobe-we are empowering young students to reach their full potential.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Assistance League of Greater Collin County

Board of directors
as of 09/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rita Hanna

Assistance League of Greater Collin County

Term: 2023 - 2024

Rita Hanna

Michele Miller

Charlotte Grimm

Kathi Bingham

Jane Doyle

Linda Ullom

Paula Gould

Cathie Irons

Judy Wharton

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 ? Yes
  • 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 9/15/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/15/2023

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • 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.