Assistance League of Coppell

Transforming Lives . Strengthening Community

Coppell, TX   |  assistanceleague.org/coppell

Mission

Mission: Assistance League Volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs. Vision: Essential needs are met in our community and families flourish. We primarily serve Coppell, Texas as well as neighboring Carrollton, Irving, Lewisville and Dallas areas served by the Coppell Independent School District. Our chapter consists of both adult members and a recently added Assisteens auxiliary which provides intermediate and high school students with opportunities for community service.

Notes from the nonprofit

Assistance League of Coppell is one of the smallest chapters in our National Organization. Coppell, Texas is a small community of 14 square miles located just north of DFW airport. While our community and chapter are small, the services we provide to local children, teens and our senior citizens is critical and highly valued. We believe we are truly living up to our Mission Statement of "Volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs" to complete our Vision that "Essential needs are met in our community and families flourish". Transforming Lives . . . Strengthening our Community.

Ruling year info

1994

Assistance League of Coppell, President

Mrs. Leah Cross

Vice President, Membership

Ms. Yvette Hightower

Main address

PO Box 2462

Coppell, TX 75019 USA

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EIN

75-2799702

NTEE code info

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

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Community Service Clubs (Kiwanis, Lions, Jaycees, etc.) (S80)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assistance League Coppell continues to assist Coppell ISD and several surrounding ISDs which have children living in Coppell with school clothing, shoes, backpacks, personal hygiene products and a book. We also work closely with the School Resource Officer with drug awareness and programs such as Fatal Vision Goggles, Shattered Dreams, and the Teen Diversion Program and any way we can to get the word out and make parents aware of our free Drug Testing Kits through the school counselors or our website. We also work with a local Assisted Living spending time with and providing weekly group crosswords with the residents. This year Assistance League Coppell will celebrate their 20th anniversary of serving Coppell. During the year of COVID Assistance League of Coppell has reached out to Coppell ISD providing additional services, such as gift cards to local grocery stores, mentoring on Zoom.

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

This signature program of Assistance League is targeted at local, economically disadvantaged youth with the intent of supporting the following areas of need: Clothing, Hunger, Health, Supplies and Literacy. This support can include school clothing sets for students as well as shoes, backpacks, jackets and personal hygiene items. We also participate in community efforts to distribute food to student families and provide gift cards for student essential items. In addition, we conduct periodic book drives for distribution to various youth causes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Helping Hearts supports two local Assisted Livings visiting with the residents and facilitating group crossword puzzles. Each week volunteer members bring donuts and serve coffee to the residents of River Oaks and CHRISTUS St. Joseph Village adult assisted living centers. The residents appreciate the time spent with them as many do not have family near. During the COVID-19 period we collected crossword, find a word, reading books and coloring books also with puzzles and crayons to take to our residents to help them through the rough times when we couldn't see them face to face.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

"Youth Today" serves local youth and provides increased awareness of substance abuse by organizing community events and supplying drug testing kits. There is a second segment where our members Mentor middle school students on various Coppell ISD campuses. Assistance League of Coppell supplies free drug testing kits to parents on request through the school counselors, our website or the local police station. Every other year we sponsor the Shattered Dreams event just before Prom with a simulated car wreck due to impaired driving. It is given for Juniors and Seniors so each child will see it at last once before graduation. ALC also partners with the local police department for a Teen Diversion Program which is a 6 week program that must be attended by both student and parent.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Service Learning provides three $1,000 college scholarships to students living in Coppell or graduating from a Coppell high school who have given their time and talent to improve the community. Class rank and grade point average are not considered for the scholarship award, nor is financial need.

Population(s) Served
Students

This is a program put on in conjunction with the Coppell High School every other year to portray a Mock Drug Related Drug Traffic Accident. This program simulates the horror of a fatal car accident that "could occur" after students have been drinking, texting and driving. Every student in the high school sees this program either their Junior or Senior year just before Prom and end of school.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Assistance League of Coppell partnered with many local groups to meet community needs as part of the economic disruption caused by COVID-19. Working with Coppell Independent School District administration, we have assisted with summer food deliveries, provided gift cards to CISD for use by selected families for food and clothing, and provided snack and activity bags for school bus drivers to give to children receiving free school lunches.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Third Prize 2011

Morris Press Cookbooks

Community Recognition Award 2020

Coppell Independent School District

Charity of the year finalist 2020

Coppell Chamber of Commerce

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 entrance scholarships and awards and exit scholarships

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

Service Learning / Scholarships

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Assistance Leasgue Coppell awards 3 scholarships a year to Seniors living in/or attending school in Coppell. All 3 scholarships are awarded strictly in community service.

Number of parents/guardians engaged in student activities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

"Youth Today"

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Assistance League Coppell provides Drug Testing Kits to parents of Coppell free of charge through school counselors, Coppell Police Department or our website.

Number of briefings or presentations held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

"Youth Today"

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Assistance League Coppell works with the school and Police Department with at Teen Diversion Program for minor offenders of drug/alcohol for a 6 week course for student and parent. Stalled by COVID.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Assistance League Coppell 2019-2020 has a membership of 32. Members are encouraged to share activities on their own Homepage to spread the word of projects.

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

AL Coppell received requests from the school counselors when a need arises throughout the school year. Children are given clothes, shoes, jacket, underwear, books and dental hygiene products.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

The Assistance League of Coppell plans to continue to be an active involved philanthropic group of members in the city of Coppell, TX. and continue our programs as long as there is a need. Assistance League Coppell continues to look for new avenues to enhance the lives of our community. During the COVID-19 Pandemic Assistance League Coppell partnered with other Non-Profits to assure the community of Coppell was well supported and vital needs met.

Assistance League of Coppell puts on a "Holiday Home Tour" each year and charges admission to the homes as a source of revenue for our programs.
We create and sell a Limited Edition Christmas ornament each year.
We sell a cookbook titled, "Serving Coppell".
We accept donations from businesses and individuals.
We created notecards of past Christmas ornament designs to sell during the "Holiday Home Tour"
We are an active member of our local Chamber of Commerce and recently participated in Focus Groups formed by the City to plan for the future of Coppell.
Assistance League Coppell was nominated as Best Non-Profit in Coppell in 2019 and 2020.
During the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Assistance League Coppell developed a mentoring arm of the organization through development of an Assisteens of Coppell which is an Auxiliary of Assistance League Coppell. This program works with students grade 7 - 12 to develop leadership and volunteerism.

Our members are obligated to sell tickets, ornaments, notecards and cookbooks. We also solicit businesses for donations. Working with Assisteens we partner each Assisteen officer with the corresponding Assistance League officer to mentor leadership. The students are responsible for developing their own programs with the guidance and support of Assistance League of Coppell.

The Assistance League of Coppell Board of Directors is meeting monthly and more when deemed necessary to follow the needs of our members and community. The Board is looking everywhere they can for additional ways to raise funds to keep the vital programs our community depend on functioning.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth Senior citizens in Assisted Living Centers

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Increased use of gift cards for student families identified by Coppell Independent School District student services personnel, counselors and nurses. Partnering with other non-profits for food deliveries to economically disadvantaged families.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our community partners, Our members,

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • 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 Coppell

Board of directors
as of 9/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Leah Cross

no affiliation

Term: 2021 - 2022

Leah Cross

President/CEO

Yvette Hightower

AL VP Membership

Debbie Hinson

AL Assisteen Liasion

Tony Cross

AL Treasurer

Beth Carter

AL Communications Chair

Claire Santuae

AL Secretary

Michelle Bauer

AL Education Chair

Bobbie King

AL Parlimentarian

Kristi Scates

VP Resource Development

Kathy McBrayer

Strategic Planning

Lynne Ryan

VP Programs

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 9/1/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-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

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data