Assistance League of the Chesapeake, Inc.

Transforming Lives - Strengthening Community

Millersville, MD   |  http://www.alchesapeake.org/

Mission

Assistance League of the Chesapeake is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all-volunteer organization whose members are dedicated to developing and implementing philanthropic programs to provide humanitarian services to children and adults in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Ms. Elaine Atkinson

Secretary

Ms. Debbie Connors

Main address

PO Box 1774

Millersville, MD 21108 USA

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EIN

75-3082026

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

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

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The main problem we focus on are the needs of children in Title 1 schools in our county. Many of these children are homeless, do not have school uniforms and as a result, their self image, social connection and educational progress is impaired. In addition, we recognize the enormous literacy needs in children. Many do not possess a book of their own. We volunteer to assist teachers by providing guest readers or general assistance in the classroom reading programs. We also provide books for children through various initiatives. We also work with the local hospital, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, to stock their Storks Nest shop. At-risk expectant mom's are able to use "points" earned participating in "healthy mom and baby services", to purchase items at this store. The store is called the "Storks Nest". We regularly entertain residents of several assisted living facilities with seasonal "Sing Alongs".

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?

The Kids on the Block Puppets

This program explores issues of bullying, disability, cultural differences and social problems through puppetry. The puppets help children feel positive about themselves, accept individual differences and learn valuable personal skills.  Dedicated volunteers form troupes to present these educational programs to elementary students throughout Anne Arundel County.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Operation School Bell® provides children in need with appropriate assistance to enhance self-esteem, to promote learning and to encourage regular school attendance. 

 

Project Literacy provides guest readers, tutors, books, backpacks and other school supplies to designated schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Project KIN (Kids In Need) provides new school uniforms, including socks, underwear, hats, gloves and toiletries to students in need.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Assistance League members participate in Sing-Alongs for Seniors an interactive Sing-Along program allows senior citizens in assisted living and nursing residences to enjoy the songs they remember from their youth. Assistance League members provide the music, song sheets, encouragement and companionship.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

A program in collaboration with Baltimore Washington Medical Center in which underserved expectant mothers are given tokens for purchasing baby goods at the hospital's Stork's Nest. Tokens are received when they attend parenting classes, prenatal wellness appointments, etc. Assistance League donates new baby clothing, toys and equipment.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Assistance League 2021

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.

Our goals are to expand this program to reach more children in the Title l schools in our county and to improve the learning experience of children, to make school a rewarding part of their lives that they will want to continue.

By providing the uniforms that schools require, the Kids in Need Program makes it possible for children in need to attend school regularly and without stigma. With uniforms, they can enter the school proudly and participate freely.

Before our program began in 2003, there were siblings who took turns wearing the one school uniform the family could afford, alternating the days that each child attended school. Children with their own uniforms are able to attend class every day, clearly making their educational experience far more valuable.

By focusing on reading as a pleasurable activity and an important skill, the Project Literacy program opens up the wider world to disadvantaged children, encouraging them to prepare themselves to take their place in it.

Strategic Priorities:

• To promote and implement approved philanthropic programs in our community.

• To strengthen and increase membership

• To increase community awareness and support of Assistance League

• To maintain a strategic and operational plan for the chapter

• To ensure fiscal strength of the chapter


Paths to Success

Goal 1: Promote and implement approved philanthropic programs in our community.
• To provide goods and services to children in need.
• To assist seniors and other adults in need.

Goal 2: To strengthen and increase membership
• Retain 90% of active members each year to ensure a strong and vibrant chapter
• Increase total number of new members each year
• Promote a greater understanding and awareness of the chapter’s activities

Goal 3: To increase community awareness and support of Assistance League
• Promote a greater understanding and awareness of the chapter in the community.
• Encourage community volunteers to support chapter activities and projects.
• Establish Advisory Council.

Goal 4: To maintain a strategic and operational plan for the chapter
• Provide planning and policy recommendations to ensure chapter growth and effectiveness.
• Maintain an effective organizational structure
• Research free space to be used as an office and/or storage facility.
• Reduce Chapter’s exposure to risk
• Maintain chapter files on line so they are readily available to members.
• Implement measurement outcomes for additional programs.

Goal 5: To ensure the fiscal strength of the chapter
• Ensure financial accountability of the chapter
• Ensure financial stability
• Develop funding to support the chapter
• Maintain or achieve higher rating through Guide Star
• Review and update Insurance Coverage.

We have in excess of 70 unpaid volunteers who's sole purpose in joining Assistance League, is to provide hands on support for the above goals and strategies. Our programs are like well oiled machines where each one has a chairperson responsible and a team of volunteers who have specific tasks to achieve the goals in different areas.

In order to increase membership and support, we have established and increased our presence on social media. This has given us a broader reach into the community and more name recognition. In addition we have a community Marketing committee who's sole purpose is to increase recognition of our name and our function in the community.

We have a Grants Committee who work strictly on locating and applying for grants for our programs. We are becoming more and more successful in obtaining grant money in addition to initiating other fund raising opportunities.

We have a great relationship with the Board of Education representative and with the guidance counselors and principles of the schools we serve, and are able to identify the specific areas of need.

As of January 2019
We have increased membership and resources. All of our programs have grown each year.
We now serve 7 schools in the county,
Kids In Need School Uniforms

Schools Receiving Uniforms: Georgetown East, Tyler Heights, Van Bokkelen, Mills Parole, Germantown, Meade Heights and MacArthur Middle School.

2017-18 School Year: 2,506 uniforms to 1,829 students
57 volunteers to inventory, unpack, and organize warehouse; measure students, pack up uniforms. Volunteer hours: 508 (3 Old Navy employees hours included)
(Uniform consists of a navy blue polo shirt, khaki pants, navy blue sweatshirt, underwear and socks)

Fall 2018 school year:
1,597 uniforms to 975 students
1,200 uniforms are planned for our January 2019 distribution.

Toiletries: 2017-18 approximately 1,800 students received toiletries. Fall 2018 approximately 1,000 students received toiletries. Toiletry items include a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and conditioner and are donated by our volunteer members. Community dentists donate the majority of the toothbrushes and toothpaste. Toiletry packets are provided with each uniform package distributed.

Hats & Gloves:
With our January uniform distribution we will provide 797 hats and gloves to students. (We received a $500 grant from Constellation to assist with this program – 597 came from this grant.)


Project Literacy:

Books (2017-18 school year)
2017-18 1,281 books distributed to Georgetown East, Meade Heights and Van Bokkelen Elementary Schools. 7 Volunteers, 205 volunteer hours.
Books are distributed at the end of the school year to all students in attendance with an extra book given to the graduating 5th graders at Georgetown East and Meade Heights to commemorate their accomplishment.

Guest Reader – Volunteers read to classes each month at Georgetown East and Meade Heights Elementary Schools.
2017-18: 18 Volunteers for Georgetown East and Meade Heights. 145 volunteer hours.
2018-19: Our program is up and running at Georgetown East with guest reader, classroom and media center assistance. Our volunteers assist teachers to improve reading and writing skills for grades K - 2. One of our volunteers works with ESOL students. Meade Heights cancelled the guest reader program for this school year. 2-3 volunteers, volunteer hours unknown at this time.

Pen Pals – Volunteers assist Georgetown East students (5th grade) to write letters to students attending a Title I school in Virginia.
2017-18 School Year: 5 Volunteers, volunteer hours: 40
2018-19 School Year: 5 Volunteers, volunteer hours to date: 10 approximate.

Chessie – Volunteers work 1- 2 times per week at Meade Heights Elementary School working with students to improve reading comprehension.
2017-18: 7 Volunteers, volunteer hours: 438
2018-19: 9 Volunteers, volunteer hou

Financials

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Operations

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

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Assistance League of the Chesapeake, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elaine Atkinson

No Affiliation

Term: 2021 - 2022

Linda Wood

No affiliation

Kim Hudyma

No affiliation

Elaine Atkinson

No affiliation

Maryann Gosnell

No affiliation

Michele Kutta

No affiliation

Bette Henick

No affiliation

Cindy Culp

No affiliation

Yolanda Perry

No affiliation

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No