Assistance League of Montgomery County

Transforming Lives - Strengthening Communities

Mission

Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Mrs. Becky Page

Main address

126 North San Jacinto

Conroe, TX 77301 USA

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Formerly known as

Assistance League of Lake Conroe Area

EIN

76-0438092

NTEE code info

Thrift Shops (P29)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assistance League of Montgomery County, Texas is a nonprofit organization [501(c)(3)] of volunteers dedicated to improving lives in Montgomery County, Texas through philanthropic programs.

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

Imagine not having the clothes to dress appropriately for an ordinary school day—not a great picture. Now, imagine what a gift it would be to shop for and purchase your very own new school clothing. That is what happens for almost 5,000 Montgomery County students each year because of the Operation School Bell Program.
Operation School Bell® is the signature program of National Assistance League, as well as every chapter of Assistance League across the nation. Our chapter started this program in 1988 when 33 children were provided with new clothing for school. Today all six Montgomery County Independents School Districts are served and over 5,000 children receive new clothing each year.
Many families in Montgomery County schools are economically disadvantaged and have inadequate resources to meet the needs of their children. That’s when Operation School Bell takes over and holds shopping events at local stores for the students who have been referred by Montgomery County school counselors. This most rewarding experience brightens the day of not only the students receiving the clothes, but also the Assistance League members who assist with the shopping experience; and since the need for new clothes never goes away, school counselors may refer students for emergency assistance throughout the school year.

Besides providing new school clothes, books are donated to school libraries and classroom teachers’ libraries; and in-school reading opportunities and literacy events are held throughout the school year.

Over 60,000 students have received new school clothing in the 32 years Assistance League of Montgomery County has been involved in Operation School Bell.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Poison Information – Always Ask Program was developed to provide parents with information to prevent accidental poisoning of young children by educating the children and their parents about poisonous household products that can be found in most homes. With the use of adorable puppets and stuffed dolls and animals, volunteers in this Program visit Montgomery County elementary schools and day care centers and entertain the children with an educational program about “Yucky” products and “Yummy” products.
They tell a story, play a game, and sing a song—all done in a fun way but with a serious message that can save lives. Children are taught to “Always Ask” before drinking or eating any unknown substances. Once a child learns to “Always Ask” and shares this message with his/her family, tragedies are prevented and lives can be saved.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Scholarship is the second largest program. It was approved as a philanthropic program in 2006 in honor of a gift from the James D. Nunan Estate. Scholarships were first awarded to Montgomery County high school seniors who planned to enroll in a four-year Texas college or university and major in the social sciences or a helping profession. The program has grown so that currently scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors, adults needing to return to education to better their quality of life, adults needing certification courses, and mentally or physically challenged individuals for therapeutic programs.
Since inception of the Scholarship Program in 2006, close to $600,000 has been given to well-deserved students.
Scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors, adults needing to return to education to better their quality of life, adults needing certification courses, and mentally- or physically-challenged individuals for therapeutic programs.
This multiple-tier scholarship program includes the following scholarships:
• High School Senior Scholarships: for graduating high school seniors who have been accepted to a Texas public university/college.
• Continuation Scholarships: for students who received the High School Senior Scholarship and are enrolled in their sophomore, junior, or senior year in a four-year Texas university/college.
• Scholarships for Adults: for students who attend Texas public colleges and universities to develop work skills in response to life- or work-altering events.
• Workforce Scholarships: for adults who want to become certified in workforce careers.
• Special Needs Scholarships: for physically-challenged or special needs individuals who lack the financial resources to participate in therapeutic programs that can improve their well-being and functional skills.
A critical part of the program involves assigning mentors to each scholarship recipient to provide a unique support system of emotional and responsible support.
During the past year, the chapter awarded over $125,000 to scholarship recipients.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

The Passport for Good Health Program provides an extremely useful service to both seniors and the parents of children in Montgomery County. Health care booklets, which resemble passports, are provided to parents, local hospitals and health clinics for recording and reviewing immunization and health information. Two editions of the passports are available: The Children’s Edition provides parents a way to record their children’s immunizations and health information. The Senior Edition allows adults to keep a record of their medical history, medications, family contacts, and healthcare guidelines.

In addition, the Passport for Good Health Program members purchase new clothing for newborns and assemble neatly-packaged layettes for an area hospital to give to economically-disadvantaged new parents so their newborn has something to wear home from the hospital.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors

Caring and Sharing encourages disadvantaged residents of our county, who often have grown up in homelessness and constant transition, by helping to provide for their basic needs and offer hope for moving out of the circle of poverty. “Welcome Home” baskets containing toiletries, paper products, cleaning supplies, and numerous other items are the delight of disadvantaged residents who receive the baskets through local agencies when the residents move from homelessness to a home for the first time. Another welcomed gift for jobless residents is receiving a voucher to shop for job interview clothes at Assistance League’s Thrift Shop.
The faces of disabled residents of a low-income apartment complex, as well as the residents of a local nursing and rehabilitation facility, light up when the Assistance League members arrive with party supplies, treats and bingo prizes in hand. Christmas parties are celebrated annually, and birthday parties are held monthly.
A much-needed and ever-growing new addition to this program is the provision of snacks for school children during the school day. Students have a much better chance at succeeding in school if they are not hungry.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

With the extreme heat of the Texas summers and the cold winters, a great number of Montgomery County residents cannot afford to get relief from the weather conditions. The Fans for Friends Program provides economically-disadvantaged individuals with large electric box fans for the summer heat and blankets for the winter cold. Often this includes families with small children. Where possible, volunteers creatively shop for bright, colorful blankets for the children.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

Nothing goes to waste at Assistance League! When donations from the Thrift Shop have not sold after a reasonable amount of time, the committee members on the Pass It On Program get to work. The items are separated, bagged, and identified for pickup by community service agencies in Montgomery County.
The receiving agencies agree to distribute all the items, free of charge, to their clients. That way, the Pass It On Program allows Assistance League of Montgomery County to further meet the needs of the community.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Assisting assault and trauma survivors is the goal of the Assault Survivor Kits® Program. Because the survivors’ clothing is often kept as evidence or has been destroyed in an accident or soiled due to illness, having a change of clothes and a few hygiene items becomes a critical necessity during this vulnerable time of their lives.
The survivors are provided “kits” containing new clothing, toiletries, and comfort items while they are receiving care in hospitals and local support agencies, giving them a chance to feel more comfortable in such a horrible situation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Victims and oppressed people

Tender Loving Care Dolls are provided to agencies in Montgomery County that counsel children. Members assemble to sew, stuff, dress, and distribute these special handcrafted that are creatively dressed in handmade clothes, with the dolls’ hair carefully woven in a variety of colors. The dolls are crafted in such a way that one side has a smiling face, and the other side has a sad face. This provides the counselors with a tool to encourage children to begin to express their feelings during difficult times, whether they feel happy or whether they feel sad. In addition, the dolls are used as “comfort dolls” for grief counseling and in hospice summer camps for children.
In recent years the program has been expanded to provide the comfort dolls to individuals with special needs as well as those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.
During the 2020-2021, the program has expanded to making masks for local agencies.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Making A Difference Award 2006

Entergy Texas

Patrons Influencing Education Award 2006

Conroe Independent School District

Best Thrift Shop in Conroe 2015

Conroe Courier

Patrons Influencing Education Award 2018

Conroe Independent School District

Affiliations & memberships

National Assistance League 1985

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 clients participating in educational programs

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

Families, Parents, Students

Related Program

Poison Information - Always Ask

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Poison Information-Always Ask strives to prevent accidental poisoning of pre-K and kindergarten children through presentations in preschools, elementary schools, and day care centers.

Estimated dollar value of clothing and household goods donations

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

Adults, Homeless people

Related Program

Pass It On

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Pass It On provides unsold thrift shop items to clients of Montgomery County charitable organizations.

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Assistance League receives both grants and direct contributions in addition to revenue received from Thrift Shop sales and especial fund raising events. Total excludes thrift shop sales.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

Adults, Young adults

Related Program

Scholarship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Types of scholarships awarded include: High School Scholarships, Continuing Scholarships, Scholarships for Adults, Scholarships for Special needs, Workforce Scholarships.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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

Adolescents, Adults, Young adults

Related Program

Scholarship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes all 5 types of scholarships provided.

Number of children who receive new clothing

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

.Operation School Bell provides new school clothing and shoes for economically disadvantaged students in Montgomery County

Hours of volunteer service

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In addition, community volunteers gave another 1598 recorded hours.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers include # of students served through Literacy and the # of students clothed in elementary, middle, junior high and high school

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 goal of Assistance League of Montgomery County is to transform the lives of children and adults through community programs.

The strategies used in achieving our goal of improving the lives of residents in our county are: relieving some of the obstacles involved with attendance and performance at school for economically-disadvantaged students, educating children about hazardous substances in and around the home, providing health care information to families of newborns and senior citizens, relieving some of the conditions seniors face in extreme weather conditions, providing educational tools to agencies whose clients have experienced abuse, awarding scholarships to those in need.

Assistance League of Montgomery County has over 240 volunteers who give over 50,000 hours each year to help the county's residents. Our Thrift Shop depends on tax-deductible donations that are then sold in our Thrift Shop and thus provide 80% of the funding of our philanthropic programs. We also rely on grants, donations, and bequests to boost our ability to serve the community.

The specific areas of our Strategic Plan are currently being met, but Montgomery County is growing so rapidly that our chapter is faced with not having enough funds to meet the growing needs. Some of our programs are undergoing slight changes to address those issues. Membership in our organization is growing, but we continue to devise new ways to increase our membership.

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?

    We serve agencies located in Montgomery County, Texas who serve those populations in need who live in Montgomery County, Texas.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

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

    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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During the recent pandemic, our Tender Loving Care Dolls program saw a decrease in the numbers of dolls that agencies were requesting. There was a demand for mask so committee members began making masks for agencies requesting them. Our Poison Information Always program was not able to go into schools to deliver their program on Poison Safety. They developed a video for the classroom in both English and Spanish.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), 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 Montgomery County

Board of directors
as of 7/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Becky Page

None

Term: 2021 - 2022

Rodgie Mann

Becky Page

Lisa Waddell

Sandy Katri

Cindy Cooper

Carol Bauer

Pat Ledden

Stephanie Atkins

Phyllis Weisbrook

Sandy Katri

Jan Kendal

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? Yes
  • 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? 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/3/2021,

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/03/2021

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.