Assistance League of San Jose

Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community

aka ALSJ   |   San Jose, CA   |  www.alsj.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1984

President

Ms. Rocki Kramer

Main address

P.O. Box 20174

San Jose, CA 95160 USA

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EIN

77-0033914

NTEE code info

Women's Service Clubs (S81)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assistance League of San Jose is trying to make a difference in our community by improving to quality of life for our underserved children, families and seniors through our Community Programs. • Increase in quality literature in the classrooms and in school libraries • Provide uniforms for K-5 students • Provide preschool vision screening help catch vision disorders early to promote eye health and a better academic beginning • Assist at risk youths and families by providing support through huggable bears, layettes, chemo hats and blankets, dinners, clothes, activities

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(R)

OPERATION SCHOOL BELL works with local public elementary schools to provide underprivileged children with appropriate support through uniform assistance. Many area schools have chosen to require their students to wear uniforms to help prevent gang affiliation. Our program helps to increase self-esteem and encourages regular school attendance by "leveling the playing field". Over 6,000 children served in 40 schools in 3 districts. In the previous year, 9,926 pairs of pants, shirts, and socks were distributed. Due to COVID, no uniforms were distributed this school year. All schools were contacted and will participate in 2021-2022.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Assist-a-Shelter provides services to three facilities. At Family Supportive Housing, a family shelter, dinners are prepared and served once each month for a yearly total of over 650 meals served to 780 residents. Gift card donations of $1,960 from local stores help families shop for their personal needs. 40 Back-to-School bags, 50 Halloween treat bags, 140 children received seasonal treat bags, 960 dozen homebaked cookies, and 100 Holiday placemats with six centerpieces made. Quarterly enrichment activities such as two petting zoos and two Zoom animal programs. Collections of new books and games are donated throughout the year. Cityteam adult shelter serves homeless and low economic adults. 820 toiletry kits and 25 Halloween treat bags. At Parisi House on the Hill services 20 mothers and 22 children with 62 facemasks, 70 quilts, 40 books, 16-holiday pillows, 25 Halloween bags, 10 layettes, and 10 toiletry bags.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Caring Hands donates hand-made layettes for newborns and caps and blankets for chemo and end-of-life patients to Valley Medical Center.
-Donated a total of 10,132 items consisting of blankets, hats, lapghans, scarves, booties
-Donated 3,336 layettes to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
-Donated 64 lap blankets to 2 Senior Bingo site
-Donated 200 face masks, and 220 quilts to the Parisi House on the Hill and Family Supportive Housing

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses

Since the beginning of this program, Assistance League of San Jose has donated thousands of teddy bears to organizations serving children in crisis. We are currently providing bears to the San Jose Police Department's Child Interview Center, which serves children who have been sexually and physically abused; the San Jose Police Department patrol officers, who give the bears to the frightened and traumatized children they meet during the course of their duties; the children temporarily residing with their mothers at two of Santa Clara County's domestic abuse shelters, one operated by Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, and the other operated by Asian Americans for Community Involvement, the children of families who reside at Family Supportive Housing, which is a homeless shelter in San Jose, and Valley Medical Center Pediatric Center. Donated 700 bears to 5 agencies.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Books are given to 2nd and 3rd-grade students for home reading from 10 schools in 4 districts of San Jose to instill the love of reading. The teacher books are donated to the classrooms. The repertoire of books covers a wide range of important topics including biographies, science, personal relationships, and cultural and ethnic diversity. For each teacher's book, props are provided to the teacher to enliven and reinforce content learned from the books read that day.
7,068 student books, 7,068 enrichment activities, 300 teacher books, 50 COVID books, 1,200 pencils, sharpeners, and bookmarks were distributed during November, January, and April. In May, 715 students at 6 RAL schools received 4 summer reading books each (2,860 SOAR books).

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

S.E.E. screens preschool children for amblyopia and other vision problems. All Assistance League members involved in this program must be trained and certified by the ALSJ trainers.
Members provide results to the parents or guardians and identify children who need follow-up with an optometrist. A list of clinics with a sliding scale/free services is provided.

Due to COVID, we were unable to provide services. Chairs made ongoing contact with preschools to determine needs and keep them informed of the status of the program.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Infants and toddlers

Due to COVID, Assistance League of San Jose could not conduct bingo games at two residential care facilities. Instead 140 gift bags (525 items). 90 handmade blankets, six quilts, and handwritten notes by members were delivered to 60 residents.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

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 schools served by Assistance League of San Jose Philanthropic Programs.

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

Infants and toddlers, Economically disadvantaged people, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Schools are from 4 San Jose school districts. Philanthropic programs include: Operation School Bell, Readers Are Leaders, Screening Eyes Early. Due to COVID, OSB and SEE could not perform services.

Number of students and parents that directly received services from Assistance League of San Jose Philanthropic Programs.

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

Seniors, Adolescents, Children, Infants and toddlers, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Philanthropic programs include: Operation School Bell, Readers Are Leaders, Assist-A-Shelter, and Senior Bingo. Operation School Bell's number is zero due to Covid-19 virtual schooling.

Number of crocheted/knitted items, layettes, and Hug-A-Bears donated to newborns of mothers in need, chemo patients, end of life patients and children of domestic violence.

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Philanthropic programs include: Caring Hands and Hug-A-Bear

Number of books read and donated through Readers Are Leaders.

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Readers Are Leaders

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Students were given books to read and keep at home since all teaching is virtual.

Number of uniforms given to students through Operation School Bell.

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Operation School Bell(R)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to Covid-19 virtual teaching, the uniforms are in storage.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

4 YEAR PLAN: 2018-2022:
Philanthropic Programs– Evaluate and expand programs to meet the needs of the community and increase member participation annually.
Membership – Increase membership participation in programs, committees and leadership positions annually.
Resource Development – Using the annual budgeted amount as the baseline, increase the total revenue by 5% per year.
Education – Enhance member knowledge and expertise regarding chapter programs, committees and leadership roles annually.

In light of Covid-19…
Philanthropic Programs
 Provide membership opportunities for participation as appropriate.
 Utilize the standardized reporting form for monitoring programs’ membership & community participation.
 Each program will evaluate its effectiveness in meeting community needs.

Membership
 Encourage and welcome all members to participate in programs and committees.
 Collaborate with education to develop leadership in our programs, committees, and Board positions.

Resource Development
 Develop, refine, and evaluate fundraising projects.
 Provide information about events for members and the community.
 Optimize utilization of the Resource Development Committee.
 Increase member participation in resource development activities.

Education
 Promote ALSJ programs and committees.
 Collaborate with members to develop leadership in our programs, committees, and Board positions.
 Encourage member attendance at National, Networking conferences, and ALSJ training & enrichment workshops.

Assistance League of San Jose is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization comprised of 166 members in 2021. Our members come from a variety of backgrounds, including retired teachers, school administrators, and other professions in the business world, including but not limited to computers, real estate, finance, technology, medicine, the arts, etc.

We put caring and commitment into action to improve the quality of life for those in need through our philanthropic programs.
Assistance League of San Jose has 7 Philanthropic programs. This commitment is demonstrated by the 32,199 member hours that were contributed in 2020-2021. These hours were safely conducted during COVID-19. These hours have been spent servicing over 7,255 underserved children, families, and seniors in the San Jose City area community.

We are able to carry out the goals of our seven philanthropic programs due to the strength of our membership and our partners which include: 4 school districts (60 schools) and 25 agencies in San Jose City.

The Independent Sector values California volunteers at $29.95/hour. Our hours are worth $964,360.05.

Philanthropic Programs:  
•New members have signed up to volunteer increasing participation
•Task force created to evaluate our programs in meeting community needs and make changes as needed

Membership:
• New members have sponsors and are introduced at our general membership meeting by the sponsors
• Two new member meetings to explain our programs, communique, and how to get involved

Resource development:  
• ALSJ Masks orders, Fall Floral Fantasy event, Lunch With the Authors, Gift Cards
• High-spirited committee that sends many reminders to get more participation

Education:
• Board of Directors, Program and Committee Chairs attend new member orientation, new member meetings, and regular membership meetings to explain their role and updates on the progress their program and or committee is making to excite members to participate and become leaders.

Note: Due to COVID-19 some volunteer activities were limited and/or non-existent beginning mid-March. The ALSJ is in the planning stages to determine what is next to support our community during Santa Clara County masks restrictions.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are in the process of overhauling our Operation School Bell Program which provides uniforms and socks to students that qualify based on socio-economic level. The feedback from surveys that we have received is that our uniforms are out-of-date and many upper grade students are not interested in wearing them. We are currently meeting with each school to separate schools into categories to best meet their needs: schools that want uniforms for all grades, schools that want uniforms for their K-2 students and just shirts and socks for grades 4-6, schools that want us to measure the students before providing the uniforms and schools that would prefer a uniform closet for students who are in need.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, all of 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for 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 San Jose

Board of directors
as of 11/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Rocki Kramer

Assistance League of San Jose

Term: 2020 - 2022

Jane Thompson

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Terry Hicks

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Debbie Wolf

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Pat DeWhitt

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LuAnn Mullikin

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Nancy Adrian

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Karen Hengst

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Sharon Bynum

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Cathy Michelon

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Donna Christian

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Jane Earle

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Shirley Bell

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Dolores Rodriquez

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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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 06/11/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/29/2019

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.