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Assistance League of San Jose

Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community

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

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Mission

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

Ruling year info

1984

President

Ms. Karen Hengst

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". OSB members assisted with uniform duties in the warehouse and deliveries to the schools two times a year. 87 members participated in bagging and delivering uniforms, underwear and sweatshirts to 43 agencies. 5000 students were served. OSB conducted an effectiveness survey.

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 720 meals served to residents. Gift card donations of $975 from local stores help families shop for their personal needs. 50 Halloween treat bags, 80 quilts for families, 480 dozen home-baked cookies, collections of 250 new books and games were donated throughout the year along with children's clothing. Quarterly enrichment activities include Petting Zoo, Happy Birds Program, Mad Science Program. City Team adult shelter serves homeless and low-economic adults. 9,566 bags of food and 1,023 toiletry kits were packed and donated. Parisi House on the Hill services 98 individuals. Donated items include 21 quilts, 273 books (including baby sign language), 58 layettes, 39 toiletry bags, 431 articles of clothing and $900 in gift card donations. Story Hour volunteers read 2x a month. Volunteer hours 2,073.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Caring Hands donates hand-made layettes for newborns and blankets for chemo and end-of-life patients to Valley Medical Center. Serving 7 agencies and over 2,500 newborns.
-Donated 2,549 layettes and 174 quilts to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
-Donated 74 quilts through Assist-a-Shelters
-Donated 36 quilts to Parisi House.
-Donated 30 Xmas pillows and 57 blankets to Bingo program.

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 Children's Advocacy Center, Red Cross, Parisi House and the children of families who reside at Family Supportive Housing, which is a homeless shelter in San Jose, and Valley Medical Center Pediatric Center. For the 2023-2024 year, we donated 800 bears to the 5 agencies.

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

Books are given to 2nd and 3rd-grade students for home reading from 10 schools in 50 classrooms in 4 districts of San Jose to instill the love of reading. A teacher's book to encourage the love of reading and enrich the classroom library is donated to the classroom 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, enrichment activities are provided to the teacher to enliven and reinforce content learned from the books read that day. This school year 12,830 student books, 300 books for teachers, 9,360 student enrichment activities and 3,519 summer reading books were donated.
ALSJ members contributed 1,750 volunteer hours.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Low-income people
Students

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.
Children screened are 3-5 years old. Out of 498 screened, there were 27 referrals. So far, 19 followed up with complete eye exams and13 received glasses.
Volunteers logged 619 hours.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Infants and toddlers

Assistance League of San Jose conducts bingo games at two residential care facilities. At Stonebrook Health and Rehabilitation Center volunteers serve approx. 17 residents, 235 prizes were awarded in 10 bingo sessions, along with 24 gift items.
At A Grace Sub Acute and Skilled Care, approximately 120 prizes were awarded in 10 bingo sessions. Approximately 120 gifts were given out as prizes.

Volunteer bingo hours = 260

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 Programs.

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Programs include: Operation School Bell, Readers Are Leaders, and Screening Eyes Early (S.E.E.)

Number of students, teachers and adults that directly received services from Assistance League of San Jose Programs.

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

Children and youth, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Programs include: Operation School Bell (OSB), Readers Are Leaders and Assist-a-Shelter, Senior Bingo and Screening Eyes Early.

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Programs include: Caring Hands, Hug-A-Bear and Assist-A-Shelter

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

The student take home book program became a very important piece of our Readers Are Leaders program.

Number of clothes (uniform items: shirts, pants, sweatshirts, pairs of socks, underwear) 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

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.

5 YEAR PLAN: 2022-2027:
Goal 1: Update, enhance, and/or redesign programs to deepen involvement with children and families, and to address the needs of under-served community members.

Goal 2: Retain, engage, and inspire current members, recruit a diverse group of new members, and increase membership.

Goal 3: Develop, empower, and support members to step into ALSJ leadership roles.

Goal 4: Strengthen financial viability, support sustainability, and diversify revenue streams

Goal 1:
 Educate members on philanthropy versus charity in our efforts to design programs that are philanthropic.
 Empower a committee to design and implement a pilot philanthropic service at one or two schools that participate in Readers Are Leaders and/or Operation School Bell.
 Explore and/or develop partnerships with community agencies, non-profits, businesses, and National’s partnerships that have established volunteer programs.
 Evaluate current programs’ effectiveness in meeting partners’ needs and research their need(s) for expanded service(s).

Goal 2:
 Expand the variety and number of volunteer activities/opportunities in the community through programs.
 Develop more opportunities for engagement of all members, within the chapter and in the community.
 Investigate ways to recruit diverse members.

Goal 3:
 Explore current leadership opportunities within ALSJ to identify other types of leadership options that might be offered.
 Develop a mentorship structure for all leadership roles, members, and new members.
 Educate members on the importance of involvement in programs and committees, and on the numerous leadership positions available within the chapter.

Goal 4:
 Expand our donor base by developing relationships with community organizations, businesses, donors, current partners, and individuals.
 Investigate on-line revenue possibilities such as National’s new virtual merchandise tool and ALSJ’s social media accounts.
 Research ways to retain funds for possible future use.

Assistance League of San Jose is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization comprised of 159 members in 2023. 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 33,600 member hours, plus 95 in-kind hours, that were contributed in 2022-2023. These hours have been spent servicing over 11,881 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 (51 schools) and 11 agencies in San Jose.

The Independent Sector values California volunteers at $31.80/hour. Our 34,404 volunteer hours are worth $1,095,047.00.

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:  
• Lunch With the Authors, Dining for Dollars, 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.

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 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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?

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 06/30/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Karen Hengst

Assistance League of San Jose

Term: 2024 - 2025

Claudia Buchner

Assistance League of San Jose

Karen Hengst

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Cecilia Berrie

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Margot Harrigan

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Helen Danna

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Phyllis Faxon

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Monica Bacon-Proctor

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Jane Earle

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Patricia Harrold

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Shirley Bell

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Rocki Kramer

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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