Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Assistance League of San Jose

Transforming Lives - Strengthening Community

aka ALSJ

San Jose, CA

Mission

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

Ruling Year

1984

President

Ms. Donna Christian

Main Address

P.O. Box 20174

San Jose, CA 95160 USA

Keywords

Children, Seniors, Volunteers, Service, Santa Clara County, Community Services, Educational

EIN

77-0033914

 Number

3719754460

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Women's Service Clubs (S81)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

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

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Operation School Bell(R)

Assist-a-Shelter

Caring Hands

Hug-a-Bear

Readers Are Leaders

Screening Eyes Early, S.E.E.

Senior Bingo

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of schools served by Assistance League of San Jose Community Programs.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5),

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

K-12 (5-19 years)

Context notes

Schools are from 4 San Jose school districts. Community Programs include: Operation School Bell, Readers Are Leaders, Screening Eyes Early, Kids on the Block.

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Adults,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Context notes

Community Programs include: Operation School Bell, Readers Are Leaders, Screening Eyes Early, Assist-A-Shelter, and Senior Bingo

Number of crotched/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.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5),

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Context notes

Community Programs include: Caring Hands and Hug-A-Bear

Number of books read and donated through Readers Are Leaders.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Readers Are Leaders

Number of uniforms given to students through Operation School Bell.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Operation School Bell(R)

Charting Impact

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

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

3 YEAR PLAN: 2018 – 2021: 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.

1. Philanthropic Programs •Increase member participation. •Each program will develop an evaluation/assessment to determine their effectiveness in meeting community needs. •Develop a standardized reporting system/form for monitoring membership/community participation. 2. Membership •Ensure all members feel welcomed and encouraged to participate in our programs/committees. •Work with education to develop leadership in our programs/committees and Board positions. 3. Resource Development •Develop, refine and evaluate fundraising projects. •Provide information about events for members/community. •Increase utilization of Resource Development Committee. •Increase member participation in resource development events. 4. Education •Promote ALSJ programs/committees, encouraging all members to increase their participation. •Educate all members regarding ALSJ leadership. •Encourage ALSJ member attendance at National/Networking conferences to promote knowledge/fellowship.

Assistance League of San Jose is an all-volunteer non-profit organization comprised of 165 members. 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 Community Programs. This commitment is demonstrated by the 33.004 volunteer hours that we contributed in 2017-18. These hours have been spent servicing over 8,400 underserved children, families and seniors in the San Jose City area community. We are able to carry out the goals of our eight Community 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.

Measurement of the results of our work against our 2014-15 baselines and our end of year data - Each program chair turns in a report that includes numbers of: o Individuals served o Districts and schools touched o Books read and donated o Crotched items donated to hospitals o Bears given to those in need o Members and hours volunteered o Uniforms donated - End of year budget report o Amount of grants o Number of donors o Amount earned through fundraising Program chairs' mid-year report - Assessment of whether we're on track - Brainstorm ways to accomplish our goals Assistance League of San Jose's Board of Directors, Program Chairs and the Strategic Planning Committee monitor this documentation and report findings at the general membership meetings, as well as the reports that are made by the volunteer leadership at each general membership meeting.

1. Community 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, communiques and how to get involved Resource development:   • Floral Fantasy, Dining for Dollars, Gift cards and Direct Mail • High-spirited committee that sends many reminders to get more participation 4. Education: • Board of Directors, Program and Committee Chairs attend new member orientation, new member meetings and general 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.

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Financials

Assistance League of San Jose

Fiscal year: Jun 01 - May 31

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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