Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County

Transforming Lives . Strengthening Community

San Luis Obispo, CA   |  http://www.alslocounty.org

Mission

Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs

Ruling year info

1994

President

Ms. Judy Jimenez

Main address

PO Box 14260

San Luis Obispo, CA 93406 USA

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EIN

77-0337378

NTEE code info

Thrift Shops (P29)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Data from the San Luis Obispo County Superintendent of Schools indicates that 45% of San Luis Obispo County's student population are living under the Federal Poverty Level. Data also shows that students living in poverty are 20 to 55 percent lower in academic achievement than those who are not. In addition, Operation School Bell helps the families of these children by relieving them of some of the burden of providing their children with the basic need of adequate school clothing.

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

Operation School Bell® provides disadvantaged students with new school-appropriate clothing through a shopping experience at a local retail store. Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade are referred to us by school personnel. Social service agencies and shelters direct families to their children's school for clothing referrals. In addition, there are three sub-programs of Operation School Bell: 1) Operation Bookshelf - provides new, grade-appropriate books to each student served. The students are able to select a new book of his/her choice from our traveling library of age-appropriate literature. 2) Operation Dental Kit - each student clothed receives a dental hygiene kit. 3) Operation School Supply - each student clothed is given a tote filled with grade-appropriate items: pens, pencils, crayons, paper, scissors, erasers, highlighters, binders and folders.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The chapter collaborates with private donor(s) in the Collaboration Program. These donor(s) have provided restricted funds and are responsible for identifying and referring the students and/or children. They designate funding to Assistance League to provide those children with new clothing. The children are provided a shopping experience at a retail store in the same manner as other referred students in our Operation School Bell program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

Our chapter will administer one-time events/donations under this program. Good, services, and/or funds under this program would be donated.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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.

Percentage of students showing an observed change in classroom behavior

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

76% of the schools responding indicated they observed a positive change in students; 13.6% observed a significant change.

Percentage of students showing an observed change in student confidence

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

86% of the schools responding reported that they observed a positive change in student confidence of the students.

Does the Operation School Bell program serve a high priority need in your school?

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

97.2% of the schools responded that they believe our Operation School Bell program serves a high priority need in their schools.

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.

During the 2019-20 fiscal year, our chapter updated its Strategic Plan to a 5-Year Plan for 2020-2025. Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County's goals are to: 1) increase membership by 2% annually and retain active and involved members; 2) develop a New Generation Committee; 3) implement a succession plan to encourage and mentor members to become leaders of the chapter; 4) maintain, increase, and routinely evaluate the chapter's fundraising activities which support its philanthropic programs; 5) update the Thrift Store's Business Plan; 6) clothe 20% of total San Luis Obispo County student need, based on CA Department of Education Data by 2025 - an increase of 1% annually; 7) sustain current philanthropic programs and research new philanthropic programs; 8) establish a 5-year chapter Financial Plan; 9) advance the chapter's technological capabilities; and 10) Increase the visibility of the chapter and continue outreach and marketing efforts.

The strategies for achieving our goals are as follows: 1) In February and November each year formal membership drive receptions are held for prospective members to be introduced to the chapter's history, activities and mission as well as membership responsibilities. 2) New members are assigned a mentor and encouraged to participate on a committee(s) of their choice. 3) A direct-mail fundraiser is conducted during the holidays each year, and biennially, a fashion show and luncheon is held in the spring, in addition to the year-round writing of grant proposals. 4) Our philanthropic programs are evaluated each year to insure that we are effectively serving those most in need of our services and to insure that our donor funds are wisely used. In addition, our chapter opened its first-ever Thrift Store on April 1, 2015. 5) We maintain and continually update our website, Facebook and Instagram pages with news about upcoming events and program activities.

Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County has a volunteer membership of 97 who contributed over 20,247 service hours during fiscal year 2020-2021. The majority of its members have retired from careers in such fields as Education, Administration, Small Business Management, Banking and Accounting and are able to put their professional skills to use with our organization. Our organization was formed in 1991 and chartered as the 95th chapter of National Assistance League in 1996. Since its inception, our membership has continued to grow and its philanthropic programs expanded. In the 2019-2020 fiscal year we returned 88% of our total program expenses to the community through our philanthropic program, Operation School Bell, and collaboration programs with restricted donor donations.

As noted above, our Operation School Bell program has significantly increased over its 25 years. In 1995, 130 K-6th grade students received clothing through Operation School Bell. During fiscal year 2020-2021, 1,636 students received clothing (even during the COVID-19 pandemic). The chapter is budgeted to clothe 2,600 students during the 2021-22 school year. It is anticipated that with a continued successful thrift store enterprise, we will have additional funds to increase Operation School Bell and perhaps add additional philanthropic efforts to meet additional unmet needs in the communities we serve. In its 25-year history, our chapter has clothed over 32,000 students.

Financials

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Operations

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Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County

Board of directors
as of 10/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Judy Jimenez

Judy Jimenez

Sharon Fredricks

Chris Pontius

Cindy Cantrell

Jan Hutchinson

Jo Anne Painter

Bonnie Long

Lynn Ogden

Sue Pino

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/1/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability