Assistance League of Los Gatos Saratoga

Transforming Lives , Strengthening Community

Los Gatos, CA   |  www.allgs.org

Mission

Assistance League is a non-profit, philanthropic volunteer organization that identifies and addresses the needs within our community through caring and commitment in action.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are very pleased that we were able to serve local schools with a STEAM program during the current COVID pandemic when our members were unable to go into the schools in person.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Ms. Karen Azzi

Main address

P. O. Box 320455

Los Gatos, CA 95032 USA

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EIN

77-0554406

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Senior programs

Teams of Assistance League members plan, shop for and prepare a nutritious lunch four days a week for the seniors at the Saratoga Adult Daycare Center.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Clothes for Kids: This project works with area school districts to provide jackets and shoe vouchers to deserving students referred by school personnel.

Literacy: To encourage a love of reading member volunteers visit elementary school classrooms once a month to read aloud and then donate new books to the class library. Literacy provides quality new and gently used books. Dictionary Day provides new dictionaries to the children for their personal use.

Literacy Plus: Member volunteers tutor Kindergarten and first graders weekly to aid in reading progress.

Scholarship Project: Elementary and middle school students, selected by their teacher or principal, are provided financial assistance to attend educational camps such as Science Camp.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) - Students today need to understand scientific thinking and engineering design to have the best options for success in today’s technological world. Students in kindergarten to 5th grade are introduced to these concepts through literacy, discussion, and interactive projects to create paper helicopters, build strong towers of index cards, and design roller coasters. 

Plant a Garden - Now that fall is almost here, it’s time for our Volunteers in the Garden to return to the garden and its many surprises. With the students and teachers back in classes at Monroe Middle School, it’s time to pull weeds and till the soil in the existing planter boxes in preparation for new plants. Our Volunteers in the Garden look forward to providing 4 new classes of 6th graders with the outdoor gardening experience of planting and harvesting while promoting healthy eating for a healthier lifestyle.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Families identified by the Santa Clara County public health nurses are given gifts, purchased by our members, to give to their children at winter holiday time, helping to brighten the spirits of the givers and the receivers. Other year-round needs such as disposable diapers, infant formula and children's board books are provided as funds allow.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

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 participants engaged in programs

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

Children and youth, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Assistance League of Los Gatos-Saratoga operates 5 programs in our community and will continue to serve as many community members as our budget allows. Some past programs were shut down due to COVID

Number of organizational partners

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

Children and youth, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our partners include school districts, Santa Clara County, merchants and more

Total number of organization members

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

Adolescents, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Membership includes our Chapter & Assisteens® auxiliary which offers boys & girls grades 7-12 the experience of creating & funding their own programs within the community while supporting the chapter.

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.

Our goal is to make a significant difference in the lives of school-aged children, families and seniors in our community.

We have forged judicious partnerships with school districts and appropriate social service agencies to support our goals.

Our enthusiastic member volunteers work to raise funds, forge partnerships and develop and administer our philanthropic programs.

Strategic partnerships with Santa Clara County and three local school districts have been formed to help identify specific needs and our organization has developed programs to fill those needs.

We continue to survey our community to identify unmet needs for at-risk populations and develop new programs to fill those needs

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?

    School districts, Santa Clara County public health nurses, etc. have submitted evaluations.

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

    Paper surveys,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our funders, 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 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?

    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 Los Gatos Saratoga

Board of directors
as of 11/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Drucilla Barth

Ana Maria Russo

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Kathy Kelley

No Affiliation

Barbara Weber

No Affiliation

Karen Maxwell

No Affiliation

Barbara Alioto

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Nancy Unger

No Affiliation

Judy Levine

Susan Buxton

Susan Levine

Gloria Kahn

Dru Barth

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 ? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/14/2021

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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: 11/12/2021

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Data
  • 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.