Assistance League Sierra Foothills

Transforming Lives-Strengthening Communities

aka NATIONAL ASSISTANCE LEAGUE   |   El Dorado Hills, CA   |  www.assistanceleague.org/sierrafoothills

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1994

President

Ms. Vera Doettling

President-Elect

Ms. Terry Wenig

Main address

2201 Francisco Dr. Suite 140-249

El Dorado Hills, CA 95762 USA

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EIN

80-0220452

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

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Programs and results

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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?

Operation School Bell

Operation School Bell provides disadvantaged school age children to shop for new, warm and appropriate school clothing. Each child was given the opportunity to choose a new book as well.Our goal is to improve the children's sense of self-worth and encourage the children to attend ,stay in school and excel. In 2020,1089 students from 45 schools in El Dorado County spent $88,865 on new school clothing.

Population(s) Served

Sports Locker helps children develop a positive self-image through involvement with organized youth sports. Assistance League of Sierra Foothills provides new equipment and registration scholarships, helping children play sports when their families can not afford the cost. Due to Covid-19, the county suspended youth sports programs. We are contacting local leagues to see if there are other ways that we may help.

Population(s) Served

Provides medium size tote bags for children who are displaced from their homes. Due to Covid-19, $921 was spent.

Population(s) Served

Once per week 29 member volunteers coordinate with 6 elementary schools to provide reading/reading comprehension assistance to144 2nd and 3rd graders. The students were assigned by their teacher. Due to Covid-19, this program stopped temporarily in March, 2020. Only $209 was spent on supplies.We are currently considering using zoom, or other technology to resume this program.

Population(s) Served

Monthly senior activities are arranged with the Program Director of Gold Country Health Care Center. These activities are designed to have our member volunteers interacting with the residents. Programs may include jewelry making, cookie decorating, storytelling, etc. A holiday shopping activity will be included (formerly Senior Shopping Spree). Used only $727 of the budge due to Covid-19 preventing volunteers from entering facility. Currently volunteers are mailing letters and cards with positive messages to participating seniors

Population(s) Served

In 2014, a scholarship program was initiated. It is open to high school graduates who demonstrate outstanding community service work throughout their high school years and are in good standing academically. In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, 4 outstanding high school seniors were recipients. In 2019-2020, an Advantage Scholarship was added and awarded to 6 of the 60plus students applicants. Various amounts were awarded for a total of $10,00. $200 were used for expenses.

Population(s) Served

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 students clothed.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Operation School Bell®-number of students shopping for new and appropriate school clothing.

Number of books given to participants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Age/grade appropriate books are selected by participating students.

Number of Schools Served.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of participating schools. School's liaisons select students for participation.

Number of students in grades 2 and 3 offered reading/comprehension assistance.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Books and Beyond

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Teacher referred students offered weekly help with reading/comprehension assistance. Now, due to Covid-19 we are looking at other ways we can be assistance, possibly using zoom technology.

Total number of member volunteer hours.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Books and Beyond

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Temporarily stopped due to Covid-19 in March 2020 with only $209 spent on supplies. Currently exploring ways to resume this program using zoom technology.

Number of clubs/leagues participating.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Sports Locker

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of soccer clubs and baseball leagues participating in our sports scholarship program. Due to Covid-19, community sports programs have been canceled, reaching out to find other ways to help.

Number of student scholarships given.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Sports Locker

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of disadvantaged youth who were able to participate in community sports via scholarships. Due to Covid-19, community sports programs have been canceled, reaching out to find other ways to help.

Number of scholarships granted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Service Scholarship and Advantage Scholarship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are awarded at the end of the school year.

Number of participating senior residents

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Senior Multi Interest Leisure Enrichment (S.M.I.L.E.)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Residents will be receiving letters and cards, with positive messages from our volunteers, instead of in person visits due to Covid-19

Number of volunteers assisting seniors.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Senior Multi Interest Leisure Enrichment (S.M.I.L.E.)

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to Covid-19, volunteers have been asked to send letters and cards to participating seniors

Number of bags donated to foster youth.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bags For Belongings

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Bags distributed to foster youth who are being relocated.

Number of participating seniors.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program terminated.

Number of member volunteers.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program terminated

Percent positive change in Classroom behavior

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Result of surveying school personnel about the effects of the program on it's recipients.

Percent positive change in student confidence.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Result of surveying school personnel about the effects of the program on it's recipients.

Percent positive change in participation with peers and/or school activities.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Result of surveying school personnel about the effects of the program on it's recipients.

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.

The Strategic Plan for 2018-2023 for the Assistance League Sierra Foothills is to work toward the betterment of the communities in El Dorado County through volunteer commitments includes the following goals:
1. Build a successful, sustainable organization by assessing the needs of the community and the viability of our current programs.
2.Ensure a financially viable life for the organization by reviewing a monthly budget. Build revenue through grants, donations and fundraising.
3. Identify the needs of the communities in El Dorado County by communicating and collaborating with other County Agencies.
4. Establish and maintain philanthropic programs the effectively and efficiently meet community needs on an ongoing basis.
5.Ensure the accuracy and integrity of the financial records by preparing an annual budget. Online software used to prepare financial statements.
6. Grow and maintain a diverse, informed and committed membership by involving the membership, and recruiting additional members.
7. Raise funds to support and grow our Chapter's current and future programs by developing internal and external funding opportunities.
8. Increase Community awareness and visibility of Assistance League Sierra Foothills in order to increase membership, event revenue and private funding.

1. Update and maintain a strategic plan.
2. Maintain all contracts, grants and PSR's.
3. Annually assess community needs and current programs.
4. Encourage member participation in national and regional opportunities.
5.Monthly review and evaluation of the budget.
6. Develop new fundraising avenues.
7. Collaborate with El Dorado County entities of identify community needs.
8. Evaluate, develop and fund programs.
9. Produce and review a monthly financial statement, and distribute to membership.
10. Work with Marketing Communications Chairman to develop membership program and recruit new members.
11.Develop internal funding sources.
12. Develop external funding sources( e..g., grants, private donations and endowments).
13. Increase Marketing Communications by updating Chapter brochure, use multi-media press releases for all fundraising, and create a press package for membership drives.
13. Hold orientation meetings for new members and update all Chapter Handbooks.
14. Strengthen communication within the organization (e.g, Maintain a current manual for for Chapter Management and distribute to officers and chairmen and review and update Board job descriptions) .

1. Outside Advisory Council which offers assessments, advise, and support.
2. An internal Board of directors is elected each fiscal year representing a cross section of the organization and community (June 1 - May 31).
3, Board members review the organizational plan and work with all members in elected and appointed postiions.
4. Philanthropic Chairman and Board assess community needs and work with all members.
5. Treasurer/Finance Chairman and Board review monthly budget.
6. Treasurer/Finance Chairman and President prepare and annual budget from committee chairmen and Board.
7. Treasurer/ Finance Chairman maintain registers, ledgers, and reconciliations using Quick Books and On-line software to produce financial statements.
8. Grant committee writes all grants and other requests for funding.
9. Board and all members develop new fundraising opportunities.
10. Philanthropic Committee conducts El Dorado County Needs Assessment and communicates with County resources, evaluates existing programs, develops new programs, and ensure adequate funding for programs.
11.Membership and Marketing Communications Chairmen work to recruit and develop membership.
12. Resource Chairman and Committee along with Marketing Communications and Grant Committees work to design and implement internal and external funding sources.
13. Education Chairman and Committee along with Newsletter Editor hold new member orientation meetings, plan development opportunities and publish a newsletter highlighting Chapter achievements and activities.
14. Education Chairman and Committee keep the general membership updated of relevant changes in procedures.

Our Operation School Bell program goal was to clothe 900 disadvantaged school children in fiscal year 2018-2019. By February 2019, 982 students were clothed. The goal for 2019-2020 is to clothe 1,100 disadvantaged children. There are over 6,026 socioeconomically disadvantaged children in El Dorado County, demonstrating the long-term need. Since 2008 when we became the 120th chapter of the National Assistance League, our Grant awards have increased and our credibility in El Dorado County is strengthening. Our two fundraising events are recognized in the community and advertisers are easily obtained. We are proud that approximately 50 community volunteers assist in providing safe and enjoyable atmosphere during our garden and holiday tours. Homeowners are willing to show their beautiful gardens and holiday decorated homes knowing that the money that is earned will go toward clothing disadvantaged children as well as providing scholarships and soccer or baseball equipment to children whose parents or guardians do not have the money to pay for registration. Our continuing goal remains finding ways toward sustainability. Involving and retaining membership also is a continuing long term goal. Our accomplishments to date have been great with 105 member volunteer members and no paid staff. However, growth in programs and earnings depends on an increasing membership.

Financials

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Assistance League Sierra Foothills

Board of directors
as of 10/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Vera Doettling


Board co-chair

Ms Terry Wenig

Vera Doettling

President

Terry Wenig

President-Elect

Debbie McClenahan

V.P. Membership

Irene Muzio

V.P. Resources

Barbara Seidel

Treasurer

Joanne MacDonald

V.P. Philanthropic Programs

Bonnie Bergstrom

Education

Paula Bielby

Marketing Communications

Susan Tyler

Strategic Planning

Joy Wright

Recording Secretary

Carol Kovak

Technology

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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 10/19/2020,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Disability status
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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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