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Assistance League of Boise Idaho, Inc.

Transforming Lives * Strengthening Communites

aka ALB   |   Boise, ID   |  https://www.assistanceleague.org/boise

Mission

Assistance League volunteers, transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs in Ada County, Idaho.

Ruling year info

1979

President

Wendy Hartman

President Elect

Terry Loofbourrow

Main address

PO Box 140104

Boise, ID 83714 USA

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EIN

82-0331595

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Thrift Shops (P29)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem ALB Boise aids to address is that many families in Ada County do not have resources to adequately cloth or provide essential items for their children.

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®

The signature philanthropy of Assistance League was established in Boise in 1989. School officials refer children in need to ALB for new clothing, personal care kits, and prepaid shoe cards.  Last year more than 3,704 elementary school students were provided assistance is selecting clothing by our member volunteers.
Teen Retail assists middle school students as they shop at a local retail store. ALB volunteers assist the student shoppers. Students are referred by school district staff. 776 middle school students were serviced January/February 2018.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Program provides required school supply items to 94 public elementary and charter schools in Ada County to include the Boise, Kuna, and West Ada School districts. School personnel identify the 12,538 student recipients in need of supplies.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Provides audiology screening and assistance with hearing devices.  Funds professional/technical and academic scholarships for hearing impaired students from Ada County. 80 hearing aids were provided in 2017 - 2018 and $20,000 in scholarships were given.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments
Students

Program provides newborn layettes including receiving blankets, diapers, onesies, hygiene products, digital thermometer, a helpful handbook for new parents, to Ada County hospital maternity facilities for distribution to new mothers in need. In 2017 - 2018, 325 baby bundles were provided to the three hospitals in Ada County.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Lends formal wear (gowns, tuxedos and accessories) to high school students for prom and homecoming so they can fully participate in school social activities. In 2017 - 2018, 120 gowns and 105 tuxes were rented.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

We provide a traveling roller bag of basic housekeeping items/supplies for youth transitioning from foster care to independent living. Also included is a handmade quilt lovingly crafted by our members. In 2017/2018, 18 young adults received these items.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Assistance League docents make Idaho history come alive to 4th grade students in a restored pioneer home. The students are able to participate in hands-on-experience of life as it existed in the 1800's. The home is also open to the public once a month. In 2017/2018, 2,701 fourth grade students toured the Bown House.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

Provide voucher to junior high students identified by staff at the local Middle Schools to shop for clothing at a local department store.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

Assists homeless unaccompanied youth with necessities for independent living.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

Student Services Advocate Award 2015

Boise School District

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 children who receive new clothing

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric includes the number of K-6 grade students who receive new cloths and shoes from Operation School Bell and the number of middle school students (981) served through our Teen Retail program

Number of children who received school supplies

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Supplies

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Eighty of our Ada County public schools received items they requested to benefit over 13,000 student.

Number of baby bags given to new mOthers

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

Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Baby Bundles

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Items necessary for new babies were provided to 186 families in need of these supplies in 2019. We work with local hospitals to distribute items. One parent noted, "these were a lifesaver for me."

Number of people provided assistive technology

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

People with hearing impairments

Related Program

Project Hearing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our volunteers screened and referred 64 applicants to certified audiologist, then fund hearing tests and hearing aids in 2019. We also provided $12,000 in scholarships to hearing impaired students.

Number of students educated through field trips

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

Children and youth

Related Program

History in the Bown House

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As a part of the 4th grade curriculum on Idaho history, volunteers provide an interactive tour of the Bown House an historic farm home in Boise. In 2020 COVID prevented us from having school tours.

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.

Assistance League volunteers are working to transform the lives of adults and children through community programs. Our vision is to see that essential needs are met in our community and families flourish.

Our strategic goals are:
> Recruit, retain and support our volunteers
> Increase community recognition
> Ensure a viable future

With approximately 350 members and 21 members in our new Canyon County, we are able to meet our commitments to our Philanthropies and man our Thrift Shop. Members requested more flexibility in volunteering their time to the organization. We are trying various changes in requirements. We have started allowing volunteers to join our organization anytime versus only twice a year and have had a steady increase in membership. We started a weekly email to all members to inform them of openings for help in Thrift Shop and philanthropies coming up in the next week or two.
We have hired a consulting company to help with marketing.
The Thrift Shop has held more promotional events to increase exposure and revenue.

We updated our Thrift Shop with improved lighting, wiring, paint, new windows, signage, and display cabinets. For an older building, it was a visible improvement that our customers applauded. Since the remodel we have seen a steady increased in our revenue sales.
Our philanthropies continue to grow at a controlled pace to match the needs of our community. Operation School Bell served 3,704 grade school children and Teen Retail served 776 middle school teens in 2017-2018. Operation School Supplies provided supplies to 94 Ada County public schools with 2,777 boxes of requested.
Donations also continue to grow with great community support monetarily and to our Thrift Shop.
Fortunately, people in our community value the philanthropic work we do to support and strengthen Ada County families in need.

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.
  • 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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for 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 Boise Idaho, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Wendy Hartman

Assistance League of Boise

Term: 2023 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mrs. Terry Loofbourrow

Assistance League of Boise

Term: 2023 - 2024

Terry Loofburrow

ALB Boise

Leslie Anderson

ALB Boise

Robin Holmes

ALB Boise

Carolyn Rapp

ALB Boise

Marilyn Fowler

ALB Boise

Dyan Goulet

ALB BoiseN/A

Jen Edwards

ALB Boise

Nancy Perry-Dale

ALB Boise

Elaine Daley

ALB Boise

Sabrina Schulz

ALB Boise

Beverly Mitchell

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? Yes