Human Services

Assistance League of Denver

Tranforming lives, Strengthening Community

Denver, CO

Mission

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

Ruling Year

1959

President

Carolyn Newcomb

Main Address

6265 E. Evans Avenue Suite 15

Denver, CO 80222 USA

Keywords

women, children, volunteer, clothing, philanthropic, Operation School Bell, thrift store, charity

EIN

84-0510311

 Number

5263067535

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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

Thrift Shops (P29)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Assistance League Denver continues to review their programs and continues to find new ways to help the Denver Community. Assistance League moved into their new property at 6265 East Evans, Denver, CO in 2018. Our thrift store is experiencing an increase in new customers and sales. Our headquarters, programs and thrift store are all under one roof and our members are finding that to be a very positive effect. We are steadily increasing our membership in our new location. We are working on developing more name recognition for our organization.

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

Arts for Kids

Assault Survivor Kits®

Denver Hospitality House

Hospital Equipment Lending Program (HELP)

Scholorship

Serves our Seniors

ALDO Bears

Where we work

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 children who receive new clothing

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

Minorities,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Operation School Bell Program provides new school clothes, health kits and books to Title 1 Denver and Aurora Public Elementeray Students. Schools report an increases in attendance and self-esteem.

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

Adults,

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Our Orgnaization serves adults and children with 8 different programs. We served senior citizens with several of our programs. Many of those we serve are from low income families.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Asssitance League of Denver is an all volunteers organization with no paid management staff. All programs and functions are conducted by unpaid member and community volunteers.

Total amount of money spent on philanthropic programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Totals reflect the amont of funds spent each year on our eight philanthropic programs. Programs are financed by our thrift store, grants, contributions and annual fundraisers.

Number of pieces of medical equipment loaned to clients.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Aging, elderly, senior citizens,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Hospital Equipment Lending Program (HELP)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

The Hospital Lending Equipment Program loans medical equipment free of charge to people in need for as long as they may need the quipment. The purpose is to help those people remain in their homes.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

To be a recognized leader empowering volunteers to meet changing needs in our community. To continue to develop and expand our signature program, Operation School Bell as well as our Hospital Equipment Lending Program and Assult Survivors Kits Program. In continued hope of reaching the neediest and most disadvantage and vulnerable members of our community.

We believe that by becoming more visible in the community we will attract more sponsors to our events and increase our program awareness. We can increase our ability to fund our programs by obtaining more grant revenue, increasing Thrift Store profits and involving the community in our fundraising. Our Thrift Store is almost twice the size in our new location and as a result generating increased funds for our programs.

We have over 292 volunteers that are dedicated to our programs and the people they serve. Within our volunteer community we have a wide range of experience that lends itself to creating and maintaining our operations.

We realize that to be an efficient and worthy nonprofit organization we must continue to evaluate and reorganize our programs to responsibly meet the needs of the community we serve.

Our Operation School Bell program has received increased funding for the last 4 years. We are continually looking for new ways of reaching out to Title One schools that we have not worked with before to make sure that we are reaching as many disadvantaged children as possible. This year we are serving every student in each of the schools that participate in Operation School Bell Program. In the past we had only served a portion of the student from each school. For our 2019/2020 fiscal year we have adopted two schools as Assistance League Schools. One in Denver and one in Aurora. As a result we will be bringing additional services to these schools. Every student in the schools will participate in our Operation School Bell program as well as our Arts for Kids program. We are presently working with the schools to bring English language classes for the student's parents into the schools. We will work with the schools to provide volunteers as needed to help support the students and families in each school. Our HELP program is continuing to grow in our new location as more people find us. Our Thrift Store is increasing sales monthly as we attract more and more customers. We are also experiencing an increase in donations to the Thrift in our new location.

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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?

Not Applicable

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?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

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