Assistance League of East Valley Arizona

Transforming Lives * Strengthening Communities

Mission

Assistance League of East Valley is a local chapter of a national nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action through our community based philanthropic programs to positively impact East Valley children and adults in need.

Ruling year info

1990

President

Ms Rosemary Craft

President Elect

Mrs. Marsha Calhoun

Main address

2326 North Alma School Road

Chandler, AZ 85224 USA

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EIN

86-0659387

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

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

A portion of the students attending East Valley Schools are in need of decent clothing and shoes for school. Our mail goal follows; Many of these children, the clothes they receive for school from us are the only clothing items they own and are often shared with their siblings. We also give the children hygiene kits , many of the children are also sharing their tooth brushes and are in need of the basics of shampoo and tooth paste. The need is so great that we are able to help not even a third of the children that truly need any assistance we can give.

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

Provide new clothing to more than 9,831 children in need in the East Valley. Of this number, 902 received two tops, two pants, jacket, underwear, socks, hygiene items and shoes.

These children were from the Gilbert, Kyrene, Mesa, Tempe , Higley and Queen Creek School Districts.

The remainder of the children received uniform tops, pants, sweatshirts and shoes as budget allows. Uniform pieces were purchased for 22 schools in the Chandler, Mesa and Tempe School Districts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

New clothing, hygiene supplies and other items, such as blankets, diapers, snacks provided to area hospitals, fire and police departments and centers against family violence. The Assault Survivor Kits contain clothing for adults and children victims. We were able to help 5115 adults and children last year in the East Valley.Also provided as requested are hygiene kits, flip flops, snacks, drinks, backpacks, books, blankets and other items. These are distributed to 9 different facilities that include hospitals, fire departments and police departments in the East Valley.  Cleaning supplies were provided to Save the Family Foundation of Arizona for clients moving into independent housing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Socials are held monthly at an adult day care center in Tempe, Arizona . Participants include elderly and young adults with disabilities. Refreshments, entertainment and small gifts are given for the clients with birthdays that month. Last year's participants in this program were over 600.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Adults

Chapter helps sponsor Spelling Bees for Tempe Elementary School District, Chandler and Gilbert Public Schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Scholarships are given to graduating seniors attending East Valley Institute of Technology to an accredited institution of higher learning in Arizona and also to continuing second year Mesa Community College Students. Scholarships are provided per semester for up to four semesters.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2012

Chamber of Commerce 2014

Chamber of Commerce 2011

Chamber of Commerce 2013

Chamber of Commerce 2015

Chamber of Commerce 2016

Chamber of Commerce 2017

Chamber of Commerce 2018

Chamber of Commercee 2019

Chamber of Commerce 2020

Chamber of Commerce 2021

Chamber of Commerce 2022

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 press articles published

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

Average number of service recipients per month

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

Our recipients vary monthly, because we have dressings and distribution of school uniforms at the start of the school year that does continue to January. Also included now are Homeless Teens

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Scholarships

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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 of East Valley has four goals, clearly stated in our Strategic Plan. They are:

Goal 1: Operate philanthropic programs to meet identified community needs.

Goal 2: Seek and maintain a diverse, informed and committed membership to ensure the success of our mission.

Goal 3: Raise funds to support current philanthropic programs and chapter administration.

Goal 4: Build community awareness and establish a reputation of excellence.

• Continue to explore different ways to attract new members.
• Formalize a database of member's skills, knowledge and experiences. Access this information to facilitate filling leadership positions.
• Develop a Planned Giving Program.
• Continue to explore possible sponsors and prospective contributors who share the organization's vision.
• Continue to identify and pursue new grant opportunities.

* Maintain a strong, active and diverse membership. Continue to explore different ways to attract new members.The recruitment rate increases.

* Active participation of every member in programs and fundraising.

* Raise funds to support current philanthropic programs and chapter administration. Grow a comprehensive Chapter fundraising program. Implement the detailed action/business plan to increase revenue from the Thrift Shop, fundraisers and grants.

* Build community awareness and establish a reputation of excellence. Expand the use of technology in the advancement of the organization.

* Increase our involvement in local organizations, become more recognized in our community.

* Engage in an on-going strategic process.
* Transition to an updated Strategic Plan that reflects the new NAL guidelines and format.
* Ability to help additional children and adults in the East Valley.

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?

    In 2020-2021, we touched the lives of more than 15,200 men, women and children. We provide school clothing, uniforms, shoes, hygiene kits and other supplemental items to kindergarten through high school students within the Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Kyrene and Tempe School Districts. Provide homeless teen students with with food, clothing, cleaning supplies, toiletries, hygiene kits, gift cards, school supplies and academic support. Scholarships for graduates of East Valley Institute of Technology. Hospitals with new clothing and supplies for patents in need. Police and fire departments with similar needs.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Homeless Teens: • Met districts’ increased requests and needs within designated budget • Building relationships with district Federal Program leaders in both districts • Continued to improve upon internal team project processes Excel Spreadsheet • Tracked all items purchased throughout the year which is very helpful in managing resources. • Delivery Forms – Improved format to better track items delivered to each district Assault Survivor: • Continued to effectively serve our communities throughout Covid-19. • Met with client organizations to brainstorm h • Reorganized and relabeled storage area to improved inventory management and picking/packing. • Developed a few more efficient processes, including pink and blue labels for clothing kits and consolidated snack shopping to one person.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We better understand that what we thought they needed is not what they always wanted. With the changing of times, it is important for us to continue to touch basis often and adjust accordingly, if possible. We have developed closer relationships with the people we serve. Including those that shop at our thrift shop.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Assistance League of East Valley Arizona

Board of directors
as of 06/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs Rosemary Craft

No Affiliation

Term: 2022 - 2023


Board co-chair

Mrs. Marsha Calhoun

No Affiliation

Term: 2022 - 2023

Janifer Gorney

No Affiliation

Ibis Valles

No Affiliation

Barbara Friend

No Affliliation

Donna Thompson

No Affliliation

Kay Fisher

No Affliliation

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? 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 6/22/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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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: 06/22/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.