Assistance League of Reno-Sparks

Transforming Lives Strengthening Community

Mission

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

Notes from the nonprofit

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks is celebrating providing 43 years of service to Washoe County, which includes Reno and Sparks, NV.

Ruling year info

1977

President

Mrs. Sue Boon

Main address

PO BOX 7376

Reno, NV 89510 USA

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EIN

88-0139673

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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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?

Links to Learning

Links to Learning provides Washoe County School District teachers with monetary awards for classroom supplies and activities for which funding does not exist, especially during the recent budget cuts and shortfalls.  Over the years, many teachers have recognized the need for classroom projects which stimulate thought and expand existing curriculum; however, they have had to fund these projects themselves. Assistance League, working with The Education Alliance of Washoe County, Inc., asks teachers to submit their ideas and projects to the Links to Learning committee. The committee members  then determine which projects to fund  for that school year.  Many teachers who apply for funding teach in "at-risk”schools where classrooms are most in need of learning innovations. Examples of projects include physical education equipment, field trips, audio tapes, math games, CD players, protractors, a color printer, bilingual materials,a kindergarten activity rug, art supplies, guest speakers, a science weather station, and books on many subjects.

Population(s) Served

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks started Students in Transition in 2010 as a program to assist homeless high school students to stay in school.

Population(s) Served

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks established Read to ME in 2012 as a reading literacy program for preschool children.

Population(s) Served

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks established We Care in 1996 as a way to provide support to children brought to Kids Kottage, a transitional home setting.

Population(s) Served

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks established Veterans Outreach in 2008 as a way to provide support to veterans and their families.

Population(s) Served

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks established Senior Sampler in 1978 as a way to provide a consignment shop for seniors to sell their crafts.

Population(s) Served

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks established Re-Share in 2008 to donate to other nonprofit organizations in the Reno-Sparks community the unusable donations to Assistance League Thrift Shop.

Population(s) Served

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks established the Essentials program in 1986 to provide hygiene kits to seniors and children.

Population(s) Served

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks established Assault Survivor Kits in 1995 as a way to provide clothes and personal items for those who have been sexually assaulted in our community.

Population(s) Served

The problem addressed by this program was identified in the early 1980’s by the Washoe County School District, the community, and Assistance League. Elementary school children living at or near poverty level were attending school in clothing that was ill-fitting, torn, not appropriate for the cold weather, and obviously not like that worn by their peers. These children felt "different” and often were withdrawn and had difficulty learning basic skills essential to success in school. Since 1984, Assistance League, through its Operation School Bell program has provided new and appropriate school clothing to 66,000 low income, at-risk students identified by Washoe County School District. Clothing is purchased by Assistance League and distributed through shopping events held at local stores where the students,accompanied by parents or responsible adults, shop for their clothing early in the school year. Feedback from this program indicates that with appropriate clothing these at-risk students have more confidence in their appearance, increasing their self-esteem, and encouraging them to attend and stay in school. It has also been noted that new clothing cuts down in the trend in "gang dressing" among the children approaching the teen years.

Population(s) Served

We provide food and other essential items to qualified seniors in the community.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Assistance League 1977

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 programs documented

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

Number of participants engaged in programs

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 program dressed elementary and middle school children in 84 schools in Washoe County, Nevada. Students were provided uniform shirts and sweatshirts at additional schools.

Number of children who have emerging literacy skills such as beginning letter recognition and phonological awareness, story comprehension, and use of writing materials.

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

Read to ME

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Assistance League's Read to ME program works with 2,3,4 and 5 year olds on emerging literacy skills.

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

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

Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Assistance League's Senior Food Pantry program provides essential food each month to qualified seniors (age 60+) in the Reno-Sparks community.

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.

Goal #1 - Philanthropic Programs - Have outcome based data for each program.
Goal #2 - Membership - Work toward creating an informed enthusiastic, cohesive and committed membership throughout the chapter and its auxiliary.
Goal #3 - Fund Development - Increase public perception, resulting in increased public support.

February 2016
Assistance League of Reno-Sparks adopted the following goals:

Goal #1 Philanthropic Programs
A. Ensure any new program receives full investigation, Board recommendation and membership approval.
B. Develop profile of each current program: individuals served, total $ cost, member and nonmember hours and physical space.
C. Redevelop profile of each current program when expansion/contraction is proposed.
D. Adjust programs to better fit organization, member and resource developmental goals.


Goal #2 - Membership and Organization
A. Continue all-volunteer.
B. Maintain growing, working and satisfied membership.
C. Rigorous rigorous orientation for new members.
D. Develop infrastructure consistent with fundraising and program needs, as supported by members.
E. Provide office/technical support needed by members.


Goal #3 - Fund Development
A. Improve the public perception of chapter.
B. Emphasize Assistance League of Reno-Sparks' brand recognition through marketing program.
C. Continue to expand and improve Thrift Shop.
C. Continue to expand and explore sources for grants.
D. Develop new fundraising events that are supported by the Board and membership.

Internal Resources
Assistance League of Reno-Sparks has 337 member-volunteers who contributed over 50,000 service hours in FYE 2017. Assistance League orients new members on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Assistance League enjoys a well rounded membership with professional and technical skills since many are retired from long careers from a variety of industries.

External Strengths
Assistance League has many partnerships within the Reno-Sparks community. Their primary partner is Washoe County School District, who provides support for Operation School Bell, Links to Learning, Students in Transition and Kids on the Block. Assistance League works closely with the Washoe County Senior Center in food distribution to seniors on a monthly basis. Assistance League has garnered a reputation for consistent quality programs that provide assistance to thousands of people annually. The programs are focused on the most disadvantaged in the community.

Connections
Over the last three years, a strong marketing and public relations effort has contributed to the public perception of Assistance League through several television news stores, a commercial and making new contacts with media.

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks has 12 philanthropic programs.We measure the output of each program on an annual basis and incorporate the information into our annual report which is publicized on our website at www.renosparks.assistanceleague.org.

For FYE 2017,
Provided 2,966 children with new clothing and grooming kits
Provided 60 Assault Survivor Kits
Provided approximately 10,000 food bags to seniors annually
Provided 298 teachers awards of up to $300 for use in their
classroom
Provided excess goods from the Thrift Shop to 10 nonprofits in
the community
Provided money from consignment sales to 306 senior crafters
Provided puppet programs on Bullying and Learning Disabilities
to over 2,300 schoolchildren
Provided clothing and other support to over 200 children in
transitional housing
Provided funds to support veterans with specific, essential items
Provided school supplies, grooming kits and clothes for more than 468 homeless high
school students
Provided 1:1 reading 3 times a week to more than 120 preschoolers
Provided 3,000 grooming kits to children and 1,000 to seniors

Financials

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Operations

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

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Assistance League of Reno-Sparks

Board of directors
as of 2/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sue Boon

No Affiliation

Term: 2019 - 2020

Susan Boon

No Affiliation

Carol Harriman

No Affiliation

Cathy McCune

No Affiliation

Sue Mullen

No Affiliation

Pat Precissi

No Affiliation

Sharon Whinery

No Affiliation

Brenda Newsom

No Affiliation

Sue Martin

No Affiliation

Alice Calvert

No Affiliation

Ellen Fockler

No Affiliation

Karen Cotten

No Affiliation

Mimi Case-Liebhold

No affiliation

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 ? 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? No