Assistance League of Southern Utah

Transforming Lives - Strengthening Communities

St George, UT   |  www.alofsu.org

Mission

Assistance League of Southern Utah is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children in our community.   Kids + Clothes + Books = Smiles and a brighter future!

Notes from the nonprofit

Currently we provide clothing and shoes to students Kindergarten though 9th grade. These clothes are school clothes desperately needed by the children. We also provide books for classrooms and students.

Ruling year info

2015

President

Gail Neumann

Main address

P.O. #910728

St George, UT 84791 USA

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EIN

90-0351648

NTEE code info

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

There are many children in Southern Utah who are living at or below the poverty level - these families need help providing the children's basic needs. Our hope is that, with the help we give in providing new school clothing, school supplies and books, relieves some of the external pressures from the families.

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

Studies show that children who come to school appropriately dressed can improve school attendance and classroom performance.  The program serves schools in Southern Utah.  In 2008-2009 750 children were provided with new school clothing; in 2018-2019 over 1200 children were clothed and supplied books and supplies.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Provides a flexible, rapid-response strategy to specific community needs that do not fit within other existing programs and that can be addressed on a one-time only or short term basis.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Adopt-a-School promotes academic achievement and personal growth for students by focusing on literacy and enhancing educational opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Assistance League 2008

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 exhibiting increased confidence

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Providing new school clothing to impoverished children helps their self confidence when among their peers.

Number of students exhibiting a greater level of engagement with peers or school activities

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Children participate in the classroom and other school activities.

Number of students exhibiting a positive change in classroom behavior

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Students now come to class prepared to learn.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

There are over 5000 school age children living under the poverty level in Washington County, Utah. These children tend to have poor attendance and do not participate when in school. When these students receive new clothes and shoes, they fit in with their peers and feel more confident and prepared to learn. They are more likely to stay in school and break the cycle of poverty in their own families. Many teachers and school administrators tell us that when the students feel better about themselves their attendance improves as well as their grades. Our goal is to help these children and their families break the cycle of poverty in their families.

Community partnerships and involvement

Establish working relationship with Washington County School District and other support organizations. Children are referred to the program by school counselors, clergy or other support groups.

Create partnerships with local retailers. The program requires effective, long-term partnerships with local retailers to purchase merchandise and expand the ability to offer a full selection of sizes and styles to every student.

Increase membership participation.

Define meaningful opportunities to serve. The program is led by the VP Philanthropic Programs and Operation School Bell Coordinators. Our volunteer members have an opportunity to serve at various levels.

Effective fundraising activities to support programs of the organization through grants, contributions, and individual and corporate donors.

In March 2008, Assistance League of Southern Utah was established to meet the growing needs of financially disadvantaged children in Washington County. We obtained our 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization status in 2015. Our all-volunteer membership totals about 100 with over 10,500 volunteer hours reported annually. Our members are dedicated to enhancing the well-being of children in need, giving back and sharing their talents and skills.

The organization has developed strong relationships with the Washington County School District, local charter schools and Walmart Stores. We have a strong relationship with Allstate Foundation and the Dixie Foundation. Eccles Foundation provides a grant to us each year. Many Utah foundations and businesses support us also. We are members of the Utah Nonprofit Association and St. George Chamber of Commerce increasing our sphere of influence as we strive to accomplish our goals.

We have continued success with effective programs, fundraising efforts and membership involvement. The organization continues to grow and reach financial goals. Since 2008, Operation School Bell has provided new clothes and shoes to more than 9,000 children. In addition we promote academic achievement and personal growth for students by focusing on literacy. Volunteers read to over 1,000 students in 2019.

Fundraising activities were supported not only monetarily, but by in-kind donations by community organizations and businesses, saving thousands of dollars that were in turn used to help the kids. Matching funds by generous donors at fundraisers indicate support of the programs and organization.

Financially, the organization has met all the goals and requirements for a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and consistently returns more than 85% to the community. Our largest operating expenses are CPA review and IRS filings and insurance.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

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

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

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

  • 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 Southern Utah

Board of directors
as of 8/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kay Miner

No Affiliation

Term: 2020 - 2022

Sue Gilliam

No Affiliation

Jo Lewandowski

No Affiliation

Raye Ann Bennett

No Affiliation

Jackie Ortelli

No Affiliation

Kay Miner

No Affiliation

Andrea Augenstein

No Affiliation

Sheila Bergeron

No Affiliation

Charles Neumann

No Affiliation

Barbara Pfeffer

No Affiliation

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/03/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability