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Bellevue LifeSpring

aka aka Overlake Service League   |   Bellevue, WA   |  http://www.bellevuelifespring.org

Mission

To foster stability and self-sufficiency for Bellevue's children and their families through programs that feed, clothe, and educate.

Ruling year info

1949

Executive Director

Jennifer Fischer

Main address

302 Bellevue Square

Bellevue, WA 98004 USA

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EIN

91-0658331

NTEE code info

Thrift Shops (P29)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Despite the belief about the affluence of Bellevue, there are families living in poverty here. There are families living in their cars, children wearing worn-out clothing and students unable to afford the educational opportunities they need to break the cycle of poverty. One in five students in the Bellevue School District are living in poverty. That's over 3,600 students. Of these, more than 200 are homeless. These numbers are shocking for any community, but especially for one with Bellevue's wealth of resources. Bellevue LifeSpring provides these children and their families with access to basic needs like food, clothing and shelter so they can focus on education and achieve self-sufficiency.

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?

Food

Breaktime-Mealtime™ provides meals to children on the free and reduced-price lunch program during school breaks.

School snacks provide healthy snacks to kids who don't get enough to eat at home.

Our pantry provides families in crisis with emergency food and basic needs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Clothes-4-Kids™ distributes gift cards so students can shop for new back-to-school clothing and shoes.

Thrift Culture in Bellevue Square sells gently-used clothing, accessories and housewares at affordable prices. Families in need receive vouchers to shop.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Grads-On-Track™ provides summer school scholarships for high school students to retrieve credit and stay on track for graduation with their peers.

Educational Grants awards college scholarships to Bellevue students that are renewable for four years

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Rent & Utilities: Financial assistance for eviction and utilities shutoff prevention.

Holiday Adopt-A-Family™: Families in need are matched with community sponsors to provide food and gifts for Christmas.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Awards

Outstanding Youth Service Organization 2005

Bellevue Youth Link Community Leadership Awards

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.

Bellevue LifeSpring's mission is to foster stability and self-sufficiency for Bellevue's children and their families through programs that feed, clothe and educate. Our vision for Bellevue is one where no child is hungry, every child has school clothing that makes them feel confident, each student has access to education and opportunities for success and all children live in a stable home.

Bellevue LifeSpring's holistic approach includes wraparound services that provide access to food, clothing, education and emergency assistance to provide children with a foundation for future success. Our programs fall under four main service areas: food, clothing, education and emergency assistance.
Food
• Breaktime-Mealtime™: Meals for children during winter, mid-winter, spring and summer school breaks.
Clothing
• Clothes-4-Kids™: Vouchers for students to purchase back-to-school clothing and shoes.
• Thrift Culture: Gift cards for those in need of clothing to shop at our thrift store in Bellevue Square.
Education
• Grads-On-Track™: Scholarships for high school students to recover credits through summer school or online course.
• Educational Grants: College scholarships that are renewable for four years.
Emergency Assistance
• Rent and Utilities Assistance: Eviction and utilities shutoff prevention.
• Food & Basic Needs Pantry: Emergency bags of food, toiletries and household items.
• Holiday Adopt-A-Family™: Food, clothing and gifts for Christmas.

Established as the Overlake Service League in 1911, Bellevue LifeSpring has been serving the community for over 100 years. Today, Bellevue LifeSpring has a strong working relationship with the Bellevue School District which allows us to address needs as they are observed in the classroom. Our partnership with the school district also helps us to reach families who might otherwise not know where to turn. In addition, we are able to utilize Bellevue School District resources to implement our programs and keep administrative costs low.
Bellevue LifeSpring is fortunate to have the support of over 300 dedicated members and volunteers who work tirelessly to provide assistance to families in need. They are also led by a professional, committed Board of Directors that reflects the diversity of families we serve.
Bellevue LifeSpring accepts no government funding, allowing us to serve families whose financial situation may have improved just enough to make them ineligible for other forms of assistance. These “gray area" families are just one crisis away from slipping back into poverty. Thanks to the generosity of individuals and corporations in our community, Bellevue LifeSpring is able to provide them with continued support as they achieve financial security.

Last year, Bellevue LifeSpring provided the following resources to children living in poverty:
- 120,000+ meals provided through the Breaktime-Mealtime™ program, ensuring children in poverty don't miss out on vital nutrition during school breaks.
- 512 children went back to school confident in new clothing purchased through Clothes-4-Kids™ and 73 families received Thrift Culture gift cards for work and school clothing.
- 344 summer course scholarships distributed through Grads-On-Track™ to 203 students at risk of dropping out of school and 26 college students received scholarships to make their dreams of higher education a reality.
- 34 evictions and 39 utility shutoffs were prevented for families in danger of living on the streets. 75 families received food and basic needs items from our pantry.
- 813 children and their families received Christmas gifts and food through Holiday Adopt-A-Family™.
There is still more work to be done. In the last year, we were also forced to turn away hundreds of children and their families due to lack of funding. While we provided over 100,000 meals during five weeks of the year, our ultimate goal is to provide meals during all 10 weeks when school or summer school is not in session so no child has to go hungry in Bellevue. We want to be able to serve all eligible children who have a need, providing the support they need to go from crisis to stability and ultimately, to self-sufficiency.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, 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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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?

    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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Bellevue LifeSpring

Board of directors
as of 10/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ken Russell

Marilyn Herzberg

no affiliation

Beth Halvorsen

CBRE

Kemper Freeman, Jr

Kemper Development Corp.

Lisa James

Right Mind Design

Debbie Oberbillig

Allen Partners, Inc.

Maggie Vergien

Thrift Shop Manager

Ken Russell

Access Accounting & Tax Service

Darrin Chestnut

Beth McCaw

Julie Cheng Bui

Sabrina Smith Delery

Keri Ellison

Tracy Wort

McCall Allen

Michelle Bomberger

Craig Chapman

Linh Ho

Art Jarvis

Ken Kilbreath

Leslie Koutroulis

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 ? Yes
  • 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 2/7/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/07/2022

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.