Human Services

Assistance League of Seattle

Transforming Lives | Strengthening Community

Mission

Assistance League of Seattle (AL Seattle) operates on the vision that when essential needs are met in our community, families flourish. Assistance League of Seattle volunteers transform the lives of children and adults through community programs: Operation School Bell, Enrichment Scholarship Program, Financial Aid for Education, and Assisteens of Seattle. We focus our programs to serve children, youth, and students in Seattle who qualify for free/reduced lunch, live in homeless shelters or transitional housing facilities, considered at risk, or face economic hardship.

Ruling year info

1964

Board President

Ms. Theresa Roberts

Main address

1415 N 45th St

Seattle, WA 98103 USA

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EIN

91-6055119

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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

Thrift Shops (P29)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

No child chooses to grow up in poverty. The struggle for at-risk students and their families in Seattle to meet basic needs – clothing, shelter, food – creates obstacles for their academic success. Founded in 1962, Assistance League of Seattle (AL Seattle) operates on the vision that when essential needs are met in our community, families flourish. Assistance League of Seattle volunteers transform the lives of children and adults in Seattle through four community programs.

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

Operation School Bell (OSB) provides brand-new clothing to students in need who are enrolled in grades K – 8 in Seattle Public Schools, live in homeless shelters or transitional housing, or otherwise considered at risk. Students are connected to Assistance League by Family Support Workers at Seattle Public Schools, as well as social workers at other human service non-profit organizations in Seattle. Since 1989, we have clothed 32,500+ economically disadvantaged and at-risk elementary school students in Seattle. OSB makes it possible for students to focus on school, not their need for adequate clothing.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
K-12 (5-19 years)

Enrichment Scholarship Program (ESP) provides financial resources to students enrolled in grades 6 – 11 in Seattle Public Schools to participate in summer enrichment learning experiences. Students apply for up to $500 in funding to participate in classes for music, art, mathematics, language, leadership, journalism, culinary, computer science, and similar fields. Since 2008, ESP has opened doors for students to pursue summer educational opportunities so they can learn beyond their regular school curriculum. We partner with several local organizations, such as the YMCA and Cornish College of the Arts, to share costs so we can expand our reach and impact. In April 2019, we awarded scholarships to 55 students to achieve their summer enrichment dreams.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Students

Financial Aid For Education (FAFE) provides full-tuition scholarships and books to students enrolled in community college and vocational / technical schools in King County who are not eligible for other forms of financial support, such as Pell grants, state grants, etc. Most of our FAFE students are nontraditional students who are pursuing their education in their late 20s, 30s, 40s, and even 50s. Because One of our policies is that they must qualify for instate tuition rates and enroll in a program located in King County, this program which is an investment in the future workforce in the greater Puget Sound region. Since 1967, we have helped more than 500+ students turn their academic dreams into reality through the FAFE program. We currently support 9 students.

Population(s) Served
Students
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Assisteens of Seattle is an auxiliary of Assistance League of Seattle, which provides hands-on volunteer and leadership opportunities for teens to develop a sense of community responsibility, self-reliance, volunteerism, and leadership. In 2020, Assisteens of Seattle has 95 members. Their philanthropic focus is meeting the needs of teens facing economic hardship, as advised by Seattle Public Schools’ McKinney-Vento Homeless Program and Solid Ground. This includes monthly drives for specific items, including board games, swim goggles, laundry soap, African-American hair products, Valentine’s Day goodie bags, to name a few.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)

Where we work

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 clients served

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

Children and youth (0-19 years),Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

AL Seattle's success is determined by the total number of individuals served through our four programs: Operation School Bell, Enrichment Scholarship Program, Financial Aid for Education, Assisteens.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

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

Adolescents (13-19 years),At-risk youth,Students

Related Program

Enrichment Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Students participating in summer camp experiences of their choice with a grant from the Enrichment Scholarship Program.

Number of children clothed through Operation School Bell

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

Children and youth (0-19 years),At-risk youth,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children in grades K-8 clothed through Operation School Bell through Family Support Workers, transitional housing, and shelters.

Number of students enrolled

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

Adults,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,Students

Related Program

Financial Aid for Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of students supported through the Financial Aid for Education program. Does not include number of graduates.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Assistance League of Seattle operates on the vision that when essential needs are met in our community, families flourish. Assistance League of Seattle volunteers transform the lives of children and adults in Seattle through community programs.<br/><br/>We embrace the following core values in our work in the community:<br/> * Commitment<br/> * Service<br/> * Learning<br/> * Integrity<br/> * Empowerment<br/><br/>Our motto: Empowering students by removing barriers to education.<br/><br/>We support students in Seattle who are most in need by providing basic essentials (clothing, shoes and backpacks), funding to pursue enriching summer education opportunities, and supporting dreams of higher education with full tuition and books at community colleges and technical schools.<br/><br/>These are Assistance League of Seattle's 2017 – 2020 strategic goals:<br/><br/>INCREASE COMMUNITY VISIBILITY THROUGH MARKETING AND PR<br/>* Recruit marketing/PR Chair and Committee.<br/>* Achieve one high profile local media story per year.<br/><br/>ADVISORY COUNCIL<br/>* Recruit group of professionals that can provide council and guidance to<br/>increase the awareness of Assistance League of Seattle.<br/>* Take advantage of expertise that can guide the chapter moving forward.<br/><br/>OPERATION SCHOOL BELL MODEL<br/>* Maximize efficiency of clothing kids through OSB.<br/><br/>THRIFT SHOP IMPROVEMENTS<br/>* Increase building safety and maximize profit potential for both in store and<br/>online sales.

In developing the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan, AL Seattle Board of Directors identified several strategies to accomplish goals:<br/><br/>MARKETING<br/>* Recruit Committee members with interest in marketing and PR.<br/>* Develop Marketing Plan.<br/>* Take advantage of member contacts in the community, e.g. Evening<br/>Magazine, KIRO Radio, KING 5<br/>* Develop Community Partnerships with groups that can help us increase<br/>visibility, e.g. Sports Teams, Mary's place, local businesses with HQ in Seattle.<br/>* Review Marketing materials (what are they doing, is it effective and what are others doing)?<br/><br/>ADVISORY COUNCIL<br/>* Define who we need on the council based on the goals of the chapter.<br/>* Recruit members including Lawyer, Media person, Contractor or Architect, Finance, etc.<br/>* Establish meeting times and board member involvement.<br/>* Create expectations of Council .<br/><br/>OPERATION SCHOOL BELL<br/>* Explore Box Store Model for clothing kids, including JC Penney and Target.<br/>Review Eastside model for OSB.<br/>* Explore partnerships with outside groups, e.g. Boys and Girls Club.<br/>* Explore other storage options, e.g. warehouse for Ambassador program<br/>clothing should we continue this program.<br/>* Develop plan for implementation and timeline of new or current model.<br/><br/>THRIFT STORE<br/>* Create Thrift Shop improvement steering committee.<br/>* Survey membership on connections to services, architects, etc.<br/>* Instigate Good Faith survey for Asbestos and Lead Paint.<br/>* Interview and Hire architect/contractor/project manager.

Assistance League of Seattle is an all-volunteer organization with no paid permanent staff, and governed by an active board of directors. We rely solely on the power of members and community volunteers to run our operations, programs, and the AL Seattle Thrift Shop, which generates our largest source of funds to support our programs and operations. In FY2019, 88% of all donations went directly to serving Seattle's students in need through our three programs. In addition, our 136 members and volunteers contributed 25,467 volunteer hours in our 2018-2019 fiscal year, valued at $807,813 by IndependentSector.org. Assistance League of Seattle's philanthropic work is made possible through our community partnerships. To connect with students who could benefit from AL Seattle programs, we collaborate with Seattle Public Schools' teachers, counselors, Family Support Workers, and social workers. In 2015 and 2016, we expanded our partnerships with other human services nonprofits, such as homeless shelters and transitional housing providers, in Seattle. To accomplish our 2017-2020 goals, the AL Seattle Board of Directors assembled committees, and progress on these goals is reported at monthly Board meetings.

The number of students served through our four programs determines Assistance League of Seattle's success and effectiveness. Program chairpersons monitor the number of students served each week compared to the annual goals, and report it in email bulletin Wednesday Weekly, sent to all members and volunteers. Feedback from members, volunteers, community partners, and students is shared at monthly Board meetings and bimonthly general membership meetings. This allows AL Seattle to make improvements based on feedback. In addition, AL Seattle is required to submit a detailed report to the national organization Assistance League of all agency activities and a financial audit on an annual basis. This report is then reviewed by a committee appointed by the national organization, and recommendations for changes and improvements are forwarded to our Board of Directors.

In FY19 (ended 5/31/19), Assistance League of Seattle: • Clothed 3,079 students through Operation School Bell • Awarded 56 summer camp scholarships in April 2019 • Provided full tuition support and books for 29 community college / technical school students (with 20 graduates!) through Financial Aid for Education • Had 96 students join Assisteens of Seattle, which provides leadership and volunteer opportunities to students in grades 7-12 in Seattle. • Contributed 25,467 volunteer hours

Financials

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Operations

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

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Assistance League of Seattle

Board of directors
as of 3/31/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Theresa Roberts

Connie Hodgson

Julie Bouffleur

Susan Tento

Elaine Say

Katherine Faubion

Ev Hays

Mary Anne Martin

Lynne Kalina

Teri LeClair

Nancy McManamin

Cindy Flannigan

Laurie Leland

Kim Kommers

Julia Marconi

Nancy Hanson

JoAnn Copperud

Sara Lewis

Quyen Hamilton

Katelin Ankrom

Tammy Troust

Connie Hodgson

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 ? 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

Keywords

homeless, education, women, children, volunteer, clothing, philanthropic, Operation School Bell, thrift store, charity, youth, empower