ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF AMADOR VALLEY

Transforming Lives and Strengthening Community

Pleasanton, CA   |  www.assistanceleague.org/amadorvalley/

Mission

Assistance League of Amador Valley is a non-profit organization dedicated to hands-on volunteerism, assisting those in need through unique service programs. Essential needs are met in our community and families flourish.

Ruling year info

1996

President

Victoria Gordillo

Main address

PO Box 11843

Pleasanton, CA 94588 USA

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EIN

93-1044802

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Under the guidance of National Assistance League, we have over 80 members who perform hands-on volunteerism in the Tri-Valley serving children, families, teens and seniors in the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin. We clothe over 400 children in need each year and distribute over 1200 books for students in need to take home to read through our Operation School Bell® program. We have many other programs where we make our community a better place to live. We strive to help the children grow to educated and productive residents in their communities.

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® is Assistance League’s signature program. The goal is to help children in need succeed in school by providing new school clothing, books to advance their reading skills, tutoring, screening eyes of pre schoolers, and support foster children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our members create a Birthday Bag that has all the essentials for a party for children celebrating a birthday while they are living at Tri-Valley Haven, a local shelter.
The Birthday Bag includes several age-appropriate gifts for the birthday child, a birthday card, party supplies such as hats and noisemakers for the other children who attend the party, and a gift card to Safeway for Haven staff to purchase a birthday cake.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Pleasanton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center provides both post-hospital rehab care and long term custodial care. Every month, you will find us organizing and leading social activities including:
Holiday parties, High Tea events (complete with fancy hats for women and men alike), Bingo and Roulette (which is a BIG hit!), One-on-One visits and many other activities. We provide magazines and help serve lunch at the Pleasanton Senior Center. Our Book Buddies program includes volunteer members and seniors paired up with second graders from local elementary school children for reading sessions.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Our volunteers shop and deliver needed food staples to our local food pantry managed by the Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry. The pantry serves families with food insecurity who are residents in Livermore, Pleasanton, and Dublin. With the COVID pandemic, our volunteers found it was needed to change our support from twice a month to twice a week grocery shopping. Our volunteers will also occasionally receive requests from the food pantry manager for specific grocery items desperately needed. This has continued through to present time early 2022.

Population(s) Served
Families

We support the Gathering Place in Pleasanton; which provides a visitation center for families with foster children where they can cook together, do homework, play games, read together and care of one another in a safe environment. We provide take-home reading books, puzzles, games, and activities for local foster children. We also provide college-level school supplies and hygiene items in a sturdy backpack for college-bound high school seniors aging our of the foster program. We are in the process of expanding our program and have reached out to local school districts.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

We provide vision screening in several of our local preschools for 3- 5 year olds. Our purpose is to detect amblyopia (lazy eye) early which can then be treated by their doctor. This disorder decreases vision in an eye that otherwise typically appears normal. Amblyopia can affect a child's ability to read and therefore, ability to learn.

Population(s) Served
Children

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 volunteers

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

Children, Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number volunteers for all programs

Total number of clients served by Operation School Bell programs

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

Adolescents, Children

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of people served by Food for Families program

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

Families, Age groups

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our mission statement is “Assistance League of Amador Valley is a nonprofit organization dedicated to hands on volunteerism, assisting those in need through unique service programs". In doing so, we feel it is important to include a focus on literacy.
The general needs of our community are two-fold: financial and social. Specifically we focus on education, nutrition, pre-school vision and the mental health of all age groups. Literacy is a core value for our chapter. All school age children are given books to take home and keep through the following programs: Clothing the Children, Foster Kids, Books of My Own, Book Buddies and Birthday Bags. A child owning a book encourages a sense of the importance of education and lays the groundwork for a lifetime of active learning.
We also strive to help reduce food insecurity in the Tri-Valley area with our long-time support of the Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry.

Our formal strategic plan document covers our accomplishment goals for the upcoming 20 years. It is revised yearly using a membership survey. We adjust the plan according to our member's recommendations and the feasibility of our goals to serve the community needs.

To finance these goals we rely mainly on our fundraising activities. To supplement this we also receive support through grants from local businesses, local agencies and other community service groups.

We are an all-volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of our community residents in need. We are considered a small chapter of Assistance League; however with large impact. In 2020, we provided support to over 55,000 residents (children, families, and seniors); that includes 10,000 plus households served by our Food for Families program. at the Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry. Our members constantly go above and beyond with their volunteering for many of our eight successful programs. Each program is lead by a chairman with a dedicated committee. We also encourage co-chairs to learn the program for a future chairman position.

Early in our development, we considered opening a thrift store to raise money for our programs, but our members felt that their volunteer hours should go directly to serving our community. Instead, our volunteers work directly with the residents in need. For example, with Operation School Bell: Clothing the Children, our volunteers shop with the students for school-appropriate clothing. With the COVID pandemic, we have proven our flexibility to serve our community by pivoting from shopping with the children. The first year, we provided noise-cancelling headsets with microphones to aid on-line learning. The second year, we obtains students sizes and purchased spirit wear sweatshirt and T-shirt as well as gift card to new shoes. Studies have shown that children who come to school inappropriately dressed are at a disadvantage and when appropriately dressed, they feel better about themselves. This can result in improved school attendance and classroom performance.
We have contacted the local foster children agencies and school district representatives to expand our support of foster children in the area. We recently provided study backpacks filled with college-appropriate school supplies and hygiene products to high school seniors aging out of the foster system and bound for college.
conduct fundraisers where the community is invited to participate in the event and learn about our programs as well as help us financially.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve the residents in need in the Tri-Valley area of Livermore, Dublin, & Pleasanton. We support education, literacy, foster programs, and food insecurity.

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

    Paper surveys, Oral feedback and letters received from recipients, parents, students, & school admin,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Increasing our support of the foster children. We began with providing college-bound high school seniors in the foster program with sturdy backpacks filled with college-level school supplies and hygiene products. Our committee chairs recently met with the Livermore District Student Director and his child welfare and admission team to discuss more support in the future. Planning continues.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our members,

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

    We have always had strong relationships with the people we support along with the organizations. There is always room for improvement. For example, with our Foster Kids program, now providing more focus on the college-bound foster children leaving the program. We also support a local food bank, Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry in Livermore, CA. Our members work with the food pantry manager to identify any grocery items of very low supply. In addition to our standard grocery items purchased and delivered to the panty, our volunteer shoppers will add the low-supply items to their list.

  • 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

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ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF AMADOR VALLEY

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Victoria Gordillo

Victoria Gordillo

Marsha Reid

Tricia Banahan

Barbra Campos

Chris Perlin

Jennifer Buck

Paulette Callahan

Denise Barr

Bobbie Kosnik

Alicia Beyer

Susan Ford

Michelle Massey

Roz Wright

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 1/25/2022

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Race & ethnicity

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Equity strategies

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.