Human Services

Assistance League of Diablo Valley

Caring and Commitment in Action

Walnut Creek, CA

Mission

Assistance League of Diablo Valley is a nonprofit, member volunteer organization
dedicated to improving lives in our community through hands-on programs.

Ruling Year

1966

President

Ms. Lyn Smith

Main Address

2711 Buena Vista Avenue

Walnut Creek, CA 94597 USA

Keywords

literacy, scholarships, schoolchildren clothing, foster youth support, emergency food, Kids on the Block, senior services,

EIN

94-1730025

 Number

2614286407

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

To provide goods and services to underserved youth, families and seniors in Contra Costa County.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Operation School Bell-Clothing

Operation School Bell-The Kids on the Block

Operation School Bell-R.E.A.D.

Scholarships

Community Needs/Community Programs

Operation School Bell-Listen

Operation School Bell-Elementary Arts Discovery

Community Needs/Show on the Road

Community Needs/Telecare

Operation School Bell/Sunshine Boxes

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of children served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Operation School Bell-Listen

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

The Listen program is now in 5 schools with 114 students in one half hour sessions once a week.

Number of hours of coaching

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Operation School Bell-Listen

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Students enter the program at a 1st grade proficiency level. The volunteers use a variety of reading materials. Students progress to near or at a proficiency level of 3rd grade.

Number of training workshops

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Operation School Bell-Listen

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Operation School Bell-Listen

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Volunteers provide one on one tutoring for 2nd grade students who are not yet proficient in reading skills, fluency and comprehension necessary to be reading at grade level.

Number of care packages delivered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Community Needs/Community Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context notes

Baby Bags program provided 300 bags to mothers and infants at risk. Food Boxes assembled 180 food boxes. Some not delivered due to Covid-19.

Number of hygiene kits distributed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Community Needs/Community Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context notes

Assault Survivor Kits provided 180 kits to victims of assault. Receiving Center Backpacks assembled 130 teen and 95toddlers and 26 infants entering foster care. Programs diminished due to Covid-19.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

Community Needs/Community Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Senior Year Sponsorships awarded 22 high school senior foster youth a $450 stipend to help fund any high school senior “extra” item.

Number of children who receive new clothing

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Operation School Bell-Clothing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context notes

-provided school uniforms to 3589 students-provided new clothes/uniforms to 440 homeless students-provided funds for clothes shopping for 508 students.

Number of clients in residential care served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Related program

Community Needs/Show on the Road

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context notes

Show on the Road performs short musical plays for residents in local senior care facilities. Unable to finish performances due to the COVID-19.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Related program

Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

45 scholarships were awarded to high school seniors, community college transfers, foster youth and specially funded scholarships to students attending 4 year colleges.

Number of books distributed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Operation School Bell-R.E.A.D.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context notes

Delivered 352 books to elementary students in 44 second grade classrooms in 13 local schools. Unable to donate year end books due to Covid-19.

Number of program sites

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Operation School Bell-The Kids on the Block

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context notes

18 puppeteers presented 32 educational programs to 1817 school children. Puppets participated also in community parades.

Number of phone calls/inquiries

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Related program

Community Needs/Telecare

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Made over 4000 reassurance phone calls to homebound clients.

Number of children receiving educational art units.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Operation School Bell-Elementary Arts Discovery

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

157 students participated in art program in 6 classrooms, grade 2 and 5.

Number of food boxes donated to children.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Operation School Bell/Sunshine Boxes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Assembled and delivered 417 sunshine boxes with supplemental weekend food to elementary school children.

Percentage of income in grants and contributions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Grants and contributions equate to 34% of the organization's income.

Total dollars received in contributions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Total grants and contribution $251,075 received in 2019.

Percentage of income from thrift shop sales

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context notes

59% income from thrift shop sales.

Total thrift shop revenue

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context notes

Annual thrift shop revenue was $471,465

Number of new advocates recruited

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Chapter advisory counsel consists added 2 new community members for a total of 9 advisors.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Philanthropic programs aim to help in-need and at-risk families or individuals in Contra Costa County by providing goods and services that improve the quality of their lives, or relieve some of the hardships that they face. Educational programs aim to support educators and fill the void of available services to students struggling with reading and comprehension. Further sources of revenue would allow increases in the scope of programs.

• Adapt programs to meet the changing needs of the community • Measure and evaluate the outcomes of philanthropic programs • Maintain or increase percentage of return to the community annually • Increase public support • Increase Thrift Shop revenue and grant funding • Improve GuideStar Exchange rating to Platinum Participation Level • Strive for a more diverse membership around age, gender, ethnicity, skills and interests • Develop leadership mentoring and training • Identify all philanthropic programs as Assistance League of Diablo Valley

Internal Resources: Assistance League of Diablo Valley has 510 member-volunteers who contributed over 68,668 service hours in FYE 2018 valued at $1,713,267. Partners: Primary partners are school districts including Mt. Diablo, Walnut Creek, Martinez and Pittsburg Unified School Districts. ALDV partners with the Independent Living Skills Program, which works with emancipating foster youth, and other departments of Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services. Capacities: The chapter maintains both a public website and a members-only information website, which includes chapter documentation and online signups for programs. This reduces printing and administrative costs and increases efficiency. The addition of a new donor database on this website would enable us to more effectively and efficiently expand our funding base.

Assistance League of Diablo Valley uses the following indicators to gauge our progress: 1. Progress of the organization is regularly done through both program and chapter-wide evaluations by members. 2. Impact statements from clients and partner agencies and school districts are obtained. 3. Thorough records are maintained to show how programs have increased output, i.e. numbers of people served, and return to the community. Through the above means, the value of programs to the community is gauged and progress is measured in achieving goals.

Assistance League of Diablo Valley works within its strategic plan and budget to make the best possible use of its resources. For FYE 2018, some of our accomplishments are: • Over 6,000 elementary and middle school children were provided with new school clothing through Operation School Bell. • Read monthly and donated books values at $21,000 to second graders. • Provided 2,250 hours of reading support to reluctant readers. • Provided supplemental art activities to 180 school children. • 2,400 clients received necessary supplies through Community. Programs. • Awarded $185,150 in scholarships to 52 young adults. • Awarded $7,000 to 19 classroom teachers for enrichment programs. • Assisteens Auxiliary provided programs to support disadvantage children and home bound seniors. • There is always room for improvement. In some programs, additional needs have been identified that are unable to be met at this time due to financial constraints. In particular Operation School Bell-clothing, Weekend Food and Scholarships can always be expanded.

External Reviews

Awards

Seal of Excellence 2011

Independent Charities of America - Recognized

Lifetime Achievement Award 2011

Contra Costa Council

MDEA Academy Award 2014

Mount Diablo Education Association Award

Assembly Resolution 2016

California Legislature

Assembly 50th Year Resolution 2017

California Legislature

Assembly Certificate of Recognition Outstanding Volunteer Organization 2014

California Legislature

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition 2015

House of Representatives

Affiliations & Memberships

National Assistance League 1964

Financials

Assistance League of Diablo Valley

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?

Not Applicable