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Assistance League of Stockton, CA Inc.

Transforming Lives...Strengthening Community

aka ASSISTANCE LEAGUE THRIFT SHOP   |   Stockton, CA   |  http://www.AssistanceLeague.org/Stockton

Mission

Our mission is to transform lives of children and adults through programs which strengthen our community.

Notes from the nonprofit

We were awarded University of the Pacific's Phi Delta Kappa Award for Excellence in Education in 2016 for our Book Buddies work in volunteering with 2nd grade struggling readers.

Ruling year info

1972

President/CEO

Mrs. Juli Kramer

President-elect

Ms. Dona Mostafa

Main address

PO Box 7766

Stockton, CA 95267 USA

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EIN

94-3021326

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Thrift Shops (P29)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bringing new members into our chapter is a #1 need. We have almost 80 members, but we are stretched to the limit using them to work in the thrift shop (which during the pandemic has been open only 8 hours a week), participate in our vital committees, and join in one of our five philanthropic programs. New ideas abound, but we cannot develop new philanthropic programs until we generate new members.

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  provides new school clothing for children in need in the Stockton Unified, Lodi Unified, Lincoln Unified School Districts as well as children in the San Joaquin County Migrant Education Program.  Each K-5th grade child is referred to O.S.B.  by the school administration or counselors;  each child is given 2 shirts, a sweat shirt "hoodie", a warm jacket, 6 pairs underwear and socks, a grooming kit, a new pleasure book, a dental hygiene booklet and a $20 gift card for Payless Shoes.    The total cost per child is $75-$90, depending on the child's size.  Each child returns to school with what for most of them is their first ever set of their very own new clothes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Assistance League puppeteers use Kids on the Block puppets and scripts to present shows to 3rd graders on the following topics:  "Bullying", "Divorce and Separation", "School Safety" and "Cerebral  Palsy".  The third grade teachers choose 3 scripts for each presentation, with "Bullying" always being a first choice.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Book Buddies involves Assistance League volunteers directly with Stockton Unified School District's second graders.  Our volunteers go into 2nd grade classrooms at one of SUSD's elementary schools spending 30 minutes with each of twelve children three times a week to listen to struggling readers read their core-related readers, and work on phonics using district materials. Children who are having a difficult time learning to read benefit from this one-on-one time with a caring, non-judgmental adult. Learning to read opens a world for children, especially disadvantaged children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Approximately 288 age/gender appropriate backpacks are put together and are given to the San Joaquin Child Abuse Prevention Council. The CASA (Child Appointed Special Advocate) workers deliver the kits to children in Foster-care.
Another 40-60 kits are given to the Women's Center for distribution to adults, and children, who have been assaulted.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Re-Share takes donations that we cannot use in our thrift shop and donates them to other nonprofits for use with community outreach programs. Our overstocked clothing is taken from the shop and donated to agencies such as Migrant farm Workers, Women's Center, Good Samaritan Training Center, etc. The excess donations that we cannot use in our thrift shop are boxed and donated to agencies such as Salvation Army, Cerebral Palsy, St. Mary's Dining Hall, etc.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Social and economic status
Unemployed people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2017

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 showing improvement in test scores

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Book Buddies

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

12 low performing second gr. children are chosen for 30 minutes of one-on-one tutoring in basic reading skills. Test results show growth above that of their classmates who were not in Book Buddies.

Number of students who demonstrate improved overall literacy

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Book Buddies

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Second grade teachers identify 12 students who are having the greatest struggles in reading. Our member volunteers work with each of those 12 for 30 minutes each week throughout the school year.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our members work in our thrift shop (our primary fund raiser), our 4 philanthropic programs, and our supporting committees. The COVID 19 pandemic severely affected our ability to serve schoolchildren.

Number of care packages delivered

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

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Comfort Kits

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

288 children in foster care receive backpacks filled with age/gender appropriate educational, comfort, and hygiene items; 60 adult & child survivors of assault get bags of clothing & hygiene items.

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Grants, support from United Way, and generous individual giving help us in our mission to transform lives.

Estimated dollar value of clothing and household goods donations

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

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Re-Share

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of tutoring administered

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Book Buddies

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For 32 weeks, each of 12 low scoring 2nd grade students receive 30 minutes of one-on-one tutoring in basic phonic skills and reading out loud. The COVID 19 pandemic restricted our tutoring.

Number of children who receive new clothing

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Operation School Bell provides a full set of clothing for K-5th gr. children. They get 2 polo shirts, a sweat shirt, a jacket, pants, 8 pr. socks & undies, $15 shoe card, a grooming kit, & a book.

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.

Our primary goal is transform lives and strengthen the Stockton Community through philanthropic programs; we aim to meet needs not fully being provided for by other organizations.
For example, our Operation School Bell® is the only county-wide program which clothes schoolchildren-in-need with brand new clothing from underwear to shoes. Many organizations are involved in improving literacy. Our Book Buddies literacy program is the only one which uses district approved testing and teaching methods to tutor 2nd graders in phonics. No other organization attempts to teach tolerance and acceptance through puppets like our Kids on the Block program, and our Comfort Kits supply basic hygiene and comfort items to children who are in foster care, and also to adults or children who have survived serious assault. We re-share our donations with other nonprofits who can reach out to the homeless, migrant workers, and those recovering from addictions in ways we cannot.
Membership growth is of paramount importance in order to strengthen these programs and to develop other programs.

Our Board of Directors reviews the progress each philanthropic program made during the year to meet the strategic plan goals using our annual report card. Each year we re-state the goal of acquiring new members, but it is difficult largely due to 2 factors: (1) we are competing with over 55 other nonprofit organization in our community, which offer a wide choice for volunteerism, and (2) our budget is not large enough to finance a paid membership drive in the newspaper.

We mostly rely on word-of-mouth and publicity flyers in our shop. We are developing some new strategies for creating public awareness of and interest in joining our chapter, such as: a letter writing campaign; appeals to all the public school teachers who have had students benefit from our programs; annual tea parties for interested community members; and increasing our public speaking events.

We partner with other nonprofits that directly work with homeless, migrant workers, and those recovering from addictions in ways we cannot directly work with ourselves.

As an all volunteer organization, we are limited only by our members' energies and commitment for our goal of serving the community. We have 80 member-volunteers who have experience in the areas of finance, public service, fund raising, teaching, etc. The COVID pandemic has severely limited our programs, but we continue to work with supplying help through our Comfort Kits and Operation School Bell.

We have in the past 4-5 years, created a new level of quasi-membership: community volunteers. These are men and women who want to volunteer with us, but for a variety of reason choose not to become dues paying, committed members. They work in the thrift shop's back room sorting our donations and helping to fill our thrift shop. We have 10-12 of these wonderful workers, and hopefully some will become full members.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Assistance League of Stockton, CA Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/10/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Juli Kramer


Board co-chair

Ms. Beverlu Lewis-Clarke

Camilla Wolak

Juli Kramer

Dona Mostafa

Marilyn DOUD

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 ? 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 3/7/2021

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data