Human Services

Assistance League of Sacramento

Transforming Lives Strengthening Community

Mission

Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.

Notes from the nonprofit

All volunteer organization with no paid employees. We are a charitable Community Based Organization.

Ruling year info

1967

President

Mrs. Mary McPherson

Main address

P.O. Box 60874

Sacramento, CA 95860 USA

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EIN

94-6173406

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Thrift Shops (P29)

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Programs and results

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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?

Bears for Traumatized Children

Annually provides approximately 3,000 - 4,000 bears to comfort traumatized children and traumatized adults in hospitals, senior care facilities, emergency services, fire, and police facilities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Adults
Budget
$16,137

Operation School Bell is our signature program. It provides school clothing, uniforms, shoes, backpacks, underwear and hygiene kits to 3,000 - 5,000 elementary school children in 40 schools. In addition to providing one of life's basic needs, the new clothing builds confidence and promotes regular school attendance and academic success. This program also includes a Literacy segment, which fosters pleasure reading for students who have little or no access to books and helps to increase family literacy. Book Buddies, a component of Literacy, allows students to read to volunteers in the classroom.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$135,491

Members encourage seniors in retirement homes or senior organizations to use their special skills to knit, crochet and sew for those in need in the local area. Annually, our chapter supplies over 70 community volunteers with the materials to produce scarves, blankets and hats for over 2,200 children and teens.

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
Budget
$4,369

Upon completion of a job training program, annually over 100 homeless women and foster youth are clothed in job interview and work place appropriate clothing to assist in their quest for employment and a new start in life. We recently expanded this program to include men . Agreements are with Women's Empowerment and IFoster.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Budget
$11,900

The Scholarship program has been established to aid continuing community college students who have life circumstances that are more difficult than most students encounter. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 units, be a CA resident and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better. Scholarships for foster youth were recently added.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Budget
$45,985

History in a Trunk is a cultural enrichment program that takes California history to the classroom. Annually, more than 1,700 fourth grade students view a trunk full of items used in the late 19th century. Last year, over 1,100 students submitted essays to the California Heritage Essay Contest.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$1,658

Puppeteers perform educational puppet shows for over 1,000 school children each year. The scripts focus on bullying and safety. The objective is to let children know that they are not alone and it is okay to talk to a trusted adult.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Budget
$596

Eyes Right is a vision screening program designed to detect possible eye problems, including amblyopia (lazy eye) and other vision conditions. Of the 1,400 or more pre-school children that we screen each year, we recommend that approximately 100-175 children be examined by a vision-care professional. Many are prescribed glasses, have eye surgery or treatment for amblyopia.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Budget
$902

Provides foster youth, sexual abuse victims and sex trafficked victims with clothing, hygiene products, and household goods to help them move forward in life.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$51,115

Provide goods and services to individuals referred by community agencies, court system, school district or other similar entities

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$57,276

Where we work

Awards

Best Thrift Shop - "Best Proof Second Times a Charm" 2009

Sacramento Magazine

Volunteer Spirit Award - for individual members of the chapter 2009

Volunteer Center of Sacramento & Directors of Volunteers in Agencies

Partners in Educational Excellence 2010

Association of California School Administrators - Region 3

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 children who receive new clothing

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

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The children served are low-income, economically disadvantaged and qualify for the free or reduced lunch program.

Number of programs documented

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

K-12 (5-19 years),At-risk youth,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

K-12 (5-19 years),Adults,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric represents the 11 philanthropic programs that we operate. We serve a wide age range from newborn to senior citizens.

Number of sex trafficked victims that completed court mandated diversion program

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

Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Fresh Start

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric represents the number of sex trafficked victims in our program that completed a County Court mandated diversion program to clear their criminal record.

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?

1. To create, promote, and implement philanthropic programs that are needed in the Greater Sacramento area. 2. To increase and have a diversified membership, which is inclusive of all age, gender and ethnic groups. 3. To serve more individuals in need. 4. To have more community awareness and support. 5. To ensure and increase the financial strength of the chapter.

Provide program-related member training and adequate staffing for philanthropic programs. Cultivate an environment where members are appreciated and nurtured. Develop programs and committees that attract age diversity in membership. Become a brand in the community that is recognized for philanthropy. Use technology tools to increase member satisfaction, public awareness, and funding. Expand our fundraising capability to ensure stability and growth of philanthropic programs. Continue to expand plans for financial windfalls. Maintain contingency plans for catastrophe and crisis management.

Assistance League of Sacramento is a group of volunteers who have a range of work-related experience from the fields of education, medicine, legal, finance, banking, community relations, marketing, IT, and professional volunteerism. These members share a common vision to serve children, adults, and seniors in need. From August to March, we provide children with new school clothing, shoes, new pleasure reading books, backpacks, and hygiene kits. Twelve months a year, we provide cuddly teddy bears to fire, police, emergency rooms for children and adults in trauma situations, victims of sex traffic and sexual abuse. Six months a year we screen preschool children for amblyopia. January through May we teach California Governor's Mansion history and host the California Heritage Essay Contest to 4th grade classes. All through the school year, we are puppeteers performing scripts on bullying and safety to K-3. All through the year, we provide interview clothing to women, men, and foster youth who are entering the workplace. Each spring, we offer community college scholarships to those with life circumstances more difficult than most. Annually we provide materials to senior living residents who create items that are donated to other nonprofits serving infants and teens. Annually we provide hygiene products and clothing to sex traffic victims, homeless women and children, and sexual abuse victims. We provide apartment starter kits for homeless individuals and foster youth who are living independently. Annually we meet emergency one time needs to individuals referred by community agencies, court systems, school districts or other similar entities.

The oversight and guidance that National Assistance League provides to each of the 120 chapters provides comparison ratings. Schools, hospitals, college students, and other nonprofit organizations increase their requests for our services each year. Our membership continues to increase. We are an all-volunteer organization and rely on donations, grants, community fundraisers, and income from our resale shop to support our philanthropic programs. We have a website and Facebook Page where members and the public can view our financial position and our accomplishments. We produce a community newsletter, which is emailed to our supporters.

In fiscal year 2017-2018, Assistance League of Sacramento clothed 4,000 children; provided 4,125 pleasure reading books to classrooms; distributed 4,025 Bears; created 3,705 handmade items for children and teens; outfitted 107 individuals entering the workforce; made History in a Trunk presentations to 1623 4th grade children and reviewed 1,194 essays; screened 978 children for amblyopia; performed puppet shows for 510 elementary students; and awarded 45 community college scholarships, served 6,260 homeless, sexually assaulted, sex traffic victim and foster youth transitioning to independent living. Our members and community volunteers donated over 61,113 volunteer hours this fiscal year to maintain our programming and staffing.

Financials

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

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Assistance League of Sacramento

Board of directors
as of 7/29/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Mary McPherson

No affiliation

Term: 2020 - 2021

Debbie Leibrock

No affiliation

Ellie VanAcker

No affiliation

Mary McPherson

No affiliation

Liz Stenstrom

No affiliation

Carol Wacker

No affiliation

Anne Smith

No affiliation

Charlotte Stott

No affiliation

Candace Bonney

President, Bonney Plumbing, Heating, Air & Rooter Services

Stephan Hecox, CPA

Hecox & Company, CPA's

Diane Kindermann, Esq.

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP

Tracy Potts, Esq.

Principal, Legacy Law Group

Christeen Reeg

Senior Financial Advisor, Pacific Investment Consultants

Gregory Thomas

Senior VP, Cornish & Carey Commercial Real Estate

Jennifer Kaye

Business Owner

Malcolm Hotchkiss

EVP/Chief Operating Officer

Betty Beyer

VP Resource Development

Ann Billington

Resale Shop General Manager

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

Keywords

children, seniors, literacy, homeless women, school clothes, education, social issues, preschoolers, vision screening, sex traffic, homeless, foster youth