Assistance League of Pomona Valley

Transforming Lives - Strengthening Community

Pomona, CA   |  www.alpv.org

Mission

Assistance League of Pomona Valley is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of children and families in our communities.

Ruling year info

1947

President

Denise Delgado

Main address

655 N Palomares St

Pomona, CA 91767 USA

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EIN

95-1896906

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Dental Center

Since 1987, the Assistance League of Pomona Valley Dental Center has provided full-service dentistry to elementary school-aged children. Referral for care is from school nurses and health aides. Families must meet the federal income guidelines used for the Free Lunch Program and have no insurance that provides dental treatment. Clients are identified through routine screenings or by complaint of pain.

Contracts with local school districts allow screenings on school campuses by our professional staff. Students in third grade are mass-screened by district personnel per state recommendations. Children often have decay without pain, or the pain is simply tolerated as a fact of life. Children who complain of dental pain to teachers or health services staff are seen same day if the Dental Center is open. If not, an appointment is made as soon as possible. Emergency care for the tooth in question is provided at first appointment along with a set of full X-rays. A treatment plan designed for each child includes fillings and/or crowns in all four quadrants as necessary. Spacers, root canals, cleanings and routine follow-up care are performed as needed.

Professional paid, part-time staff consists of a dentist, a dental hygienist and an office manager. They are bilingual in English and Spanish. The Center has a Business License from the City of Pomona and meets all OSHA and other federal, state and local laws and codes. Each day of operation provides care for six to eight (6-8) clients depending on the treatments needed. The cost is under $250 per day. A small sliding scale cost is asked of the family but waived in most cases.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

Operation School Bell is the signature Philanthropic Program of National Assistance League®. This program provides new school clothing and hygiene supplies to students in grades kindergarten through sixth. The Pomona Valley Chapter has operated this program since 1998. Children are referred to the program by school staff and district Family Outreach Workers. Each child is accompanied by a volunteer and has a true shopping experience at the Chapter House. Racks and shelves are stocked with school clothing in all sizes and many colors. Through the years the amount of clothing provided has increased for each child. A child selects tops, underwear, socks, hooded sweatshirt, and leggings for girls and sweat pants for boys. Depending on budgetary allowances, pants, shoes and jackets are included. A major goal is to ensure each child does receive pants or jeans and jackets.

During the school year, there are five scheduled distributions serving 180 – 220 children on each day. Students are pre-approved based on family income levels. Additionally, children receiving treatment at the Dental Center are given the opportunity to “shop” after their initial appointment. During the scheduled distribution each family receives a hygiene pack that contains a supply of products from toothbrushes and paste to laundry detergent. Every child also selects a new book and a teddy bear. Bundles of clothing are also provided to the school district's Family Resource Center and the local Tri-City Mental Health Facility.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Assault Survivor Kits program provides toiletries, new basic clothing and other necessary items to children, teens and adults who are victims of assault.

In 1992, Project Sister, another community organization, requested help with the people they serve. Their organization provides physical and emotional support to victims of sexual assault during and after hospital examination. Assistance League of Pomona Valley has been a partner with Project Sister since that time.

Chapter members collect and/or purchase supplies that will benefit clients who are examined in hospital emergency rooms. Articles include personal toiletry items from hair brush to deodorant, snacks, gum, paper and pens, new underwear, new sweat pants and shirts, tee-shirts, toys for younger children and teddy bears, if appropriate, to help distract children from the reporting and examination process.

In the beginning kits were for adult females but due to the need they are now age (child, youth, teen, adult) and gender specific..

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Assistance League® of Pomona Valley volunteers provide stuffed bears for traumatized children. Bears are provided directly to local police, fire and paramedic agencies, as well as to other partner agencies for distribution to children involved in accidents or other traumatic situations.

Since 1987, when the professional auxiliary Les Fleurs initiated this program, thousands of teddy bears have been provided to traumatized children. Contracts with eleven police, fire or paramedic agencies have been fulfilled. Bears are given to children who are victims of child abuse, who are involved in traffic accidents and who are displaced due to fire or other traumatic situations.

An offshoot of the program in 2011 was an agreement with the Children's Advocacy Center that videotapes testimony of children for use in court/legal proceedings. We provide snacks and juice boxes in addition to teddy bears to hold and hug.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Community Clothes Closet program provides gently used clothing, shoes and basic household items for families in crisis, displaced individuals and those reentering the work force. Assistance League of Pomona Valley volunteers donate and collect clothing donations to support this program.

As the eighth Assistance League Chapter charted in 1946, many philanthropic programs have been successfully implemented. One was a thrift store known as the Bargain Basket. After it closed, the community continued to donate items of clothing suitable for infants through adults. All items of gently used clothing are laundered or dry cleaned and hung on racks in an area in the Chapter House adjacent to the Operation School Bell program. During each Operation School Bell distribution, parents are encouraged to select items suitable for all members of their household. All are provided at no cost. An average of 80 bags are filled during each Operation School Bell Distribution. Overstocked clothing is passed on to churches and other groups who will provide them free of charge to the needy.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This program provides books, toys, clothing, food baskets, gift cards and other items to "Make Christmas happen" for families in need. All family members are included. This program is almost completely paid for by the member/volunteers who have accepted responsibility for each family helped.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Assistance League® of Pomona Valley is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of children and families in our local communities. For over 70 years members have completed needs assessments to ensure the value and success of each new and continuing program. Specific goals include:

> Increasing the number of days the dental center is open thereby increasing in the number of students served.
> Increase the amount and types of clothing provided through our Operation School Bell® program.
> Increase membership to facilitate expansion of fundraising events and Philanthropic programs.
> Increase funding from grants

> Pomona Valley is increasing it's community engagement efforts to development an more awareness of our organization within the areas we serve. This will help strengthen and expand both the fundraising events and philanthropic programs.

> Match individuals to focused chapter activities to keep members interested and committed, and to meet the goals of recruitment and retention of members.

> Grow the number of community volunteers to assist members during events and program implementation.

> Strengthen ties to school districts

> Committed members who believe in "playing it forward". Seeing our programs in action enables each to re-dedicate time and energy.

> An increased online presence allows us to expand our outreach and visibility to our communities.

The Dental Center was open for 81 days and served over 200 students. Each received a minimum of three treatments and each child received a new book plus dental supplies.

The Operation School Bell program served over 1,000 students from over 300 families referred by the Pomona Unified School System. Additionally, 120 children received clothing who were referred by mental health or domestic violence counselors. Also the amount of clothing has been increased to include jeans for each student in addition to the clothing previously provided.

Our Chapter is working to increase corporate and/or grant funding. Local grant funding has increased by over 100% so far due to this effort.

Financials

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Assistance League of Pomona Valley

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Denise Delgado

Lynne Kirchhoff

Kathee Elliott

Stephanie Mann

Donna Spencer

Roger Krechmery

Lisa Frazier

Denise Delgado

Cathy Harden

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? No
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/11/2021

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Leadership

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