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Assistance League of Newport-Mesa

Transforming Lives | Strengthening Community

aka Assistance League of Newport-Mesa   |   Costa Mesa, CA   |  http://www.ALNM.org

Mission

Assistance League of Newport-Mesa, a self-funded, volunteer, non-profit organization, benefits children and families through community philanthropic programs.

Ruling year info

1952

Principal Officer

Barbara Fitch

Main address

2220 Fairview Road

Costa Mesa, CA 92627 USA

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EIN

95-1942148

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Newport-Mesa chapter of dedicated volunteers give 20,000 hours of service each year to keep the programs operational. Our programs helped over 2,000 children in the Costa Mesa and Newport Beach communities last year and responded to increased needs due to Covid-19 through expanding programs to address food insecurity. To maintain the amazing level of philanthropy that our organization contributes to the community; we hope to grow our membership of dedicated volunteers and friends of Assistance League.

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?

Cheri Harris Dental Center

The Dental Center provides complete low-cost high quality dental care for low income families. We also provide orthodontic treatment for those needing corrective services. Our program serves children in kindergarten through age 30. Applications may be obtained from the school nurses for those enrolled in the NMUSD. All others may call or stop by our office. We have provided quality dental care to thousands of children and young adults since 1952.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children

This national program was adopted in 1982. Since then, we've provided tens of thousands of students with these back to school essentials: school uniforms, underwear, socks, shoes, jackets, tote bags, books and school supplies.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

In 1997, this program was founded. Provides scholarships annually to high school seniors for higher education.

Population(s) Served
Students

Staffed by volunteer puppeteers, the program utilizes child-sized puppets to perform skits in both English and Spanish on "difficult to discuss" topics such as child abuse, bullying, divorce, physical and learning disabilities. Children relate to and learn from these puppets that dress and behave like real children. Performances are provided to local schools and children's organizations upon request. Kids on the Block is a program of Assistance League adopted by our chapter in 1986.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

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 children who access our Cheri Harris Dental Health Center

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

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Cheri Harris Dental Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Since 1957, the dental center provides low cost dental care for children of low-income working families who are enrolled in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

Number of children who receive school clothing at no cost

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

Adults, Children and youth, At-risk youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Adopted in 1982, this National Assistance League® program provides school clothing and essentials at no cost to children of low-income families.

Number of children receiving clothing from our "school closets."

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

Adults, Adolescents, At-risk youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

AL’s (Assistance League’s) Closet is an Operation School Bell program. Al’s Closet is designed to help older students in need through a closet at their schools.

Number of children with access to The Kids On The Block lessons on issues such as bullying, nutrition and diversity

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

Adults, Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Kids on the Block®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Adopted in 1986, this program is presented to elementary school-aged children by volunteer members using child-sized puppets to deliver lessons on issues such as bullying, nutrition and diversity.

Number of children who receive annual scholarships from our program

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

Adults, Adolescents

Related Program

Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 1945, provide scholarships for local high school seniors seeking higher education, based on a combination of personal need, school activities, philanthropic spirit in the community and GPA

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.

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF NEWPORT-MESA IS A SELF-FUNDED, VOLUNTEER, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION, BENEFITING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES THROUGH COMMUNITY PHILANTHROPIC PROGRAMS. For over 80 years, Assistance League of Newport-Mesa has served the children and families of the Newport-Mesa community by providing free/low-cost dental and orthodontic care, school clothing and supplies, college scholarships, and literary assistance. We work with other local community agencies sharing common goals and respond quickly to changing needs.

Set up committees to focus on our main program goals. There is a Dental Center Committee, an Operation School Bell committee, a High School Scholarship Committee, and a general Philanthropic Programs committee whose primary goals are to review programs and ensure they are achieving the desired community impact.

Serving the community since 1957, the capability of the DENTAL CENTER is very high and unique to this area. We have full-time dentists, and hygienist, and a part-time orthodontist who provide low cost/high quality dental care. Since 1992 OPERATION SCHOOL BELL has worked closely with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to ensure that clothing and school supplies are provided to meet the needs of under-served students. Students are referred to the program by school nurses and facilitators in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. The appointments for clothes distribution are scheduled on Saturdays and on one evening of the month from mid-August through October. New clothing, shoes and school supplies enhance the students' self-esteem and help enable them to better focus on their studies. Along with the school supplies, the distribution of children's books offer students additional tools for academic success. We include dental hygiene packs and information to each of the Operation School Bell recipients. The SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM committee works closely with high schools in this district to provide information about our scholarship program, distributed annually in June. THE KIDS ON THE BLOCK is a philanthropic program was developed by a nationally recognized educator and is presented to second and third grade aged children by volunteer members using life-size puppets. The program teaches young students increased understanding and tolerance for fellow classmates who have learning disabilities, physical handicaps, or special emotional needs. These presentations are made available upon request to elementary schools, hospitals, and community organizations. With a total of over 600 performances since 1989, these programs have been seen by more than 59,000 children and adults. Additionally our Assisteens Auxiliary teams with several community service organizations on a regular basis to add to and complement the services.

The Newport-Mesa chapter of dedicated volunteers give 20,000 hours of service each year to keep the programs operational. Our programs helped 2,000 children in the Costa Mesa and Newport Beach communities just in the last year. Progress is measured by the continued success of the programs. The dental center continues to see patients daily. For Operation School Bell, we address the individual needs at the beginning of each school year. In addition, we respond to emergency cases that are referred to the Assistance League for children new to the area or that have recently experienced homelessness or other financial stress that need our help. The program continues throughout the year on a case-by-case basis. The scholarships are awarded at the end of each school year. Budgeting is being planned for the following year to ensure that funding for these programs continues. Good progress is being made.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Assistance League of Newport-Mesa

Board of directors
as of 10/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Barbara Fitch

Erin Kim

VP Resource Development

Linda Colleran

VP Programs

Barbara Fitch

President

Shanda Beach

VP Human Resources

Jill Taylor

VP Marketing

Jean Wanlass

VP Finance

Roey Carone

VP Strategic Planning

Andrea Mock

Secretary

Erika Fiore

Treasurer

Becky Janda

Assisteens® Auxiliary Coordinator

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 ? 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 10/13/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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