Assistance League of the Foothill Communities

Transforming Lives-Strengthening Community

aka ALFC   |   Upland, CA   |  www.alfc.org

Mission

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

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a grass roots organization that has been serving the children in the west end of San Bernardino County, California, since 1935. We started as the Junior Welfare League of Upland & affiliated with National Assistance League in 1953 as Assistance League of Upland. In 2003 we changed our name to Assistance League of the Foothill Communities to better reflect the area we serve. Thousands of children have been touched by our services over the years.

Ruling year info

1955

President

Mrs. Gail Tangeman

Main address

P.O. Box 927

Upland, CA 91785 USA

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Formerly known as

Assistance League of Upland

EIN

95-1948811

NTEE code info

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

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since a large percent of the children in our area elementary and high schools are from disadvantaged families, or are homeless with limited finances to provide adequate school clothing, our Operation School Bell Program helps the schools address this problem. Our Fostering New Beginnings program addresses the problems of young people aging out of Foster Care in need of support as they transition to life on their own. We provide move-in baskets with linens, kitchen supplies, grocery gift cards, cleaning supplies, and hygiene kits.. Our Assistance League Bear program addresses the needs of children in traumatic situations by providing teddy bears to first responders. Our Waste Not program provides gently used unsellable Thrift Shop items to the homeless and a local animal shelter in our area. The WeCare program in managed by our Assisteens who work with local senior citizens through visits which include games, crafts, grocery cards, and gifts.

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

Provides new school clothing to children in grades TK through 12.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

Cuddly teddy bears are distributed to police and fire agences as well as local hospitals for the comfort of children in emergencies and other stressful situations.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

Linens, household items, and grocery shopping are provided to young people transitioning in and from foster care.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Unsold, unsellable clothing and shoes from our thrift shop are donated to other 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations to be distributed to homeless or indigent individuals

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

As volunteers, we are aiming to transform the lives of children and adults through community programs.

We are an all-volunteer, membership organization making an impact through targeted programs that provide hands-on services and support. We raise funds through special events, thrift shop staffed by volunteers, direct mail campaigns, and grants.

In the last fiscal year our member volunteers contributed over 29,000 hours of service to the community. We have an excellent record of fundraising, with 65% return to the community. We benefit from continuing grant funding from several local foundations.

In addition we have a long standing partnership with the 95 schools in the 8 school districts on the west end of San Bernardino County that we serve.

Since 1953, hundreds of thousands of local residents have been served by our programs. We have touched the lives of many local residents with hands-on services, goods, and support. We have remodeled our thrift shop and increased our revenues in order to expand our philanthropic programs to better meet local needs. We currently serve grades TK through twelve in 95 schools, in 8 local school districts. Each year, we increase the number of students dressed reaching 2032 this past fiscal year. We have eight agreements with local fire, police agencies, and local hospitals to provide our AL Bears to children in traumatic situations.

We continue to explore new prospects for grant funding. One of our newest programs--Operation School Bell Basics--provides new underwear and socks to one local school district and this year, we have added a second school district. Another new program under the auspices of Operation School Bell(OSB) is OSB Closet in which we provide new clothing to our high school districts outreach program--Eileen's HOPE Closet.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Assistance League of the Foothill Communities

Board of directors
as of 9/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Gail Tangeman

Kelly Bocanegra

Mary Brittain

Ina Strickland

Karolyn Bragg Debbie Gunderson

Patti Nonemaker

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 ? No
  • 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 09/01/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Disability