Assistance League of Whittier

Transforming Lives-Strengthening Community

Mission

Assistance League® volunteers transforming the lives of children through community programs ALW provides clothing, dental care and scholarships for children and young adults.

Ruling year info

1955

President

Linda Eagan

Main address

6339 Greenleaf Ave

Whittier, CA 90601 USA

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EIN

95-2135127

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Thrift Shops (P29)

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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?

Dental Care Progam

Assistance League’s Dental Care program arranges qualified dental treatment for children of low income in the Whittier area K-12th grades who cannot afford dental care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Kids on the Block, Inc is a traveling puppet troupe made of Assistance League of Whittier volunteers which uses live theatre to educate school children about social issues as: disabilities, bullying, healthy eating, drugs and alcohol and many other issues.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Operating Summer Reading is a program of the Whittier City Library that encourages children to embrace reading during the summer months. The Chapter provides volunteer and financial support to the events associated with this effort.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In December we partner with Salvation Army personnel who provide us with names of families who need help. Each family provides a list of items they would like for Christmas. ALW members then shop for holiday gifts plus a grocery gift card ensure food for their Christmas dinner.

Population(s) Served
Families

This program provides clothing for elementary and junior high schoolchildren in need attending local area schools. Assistance League provides vouchers of a specified amount of money per child to local schools to be distributed. The schools screen the families to determine eligibility and provide them with the vouchers for the children to use on specific dates at one of two local Target stores who have agreed to participate in the program. Assistance League volunteers are always on hand to help the families during the shopping experience. Some of the children will be wearing all new clothes for the very first time. There were 595 students from four local school districts who participated in the 2019-2020 school year.

Operation School Bell also provides underwear for "accidents" in all four school districts. An additional part of the Operation School Bell Program

The nationwide Operation School Bell® program has clothed more than 300,000 school children each year. . Our Whittier Chapter has been participating since 1999.

This committee also provides bottles of Bayer/Rid Lice shampoo to 4 school districts for the school nurses to distribute to the schools as needed.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Started in 1981, Assistance League provides grants for single-parent/head of household students in need at Rio Hondo College and Whittier College. All are continuing full-time students who reside in the greater Whittierarea and have a G.P.A. of at least 2.5.

The program aims to assist students to provide a better life for themselves and their families by earning a degree or training for a vocation. Forms are available in the Financial Aid offices of the schools. The applicants are screened and selected by Continuing Education committee members.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Started in 1987, Assistance League members also perform in the educational puppet show called "To Tell the Tooth." It is given to all second graders in the local school districts. Using animal puppets, they learn about good dental hygiene and preventative care. Local dentist Dr. John Sudick provides the children with a new toothbrush and the Assistance League furnishes toothpaste and dental floss. This has been a very successful program for local children. The show was presented to 27 schools in 4 school districts, encompassing approximately 2100 students during the school year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Wee Wardrobe provides layettes for newborn infants at PIH Health Hospital-Whittier to be distributed to mother without basics for their newborn or for babies going into foster care

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Assistance League of Whittier's Goals are:
1. To identify meaningful strong philanthropic programs which focus on meeting the community needs of the Greater Whittier area.
2. To develop resources and implement comprehensive fundraising programs supporting the operation of current and future philanthropic programs
3. To expand community awareness of the philanthropic programs of the Assistance League of Whittier
4. To attract and retain diverse enthusiastic volunteer members .
5. To manage finances by
a. careful and prudent management of all funds.
b. Meeting all federal, state, local and National Assistance League requirements
c. Providing funding for ALW's programs
6. To maintain clean, safe and pleasant facilities for members and those we serve, including the Chapter House, the thrift stores and the parking lots.

ALW has an overall Strategic Plan which is reviewed annually. All Philanthropic, Resource (Fundraising), Membership, Finance and Chapter House Programs have committees that evaluate and update their programs annually. All members are encourage to work on all programs.

*The Assistance League of Whittier has been active for 61 years and now has 165 members who contributed over 15000 reported hours of service in 2017-2018. We recruit new members annually and provide a one year orientation program for new members. New members bring new experience and skills to our organization.
*ALW works collaboratively with local schools in the Great Whittier Area,; the City of Whittier Public Library and Social Services, Rio Hondo Community College, Whittier College, Whittier Uptown Association, Whittier Chamber of Commerce. PIH and Target Corporation.
*ALW supports programs through revenue generated by our Bargain Bin (thrift store), Timeless Treasures (vintage shop), grants, gifts, individual donors, memorials and endowment fund.
*We are currently on Facebook and update ALW’s website on all activities. We also have had booths at local fairs and Kids on the Block® puppets participated in the Holiday Parade.

· There is a need to increase public awareness of the Assistance League of Whittier and to encourage public support for ALW’s philanthropic work.

· There is also a need to diversify and increase our membership with a special emphasis on adding younger members.

· We need to refine our collection of data and measure our outcomes.

· We need to improve leadership training

· We must continue to strive toward ALW’s goals

Financials

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Assistance League of Whittier

Board of directors
as of 6/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jan Sprague

Assistance League of Whittier

Term: 2021 - 2022

Linda Crowley

Jan Sprague

Delia Morales

Pat Beck

Carolyn McFarland

Lenore Remland

Cathy George

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 ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/26/2021,

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European

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