Assistance League of Capistrano Valley, Inc.

aka ALCV   |   San Juan Capistrano, CA   |  www.capistranovalley.assistanceleague.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1978

President

Kathi Manuel

Main address

P.O. Box 133

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92693 USA

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Formerly known as

The Assistance Guild

EIN

95-3201899

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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

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

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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?

Chapters for Children

Our chapter provides clothing to children on Camp Pendleton 3-4 times a year. One event is a Back to School Event In conjunction with 6 other area chapters. Each chapter provides a back to school clothing item tops, bottoms, socks, jackets, hygiene kits, underwear, shoes) to each student of enlisted rank Marine and Navy Families on Camp Pendleton (Marine Base). Then, along with the Laguna Beach chapter, we provide new clothing to Infants and Toddlers two to three times per year and otherwise provide assistance to Marine and Navy families, as allowed by our budget.

Population(s) Served

Middle school teachers in the Capistrano Unified School District write grants that support innovative programs, experiences, and materials in their classrooms. All grants align with the district's curricular goals but give the students hands on experiences and innovative materials to use. Seventy five grants were awarded in 2017-18, and benefited the classroom experiences of 12,870 middle school students. The grants varied from $78 to $500. Assistance League of Capistrano Valley has a team of members who distribute information about the Links to Learning program to each of the 13 middle schools in the district and who also evaluate the grants and allocate the funds to the recipients.

Population(s) Served

INSPIRE (Independence for Needy Single Parents Instilled via a Responsible Education) scholarship.  This program provides scholarships to local college students through a calWORKS program at Saddleback College. .

Population(s) Served

Operation School Bell (OSB) is our signature philanthropy. Working with the schools in the Capistrano Valley Unified School District we provide new school clothing for children in need. Over a period of three weeks in the fall, students and their families, with the assistance of our volunteers,  can select up to $65 (elementary) or $75 (middle school) worth of clothing at a local store. The past two years we have collaborated with Target. We also provide a $15 Payless Shoe store  shoe voucher and a personal hygiene kit. This year we are expanding the program to include high school students at San Juan Hills High school. Those students will be given a $105 allowance.

Population(s) Served

Although this is one of our smaller philanthropies in numbers served, it is one of the most powerful. Members are assigned to help students in special needs classrooms in the Capistrano Unified School District. The members meet one to one with students requiring more reading practice time in a quiet setting. Members spend 1 -3 hours working with students who rotate to them for one to one reading time. Twice a year, the members ask the teachers to select books to give the individual students. These books are purchased, gift wrapped and presented to each students who take the books home for keeps. Then they can practice at home and read to their parents. Last year 150 students were helped.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Assistance League® of Capistrano Valley is striving to put caring and commitment into action through our community-based philanthropic programs. Assistance League of Capistrano Valley provides the overarching structure enabling approximately 300 local volunteers to effectively execute our approved philanthropic programs in the local community. Ongoing education, administrative guidance and empowerment are key principles employed to collectively guide our chapter. Our members design, fund and effectively implement unique philanthropic programs to provide humanitarian services in the community. We strive to enhance educational opportunities for children and meet the needs of underserved children and families.

Assistance League of Capistrano Valley has identified four strategic priorities:
Goal 1: Membership
¨Hold a new member recruitment event in first quarter of each year.
¨Send a congratulatory letter to the Mothers of Assisteens Graduates inviting them to attend the new member recruitment event.
¨ Give informational presentation to Assisteens Associates at their fall Mothers Meeting.
¨Expand the role of the Orientation Chair to include facilitating new member social activities.
Goal 2: Philanthropic
¨Establish criteria to be used annually to measure effectiveness of each philanthropic program.
¨Annually review and assess philanthropic programs to ensure they meet needs of our communities.
Goal 3: Resource Management
¨Establish a capital improvement account and determine how it will be funded.
¨Develop a maintenance plan for the Bargain Box.
¨Plan one major fundraiser per year.
¨Develop a stewardship program that supports relationships with current and future sponsors.
Goal 4: Marketing
¨Give presentations to local community groups.
¨Continue effort to have a presence in local publications and media.
¨Develop support materials to promote ALCV.

Our organization has a long history of putting caring and commitment into community-based philanthropic programs. We were founded in 1977 and since then our volunteers have continuously supported the students in the elementary and middle schools within the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) in South Orange County. In a joint project with other local Chapters, we also help support the families on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base. During the 2015-2016 school year our volunteers touched the lives of over 23,000 children through our four major philanthropies.

Operation School Bell (OSB) – This is the signature program of our national organization and also for our chapter. This is our largest program and carries an annual budget of approximately $85,000. Via this program we provide new school clothing, shoes and personal care kits for K-8 school children within the CUSD. Chapters for Children provides clothing for children of military families and we also give assistance with baby equipment and supplies for non-school aged children.

Hands on Literacy Program – This program was instituted in 1991. Our volunteers provide one-on-one reading assistance for children with special needs in elementary schools. Gift books are presented to each child twice a year to encourage reading at home. This is a much-appreciated support system for teachers in our school system.

Links to Learning – We instituted this grant program in 1997 after the idea was presented at our National Conference. This program provides funds to help middle school staff to enhance and/or develop new or different approaches to teaching.

Chapters for Children -- This program is one of our members' favorites. Several times a year, our members unpack and repack purchased clothing for all-aged Military children, from babies to high school children. We take it to the base, and let the children and their parents pick pants, shorts, shirts, jackets, underwear, and socks. It's the smiles on the children's faces that give us the most pleasure.

All of our programs enhance the educational experience for all children in our local school district. These programs are a perfect example of the organization's founder, Anne Banning's philanthropic philosophy to promote the growth of effective volunteerism through leadership training and education. We gain support from the national organization, we measure the needs of our community and we put caring and commitment into action.

Our signature philanthropy, Operation School Bell, has helped us to fulfill our mission to put caring and commitment into action while providing humanitarian services in the community. Enrollment in this program grows each year. Our revenues at our Thrift Shop have increased over the past few years which has enabled us to expand this program and add new services such as providing clothing for needy high school students for job interviews and college attendance. We have also added a philanthropy offering scholarships to single working parents who are trying to finish their education as we believe this ties in with our philosophy of providing the kids with clothing to help their self-esteem in school. We would also like to expand our Links to Learning program to provide more grant money as the school budgets continue to get more restrictive. We are looking to expand our presence and strengthen our ties with our community and to build stronger donor relationships.

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Assistance League of Capistrano Valley, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/3/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Kathi Manuel

President

Term: 2018 - 2019


Board co-chair

Kathi Manuel

President-Elect

Term: 2017 - 2018

Kathi Manuel

President

Karen DeNizio

Bargain Box Chair

Lillian Rigdon

VP Membership

Terri Uecker

VP Philanthropy

Carla Schumacher

Assistant Treasurer

Sarah Moore

Assisteens Coordinator/Liaison

Jan Jacobs

Recording Secretary

Carol Franklin

Parliamentarian

MaryJo Hasty

Strategic Planning

Lillian Rigdon

Strategic Planning Chair

Lisa Mulato

VP Resource Development

Jeanne Reiss

Las Felices Rep

Denise O'Donnell

Treasurer

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? Yes