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Assistance League of Capistrano Valley, Inc.

Transforming Lives Strengthening Community

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

Mission

Capistrano Valley Assistance League volunteers aim to transform the lives of children through community programs. Our vision is to meet the essential needs in our community and to help families flourish.

Ruling year info

1978

President

Joyce Helland

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
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

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
Children and youth
At-risk youth

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
Young adults
Economically disadvantaged people

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
Children and youth

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
Children and youth

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.

Net proceeds from major fundraiser

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

Children and youth, Single parents, Military personnel

Related Program

Operation School Bell

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Teachers

Related Program

Links to Learning

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Member Service Hours

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

Children and youth, Single parents, Military personnel

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 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.

Goal 1: EQUIP leaders to develop, fund and put into action programs to meet the unique needs of communities we serve
Goal 2: ENGAGE, EMPOWER, and INSPIRE members and develop plans for recruiting a diverse new group of volunteers
Goal 3: IMPLEMENT targeted and intentional marketing campaigns to grow brand awareness and aid membership recruitment and thrift store promotion
Goal 4: RE-IMAGINE new ways to meet community needs and deepen engagement of stakeholders and program recipients
Goal 5: FOSTER long-term donor relationships and community partners to purposefully guide supporters toward greater giving and involvement

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.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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Assistance League of Capistrano Valley, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kathi Manuel

Assistance League of Capistrano Valley Inc

Term: 2023 - 2023

Kathi Manuel

Assistance League of Capistrano Valley Inc

Gale Short

VP Membership

Michelle Dymerski

VP Philanthropy

Ann Cormier

Assistant Treasurer

Jennifer Hirchag

Assisteens Coordinator/Liaison

MaryJo Hasty

Recording Secretary

Gale Short

Parliamentarian

Susan Caplin

Strategic Planning

Karen DeNizio

VP Resource Development

Jill Martin

Treasurer

Kelly Gill

Bargain Box Chair

Kathy McWade

VP Marketing & Communications

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 ? 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 3/3/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/03/2023

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.