Assistance League® of Conejo Valley

Transforming Lives • Strengthening Community

Thousand Oaks, CA   |  www.alconejovalley.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

2018

President

Chriss Alwood

Main address

PO Box 4732

Thousand Oaks, CA 91359 USA

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EIN

95-4537993

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Family Services (P40)

Thrift Shops (P29)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our major expense we currently face is paying lease for the Thrift Shop. If we were able to raise funds through a capital campaign to purchase our own building, the increase in revenue from our Thrift Shop would allow us to serve even more members in our community through our philanthropic programs.

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 disadvantaged elementary school children with basic new clothing, shoes and socks.  Through referrals from principals, teachers and counselors in local school districts, children are outfitted as needed. This program also encompasses providing emergency clothing to 32 area elementary schools, and literacy volunteers in identified schools

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Vision for the Future provides eye exams, frames and lenses to low income elementary, middle and high school students. Eye Can See provides eye exams, frames, and lenses to low income adults. "Share-A-Bear" provides teddy bears named CASEY to local hospitals, urgent care centers, and foster children.. Assault Survivor Kits provides emergency clothing and grooming kits to victims of assault through the District Attorney's office of Ventura County.    I'm In Charge is an interactive, self awareness program taught by volunteers to educate children on home and personal safety issues.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

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 organizational partners

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our partners include school districts, retail stores, hospitals, outpatient/urgent care, fire and sheriff's departments, free clinics, assisted living facilities and more.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Membership includes our Chapter & Assisteens® auxiliary which offers boys & girls grades 7-12 the experience of creating & funding their own programs within the community while supporting the chapter.

Number of clients served

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

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year we track how many individuals are served through our philanthropic programs.

Number of outreach attempts to reporters

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We contact local papers and online news about our philanthropic programs and our Thrift Shop events, which is our main fundraiser.

Number of overall donors

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

People with vision impairments, Economically disadvantaged people, Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We receive support through individual donors, including tributes, and through grants from foundations and through donor-advised grants from individuals.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Operation School Bell®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We operated 7 programs in our community during the pandemic and will continue to serve as many community members as our budget allows. Some programs were put on hold in 2020-2021.

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.

We are committed to the following goals: 1. Each year we review our community's needs, evaluate how we can improve our services, and implement a plan to meet those needs. 2. We strive to develop an informed and knowledgeable board with in-depth Board and Chairmen training along with an informed, committed and active membership. Members are encouraged to participate in philanthropy, general service, and regular meetings to fulfill our chapter mission. 3. The Director of Marketing strives to communicate with local media to increase our chapter’s name recognition as a leading volunteer organization to increase community support. 4. We are looking to secure corporate support and partners in the next fiscal year.

As part of our strategic plan, in the coming two to three years, in addition to raising funds to expand our programs and respond to community needs, we intend to implement a capital campaign to purchase a building for our Thrift Shop with a goal of increasing revenue and ultimately reducing expenses.

In the past two years, we have expanded the grants committee, and are more systematically seeking funds from grant makers through increased applications. We have also just created a new fundraising committee to explore additional paths to raise revenue. Finally, we intend to expand new corporate and fiscal partners in the coming years as well as implementing an Advisory Council.

With over 120 community volunteers and zero paid staff, a majority of the proceeds from our Thrift Shop (presently averaging $30,000 per month) go to support the Operation School Bell® clothing program and other philanthropic programs to improve the lives of children and adults in our community. Operation School Bell provides essential school clothing for elementary, middle and high school children from low-income families as defined by the federal government. We also provide these services to some foster and homeless youth.

We track the number of people we serve through our Operation School Bell program (2607 served last fiscal year 2020-2021). We also keep track of the volunteer hours donated to all our programs (more than 38,000 in the last fiscal year 2020-2021).

Financials

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Operations

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

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Assistance League® of Conejo Valley

Board of directors
as of 7/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mari Hill

Assistance League of Conejo Valley

Term: 2020 - 2021

Chriss Alwood

Assistance League of Conejo Valley

Leith Devine

Assistance League of Conejo Valley

Kate Pryor

Assistance League of Conejo Valley

Lisa Ellison

Assistance League of Conejo Valley

Marianne Boone

Assistance League of Conejo Valley

Judy Flessner

Assistance League of Conejo Valley

Lynne Stevenson

Assistance League of Conejo Valley

Debbie Huyette

Assistance League of Conejo Valley

Cathy Ely

Assistance League of Conejo Valley

Rozalia Schwanauer

Assistance League of Conejo Valley

Nicole Radoumis

Assistance League of Conejo Valley

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? No
  • 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