PLATINUM2023

Assistance League of Huntington Beach

Transforming Lives . Strengthening Community

aka Assistance League Huntington Beach   |   Huntington Beach, CA   |  www.ALHB.org

Mission

Mission: Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs. Vision: Essential needs are met in our communities and families flourish

Notes from the nonprofit

We were able to turn the corner in our fiscal year 2022-2023, with the help of our Grantors, Sponsors, Major Donors, and our Volunteer Members. Even though our Thrift Shop was only open for two shopping days for most of that year; going to three days late in the Spring, our customer base is quite strong, and our revenue held steady, with a net revenue of over $750,000.00. In addition, we were able to put on our annual Treasures by the Sea Fundraiser in March 2023 with increased attendance and prominent recognition of our Philanthropy Programs and our valued Sponsors/Grantors; and a net revenue of over $50,000.00 Overall, our Net Revenue for the year was a little over $1,100,000.00 Because of the support mentioned above; and careful administration of expenses; we were able to support our community Philanthropic Programs* with expenditures of over $940,000 which is an 85% return to community ratio.

Ruling year info

1950

President

Mrs Fran Meyers

President-Elect

Mrs Kelli Hayward

Main address

8071 Slater Ave Suite 240

Huntington Beach, CA 92647 USA

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Formerly known as

Assistance League Huntington Beach

EIN

95-6059424

NTEE code info

Thrift Shops (P29)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Women's Service Clubs (S81)

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Programs and results

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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?

Operation School Bell (OSB)

OSB provides students in need with new clothes. It is noted by school administrators that new, school appropriate clothing can improve student self-esteem, reduce bullying and improve classroom behavior and attendance. In 2021-2022, OSB clothed  897 students at 48 Target shopping nights, assisted by our volunteers, between September 2021 to March 2022 ( elementary students, Middle school students and high school students). Selection of the students is made by school personnel including health aides, community liaisons, teachers, nurses and principals. All students referred to OSB must be enrolled and attending school within the Huntington Beach Union High School District; this includes students from Westminster, Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach. Expenses in 2021-2022 were $102,983.
An additional partnership was formed in May 2022 with JC Penney's for FY 2022-2023.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Links to Learning Program began in 2008 as a partnership with Fountain Valley School District. In 2011 Huntington Beach City School District was added. Ocean View School District was added in 2014, and Westminster School District in 2015.The program includes 50 elementary and middle schools in the cities of Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Westminster. The program provides funds to allow elementary and middle school teachers to purchase learning tools, not supplied by the State of California, that will enhance the learning experience of students. Teachers submit award applications to the Links to Learning committee for up to $500, detailing needs for their classrooms. Examples of funded projects: local field trips, fine arts, math manipulatives, literature and reading instruction, writing activities robotics and STEM activities. In 2020 teachers were asked to return Outcomes Surveys, 99% positive that the materials made a significant impact on the children’s learning experience.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Academics

The mission of Operation New Beginnings (ONB) program is to provide clothing for children and adults from our Thrift Shop, Corner Boutique, and through gift cards for Target stores to purchase shoes and personal items. It works in partnership with 8 community based programs that refer clients to ONB for this service.
Two more were added this FY, with more expected to renew. These partner agencies refer clients from programs for abused children and adults, college students qualifying for federal assistance programs such as EOPS (Extended Opportunity Program & Services) and C.A.R.E. (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education), high school students in need of assistance, emancipated foster youth, homeless families that qualify under McKinney-Vento programs, and those seeking help from several faith-based community support programs. The exact number of clients served varies from year to year, but in the past year 164 clients received clothing and gift cards valued at $9,763.65. 

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Scholarship Program: Purpose and goal of the committee:
1.To develop and award scholarships to various educational programs in the community. Scholarships are awarded to parents in the Project Self Sufficiency program, the Golden West College Criminal Justice Training Center and full-time veteran students in Golden West College and Coastline Community College.
2.To keep the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) at Golden West and Coastline colleges (which serves a total of 650 veteran students)  filled with needed supplies.
Providing scholarships and supplies to the VRC helps further the education of single parent families and veterans striving for an education to help improve the quality of their lives, which in turn benefits the community by having a healthy population.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Students

Where we work

Awards

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 participants engaged in programs

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Operation School Bell (OSB)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Operation School Bell provided students in need with new new-clothes. New school appropriate clothing can improve students self-esteem, attendance, reduce bullying and improve classroom behavior.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

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

Students, Academics, Children and youth

Related Program

Links to Learning

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Supports K-8 students and teachers. Teachers apply for awards up to $500 to purchase educational items and enrichment programs. In Jan. 2022, 118 teachers in 39 schools received $41,781.

Total number of clients experiencing homelessness

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

Homeless people, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Operation New Beginnings

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Operation New Beginnings(ONB) provides clothing for qualified adults and children from our Thrift Shop. We work in partnership with 13 community agencies that refer quaified clients to ONB.

Number of entrance scholarships and awards and exit scholarships

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Parents, Veterans

Related Program

Operation New Beginnings - Veterans Resource Center and Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Awards scholarships to at-risk high school grads, single parents, Nursing & Veteran students in community college based on need and strict academic criteria.

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 Huntington Beach believes that our overarching structure provides compassionate and caring services to individuals in our communities. With 330 local volunteers, we actively execute our philanthropic programs, Thrift Shop, Fundraiser, grant writing program and provide a Vocational Training Facility. Ongoing education, administrative guidance and empowerment are key principles employed to collectively guide our chapter. Our members design, fund and effectively manage the unique philanthropic programs to meet specific needs in our local community.

Assistance League of Huntington Beach has identified four strategic priorities: A. Philanthropic Programs - By the end of 2020 ensure that all programs demonstrate measurable outcomes against objective. B. Membership Growth - Increase voting membership by 5% per year over the next five years. Recruit and retain active, diverse and committed members. C. Fund Development - Increase Thrift Shop funding by 5% annually to provide enhanced services to our community. Marketing efforts will be increased using social media and print resources. D. Operational Excellence - Continue to promote ethical, informed and effective leadership, by ensuring that our chapter remains 100% in compliance with National Assistance League bylaws, policies, procedures and standards

In 1941, some of the most prominent women in Huntington Beach organized an auxiliary of the Santa Ana chapter of National Assistance League. We started the first Thrift Shop in Orange County. Assistance League of Huntington Beach was officially chartered as a chapter in 1950. Historically and currently, Assistance League Huntington Beach has truly served our community from the cradle to the grave. Over the years, an engaged Executive Board, a professional community Advisory Board, community based Collaborative Partners, and a knowledgeable and dedicated team of ALHB Committee Leaders expanded the chapter's ability to promote effective volunteerism through education, service and leadership development. We are confident we can continue to serve many of our community's needs with the continuing support of our members and the public.
Statistics for the fiscal year 2021-2022:
1. $585,810 were returned to the three communities we serve in Huntington Beach, Westminster & Fountain Valley.
2. 5,853 people were served in our three communities.
3. 59,312 hours were volunteered.

Our community includes Westminster, Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach. Several years ago we expanded Operation School Bell to include a growing population of McKinney Vento (homeless) high school students in all three communities. Each year we successfully clothe more children. We have increased the number of agencies that refer children and adults to Operations New Beginnings and plan to continue adding 1-2 more agencies over the next few years. We have expanded Links to Learning to the Oceanview School District and the Westminster School District. We have expanded the Golden West College Combat Veteran scholarships to be available for all veterans and opened it to the Coastline Community College. We expanded the Goldenwest College nursing scholarships by including bridging program to a 4 year college so that students are able to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in
Nursing. We see growth in the Scholar's Hope (formerly El Viento) program. We were able to provide college scholarships to 21students this year for a total of $100,500.

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 bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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Assistance League of Huntington Beach

Board of directors
as of 09/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Fran Meyers

Assistance League of Huntington Beach

Term: 2023 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mrs. Fran Meyers

Teresa Ward

retired

Fran Meyers

retired

Pat DeRush

retired

Linda Allen

Retired

Kelli Hayward

Nouha Hreish

retired

Marcela Alban

Retired

Sandi West

Retired

Linda Joplin

Retired

Harriet Oullette

Retired

Debbie Schroeder

Retired

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? Not applicable