Human Services

Oasis Network of New Tampa, Inc.

  • Tampa, FL
  • www.oasis-network.org

Mission Statement

OASIS Network provides basic necessities to at-risk Hillsborough County students, setting them up for success in school.

Main Programs

  1. Uniform Distribution Program
  2. Sock and underwear distribution program
  3. Hygiene Items Distribution Program
  4. School Shoes Program

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Service Areas

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Florida

Hillsborough County, FL

ruling year

2001

Executive Director since 2007

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Ginger Bean

Keywords

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students,youth,education,school,hygiene,uniform, clothing,donate new socks and underwear, basic supplies, homeless students

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Also Known As

OASIS Network

EIN

59-3715732

 Number

6577638833

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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OASIS Network supports financially struggling students and their families by providing basic school necessities: clothing, hygiene items, shoes, etc.  For families that are challenged by providing meals for their children, basic school necessities are often neglected.  OASIS provides basic items required for students to attend school.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Uniform Distribution Program

Uniform distribution program - each year, OASIS Network purchases new uniform clothing for the many needy students attending mandatory uniform schools.  More than 1/2 of the public elementary schools in the district require students to wear uniforms. Increasingly, middle schools are requiring uniforms as well.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Homeless

Budget

$35,000

Program 2

Sock and underwear distribution program

New socks and underwear are basic school necessities distributed to needy students in the Hillsborough County public schools.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

$18,000

Program 3

Hygiene Items Distribution Program

Distribute hygiene items (e.g., toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc.) to needy students in Hillsborough County schools

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

$3,500

Program 4

School Shoes Program

Provide school and physical-education appropriate shoes for students

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$5000

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The mission of OASIS is to provide basic necessities for needy students in Hillsborough County public schools. Hillsborough County is the 8th largest school district in the country, educating more than 210,000 students, 60% of whom qualify for the federal free lunch program. For the past several years, OASIS has served approximately 11,000 students per year, by providing an assortment of basic necessities, including: school uniform clothing, new socks and underwear, shoes, hygiene items, alarm clocks, gently used non-uniform school clothing. The ultimate goal is to ensure that no student in Hillsborough County public schools lacks the basic necessities required to attend and feel physically comfortable in school.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    OASIS utilizes several strategies for accomplishing the goals of meeting the needs of underserved students in our school district: OASIS has partnered with the Hillsborough County School District to obtain warehouse/distribution sites for the OASIS goods. OASIS has partnered with the office of school social workers within the school district to provide the distribution method for delivering the basic necessities to the students and their families. OASIS applies for funding from various organizations to provide funds to purchase uniform clothing, socks, underwear, shoes, hygiene items and clocks. OASIS partners with local YMCA branches to serve as collection sites for gently used school clothing. Also, many local schools, churches, individuals support OASIS by providing drives to collect gently used clothing, new socks and underwear and toiletries to help stock the shelves. OASIS relies on many dedicated volunteers who help with the important tasks of: delivering donated items to OASIS warehouses, laundering clothing, sorting and folding clothing, organizing clothing drives in neighborhoods, cleaning and organizing the warehouses. These many strategies are used to provide a grass-roots, unique and efficient approach to serving the many at-risk students in our local schools.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    OASIS has operated successfully for more than 14 years, with a budget approximating $100,000 per year. OASIS maintains no physical assets, relying on the generosity of the school district to provide facilities for four warehouse sites. OASIS currently employs 3 part-time individuals: Executive Director, Associate Director, and a Marketing/PR student intern. A small army of dedicated volunteers - our greatest asset - is utilized to keep the operation running smoothly. OASIS also receives support (through fundraising and volunteers) from several local civic clubs. Several partnerships have been critical to the success of OASIS: Partnership with school district provides warehouse facilities, Partnership with school district office of social workers provides a method for identifying students in need and a distribution channel to the students, Partnership with YMCAs, schools, recreation centers, as collection sites for gently used clothing. OASIS just opened its fourth site in early 2015 - in the eastern Hillsborough County area. The school social workers in the eastern and southern portions of our large county are now as well served as the social workers at other areas in the county.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The primary measurement tool utilized by OASIS is the inventory sheet, which is completed upon each visit by a social worker to an OASIS warehouse. On the inventory sheet, the social worker records the number of each type of item taken from the warehouse, with a count of the number of students served with that visit. This information is recorded in a database and helps us to determine trends in serving students, number of students served, and other quantitative measurements related to meeting the students' needs. A secondary measurement tool used by OASIS is a count of the number of items (primarily gently used clothing) donated to OASIS. These items are also available for selection by the social worker to distribute to the students and families in need. OASIS also has growth targets for gently used items collected and distributed each year. Qualitative measurements of success are obtained from the school social workers, who have the direct contact with the students and their families. The social workers provide feedback and input regarding OASIS success and ways that OASIS can be improved. This feedback is available on the inventory sheets, directly via e-mail or phone, and on the annual school social worker survey.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    OASIS has grown significantly during its 14+ years of existence, increasing dramatically the number of students served. For the past several years, the number of students served has leveled off, to approximately 11,000 per year. The ultimate goal is to ensure that no student in the public schools lacks basic necessities to attend school. One major obstacle to achieving the end goal is the increasing need of students and families in our school district. When OASIS was formed in 2001, the percentage of students qualifying for the federal free/reduced lunch program was 47%. Currently, that percentage has risen to just over 60%. Many families are struggling in this difficult economy; for families struggling to feed their children, providing school wardrobes and hygiene items may also be a challenge. Another obstacle for providing the best service to all social workers is the geographical disbursement of the schools in our large district. OASIS opened a fourth site in early 2015, to improve access to OASIS services for the school social workers located in the east and south areas of our large county.
Service Areas

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Florida

Hillsborough County, FL

Funding Needs

As many families are struggling in the current economy, the percentage of students qualifying for the free lunch program has risen from 48% when OASIS was founded 10 years ago, to 60% this school year.  On a budget of approximately $100,000 for the past several years, OASIS has been able to serve approximately 10,000 students.  Funds are used to purchase uniform clothing, socks and underwear, shoes, hygiene items.

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Operations

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Oasis Network of New Tampa, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ginger Bean

BIO

Ginger has been the Executive Director (a part-time position) of OASIS Network for the past 8 years. Her experience with OASIS began as a volunteer shortly after friends of hers founded the small grass-roots non-profit in 2001, and she later joined the board. The board invited her to guide the organization as a part-time director when organization funders suggested that it was time to move from an entirely volunteer-run organization to a more permanent one.

Ginger has been involved with several school and youth sports organizations over the 22 years that she and her family have lived in Hillsborough County, having moved here from Boston and Pennsylvania. She volunteered in her children's classrooms, helping to tutor and mentor students, served on the school PTA boards and served one year as PTA President. Ginger also served as a volunteer girl's lacrosse coach – a sport new to Tampa – at the elementary, middle school and high school levels – for 8 years, until retiring from coaching 2 years ago. Ginger served on the board of her local YMCA, the New Tampa Y, for many years, and was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award. She continues to participate on the committee that hosts the 3rd annual Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot, a Thanksgiving Day running race which raises funds for local charities and provides a healthy outlet for families on Thanksgiving morning.

Providing youth and students with positive direction and the skills and resources necessary to succeed in life are guiding principles for Ginger.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"OASIS is a volunteer-based organization that is run very efficiently on an annual budget of approximately $100,000.  OASIS serves more than 11,000 students per year. By partnering with the School District of Hillsborough County to provide 4 warehouse sites for no charge, and with the office of school social workers to identify the students and families that will benefit by OASIS services, OASIS is able to collect, store and distribute basic necessities for less than $10/student served."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Lynn Gruber

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & 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

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ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity