Human Services

Assistance League of Boise Idaho, Inc.

  • Boise, ID
  • www.boise.assistanceleague.org

Mission Statement

Assistance League of Boise is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action through philanthropic programs in Ada County.

Main Programs

  1. Operation School Bell®
  2. Operation School Supplies
  3. Project Hearing
  4. Baby Bundles
  5. Cinderella's Closet
  6. Empowering Youth
  7. History in the Bown House
Service Areas

Self-reported

Idaho

Ada County, Idaho -- including Boise School District, West Ada School District, Kuna School District, identified charter schools and private schools

ruling year

1979

President since 2015

Self-reported

Mrs. Ginny Kennebeck

President Elect since 2015

Self-reported

Mrs. Becky Woodruff

Keywords

Self-reported

Assistance League, baby layettes, hearing (aids & scholarships), Children, Operation School Bell, School Supplies, Hygiene, History education, formalwear, Aid to Aged out Foster Children, ALB

Notes from the Nonprofit

Assistance League® of Boise(ALB) member volunteers strengthen our mission of making a difference in the lives of those we serve. We have provided services and assistance to children and adults with verified need in Ada County for 35 years. We receive no financial support from government agencies either local or federal or from United Way except through a few employees’ designated giving programs.

Our seven philanthropies are varied and targeted to meet the needs from birth to the elderly in Ada County. Our thrift shop provides quality merchandise at affordable prices to the community which in turn, funds our philanthropies. Our goal is to make a significant, tangible difference in our community and we do!

A dedicated team of ALB grant writer’s submit applications to local foundations, organizations and corporations. A noted success as a result of determined grant writer's, we continue to receive funding from the local community!

Assistance League® of Boise participated in the State of Idaho Inaugural Festivities honoring Idaho’s Governor, which was held at the State Capitol, January 10, 2015. For many years, Assistance League has been asked to coordinate, plan and staff the reception and provide coat valet services during the evening. A total of 79 members worked the reception which was attended by media, legislators, 25th Army Band, and Idaho National Guard. The public was invited to attend the event as well.

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Also Known As

ALB

EIN

82-0331595

Physical Address

5825 Glenwood

Garden City, ID 83714

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Thrift Shops (P29)

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

Self-reported by organization

*Operation School Bell provided new school clothing to over 3,500 elementary children;
*Teen Retail serviced 361 middle school students with new clothing at 2 local Target stores;
*10,013 children received school supplies through Operation School Supplies;
*via Project Hearing, 75 people were provided hearing devices and/or improved hearing assistance and 5 students are on scholarships to help fund advanced professional/technical and academic education;
*Cinderella's Closet loaned formal wear to 304 high school boys and girls for special events to include prom and homecoming;
*Baby Bundles distributed 282 layettes to local hospital maternity centers,
*Empowering Youth provided 29 traveling tote bags of basic household items to youth aging out of foster care;
*History in the Bown House brought (pioneer) Idaho history to life for 2432 4th graders and 376 community visitors.

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

Operation School Bell®

The signature philanthropy of Assistance League was established in Boise in 1989. School officials refer children in need to ALB for new clothing, personal care kits, and prepaid shoe cards.  Last year more than 3500 elementary school students were dressed by our member volunteers.
NEW 2015 -- Teen Retail assists middle school students as they shop at a local retail store. ALB volunteers assist the student shoppers. Students are referred by school district staff. 361 middle school students were serviced January/February 2015.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

None

Budget

$272,670.00

Program 2

Operation School Supplies

Program provides consumable supply items to public elementary and charter schools in Ada County to include the Boise, Kuna, and West Ada School districts. School personnel identify the student recipients.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

None

Budget

$70,000.00

Program 3

Project Hearing

Provides audiology screening and assistance with hearing devices.  Funds professional/technical and academic scholarships for hearing impaired students from Ada County

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

None

None

Budget

$33,000.00

Program 4

Baby Bundles

Program provides newborn layettes including receiving blankets, diapers, onesies, hygiene products, digital thermometer, a helpful handbook for new parents, to Ada County hospital maternity facilities for distribution to new mothers in need.

Category

Children & Youth (0-19 years)

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

None

None

Budget

$21,500.00

Program 5

Cinderella's Closet

Lends formal wear (gowns, tuxedos and accessories) to high school students for prom and homecoming so they can fully participate in school social activities.

Category

Children & Youth (0-19 years)

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

None

Budget

$3,500.00

Program 6

Empowering Youth

We provide a traveling roller bag of basic housekeeping items/supplies for youth transitioning from foster care to independent living. Also included is a handmade quilt lovingly crafted by our members.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 7

History in the Bown House

Assistance League docents make Idaho history come alive to 4th grade students in a restored pioneer home. The students are able to participate in hands-on-experience of life as it existed in the 1800's. The home is also open to the public once a month.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

$500.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To be the leader in the community for philanthropic services and provide community service through effective volunteerism.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Through increased revenues and membership, we will research options for additional services to the community as the need is brought to our attention.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have researched and have implemented a new philanthropy and expanded another this year. We now provide assistance to children who are aging out of foster care (18 year old's) with a traveling roller bag filled with basic household items & supplies to start a life on their own. We also are dressing Junior High and Middle School children for school through shopping events at Target Stores.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The needs of the community are thoroughly researched on a regular basis and we evaluate the information to see if we can provide the needed service. Feed back from schools, parents, and teachers have verified that we are meeting a real need in the community.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have increased our revenue through sales at our Thrift Shop and through donations. People in our community support the philanthropic work that we do.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Idaho

Ada County, Idaho -- including Boise School District, West Ada School District, Kuna School District, identified charter schools and private schools

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Funding Needs

Support for all philanthropic programs and associated overhead costs Operational funding

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ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF BOISE IDAHO
Fiscal year: Jun 01-May 31

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Operations

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Assistance League of Boise Idaho, Inc.

Leadership

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President

Mrs. Ginny Kennebeck

President Elect

Mrs. Becky Woodruff

BIO

We have no CEO/Executive Director since we are an all volunteer organization.  This section was completed in compliance with Guidestar required field completion.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"Assistance League of Boise is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that puts caring and commitment into action through philanthropic programs in Ada County, State of Idaho."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ginny Kennebeck

N/A

Term: June 2015 - May 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

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

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?