Human Services

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks

  • Reno, NV
  • renosparks.assistanceleague.org

Mission Statement

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action through our philanthropic programs to improve the quality of life for those in need.

Main Programs

  1. Food Pantry
  2. Links to Learning
  3. Students in Transition
  4. Read to ME
  5. The Kids on the Block
  6. We Care
  7. Veterans Outreach
  8. Senior Sampler
  9. Re-Share
  10. Grooming Kits
  11. Assault Survivor Kits
  12. Operation School Bell
Service Areas

Self-reported

Nevada

Reno and Sparks NV (Washoe County)

ruling year

1977

President since 2016

Self-reported

Ms. Sandie Barrie

President Elect since 2016

Self-reported

Ms. Katharine Peake

Keywords

Self-reported

Support for seniors, children, veterans, and sexual assault victims . Assistance League of Reno-Sparks

Notes from the Nonprofit

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks is celebrating providing 40 years of service to Washoe County, which includes Reno and Sparks, NV.

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EIN

88-0139673

Physical Address

1701 Vassar Street

Reno, NV 89502

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks facilitates 12 philanthropic programs:
Operation School Bell dressed 2,943 elementary and middle school children;
 Links to Learning program provided 207 teachers awards for classroom use; The Kids on the Block program provided 29 puppet programs benefiting 1,800 students; Students in Transition program provided school supplies, clothing, and grooming kits to over 468 high school students; Read to ME program provided 1:1 reading twice weekly to 120 preschoolers; We Care program provided support to 200 children in transitional housing; Grooming Kits program provided 1,000 seniors and 2,943 children with personal hygiene items; Food Pantry program provided two bags of groceries to 412 unduplicated seniors each month; Senior Sampler program provided over 306 senior crafters with supplemental income; Re-Share program donated excess thrift shop goods to 10 area non-profits; Veterans Outreach Program partners with Veteran's Guest House, to support veterans with specific, essential items; and Assault Survivor Kits program provided 40 kits consisting of clothing and hygiene items  to victims of assault.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

Food Pantry

Food Pantry was established during the 1980 holiday season, and expanded over the years into a supplemental food program providing monthly food deliveries to low income senior citizens in the Reno-Sparks area. Assistance League is responsible for fundraising and purchasing of food for distribution. Volunteers store, bag and distribute the food from our chapter house to Washoe County Senior Center,where a majority of the seniors pick up their monthly supplies. Home deliveries are made to those seniors who are unable to pick up their food. This program allows them to maintain themselves at home rather than requiring institutional care as well as allowing them extra money to purchase medications and other necessities.  Income eligibility is applied and all applicants are screened and referred by the Washoe County Senior Service Center.
 
The entire operation takes place in the chapter house and is manned by member and non-member volunteers.  Special emphasis is placed on holidays throughout the year and extra foods traditionally served at those times are included.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

None

Budget

$113,295.00

Program 2

Links to Learning

Links to Learning provides Washoe County School District teachers with monetary awards for classroom supplies and activities for which funding does not exist, especially during the recent budget cuts and shortfalls.  Over the years, many teachers have recognized the need for classroom projects which stimulate thought and expand existing curriculum; however, they have had to fund these projects themselves. Assistance League, working with The Education Alliance of Washoe County, Inc., asks teachers to submit their ideas and projects to the Links to Learning committee. The committee members  then determine which projects to fund  for that school year.  Many teachers who apply for funding teach in “at-risk”schools where classrooms are most in need of learning innovations. Examples of projects include physical education equipment, field trips, audio tapes, math games, CD players, protractors, a color printer, bilingual materials,a kindergarten activity rug, art supplies, guest speakers, a science weather station, and books on many subjects.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

$103,700.00

Program 3

Students in Transition

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks started Students in Transition in 2010 as a program to assist homeless high school students to stay in school.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

$40,000.00

Program 4

Read to ME

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks established Read to ME in 2012 as a reading literacy program for preschool children.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

None

Budget

$4,000.00

Program 5

The Kids on the Block

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks established The Kids on the Block program in 2008 to provide puppet shows to elementary school children on social issues, such as, bullying; alcohol and drugs; gangs and learning disabilities.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 6

We Care

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks established We Care in 1996 as a way to provide support to children brought to Kids Kottage, a transitional home setting.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

$4,000.00

Program 7

Veterans Outreach

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks established Veterans Outreach in 2008 as a way to provide support to veterans and their families.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

Budget

$2,500.00

Program 8

Senior Sampler

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks established Senior Sampler in 1978 as a way to provide a consignment shop for seniors to sell their crafts.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

None

Budget

$77,200.00

Program 9

Re-Share

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks established Re-Share in 2008 to donate to other nonprofit organizations in the Reno-Sparks community the unusable donations to Assistance League Thrift Shop.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Adults

Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Male Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Budget

$50.00

Program 10

Grooming Kits

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks established Grooming Kits program in 1986 to provide hygiene kits to seniors and children.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

$14,000.00

Program 11

Assault Survivor Kits

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks established Assault Survivor Kits in 1995 as a way to provide clothes and personal items for those who have been sexually assaulted in our community.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Crime/Abuse Victims

None

Budget

$750.00

Program 12

Operation School Bell

The problem addressed by this program was identified in the early 1980’s by the Washoe County School District, the community, and Assistance League. Elementary school children living at or near poverty level were attending school in clothing that was ill-fitting, torn, not appropriate for the cold weather, and obviously not like that worn by their peers. These children felt “different” and often were withdrawn and had difficulty learning basic skills essential to success in school. Since 1984, Assistance League, through its Operation School Bell program has provided new and appropriate school clothing to 50,777 low income, at-risk students identified by Washoe County School District. Clothing is purchased by Assistance League and distributed through shopping events held at local Walmart stores where the students,accompanied by parents or responsible adults, shop for their clothing early in the school year. Feedback from this program indicates that with appropriate clothing these at-risk students have more confidence in their appearance, increasing their self-esteem, and encouraging them to attend and stay in school. It has also been noted that new clothing cuts down in the trend in “gang dressing" among the children approaching the teen years.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$245,000.00

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of programs documented

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years), Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people, Students

Connected to a Program?
Operation School Bell
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Assistance League of Reno-Sparks facilitates 12 Philanthropic programs providing services to seniors, children, veterans and victims of abuse in the Reno-Sparks community.

2. Number of participants engaged in programs

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years), Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people, Students

Connected to a Program?
Operation School Bell
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Operation School Bell program dressed elementary and middle school children in 84 schools in Washoe County, Nevada.

3. Number of students receiving information on tobacco use and addiction

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years), Students

Connected to a Program?
The Kids on the Block
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
The Kids on the Block, a puppet show, engaged and educated upper elementary students on the evils of tobacco use and addiction.

4. Number of students receiving information on alcohol and other drug use

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years), Students

Connected to a Program?
The Kids on the Block
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
The Kids on the Block, a puppet show, addressed information on alcohol and other drug use, to upper elementary children.

5. Number of children who have emerging literacy skills such as beginning letter recognition and phonological awareness, story comprehension, and use of writing materials.

Target Population
Infants to preschool (under age 5), At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
Read to ME
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Assistance League's Read to ME program works with 4 and 5 year olds on emerging literacy skills.

6. Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

Target Population
General/Unspecified, Aging, elderly, senior citizens, Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
Food Pantry
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Assistance League's Senior Food Pantry program provides essential food each month to qualified seniors (age 60+) in the Reno-Sparks community.

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?
    Goal #1 - Philanthropic Programs - Have outcome based data for each program.
    Goal #2 - Membership - Work toward creating an informed enthusiastic, cohesive and committed membership throughout the chapter and its auxiliary.
    Goal #3 - Fund Development - Increase public perception, resulting in increased public support.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    February 2016
    Assistance League of Reno-Sparks has adopted the following goals:

    Goal #1 Philanthropic Programs
    A. Ensure any new program receives full investigation, Board recommendation and membership approval.
    B. Develop profile of each current program: individuals served, total $ cost, member and nonmember hours and physical space.
    C. Redevelop profile of each current program when expansion/contraction is proposed.
    D. Adjust programs to better fit organization, member and resource developmental goals.


    Goal #2 - Membership and Organization
    A. Continue all-volunteer.
    B. Maintain growing, working and satisfied membership.
    C. Rigorous rigorous orientation for new members.
    D. Develop infrastructure consistent with fundraising and program needs, as supported by members.
    E. Provide office/technical support needed by members.


    Goal #3 - Fund Development
    A. Improve the public perception of chapter.
    B. Emphasize Assistance League of Reno-Sparks' brand recognition through marketing program.
    C. Continue to expand and improve Thrift Shop.
    C. Continue to expand and explore sources for grants.
    D. Develop new fundraising events that are supported by the Board and membership.

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Internal Resources
    Assistance League of Reno-Sparks has 337 member-volunteers who contributed over 60,000 service hours in FYE 2015 valued at more than $1.3 ending May 31, 2015. Assistance League orients new members on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Assistance League enjoys a well rounded membership with professional and technical skills since many are retired from long careers from a variety of industries.

    External Strengths
    Assistance League has many partnerships within the Reno-Sparks community. Their primary partner is Washoe County School District, who provides support for Operation School Bell, Links to Learning, Students in Transition and Kids on the Block. Assistance League works closely with the Washoe County Senior Center in food distribution to seniors on a monthly basis. Assistance League has garnered a reputation for consistent quality programs that provide assistance to thousands of people annually. The programs are focused on the most disadvantaged in the community.

    Connections
    Over the last three years, a strong marketing and public relations effort has contributed to the public perception of Assistance League through several television news stores, a commercial and making new contacts with media.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Assistance League of Reno-Sparks utilizes the following indicators to mark progress
    1. Number of children dressed in Operation School Bell
    2. Number of Assault Survivor Kits distributed
    3. Number of food bags distributed
    4. Number of teachers receiving awards for classroom activities
    5. Number of nonprofits receiving goods from Assistance League Thrift Shop
    6. Number of seniors receiving revenue from consignment sales
    7. Number of schoolchildren viewing puppet programs on social issues
    8. Number of children receiving support in transitional housing, i.e. Kids Kottage
    9. Number of veterans assisted with bus cards and other housing supplies
    10. Number of high school students assisted with school supplies, grooming kits, and clothing
    11. Number of children receiving 1:1 reading 3 times per week
    12. Number of grooming kits distributed to children and seniors
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Assistance League of Reno-Sparks has 12 philanthropic programs.We measure the output of each program on an annual basis and incorporate the information into our annual report which is publicized on our website at www.renosparks.assistanceleague.org.

    For FYE 2015,
    Provided 2,939 children with new clothing and grooming kits
    Provided 40 Assault Survivor Kits
    Provided approximately 10,000 food bags to seniors annually
    Provided 207 teachers awards of up to $300 for use in their
    classroom
    Provided excess goods from the Thrift Shop to 10 nonprofits in
    the community
    Provided money from consignment sales to 306 senior crafters
    Provided puppet programs on Bullying and Learning Disabilities
    to over 1,800 schoolchildren
    Provided clothing and other support to over 200 children in
    transitional housing
    Provided funds to support veterans with specific, essential items
    Provided school supplies, grooming kits and clothes for more than 468 homeless high
    school students
    Provided 1:1 reading 3 times a week to more than 120 preschoolers
    Provided 2,939 grooming kits to children and 1,000 to seniors
Service Areas

Self-reported

Nevada

Reno and Sparks NV (Washoe County)

Social Media

Funding Needs

Ongoing need for grants and donations to fund 12 philanthropic programs.

Affiliations + Memberships

National Assistance League

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Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF RENO-SPARKS INC
Fiscal year: Jun 01-May 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks

Leadership

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President

Ms. Sandie Barrie

President Elect

Ms. Katharine Peake

BIO

Served as President-Elect for one year at Assistance League of Reno-Sparks
Served as Grants Committee Chair for one year at Assistance League of Reno-Sparks
Served as Marketing/Public Relations for two years at Assistance League of Reno-Sparks
Served as Resource Development Committee member at National Assistance League.
Served as Blogger on GrantLessons, a blog on writing applications for National Assistance League.


STATEMENT FROM THE President

"Assistance League of Reno-Sparks is proud to serve as part of the nonprofit sector in Reno-Sparks, NV providing services to thousands of individuals annually."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Sandie Barrie

No Affiliation

Term: June 2016 - May 2017

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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members and Volunteers.
Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members and Volunteers.
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members and Volunteers.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members and Volunteers.

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
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Assistance League of Reno-Sparks is an all member-volunteer chapter of National Assistance League located at 1701 Vassar St., Reno, NV. In our Bylaws, it is stated that "Membership as a voting or nonvoting member is open without discrimination to all individuals as long as they comply with the responsibilities of membership."