Human Services

Assistance League of Charlotte

  • Charlotte, NC
  • charlotte.assistanceleague.org

Mission Statement

Assistance League of Charlotte is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through community-based philanthropic programs - we feed, we clothe, we mentor, we educate.

Main Programs

  1. Assistance League of Charlotte Outreach
  2. Operation Check Hunger
  3. Operation School Bell
  4. Mecklenburg County Teen Court
  5. Assistance League of Charlotte Scholarship Fund
Service Areas

Self-reported

North Carolina

Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer since 2016

Self-reported

Ms. Grace Bednarcik

Keywords

Self-reported

Assistance for School Children in need. Teen Courts, Scholarships, Thrift Shops, Feeding hungry children, outreach.

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EIN

56-1781080

 Number

0515558033

Physical Address

3405 South Tryon Street

Charlotte, 28217 1112

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Services (P40)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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

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In 2014-15, 153 members of Assistance League of Charlotte® generated 36,529 hours of community service on behalf of local children and 464 nonmember volunteers contributed 9,272 hours. Funds raised are returned to the community through five philanthropic programs: Operation Check Hunger; Operation School Bell; Mecklenburg County Teen Court; Assistance League of Charlotte Scholarship Fund and Assistance League Outreach.

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

Assistance League of Charlotte Outreach

Assistance League of Charlotte Outreach is designed to provide goods and services for short term needs to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community and assist with possible long term needs of partnering organizations.

Category

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

66,791

Program 2

Operation Check Hunger

Operation Check Hunger was established in 1992 as Assistance League of Charlotte's first philanthropic program.  It is designed to alleviate children's hunger by distributing food through three major community sources.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

127,437

Program 3

Operation School Bell

Operation School Bell provides basic school clothing and books to children in need in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to enhance self-esteem, promote learning, and encourage regular school attendance. With the help of an Assistance League of Charlotte volunteer, each child selects a new jacket, two uniforms (white polo shirts and navy slacks), a pair of school shoes, six pairs of socks, underwear, a book and a grooming kit.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

151,621

Program 4

Mecklenburg County Teen Court

Mecklenburg County Teen Court is designed to provide juveniles with no previous convictions a second chance when they admit their guilt, agree to be tried by a jury of their peers and take responsibility for their actions. Teen Court also trains teen volunteers in the legal process as jurors, clerks of court, bailiffs, and attorneys emphasizing communication, leadership, and diversity skills.  

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

84,130

Program 5

Assistance League of Charlotte Scholarship Fund

Assistance League of Charlotte Scholarship Fund awards college monies to Charlotte Mecklenburg graduating seniors and previous scholarship recipients for their continuing education. Assistance League of Charlotte Scholarship in the amount of $10,000 is awarded to a graduating senior planning to attend one of the 16 universities within the University of North Carolina System. Assistance League of Charlotte Previous Recipient Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is awarded to previous scholarship recipients who are undergraduates enrolled in one of the 16 universities within the University of North Carolina System. Assistance League of Charlotte Scholarship in Honor of Gary and Margaret Lincoln is awarded to a graduating senior planning to attend Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). The scholarship shall be funded up to the amount of $2,500 per year.  All Scholarships are based on community service and financial need.  Additional Scholarships are awarded as funding permits.

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

31,117

Results

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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 children served by Assistance League of Charlotte’s Operation School Bell

Target Population
Children and youth (0-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
Operation School Bell
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Measured by counting the number of children that are provided uniforms at Assistance League of Charlotte's facility, and the number of uniforms and personal hygiene kits provided directly to schools

2. Number of children served by Assistance League of Charlotte’s Operation Check Hunger

Target Population
At-risk youth

Connected to a Program?
Operation Check Hunger
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Measured by the total number of weekend backpacks provided during the year, the number of in-school snacks provided during the year, and number of families served during the year through food pantries

3. Recidivism rate of youthful defendants completing the Assistance League of Charlotte’s Mecklenburg County Teen Court process

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
Mecklenburg County Teen Court
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
The percent of defendants who have new charges filed as tracked for one year after program completion - (2015 is estimated the actual number will not be available until June 2016)

4. Number of academic scholarships awarded

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
Assistance League of Charlotte Scholarship Fund
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Measured by the number of individuals receiving a scholarship regardless of the amount of dollars provided

5. Dollar contribution to the community through Assistance League of Charlotte Community Outreach

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
Assistance League of Charlotte Outreach
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Estimated annually based upon the value of clothing and other donation bags provided to other non-profits

6. Number of Assistance League of Charlotte members

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Measured by the number of dues-paying individuals during each fiscal year, June 1 through May 31

7. Total number of Assistance League of Charlotte volunteer hours

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Total number of hours members, non-members and community volunteers provided during the fiscal year

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Assistance League of Charlotte is a nonprofit member-volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through community-based philanthropic programs – we feed, we clothe, we mentor, we educate. Its vision is to provide every child an opportunity to succeed. Assistance League of Charlotte serves at-risk children in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community through the work of five philanthropic programs: (1) Operation Check Hunger; (2) Operation School Bell®; (3) Mecklenburg County Teen Court; (4) Scholarship; and (5) Outreach.

    These five programs contribute to lasting change by:
    • keeping at-risk children focused while in school by providing proper nutrition;
    • improving attendance and self confidence by providing proper clothing;
    • giving first-time juvenile offenders a second chance and keeping them out of the criminal justice system;
    • providing educational scholarships based on community service as well as need; and
    • partnering with other non-profit organizations increasing the overall community benefit.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Assistance League has four strategies for providing every child an opportunity to succeed:
    1. To ensure that all philanthropic programs demonstrate relevance and measurable outcomes against objectives.
    2. To ensure active membership sufficient to support Assistance League goals.
    3. To ensure adequate funding to support philanthropic programs, chapter administration and debt reduction.
    4. To maintain excellence in management, administration, communication and stewardship of chapter assets.

    Monitoring and improving Assistance League's philanthropic programs to ensure the changing needs of the community are being served is the organization's number one strategy. In order to serve the maximum number of children and families, Assistance League maintains and administers a thrift shop that provides low cost merchandise to the community and generates more than $500,000 annually in revenue and continues to grow.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Assistance League has over 150 active member volunteers who share a passion for serving children and provide more than 36,000 hours during a fiscal year. All members receive continuous training on operational and program processes.
    A volunteer Board of Directors, elected from and by chapter members, oversees the work of the member volunteers, which is to execute programming and manage the organization's primary revenue generator – its thrift shop. With the exception of a part-time administrator for the chapter's Mecklenburg County Teen Court program, member volunteers serve as de facto staff, fulfilling regular shifts of work and coordinating a multi-faceted portfolio of programming. National Assistance League provides annual leadership training on best practices for the chapter president and treasurer.
    The philanthropic programs continuously assess the value provided to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community by analyzing the results of each program at the end of the fiscal year. In addition, each program maintains documented processes that are repeatable and improved whenever process failures occur.
    Financial requirements are met through the net proceeds from the thrift shop that is managed and staffed entirely by volunteers, from solicitation of private and corporate donations and grants, and from other fundraising events.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Output and outcome accomplishments for the five programs are measured by the number of children and families served and through the surveys that are returned by the teachers and administrators of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools to ensure Assistance League continues to meet the changing needs of the community.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In order to increase the number of children and families served Assistance League of Charlotte made the decision to purchase a facility capable of housing the philanthropic programs and thrift shop as well as providing the warehousing necessary for operations. The purchase of the facility has increased Assistance League's debt that must be paid off in order to increase the number of clients served. Assistance League is making progress toward debt reduction but much work is yet to be done.
Service Areas

Self-reported

North Carolina

Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina

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Financials

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

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Assistance League of Charlotte

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Principal Officer

Ms. Grace Bednarcik

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Grace Bednarcik

No Affiliation

Term: June 2016 - May 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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


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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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