Human Services

Assistance League of Montgomery County

  • Conroe, TX
  • www.assistanceleaguemont-co.org

Mission Statement

Assistance League of Montgomery County is a nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to improving lives in Montgomery County, Texas through philanthropic programs.

Main Programs

  1. Operation School Bell
  2. Poison Information - Always Ask
  3. Scholarships
  4. Passports for Good Health
  5. Caring and Sharing
  6. Fans for Friends
  7. Pass It On
  8. Assault Survivor Kits
  9. Tender Loving Care Dolls
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Our chapter serves the Montgomery County area of Texas.  This county is located just north of Harris County (where Houston is located)  in Texas.

ruling year

1994

President since 2016

Self-reported

Janita Love

Keywords

Self-reported

clothing for school children, poison information, seniors, abused women and children, immunization & medical records

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EIN

76-0438092

 Number

1946266028

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Thrift Shops (P29)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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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

Operation School Bell is National Assistance League's signature program and is our largest program. School counselors from all six of our independent school districts refer children who are at-risk or economically disadvantaged. New school clothes are provided through a voucher shopping event system at several local department stores. Students also receive a shoe gift card to a local merchant. Since its inception in 1988, over 50,000 children in Montgomery County have taken advantage of these services.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

400,000

Program 2

Poison Information - Always Ask

Assistance League volunteers go to schools and preschools throughout Montgomery County to provide an educational program regarding poisonous substances in the home to preschool and kindergarten children. The program is interactive to better help children comprehend the theme of "Always Ask." The volunteers in 2015-2016 presented to more than 7,600 children. This "Always Ask" program has expanded to educate families at local Festivals and events scheduled for children and adults in Montgomery County.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 3

Scholarships

This program assists with the financial needs of individuals who desire to further their education, improve their quality of life by learning new skills, or benefit from special needs therapy sessions. In addition to scholarships for graduating high school seniors during their four years of college, for adults going to community college, and for physically-challenged or special needs individuals, we may also award other scholarships, as funds are available, to persons who are pursuing educational opportunities in a variety of ways.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

100,000

Program 4

Passports for Good Health

Two booklets have been designed: one for parents, which contains immunization and health records for their children, and a second for senior citizens, which contains immunization records, health records and guidelines, medications, and doctor appointments. These booklets are distributed through our local hospitals, senior agencies and residential areas.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$4,000.00

Program 5

Caring and Sharing

Caring and Sharing works to meet the needs of the homeless, those in transition and hardship situations. Baskets containing household goods and personal items are distributed through local agencies to clients moving to a home.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

19,250

Program 6

Fans for Friends

Provide seniors and individuals in need with large box fans for the summer heat and warm blankets for the winter cold.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

17,900

Program 7

Pass It On

Provides unsold thrift shop items to clients of Montgomery County charitable organizations.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Homeless

Budget

$6,500.00

Program 8

Assault Survivor Kits

Helps assault and trauma survivors by providing clothing, toiletries, and comfort items.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Crime/Abuse Victims

Budget

$1,500.00

Program 9

Tender Loving Care Dolls

Provides hand-crafted dolls to counselors who use them as a tool to encourage children to express their feelings during difficult times.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Crime/Abuse Victims

Budget

$1,200.00

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?
    The goal of Assistance League of Montgomery County is to improve the lives of the residents in our county.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The strategies used in achieving our goal of improving the lives of residents in our county are: relieving some of the obstacles involved with attendance and performance at school for economically-disadvantaged students, educating children about hazardous substances in and around the home, providing health care information to families of newborns and senior citizens, relieving some of the conditions seniors face in extreme weather conditions, providing educational tools to agencies whose clients have experienced abuse, awarding scholarships to those in need.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Assistance League of Montgomery County has over 240 volunteers who give over 26,000 hours each year to help the county's residents. Our Thrift Shop depends on tax-deductible donations that are then sold in the shop and thus provide 80% of the funding of our philanthropic programs. We also rely on grants, donations, and bequests to boost our ability to serve the community.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The agencies and schools that our chapter with whom has agreements are surveyed every three years. The results of those surveys are then reviewed by the various committee members and recommendations are made to our Strategic Planning committee. Programs and services are adapted to meet the current needs of our community.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The specific areas of our Strategic Plan are currently being met, but Montgomery County is growing so rapidly that our chapter is faced with not having enough funds to meet the growing needs. Some of our programs are undergoing slight changes to address those issues. Membership in our organization is growing, but we continue to devise new ways to increase our membership.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Our chapter serves the Montgomery County area of Texas.  This county is located just north of Harris County (where Houston is located)  in Texas.

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Funding Needs

Operation School Bell provides new clothing and shoes to kindergarten through high school students who have been referred by Montgomery County school counselors. Last year, 6656 students were served. Scholarship provides scholarships for various types of continuing education. 13 graduating high school students each received $4000, 1 student received a scholarship to attend community college, 14 received Certification Scholarships, 18 received Continuation Scholarships and 10 received non-traditional scholarships. Last year, 56 individuals received some assistance. Fans for Friends provides new box fans to seniors and individuals who are in need and who suffer from the extreme heat in Montgomery County. Blankets are provided to seniors and those in need during cold weather. Last year, 3,494 people were served.

Affiliations + Memberships

National Assistance League

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Assistance League of Montg Co
Fiscal year: Jun 01-May 31

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Assistance League of Montgomery County

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President

Janita Love

BIO

Janita moved to the Conroe area in March 2009 from Fairfax, Virginia. A native Texan, she earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from East Texas State University, where she majored in Secondary and Higher Education, with an emphasis in Community College Education. Janita holds a Lifetime Teaching Certificate from the State of Texas, having taught students from junior high through university level for 14 years. She had a second career as a Human Resources professional at Mobil Oil Corporation and Exxon Mobil Corporation, where she worked in Fairfax, Virginia, in Staffing and Development and Executive Compensation. She retired in 2006 after over 20 years with the Corporation.

Janita is beginning her fourth year on the Board of Directors, after having joined Assistance League of Montgomery County in the summer of 2009. She has served on all the various committees of Assistance League and was Scholarship Committee Chairman for two years. A committed member, she enjoys working with the volunteers and takes pride in helping to contribute to the betterment of the community.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"Assistance League of Montgomery County is an all volunteer organization with no paid staff. Our ten philanthropic programs are community based. Since our chapter's inception in 1985, more than $5 million has been returned through our philanthropic programs to those in need in Montgomery County. We operate a Thrift Shop. In 2010 over 3500 sq. ft. was added to our facility. Space was given to our sales floor, our processing room, and also to our member areas in the building. Our hope was to increase our dollars raised in our Thrift Shop sales. We continue to look at new merchandising methods to improve our sales. With a larger storefront we also needed more members, and a continuing effort is made to encourage more volunteers into our organization. The shop provides 80% of the funding for our programs. A review is made of each our nine philanthropic programs each year to make sure these programs are continuing to meet the needs of the community and also of our membership. These programs are administered through thoughtful collaborative efforts with community service agencies, schools, churches, and other local organizations to change the lives of economically disadvantaged residents of the County. More than $475,000 was spent through the programs in 2015-2016, and the growth of our county will ensure the expansion of our programs. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Janita Love

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Term: June 2016 - May 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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