Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Assistance League of Riverside

Transforming Lives - Strenghtening Community

aka ALR

Riverside, CA


Assistance League of Riverside volunteers transforming the lives of children through community programs.

Ruling Year



Mr. Chris Jensen

Main Address

3707 Sunnyside Drive

Riverside, CA 92506 USA


Children / Youth, Education, Volunteerism / Community Service, At-risk Teens, Health & Human Services





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Assistance League of Riverside focuses on helping the community's children and youth who are in need, primarily by providing new school clothes and supplies, food, scholarships and other support.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Operation School Bell

Snack Attack

College Bound

Bear Pals

Teen Support

Hearts and Hands

Assisteens Auxiliary

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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.

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Number of children served

Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Context notes

This is the total number of children and youth served through all our programs during our fiscal year, which is June through May.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Assistance League of Riverside's goals include: meeting identified needs of children in our community; increasing membership and commitment; continuing to grow revenue streams to sustain our philanthropic programs; maintaining our facilities to enable us to continue our philanthropic operations, and increasing awareness of our organization and our programs. We are an all-volunteer organization dedicated to clothing, comforting and educating the children of our community." Our Motto is "Hearts that Care - Hands that Share."

The following strategies have been established to accomplish our goals:
Utilize community resources to continually assess the needs of the children in our community.
Increase membership in our organization through individual connections and networking opportunities in the community.
Provide our Thrift Shop, which is the main source of our revenue, with the resources necessary to ensure adequate revenues.
Evaluate and upgrade space usage to optimize program capacities and operational needs.
Network with local businesses, corporations, community leaders and non-profit agencies and expand availability of informational materials through our website, printed and electronic media, and social media.

With a strong commitment from over 200 Assistance League of Riverside members, over 50 Assisteens members, plus community volunteers, we have continued to sustain all of our philanthropic programs for many years. Our Chapter started in 1966 and throughout our more than 50 years of existence we have grown our programs through our Thrift Shop sales, grants and fund-raising activities. An annual mail campaign is held once each year, bringing in donations from community supporters and friends of the organization. Also, a fund-raising event is held each year, typically in the spring, which not only increases awareness of our programs but also generates revenue for those programs.

Details of the number of children served each year is collected for each program and analyzed for any trends. Parents of the children dressed in Operation School Bell are asked to complete a survey to provide feedback on the success of the program. Recipients of our other programs, such as Snack Attack, Bear Pals, Teen Support and College Bound, often send us notes and thank-you's that let us know our efforts are appreciated. The institutions that refer children to us also provide feedback on the impact and effectiveness of our services.

Operation School Bell continues to provide new school clothes, backpacks, hygiene kits and school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children throughout Riverside County. Teachers have reported back to us that these students have improved attendance and class participation. Snack Attack provides over 800 snack bags every Friday during the school year to homeless or needy children. A typical bag contains an orange, baby carrots, a cheese stick and other healthy snacks. Our other programs include: College Bound, which provides SAT student guides and scholarships for secondary education; Bear Pals, which provides teddy bears and fun kits to hospitals and law enforcement agencies for children in traumatic situations; Teen Support, which supports aged-out foster youth and at-risk teens; and Hearts and Hands, which provides special experiences for children. We will continue these programs and initiate others that meet the needs of children in the community.

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Affiliations & Memberships

National Assistance League


Assistance League of Riverside

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?



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



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



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



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