Assistance League of Ventura County (Ventura, CA)


  • Name:Mrs. Susan Root
  • Title:Grants Committee Chairman

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Assistance League of Ventura County
  • Address:913 East Santa Clara Street
    Ventura, CA 93001
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(805) 643-2458
  • Main fax:(805) 643-4087

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  • Mission:
  • Assistance League® of Ventura County is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the enrichment of the lives of children in Ventura County and the betterment of their future. The organization’s primary goal is to bring positive change to the lives of local youngsters in need.

  • Overview:
  • Assistance League of Ventura County was chartered as a chapter of National Assistance League in 1950. Its members, inspired by the chapter’s vision, “A Brighter Tomorrow for Today’s Children” contribute tens of thousands of volunteer service hours each year for the benefit of our community’s underserved and disadvantaged youngsters. Since its inception, the chapter has grown to include three active auxiliary organizations, Nancy R. Brandt, Las Patronas, and Assisteens which is comprised of both boys and girls in grades 7 through 12. Proceeds from the auxiliaries’ fundraising events generously support chapter philanthropies.

    Assistance League of Ventura County is run entirely by volunteers. The Board of Directors consists of nineteen members who have retired from a broad range of occupations including teachers, business owners, nurses and accountants. The only qualification to be on the Board is a willingness to serve. The average length of membership for the 2012-2013 Board members is 12 ½ years.

    Assistance League of Ventura County supports and manages six philanthropic programs serving more than 1,600 local children each year. They are:

    ~ Operation School Bell® provides new school clothing, shoes, hygiene kits, and school supplies to impoverished youngsters attending local elementary schools. The program has successfully strengthened the self-confidence, school attendance and scholastic achievement of participating students. During the 2011-2012 school year, 1,109 boys and girls were served;

    ~ Girls’ Club/Teen Club offers a year-round program that includes a summer camp and after-school safe haven for young girls and teens. The after school and summer programs are designed to develop academic achievement, self-confidence, self-respect and enrichment. Average attendance is 80 to 100 girls. Approximately 20% of these girls are given either full or partial scholarships;

    ~ Assistance League School educates preschool and kindergarten children with developmental delays. Professionally staffed and fully accredited by the State of California, the school provides early intervention education and therapies for special needs preschool and kindergarten age children facilitating a learning environment that enables most of the children to be mainstreamed into public schools. Established in 1960, the school typically serves 50-54 youngsters each year;

    ~ B.U.F.F.Y. Bear provides cuddly bears with the B.U.F.F.Y. message, “Bears Understand Friends, Feelings and You,” to comfort children facing the trauma of testifying in cases of domestic violence and sexual abuse. The bears also provide comfort to children who are, themselves, victims of abuse. Three hundred twenty two bears were presented to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Victims Assistance Department, Santa Paula Hospital and the Fillmore Fire Department last year;

    ~ Academic Scholarships offer financial aid to students pursuing higher education. Scholarships are given to students who have completed 60 units of undergraduate work at Ventura Community College or Oxnard Community College and are entering a four year college or university. During the 2011-2012 academic period, five deserving students each received $2,500 to help pay their college expenses;

    ~ Assault Survivor Kits provide new clothing to victims of assault or abuse in partnership with the Ventura County Safe Harbor program, a domestic violence program. During the last fiscal year, 31 sets of clothing for adults and 8 sets of pajamas and underwear for children were distributed. The new clothing and personal supplies help restore the victims’ sense of dignity as they take their first steps toward recovery.

    Assistance League of Ventura County’s main sources of income are tuitions paid to the Girls’ Club/Teen Club and the Assistance League School. The other programs are not revenue producing. Additional sources of revenue are proceeds from fundraising activities, the organization’s Bargain Box re-sale store, private sector grants, individual and corporate donations and interest from chapter investments and reserves. Of all money received by the Ventura County Chapter, 87% goes directly to supporting its programs.

  • History:
  • 1919 & 1935 – Founding of Assistance League
    In 1919, Mrs. Hancock Banning organized Assistance League of Southern California, also known as Founder Chapter to provide food and clothing for local families impacted by World War I. As needs in adjoining communities were recognized, other organizations wished to follow this philanthropic philosophy. In response, Anne Banning and Ada Laughlin organized National Assistance League® in 1935 to promote the growth of effective volunteerism through leadership training and education.

    1946 & 1950- Assistance League of Ventura County
    Established in 1946, Assistance League of Ventura County’s founding organization was known as the Women’s Progressive League. The League was affiliated as a chapter of National Assistance League® in 1950.

    1954 - Girls’ Club/Teen Club

    1956 - The “Bargain Box”
    Established as the chapter’s thrift shop in 1956, the Bargain Box offers quality merchandise at reasonable prices. The Bargain Box continues as the chapter’s most significant on-going fundraising activity. The shop is managed, staffed and supported by chapter and auxiliary member volunteers. All clothing and merchandise are donated.

    1960 - Assistance League School

    1961 – Academic Scholarships

    1962 - Las Patronas Auxiliary
    Officially founded as an auxiliary in 1962, Las Patronas originated in December 1958, when Associate members of Assistance League sponsored the first Debutante Presentation Ball. Now an annual event, the Presentation Ball is recognized as one of Ventura County’s most spectacular social events. Proceeds generously support Assistance League philanthropies.

    1973 – Vivian Johnson Scholarships
    Scholarships are generously funded by a bequest from the late Vivian Johnson. Awarded annually to outstanding graduating members of Girls’ Club/Teen Club, the scholarships have helped deserving young women realize their academic potential and pursue promising careers.

    1989 - B.U.F.F.Y. Bear

    1990 - Nancy R. Brandt Auxiliary
    Members of the Nancy R. Brandt Auxiliary are professional individuals employed 20 or more hours a week. To accommodate their schedules, meetings are held in the evenings. The organization’s fundraising events generously support chapter philanthropic programs. Members also devote one Thursday each month sharing their professional experiences with the young teens attending Girls’ Club/Teen club.

    1993 - Operation School Bell®

    2002- Assault Survivor Kits®

    2010 – Assisteens
    Assisteens, comprised of boys and girls in grades 7 through 12, has been established to develop volunteers and community leaders through a combination of philanthropic programs. Assisteens, whose mission is "Future in the making ... Training today's teenagers to be tomorrow's leaders," was met with an overwhelming response from local youth.

  • Year established:1950
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:19
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:21


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:95-2100846

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:952100846
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization City:VENTURA
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:93001-0000
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 1952
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):429
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other inner city or community benefit activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:April, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:April
  • NTEE Code:S80Z
  • Asset Amount:$2,853,388
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,676,744
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,042,612
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:59:26 am

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