AssistanceLeague of Tucson (Tucson, AZ)


  • Name:Mrs. Jeanie Byrd
  • Title:volunteer grantwriter

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:AssistanceLeague of Tucson
  • Address:1307 N.. Alvernon Way
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:520 326-8452

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  • Mission:
  • Mission Statement: Assistance League of Tucson is a volunteer philanthropic organization that provides essential goods and services to improve the lives of
    disadvantaged men, women and children in the greater Tucson area.
    Vision Statement:Volunteers...Working Together For Tucson
    Our volunteer members embrace the following Core Values:
    Commitment: compassionate and caring service
    Integrity: honesty and authenticity in communication and action
    Leadership: visionary, ethical professionals, sensitive to individuals
    Accountability:prudent fiscal and physical responsibility and evaluations
    Respect: appreciation and consideration for others
    Chapter Goal 1: Recruit and retain an active and engaged membership to accomplish our mission.
    Chap. Goal 2:Ensure that programs meet community needs.
    Chap. Goal 3:Increase funding to support our mission and efficiently run the organization.
    Chap. Goal 4:Boldly promote our mission, programs and fundraising opportunities to the community.

  • Overview:
  • Imagine a child who has to attend school with no underwear or socks, a child who owns only one set of clothes, who goes to school without a jacket and wears sandals during a cold winter. This scenario is an unfortunate daily reality for thousands of school children across the nation and in our local community. Assistance League of Tucson, an all-volunteer organization, is working to alleviate this stark reality through Operation School Bell®.
    Assistance League of Tucson, through Operation School Bell, has supplied new school clothing, hygiene items, and school supplies to more than 44,344 K-5 students since the program’s inception in 1994. Each child receives complete outfits (two tee-shirts or blouses and two jeans or shorts; or two school uniforms), a pair of shoes, a jacket, six pairs of underwear, six pairs of socks, a backpack, school supply kit, and a grooming kit. School supply kits include a notebook, ruler, pencils, pencil box, eraser, crayons/markers, and scissors. A grooming kit consists of shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, and a comb. Each child also selects a brand new age-appropriate book to take home. Our bulk purchasing practices help to keep the cost of this clothing and school package, which is provided free to each child, at $80.
    Operation School Bell, the largest of our philanthropic programs and the subject of this grant proposal, has received numerous accolades from school administrators. It has been confirmed by school personnel that the children who are proud of their appearance are more likely to participate in school activities, make friends and do well in their studies. This, in turn, helps to build a basis for success in these students’ lives.
    The children served by Operation School Bell are from 31 schools within the Amphitheater, Flowing Wells, Sunnyside, Tucson Unified, and Altar Valley School Districts in Arizona. The children, who come from families with extreme need, are selected by school administrators, teachers, and counselors at the respective schools. Through the courtesy of the school districts, the children are transported to our facility, which has been designed for the purpose of outfitting the children in a safe and friendly environment. The majority of these K-5 children are involved in the Title I Free Lunch Program as defined by federal government guidelines and most of their parents are among the “working poor” of Tucson. In addition, Arizona Children’s Association and Amity Circle Ranch refer children to our program.
    A typical “shopping day” begins when 30-35 children arrive by school bus at our Philanthropic Programs Center. The students are met and greeted by our member volunteers, who then take the children, one by one, on their own personalized shopping trip. The children are encouraged to choose their favorite colored tee-shirts, backpacks, and jackets. Our private dressing rooms allow the children to try on clothing for the perfect fit. In the “shoe department”, our volunteers have learned to correctly size the tennis shoes, while allowing the children to select favorite styles. We believe that this one-on-one attention from our caring volunteers helps build self-confidence and makes a visit to Operation School Bell a happy and memorable experience.
    The Operation School Bell volunteers often hear from the children themselves that they are experiencing many “firsts” - the first new clothes that weren’t handed down from an older sibling; the first properly-fitted pair of new shoes; the first new underwear and socks; and, sadly to say, sometimes the first new toothbrush and grooming supplies. In addition to the physical goods, a more important gift might be a child’s new-found sense of well-being, when an Operation School Bell volunteer makes the child feel that someone really cares. This added support enhances their chances of developing into productive citizens.

  • History:
  • Operation School Bell began in Tucson in 1994 with just 335 children, a number that has grown to more than 3,700 children annually for the past several years. By the end of the 2011-12 school year, more than 44,344 students had received new clothing and supplies. We see no end to this program as we are constantly asked to increase the numbers each year. Additional and ongoing funding is necessary to continue, and if possible expand, this much-needed program.
    Operation School Bell is overseen by a chairperson and a 22-person committee, which works year-round. During the spring and summer, all goods are ordered, received, and stocked into the Philanthropic Programs Center. Inventory management is streamlined by the use of an inventory tracking computer program. In the spring months several committee members work with the school districts to get contracts signed and schedules arranged. The program gets into full swing at the beginning of the school year and continues from September through February. Assistance League volunteers donate more than 7,045 hours annually to our philanthropic programs.
    The Board of Directors of Assistance League of Tucson understands the value of both self-assessment and review of best practices. The Operation School Bell program has performance reviews and is further evaluated annually by principals and counselors at the participating schools. We then aggressively act on the feedback by making changes and improvements as warranted. The 2011-2012 evaluation shows that the school administrators deemed the services provided by Operation School Bell as extremely worthwhile and necessary. Furthermore, as per the administrators, the program has promoted school attendance and inspired scholastic achievement in the children through increased confidence and self-respect.
    Assistance League of Tucson has given more than 50 years of service to the Tucson community. The primary goals of Assistance League are to assess the needs of the community and provide relevant programs to improve lives by serving those in need. It is a nonprofit, non-political, nonsectarian volunteer organization with no paid staff.
    Since its beginning, Assistance League has created and developed ongoing philanthropic programs which are evaluated annually and changed to fit the needs of the community. Assistance League has provided hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours of service to improve the quality of life for the disadvantaged of Tucson. Last year alone, 42,563 volunteer hours were gifted to the Tucson community. According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics for fiscal year ended 4/30/12, the value of a volunteer hour is $20.48 making our contribution to this community worth $871,690.24.

  • Year established:1959
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:6
  • Staff size:0


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:86-6057789

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:866057789
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1307 N ALVERNON WAY
  • Organization City:TUCSON
  • Organization State:AZ
  • Organization Zip:85712-3801
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1961
  • 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):999
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • 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:P44Z
  • Asset Amount:$2,563,698
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,240,047
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$720,669
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:27:44 pm

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