Assistance League of Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO)


  • Name:Kathy Fortner
  • Title:Gifts and Grants Chair

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Assistance League of Colorado Springs
  • Address:405 South Nevada Avenue
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:719-475-2627

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  • Mission:
  • Assistance League® of Colorado Springs (ALCS) is a nonprofit, all volunteer philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the well-being of the children and families of the Pikes Peak community.

  • Overview:
  • Assistance League of Colorado Springs is a totally voluntary organization with no paid employees. All key positions are held by organization members, including Board officials and committee chairs/members.

    ALCS is composed of members who provide services for our philanthropies and a system of committees and boards that approve any action taken by the membership. Expenditures are approved by the finance committee. A certified public accounting firm reviews chapter financial records, prepares monthly financial statements, and provides audited fiscal year end reports.

    Any project undertaken by ALCS must be approved by National Assistance League® (NAL) before the project is begun. Local finances and philanthropic projects are reviewed and audited annually by NAL committees and board consultants. NAL provides professional financial guidance to ALCS on all philanthropic and financial projects.

    ALCS currently has 154 members, 12 of whom serve as officers and members of the Board. Volunteers come from all walks of life, including homemakers, nurses, teachers, administrators, real estate agents, stockbrokers, business owners, managers, bookkeepers, scientists, federal employees and members of the armed forces. Most are retired from professional life and devote their efforts to voluntary service. From June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015 our 143 members donated more than 22,287 hours of service to the organization.

    Our fiscal year runs from June 1 through May 31, consequently the funds for which we are applying would be used in Operation School Bell 2016 which will begin next September and end in October. A grant of $5,000 from The Lawrence Foundation would allow us to clothe approximately 65 children at an average cost of $77 per child.

    Programs: Operation School Bell® (OSB), our signature program for which we are requesting funds, provides new clothing to disadvantaged El Paso County public school children (K-12) who need clothes to be able to attend and do well in school.

    Can You Hear Me? is a hearing-screening program for 3½ to 5-year old children conducted in cooperation with El Paso County Department of Health and Environment. Trained ALCS volunteers screen hearing and make recommendations for rescreening to professional audiologist(s) if needed. Last year over 748 preschool students attending 33 preschool and child development centers received this important service. More than 26,500 children have been screened since the program began in 1985.

    Buddy Bear program began in 1992 and donates teddy bears to local hospital emergency centers to give to children in traumatic situations. Annual distribution of Buddy Bears varies depending on community need. Last year 950 children in El Paso County received Buddy Bears. Since ALCS began this program, more than 20,950 bears have been provided.

    Assault Survivor Kits® program works with Memorial Hospital’s Sexual Assault Crisis Center and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner’s program to provide clothing and hygiene kits to sexual assault victims who are required to leave their clothing as police evidence. Annual distribution of supplies is driven by the needs of the community. ALCS has distributed clothing and/or kits to more than 13,500 sexual assault victims since the program began in 1995. Unfortunately, the need for this program continues to grow.

    Sweet Dreams, our newest program initiated in 2011, provides bed frames and mattress/box spring sets to emancipated teens who no longer qualify for foster care. ALCS distributes the sets to young people who are referred to us by the county. This helps them begin furnishing their own homes. To date, a total of 17 beds sets have been delivered. No other organization in Colorado Springs provides this service.

  • History:
  • Assistance League® of Colorado Springs was organized in 1969 by a small group of homemakers who saw too many children attending school without adequate school clothing. It was because of this need that Assistance League of Colorado Springs was founded. In 1970, ALCS became a chartered chapter of National Assistance League® (NAL), the first nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization in the West to recognize the potential of volunteers to provide their community members a better life experience. By providing new school clothing to disadvantaged children, Operation School Bell fulfills its primary goals of promoting school participation, increasing children’s learning potential, and improving their self-esteem. This can be a motivation for remaining in school longer which, in turn, can impact their health. As reported in nprED in July of this year, “The connection between education levels and health has been well-documented, and, this study found, it’s growing in recent generations.” Our mission has not changed since ALCS was founded. In OSB 2015, which ended October 13, we clothed 2,723 children from 169 schools. Over the past 46 years, ALCS has served more than 88,400 children at a cost of over $4,200,000.

  • Year established:1969
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:147


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(2)
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