GROUNDWORK HUDSON VALLEY INC

Changing Places Changing Lives

Yonkers, NY   |  www.groundworkhv.org

Mission

Groundwork Hudson Valley creates sustainable environmental change in urban neighborhoods through community-based partnerships that promote equity, youth leadership and economic opportunity.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Ms. Brigitte Griswold

Main address

22 Main St 2nd Floor

Yonkers, NY 10701 USA

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Formerly known as

Groundwork Yonkers

EIN

11-3579493

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Southwest Yonkers was once a manufacturing hub for the entire region in the 19th and 20th centuries and retains an historic, urban and industrial character. It has great socioeconomic and environmental issues today due to decades of economic and social disinvestment. Among other things, it is a federally-designated Community Development Zone, a New York State Environmental Justice Area, and a priority for the State’s Regional Economic Development Council. Most residents are Hispanic or African-American (75%) and certain census tracts are among the poorest in the metro area. A wide range of issues affect the lives of low-income families and children Southwest Yonkers, including a lack of public green space, health disparities related to access to healthy food, and a staggeringly high youth unemployment rate.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Education

Environmental education is key to getting local youth involved, interested, and engaged in long-term environmental stewardship. Groundwork conducts various environmental education programs in Yonkers Public Schools and on The Science Barge. All of our programs incorporate hands-on projects in the classroom and in the community so that students can put their new skills and knowledge to use right away.

Population(s) Served

Groundwork hires local teenagers enrolled in the Yonkers Public School system for summer environmental jobs – for many, their first real job. The program focuses on leadership, group dynamics, and a variety of conservation and construction skills. This hard work is tempered with amazing adventures, like hiking, camping, and swimming.

Population(s) Served

For more than a decade Groundwork Hudson Valley has worked to restore rivers and trails in the lower Hudson Valley. Groundwork led the effort to bring the Saw Mill River to daylight in partnership with the City of Yonkers and manages the Saw Mill River Coalition. Groundwork is also leading the development of the Yonkers Greenway with the City of Yonkers, which is an ongoing project to convert an abandoned spur of the Putnam line into a 2.2-mile biking and walking trail through the heart of southwest Yonkers.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Westchester Eco Award 2018

US Enviromental Protection Agency

Environmental Champion Region 2 2017

US EPA

Outstanding Careers and Tech Ed Partner 2017

Yonkers Public Schools

Centennial Volunteer Challenge Award 2016

National Park Service

Award for Sustainability Education 2015

Omega Institute

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total pounds of debris collected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rivers and Trails

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of trees planted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rivers and Trails

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Acres of natural habitat restored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rivers and Trails

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Pounds of trash removed from rivers and streams and/or from riparian habitat

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rivers and Trails

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Acres of brownfields/derelict land improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rivers and Trails

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth under 18 years of age actively engaged in community involvement and education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of student hours of climate-related environmental education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of hours each youth participated in program over summer

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Youth Employment

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of employment placements defined as part-time (less than 35 hours per week)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Youth Employment

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total square footage of garden beds provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rivers and Trails

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Groundwork has been a dynamic force for change in communities of the Lower Hudson Valley for the past 18 years. The goal is to create sustainable environmental change in urban neighborhoods through community-based partnerships that promote equity, youth leadership, and economic opportunity. The organization engages and trains local people to improve blighted and neglected conditions in their own neighborhoods to achieve economic, social, and environmental outcomes. Participants promote community change, develop skills, and become leaders in transformative work over time. The organization’s mission is summarized by the phrase “Changing Places, Changing Lives.” In addition to local empowerment, projects have short- and long-term goals, so smaller actions, such as tree plantings, are in the context of a community-led vision. Local buy-in is further bolstered through partnerships and volunteer activities involving local business, neighborhood groups, and public agencies.

Groundwork has three major strategies to restore the urban landscape and promote long-term economic and environmental neighborhood renewal. Groundwork's strategy to transform public spaces includes uncovering polluted rivers, turning an abandoned train line into a new greenway, and transforming vacant lots into urban farms and playgrounds. Groundwork's strategy to support the next generation of community leaders includes training and mentoring more than a hundred students each year through a year-round program that includes summer jobs, after-school employment, and internships. Groundwork's strategy to increase community agency and knowledge of environmental issues includes public education programs focused on environmental sustainability, climate change, urban ecology, and brownfield remediation.

Groundwork's staff and board have years of experience developing innovative environmental initiatives, most addressing community-based environmental justice concerns. Groundwork has received and successfully managed millions of dollars in local, state and federal funds for its notable projects and programs. Groundwork programs have resulted in several prestigious awards including the Partners in Conservation Award from the Secretary of the Interior in 2016, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency 2017 Environmental Champion Award, the Outstanding CTE (Careers & Technical Education) Partner of the Year Award from Yonkers Public Schools in 2017, the National Park Service Centennial Volunteer Challenge Award in 2016, and the Westchester County Eco-Award in 2018. The organization’s highly experienced staff includes Brigitte Griswold, Groundwork's Executive Director, who was the Global Director of Youth Engagement at the Nature Conservancy for 13 years before joining the organization.

Groundwork's accomplishments include the Science Barge, a sustainable farm and urban environmental education center on the Hudson River in downtown Yonkers that is one of the region’s leading STEM centers; the Green Team youth conservation corps, which provides jobs, training, and leadership to Yonkers youth in urban conservation, with service trips to National Parks such as Yellowstone; the Saw Mill River Coalition, which resulted in the daylighting of the Saw Mill River and today focuses on cleaning up and restoring one of the most polluted tributaries to the Hudson River. Groundwork's newest project is the Yonkers Greenway Park and adjacent Yonkers Greenway, a new park and urban trail along an abandoned rail line that will revitalize some of the city’s most neglected neighborhoods to promote health, recreation, and public transit.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GROUNDWORK HUDSON VALLEY INC

Board of directors
as of 5/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Wendy Zimmermann

No Affiliation

Term: 2017 -

Wendy Zimmermann

Shannon Daugherty

Robert Baron

Brian Carroll

Pam Michels

Donna Davis

Joan Dinowitz

Anthony Simari

Patricia Truscelli Ellis

Joe Curto

Michelle Frank

Cheryl Lamptey

Renee Milligan

Shakira Wilson

Craig Young

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/30/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/30/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.