Employment, Job Related

WORK VESSELS FOR VETS INC

Equipping Veteran Entreprises

aka WORK VESSELS FOR VETERANS   |   WEST MYSTIC, CT   |  www.workvesselsforveterans.org

Mission

TO EQUIP AMERICA'S RETUNING VETERANS WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO START A BUSINESS OR PURSUE CAREER EDUCATION.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Hon. Cathy Cook

President of the Board of Directors

MR. JOHN NIEKRASH

Main address

P.O. Box 215

WEST MYSTIC, CT 06388 USA

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EIN

26-3201760

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Economic Development (S30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Work Vessels for Veterans, is nonprofit, charitable organization whose mission is to equip veterans returning from the theaters of war with the “vessel" that can start a career or enhance a life of our returning service men and women. Since incorporation as a nonprofit in 2008, over 1800 veterans in all 50 states have received “vessels" valued at over $2.5 million to begin their transition to civilian life. By matching corporate and individual donations with veterans who demonstrate a viable business plan, Work Vessels for Veterans, Inc has provided a “Hand up" with fishing vessels, vans, vehicles, laptops, trucks, tool sets, tractors, trailers, farmland, fencing, furniture and more.

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?

Farm Equipment Fund

Veteran farmers may apply for inkind or financial assistance to obtain tractors or other farm implements to pursue self employment as farmers.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel
Budget
$50,000

Work Vessels for Vets donates refreshed laptops to veterans studying in University toward a degreel or in career programs at other institutions.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Budget
$25,000

The program offers inkind and financial donations to veteran entrepreneurs for whatever equipment they need to start a business.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Veterans
Budget
$300,000

This program supports veterans who are starting businesses by matching applicants with free mentoring services, and offering assistance with development of business plans. The program identifies other support services for beginning entrepreneurs and offers referrals and assistance to new resources.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel
Budget
$100,000

Where we work

Awards

Top Rated NonProfit 2018

Great NonProfits

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Dollars donated to support advocacy efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Equipping Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Individual and corporate in-kind donations of equipment and discounts are matched by foundation grants, events and personal donations to enable awards of equipment to injured veteran start ups.

Number of veterans who have pursued career education using tools donated by Work Vessels for Vets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Laptop for Disabled Vets

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Laptops are refurbished and given to veterans enrolled in universities in the USA or in training programs in their communities. In addition, 20 laptops were provided to veteran-serving nonprofits.

Number of collaborations made to support veteran entrepreneurs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Equipping Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

MOUs with Farmer Veteran Coalition, Agribility USA ,Semper Fi Fund, VETS AID, Resources Exchange, US Vets Chamber of Commerce, Mentoring Corps & EBV University Programs are in place.

Number of veterans who have started a business with equipment supplied by Work Vessels for Vets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Equipping Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 2008, this volunteer-run charity with under1% overhead has awarded over $3 million in equipment to over 2000 injured veterans in all 50 states to help them reach their dreams of self-employment.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Work Vessels for Veterans, Inc. (WVFV) seeks to assist veteran-entrepreneurs with the equipment they need to start a business or pursue career education. <br/>1. WVFV will match inkind and discounted equipment donations to veteran entrepreneurs who are ready to execute a qualified business plan. <br/>2. WVFV will qualify and provide equipment to at least 50 veteran-entrepreneurs each year.<br/>3. WVFV will offer ongoing support to veteran-owned businesses by connecting them with each other.<br/>4. WVFV will partner with other nonprofit organizations in America to accomplish these goals to support veterans returning from combat to civilian self employment.

Work Vessels for Veterans has a unique and purposeful network of partners in the civilian, military and veteran communities. <br/>1. WVFV calls upon these partners when a veteran applicant qualifies to receive an equipment match. By utilizing corporate and retiree volunteers, WVFV is able to "vet" each applicant for readiness for self-employment and then seek matching donors for the needed equipment. <br/>2. WVFV, as a trusted partner, received referrals for assistance from staff at Walter Reed Hospital, State Veterans' Affairs Departments, the Farmer-Veteran Coalition, and the 10 universities participating in the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Returning Disabled Veterans (EBV PRogram), headquartered at Syracuse University. <br/>3. WVFV is named a sponsored veteran charity of the Academy of Country Music's "Lifting Lives Foundation" and receives funding and national marketing assistance to reach our goals. <br/>4. WVFV engages volunteer business "mentors" to assist and counsel veteran applicants.

Our large network of volunteer mentors, organizational partners and veteran and military resources leverage the work of the WVFV all volunteer personnel. The WVFV Advisory Council of about 50 individual and corporate representatives act as a resource to mentor applicants and match donations with needs. WVFV establishes Memoranda of Understandings with many partners, incuding the Farmer Veteran Coalition, Agribility USA, The Mentoring Corps, The Military Community Coalition, VETSAID, Resources Exchange Association, and many others to leverage donor funds and offer best advice and referrals for veteran-entrepreneurs we serve.

Work Vessels for Veterans measures success by reviewing the number of completed veteran applications each year. Assigned mentors report on veteran business progress to Work Vessels for Vets. WVFV also maintains contact with veteran-entrepreneurs and offers additional mentorship as requested. WVFV reports to granting organizations on the number of veterans served. WVFV measures length of time on a waiting list and geographical distribution of veterans served.

Since 2008, the 9 volunteers who co-founded and continue to run Work Vessels for Veterans, Inc have provided more than 1800 veterans from all 50 states with inkind matches of equipment valued at over $2 .rmillion! That is a remarkable accomplishment. The challenges ahead as over 1.5 million service men and women return to civilian life in America, will be to identify, qualify and match those veterans who seek to be self-employed. Most of our applicant-veterans have some combat related injuries. WVFV will be challenged in the years to come with the need to provide equipment that meets the accomodations required for these injured vets.

Financials

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WORK VESSELS FOR VETS INC

Board of directors
as of 3/24/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Niekrash

Work Vessels for Vets, Inc

Term: 2008 - 2018

Dan Burns

Natinal Marine Harbor, Washington DC

Kathleen Burns

CT Marine Trades Association

Richmond Crolius

Bulk Connection Inc

Paul Jacey

Components for Manufacturing, LLC

Brian Hughes

Better Brands Inc

Frank Gaglio

entrepreneur

Robert Fiore

Consultant

Board leadership practices

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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

Keywords

Veteran Entrepreneurs. Small business. Veteran Farmers