CORE Community Organized Relief Effort

Saving lives and strengthening communities impacted by or vulnerable to crisis.

aka CORE   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  https://www.coreresponse.org/

Mission

Saving lives and strengthening communities impacted by or vulnerable to crisis.

Ruling year info

2010

CEO

Mr. Sean Penn

CEO, Co-Founder

Ms. Ann Lee

Main address

910 North Hill Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA

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Formerly known as

J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO)

EIN

27-1703237

NTEE code info

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We see it time and time again, when a crisis strikes it’s the marginalized, vulnerable communities that suffer most—wherever they might be. Whether it’s the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, the underserved neighborhoods of Houston, or the informal settlements of Port-au-Prince or San Juan, low income communities are more likely to suffer in a natural disaster, and are too often left to fend for themselves in recovery.

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?

Emergency Relief

CORE (formerly J/P HRO) acts both quickly and strategically in the face of crisis, in order to address the immediate damage on the ground, doing whatever it takes to save lives and stabilize the local community.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CORE has responded by working throughout the United States to increase testing. In partnership with local governments and community-based organizations, CORE is providing free drive-through COVID-19 testing to vulnerable populations, first responders, and essential workers throughout the nation. Testing Saves Lives.

Originally founded in response to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, CORE continues its work in Haiti today and has also contributed to emergency relief in the wake of hurricanes in the Caribbean, the U.S., and Puerto Rico.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Crisis mitigation means understanding the vulnerabilities that exist before emergency efforts are needed. We build systems that equip at-risk communities with the ability to fight back when faced with disaster.

Haiti:
In both our rubble removal and construction projects, CORE works with engineers, architects, and builders from the local communities in order to give agency to those we serve. By training individuals in earthquake-safe design and construction, we are able to better prepare and empower communities.

Savannah, GA & Gulf States:
In response to Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018, CORE created a disaster preparedness training program, Savannah Youth Disaster Preparedness Training Program, to address the most urgent community needs in the US gulf states region. Today, we continue to empower young adults from economically challenged neighborhoods and marginalized communities along the hurricane belt so they are able to respond to disaster and support their local communities.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

From hurricanes to wildfires, it’s impossible to ignore climate change’s role in causing natural disasters. We are committed to a future where our environment is no longer at the root of the crisis, but rather a system of support.

Haiti Takes Root:
Haiti Takes Root (HTR) is an innovative program addressing Haiti’s environmental crisis that targets the broader impact of climate change. In partnership with the World Bank, the governments of Haiti and France, and the Parker Foundation, HTR has developed a 30 year plan to overcome the environmental and economic consequences of climate change in Haiti by focusing on reforestation and supporting local farmers.

Puerto Rico:
We are collaborating with the Caribbean Climate Smart Action Coalition, a group of experts working to provide an in-depth analysis of food systems and landscapes to build back a stronger, greener, and disaster resilient country.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

CORE supports one of the largest municipalities in Port au Prince through education, vocational training, community health, programs targeting women, and a dynamic community space.

Building Back Better Neighborhoods:
In addition to the immediate relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and 2016’s Hurricane Matthew, CORE has also implemented long term development programs, community planning, and housing and infrastructure rehabilitation projects in the most devastated communities.

The University of Haiti Faculty of Sciences Department:
Funded by the Qatar Haiti Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank, CORE is rebuilding the previously destroyed classrooms and laboratory buildings, which will benefit 2,215 students, professors, and administrative staff. This effort is comprised of female-led planning, construction, and engineer teams.

The School of Hope:
CORE founded The School of Hope to provide quality education for children residing in the 60,000-person displacement camp following the devastating 2010 earthquake. As the first school in Haiti to serve children with disabilities, The School of Hope continues to provide equal access to education for children from the most marginalized communities.

Integrated Music and Arts Education:
Founded on the belief that music is a transformational tool that brings about change in the lives of young people, our program trains teachers and provides technical support on instruments, music and art classes, and working with special needs children.

Community Development Campus:
The campus serves as a focal point for community members to gather: youth can partake in extracurricular activities, while adults benefit from vocational training to build their careers.

Dental Clinic:
The dental clinic offers a selection of services for the greater community of Port-au-Prince, from basic teeth cleanings to one of Haiti’s only orthodontic clinics.

Women’s Entrepreneurship:
Entrepreneurs make significant contributions to their economies by providing jobs and livelihood opportunities; our program has become a critical voice for women’s inclusion in the labor market, empowering local businesswomen and equipping them with the skills to succeed.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of program sites

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Emergency Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total pounds of debris collected

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Emergency Relief

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

600,000m3 of rubble removed in Haiti

Number of clinic sites

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

Adults

Related Program

Emergency Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Nuber of healthcare clinics and COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites globally.

Average online donation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our life-saving programs revolve around building healthier and safer neighborhoods to mitigate the scale of devastation caused by disaster.

Together with our partners, we have scaled a one-of-a-kind, systematic approach that empowers and enables the ability to act before and beyond a disaster.

In Haiti, we developed a holistic approach that focuses on the power of being both reactive and proactive: disaster relief and preparedness, youth development and education, infrastructure and neighborhood planning, women’s entrepreneurship, reforestation and climate resilience, and community health.

Our experience in Haiti has taught us that disaster relief and recovery requires a willingness to go where others do not, and the ability to identify and solve the deeper issues that amplify the devastation facing affected communities.

While our Emergency Response programs have expanded to Puerto Rico, across the Caribbean, and to the United States, Haiti remains the heart of all our efforts. It's where we began and learned, grew and evolved; and it's what inspires, drives, and informs our efforts.

Today, CORE continues to lead the charge for a better tomorrow.

As of December 17, 2021

- 5,912,825 free COVID-19 tests were administered globally
- 2,552,172 COVID-19 vaccinations were administered globally
-100 tons of supplies delivered
-4,000 homes repaired
-30,000 hygiene kits delivered
-Over 651,000 cubic meters of earthquake rubble removed
-7 camps of displaced persons cleared
-38,000 truck loads of debris removed
-500,000 patients treated
-60,000 people relocated to permanent homes
-6,000 students in school programs
-49 testing sites across the country, including 36 mobile units

Financials

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CORE Community Organized Relief Effort

Board of directors
as of 03/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Sean Penn

CORE

Term: 2010 -

Bryan Lourd

Creative Artists Agency

Paul Vallas

No Affiliation

Soleil Frye

Actor, Director & Author

Fernando Sulichin

New Element Media

Ken Keen

Lieutenant General (retired)

Linda Perry

Musician, Songwriter & Producer

Matt O'Connell

VITA North America

Gregory Milne

Clinton Foundation

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
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/3/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Sexual orientation
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Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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