POURED OUT INC

aka Poured Out, Inc.   |   Willis, MI   |  https://www.poured-out.org

Mission

Bringing water from life-threatening back to life-giving in an international setting.

Connecting those people and resources with those in need after a national disaster in a domestic setting.

Ruling year info

2011

President

Carlee Greene Adams

Main address

PO Box 127

Willis, MI 48191 USA

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EIN

27-3124701

NTEE code info

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Public Health Program (E70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Poured Out believes that access to clean water for any given person is a human right. In Haiti, we have witnessed the explosion of the cholera epidemic and assisted in the consequent eradication of cholera by 2019. Even with the eradication of cholera, we see our work as a modest dent in the clean water crisis in Haiti. If clean water is a human right, our work must continue until every Haitian has sustainable access to potable water. We provide individual Biosand filters to rural homeowners in addition to our communally-accessible solar-powered Water Houses. Poured Out also believes in providing assistance to any homeowner in need following a natural disaster. Our strengths lie in our ability to quickly deploy our disaster relief team and connect volunteers and resources to communities in need. We strongly believe that every person affected by a disaster deserves relief - not just those with insurance or those identified by larger emergency response organizations.

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?

Haiti Biofilters

Installation, education, and monitoring of residential water filters throughout homes in Haiti.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Fundraising for, building, installing, and educating around large-scale solar water treatment systems. These are installed in community settings (schools, churches, orphanages) with wells that are not producing potable drinking water.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Traveling the Continental United States serving those who have been affected by natural disasters. Services include but are not limited to mucking out homes, structural drying, cleaning up debris, cutting down dangerous trees, repairing roofs, distributing goods, and any other services that would ensure people get the help they need as quickly as possible.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 water projects built

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

Economically disadvantaged people, People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses, Families, People of African descent

Related Program

Haiti Waterhouses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Poured Out seeks to provide clean water access to every person in Haiti. We recognize that this is not an issue any single organization can complete by themselves - that’s why we have collaborated with Haitian community leaders and other water-driven organizations to identify areas in need of clean water relief. In that vein, we settled into our new home-base of Torbeck (in Haiti’s South Department) in 2015. Our Haiti projects team and Haitian staff have been relentless in their pursuit of clean water infrastructure for the past 5 years.

Despite the challenges that Covid-19 poses, we are hoping to install 200 Biosand water filters and construct 2 new Water Houses within the year for large-scale clean water use throughout communities in Haiti’s southern peninsula. Poured Out’s Haitian staff have led Torbeck’s Covid-19 response since March of 2020 all the while maintaining our existing water projects in local communities.

Poured Out’s ethos lies in communal empowerment and sustainability. Our goal is to remove ourselves from the service delivery aspect of our work to the largest degree possible without compromising the integrity of our technical water solutions. Ultimately, we believe that clean water fundamental for a healthy life. Supporting Haitians helping Haitians is the healthiest way our organization can contribute to the reduction of the clean water crisis in Haiti.

In the United States, Poured Out provides immediate and long-term relief for communities affected by natural disasters. Our goal is to have boots on the ground within 2 weeks of a disaster and to administer relief services at no cost to homeowners. Poured Out’s strengths lie in our ability to quickly deploy our disaster relief team following unexpected disasters, and connecting volunteers and resources to homeowners who ‘fall between the cracks’ of larger short-term relief organizations. In 2020, we’ve deployed to Cookeville, Tennessee to provide relief following a March tornado that caused an estimated $1 billion in damages, as well as deploying to Midland, Michigan following the collapse of multiple dams that caused an estimated $175 million in damages. In addition, Poured Out donated hundreds of N95 surgical masks (a necessity for our mold remediation services) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in response to the Covid-19 epidemic. Our plan is to promptly deploy for any natural disasters in the coming year.

Hydraid Biosand Water Filters:
Biosand water filters provide a simple, sustainable solution to potable water challenges in rural Haiti. Each biosand water filter utilizes completely natural processes to purify water. Together, these processes filter out 98% of bacteria and 86% of viruses. Hydraid filters are an exceptional solution to potable water issues in rural Haiti due to their minimal maintenance requirements for homeowners – the filter will generally never require the replacement of parts. Given the simplicity of the biosand filter, it is a convenient solution for families with its on-demand service and ability to serve an entire household with clean water.
We believe that each family and community leader is a valuable member of our team working towards providing clean water to as many individuals as possible. Poured Out looks to employ local individuals to implement clean water solutions and health education wherever possible.

Water Houses:
Water Houses constitute Poured Out’s approach to community-based potable water delivery. A Water House is a filtration system, powered by a solar panel and submersible pump, that combines a reverse osmosis process (removing particles larger than 5 microns) with ultraviolet (UV) purification (that deactivates 99% of living organisms) to treat the given water source. The treated water is then stored in large tanks with trace amounts of chlorine to prevent recontamination. All of the water treatment materials are housed within a concrete structure constructed by local craftsmen and tended to by a security guard. The treated water is then piped outside of the structure and is available to the surrounding community 24/7 at no cost. We believe solar-powered water delivery holds promise as a part of the solution to Haiti’s clean water crisis.

Disaster Relief Readiness plan:
1) Personnel - We have one staff member who is ready within a few days and it is part of their job description to mobilize and deploy. We have 3 board members who can travel to scout within a few days after a disaster and begin the necessary process of finding a suitable volunteer site and setting up.
2) Equipment - after each disaster we assess our inventory, clean, and pack our equipment for the next disaster. Our equipment is most geared toward responding to hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods at this time.
3) Publicity - We have a large audience who has signed up to be notified by newsletter of a disaster deployment, and we provide several ways in which our audience can engage with our organization and the affected community.
4) Funding - Having a disaster preparedness fund will bridge the gap of our needs to connect those who want to help to the needs, even as we are evaluating them.
5) Community Partners- We have several community partners all over the US who have offered to host us if a disaster strikes near them. Once deployed, we begin taking work orders for whatever the needs are and utilizing our partners skills and service.

Poured Out has been operating for 10 years! In that time, we have solidified a reliable staff in Haiti and the United States, consisting of 3 part-time employees in the U.S. and 3 full-time employees in Haiti. Historically, our strength has rested in our ability to bring funding and volunteers from the U.S. to Haiti in order to facilitate cultural exchange and contribution to our ongoing water projects. Given the challenges of operating in a destabilized political environment for the past two years, we have refocused our Haiti water programs to focus heavily on Haitian employment and training. Currently, we employ three full-time Water Technicians whose responsibilities include installing small-scale biosand water filters for individual families in addition to maintaining our large-scale, solar-powered Water Houses that provide clean water to entire communities. This means that regardless of what challenges are presented in Haiti (e.g. COVID travel restrictions, political instability, etc.), we have staff on the ground at all times working towards our goals.

Several years of successful disaster responses attest to Poured Out’s domestic effectiveness. We not only provide a wide variety of relief services, but we enlist numerous past volunteers to help us respond to disasters - this allows us to provide consistent and valuable services for homeowners. Our large base of volunteers enables us to immediately collect donations and deploy to disasters within days of their occurrence. Our deployments have lasted anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months at a time depending on the needs of the affected community. We provide all but not limited to the following services:

1) Mucking out homes that were water damaged
2) Removing trees that were downed
3) Tarping roofs that were damaged
4) Applying moldex
5) Drying homes that were water damaged
6) Removing debris from home
7) Excavator and skid loader removal of large debris/trees
8) Moving debris and trees to road for proper removal
9) Distribution of supplies at community partnered church
10) Teaching proper techniques for remediation of mold
11) Training community members to accomplish relief work
12) Recycling per cities’ standards
13) Clearing slab for rebuilding
14) Removing slab for rebuilding
15) Cutting trees into smaller manageable pieces for removal
16) Sorting through personal belongings
17) Moving personal belongings for future use or removal
18) Providing emotional support to individuals and families
19) Providing free meals to homeowners
20) Enlisting partners to aid in relief work

In Haiti:
- We have constructed 16 Water Houses that have produced over 3 million gallons of clean water since 2012
- We’ve installed over 1,000 Biosand water filters in the Ouest, Nippes, and Sud Departments since 2010
- We currently employ 3 full-time staff members in Haiti
- We directly employ numerous guides, translators, drivers, masons, welders, carpenters, well-diggers, and more on each trip
Looking to the future, we aim to expand our Haitian staff employment program as well as our capabilities to install Water Houses without having international volunteers present. If we can transition to a 90% Haitian-built Water House, we will be able to serve communities on a larger-scale and begin to reach out to other communities throughout Haiti’s southern peninsula. In addition, we are exploring avenues to enter the Haitian sanitation infrastructure world.
Disaster Response:
● Total (conservative estimates):
○ Total Service Value: $2+ million
○ Work Hours Donated Value: $1.5+ million
○ Total Labor Hours: 50,000+
○ Homeowners Served: 525+
● Tuscaloosa Alabama - Tornado 2011
● Joplin Missouri - Tornado 2012
● Henryville, Indiana - Tornado 2012
● Dexter, Michigan - Tornado 2012-Work hours donated value- $253,840-Homeowners served- 16
● Coney Island, New York - Hurricane Sandy 2012-2013-Work hours donated value- $241,900-Homeowners served- 41
● Moore, Oklahoma - Tornado 2013-Work hours donated value- $538,400-Homeowners served- 203
● Washington, Illinois - Tornado 2013-Total work hours value- $34,455-Homeowners served- 10
● Baxter Springs, Kansas - Tornado 2014-Total work hours value- $24,885-Total service value- $108,000-Homeowners served- 23
● Flint, Michigan - Water Crisis 2015-2016-Brought in medical teams to do lead testing, distributed water, American Aqua partner put in water system at church.
● Houghton, Louisiana - Flooding 2016-Total service value- $67,053-Total labor hours- 2025-Homeowners served- 17
● French Settlement, Louisiana - Flooding 2016- Total Labor Hours- 816- Total Service Value- $35,749
● Port Arthur, Texas - Hurricane Harvey 2017- Total service value- $309,836- Total labor hours- 11613- Homeowners served- 102
● Alva, Florida - Hurricane Irma 2017- Total Service Value $230,582- Total Labor Hours- 6489- Homeowners served- 65
● Panama City, Florida - Hurricane Michael 2018- Total service value- $49,356- Total labor hours- 1419- Homeowners served- 17
● Cookeville, Tennessee - Tornado 2020- Work hours donated value- $42,496- Homeowners served- 21
We want to continue to be on-the-ground with a rapid response to all domestic disasters that present a need. Our goals include having a reliable ‘response team’ of staff and volunteers that are prepared to deploy within days of a disaster, as well as having a disaster-preparedness fund to initiate relief efforts as soon as possible. Additionally, we are working to build our donor and volunteer base to establish stronger and more consistent connections with companies and other non-profits

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our staff in Haiti have shared that recipients of our small-scale filters find the taste of the water to be different than treated water. In response to this, we incorporated a new follow up visit the following day after an installation, to make sure the filter is working and re-address education and questions. We also incorporated education within our installation process and establishing need of a filter about the taste to prepare families for that change and promote sustainability and use of the filters.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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POURED OUT INC

Board of directors
as of 2/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Carlee Greene Adams

Poured Out, Inc.

Term: 2020 - 2024


Board co-chair

Steve Adams

Poured Out, Inc.

Term: 2020 - 2024

Beth Privette

Levi Adams

L&C Global Contracting

Chris Steinle

Poured Out, Inc.

Kent Butterfield

Poured Out, Inc.

Conner Williams

Poured Out, Inc.

Sara Bannon

Poured Out, Inc.

Carlee Greene Adams

Poured Out, Inc.

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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/15/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/15/2021

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Data
  • 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 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.