Cincinnati Area Reef Enthusiasts

aka Care4Reefs.Org, Care4Reefs, C.A.R.E.   |   Milford, OH   |  www.care4reefs.org

Mission

C.A.R.E.'s mission is to educate hobbyists and the community on the ocean’s corals reefs through educational programs, projects within the community, and partnerships with other aquarium clubs, conservation organizations, businesses and non-profit organizations.

Ruling year info

2014

Principal Officer

Denise Hore

Main address

426 E Stoneridge Dr

Milford, OH 45150 USA

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EIN

46-1479325

NTEE code info

(Education N.E.C.) (B99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

A Little Piece of the Ocean

“A Little Piece of the Ocean” is our educational outreach program. It is designed to connect people to the ocean and its coral reefs. We use a portable living coral reef system. Children get a chance to see the system very up close. They get a chance to touch, see, smell, and even taste the ocean. We use props such as skeletons and fossils for a hands-on experience and an interactive presentation.

We tailor our presentation material for each classroom based on the age of children, level of knowledge and the curriculum goals of the instructor. We work with the teachers to try to fit our program into their lessons. Our basic presentation is a great option as an “in school” field trip to study photosynthesis, symbiosis and conservation.

We use activities to get the attention and create an outlet for the students to learn and explore. We sometimes use a craft, game, or fossil dig and make sure it is age appropriate. We also give out souvenirs for the kids to take with them and remember our lessons.

Our programs are available to public schools at no charge.

Population(s) Served

We plan to work with other organizations to begin building reef aquariums in classrooms or schools. These systems will help students in their everyday learning as well as give them responsibilities of maintenance.

Population(s) Served

We wish to bring our aquarium into hospitals and help ease the stress of children while visiting or having tests done.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Get our outreach programs into most of the public schools in our area on a yearly basis. Run a successful educational fundraiser for our projects.

Gain some funding to allow us to help implement aquariums into school systems for educational experiences by the children and staff.

Get into hospitals and help ease stress of children facing health difficulties.

Work with our partners to get a student and teacher friendly website available for lesson planning and resources for students.

Begin working towards the conservation of our reefs through our educational outreach programs and future partners.

Begin with gaining ground in the schools through more brochures and word of mouth. Work with a partner in other regions and within our own to begin getting more funding to continue our programs and further our goals for the future.

Currently we are in need of more funding to get a better system to use for presentations, but we have access to many volunteers and much experience from our members.

We are slowly progressing towards our goals of school visits. Without a better system, we will have a hard time increasing visits. Currently we only will do 1 visit to schools per week, but will do multiple classrooms in a day.

We are working every day with new partners to get a better foothold and spread our word of our programs and future goals.

Financials

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Cincinnati Area Reef Enthusiasts

Board of directors
as of 6/5/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Paul Schultes


Board co-chair

Ricky Turner

Chris Dexter Director of Activities

Denise Hore Treasurer

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