Employment, Job Related

Wooden Boats for Veterans

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SAUSALITO, CA   |  www.vetsboats.org

Mission

MISSION WBFV provides veterans a variety of high quality enrichment programs; • Sailing instruction • Restoration work • Recruiting and training veterans to volunteer on outreach programs The participation in these programs will impact their lives by teaching them new skills, renewed confidence, and a stronger sense of community. STRATEGY WBFV re-purposes wooden boats so they may be crewed by veterans to deliver wellness, medical care, outreach services and veteran benefits awareness to veterans living in the San Francisco Bay and the surrounding Delta waterways. WBFV seeks to serve the veterans in most need of urgent care.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder & Executive Director

Terence Moran

Main address

1001 BRIDGEWAY STREET Unit 108

SAUSALITO, CA 94965 USA

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EIN

46-4194065

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The issues veterans face are real and staggering: • 20 Veterans commit suicide every day • Veterans have 21% higher suicide risk vs. non-veterans; and over twice as high for women veterans • 73% of Veterans who committed suicide were NOT using VA services California’s veterans are suffering higher rates of unemployment in California. This is very concerning, but perhaps not a surprise given the complexity of reaching California’s veterans. San Francisco and San Jose among the metro areas with the lowest percentage of veterans; they tend to live by and large in rural areas and small towns up the Delta and surrounding areas. Solano and Napa counties have the highest concentration of veterans in the Bay Area.

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?

Sail Training Program

A cohort of 12 veterans participates in a three-month program led by a trained and licensed skipper that teaches sailing and leads the cohort into crew formation; 2 skippers X 12 veterans X 4 cohorts results in 96 veterans served

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Budget
$144,000

A cohort of 40 volunteers each year organized into teams focused on discrete phases of the restoration work, each led by a trained foreman retained supported and insured by WBFV; 40 veterans per year served

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Budget
$100,000

a Crew of 24 veterans commits to taking part in a schedule of port visits by Clover in the Bay Area and Delta regions to bring VA Veteran Services Officers to meet veterans at these port cities, and ensure they get the health and vocational benefits the VA offers; 24 veterans and a support / advance team of 12 more veterans each year are served

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Budget
$54,000

A staff of 3-5 manages a “gateway” type program for Bay Area companies with an avowed mission to hire veterans, strengthening their human capital acquisition programs with workforce development program based on the traditions of teamwork on the water; veterans going through one of the three programs listed above could take advantage of these opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Budget
$50,000

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Wooden Boats For Veterans believes the sea is an ideal environment for human beings to realize the best parts of themselves and to gain a lasting connection with what is real and genuine in life. Wooden boats require dedication and commitment and provide immense restorative energy when people work together in a community on the sea. MISSION WBFV provides veterans a variety of high quality enrichment programs; • Sailing instruction • Restoration work • Recruiting and training veterans to volunteer on outreach programs The participation in these programs will impact their lives by teaching them new skills, renewed confidence, and a stronger sense of community. STRATEGY WBFV re-purposes wooden boats so they may be crewed by veterans to deliver wellness, medical care, outreach services and veteran benefits awareness to veterans living in the San Francisco Bay and the surrounding Delta waterways. WBFV seeks to serve the veterans in most need of urgent care. ORGANIZATION WBFV is incorporated in California as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. As a not-for-profit, WBFV appeals to a broad segment of businesses, agencies, and concerned citizens who are uncomfortable with the lack of workforce development opportunities for veterans. Being a not-for-profit ensures WBFV aligns key performance indicators with veteran achievement (such as self-volunteering, retention, resulting work performance), instead of creating the conflicts of interest and potential sacrifices in program quality that may result from profit-oriented bottom line. Finally, as a not-for-profit, WBFV can freely share its practices with other high quality not-for-profit programs, rather than protecting proprietary intellectual capital. Dissemination of ideas will maximize the organization’s potential impact on veterans. WBFV is simultaneously conducting a boat restoration project, and a sail-training program, both of which will ultimately lead to Veteran-crewed sailing voyages delivering medical supplies to developing countries. WBFV restructures the skills previously learned in the military, building on camaraderie and a sense of mission, through the challenges of sailing as a pathway to therapy and healing. These Voyages with a Purpose encourage participants to connect with existing strengths and bond with fellow Veterans in a safe, positive, mission-driven environment. As Veterans harness the power of wartime experiences, such as working as a crew, they’ll navigate to destinations where people need help, building their self-confidence and sense of purpose needed to continue serving as leaders in their own families and communities. Veterans will return home inspired, ready to tap into rediscovered strengths, and eager to find new ways to contribute to society. Through personalized learning experiences, veterans master basic skills, develop productive life skills, and acquire the thinking skills needed for the rigorous work of the real world.

We have refined our goals for impacting veterans, and how we measure these goals; into a set of waterborne operations that together form a System Model for supporting veterans through WBFV. This is the essence of our offering: • Sail Training Program: A cohort of 12 veterans participates in a three-month program led by a trained and licensed skipper that teaches sailing and leads the cohort into crew formation; 2 skippers X 12 veterans X 4 cohorts results in 96 veterans served • Restoration Program: A cohort of 40 volunteers each year organized into teams focused on discrete phases of the restoration work, each led by a trained foreman retained supported and insured by WBFV; 40 veterans per year served • Outreach Voyaging Program: a Crew of 24 veterans commits to taking part in a schedule of port visits by Clover in the Bay Area and Delta regions to bring VA Veteran Services Officers to meet veterans at these port cities, and ensure they get the health and vocational benefits the VA offers; 24 veterans and a support / advance team of 12 more veterans each year are served • Vocational Program: A staff of 3-5 manages a “gateway” type program for Bay Area companies with an avowed mission to hire veterans, strengthening their human capital acquisition programs with workforce development program based on the traditions of teamwork on the water; veterans going through one of the three programs listed above could take advantage of these opportunities. This System Model is built around each boat affiliated with WBFV and starts with Clover, our flagship sailing vessel currently under restoration. Members of WBFV, and veteran’s services organizations who wish to affiliate with us can replicate this unit model. Corporate Involvement WBFV intends to partner with Bay Area companies that have an avowed commitment to employing veterans, to develop their veteran workforce and put forth candidates that have taken part in WBFV’s programs. With a WBFV scholarship programs, for example, we can assist in their human capital acquisition strategies. We measure the impact in a unit model previously established and put forward candidates to hire, acting as a gateway program. Target Communities WBFV’s highest priority is to serve communities in California with a high percentage of unemployed veterans; where there is the greatest need for alternatives, and where WBFV could catalyze change in the businesses in those communities. The majority of veterans living in California are accessible by water and reside in neighborhoods are typically lower-income, ethnically diverse and rural.

WBFV has partnered with the following organizations. Rutherford’s Boat Shop Rutherford’s Boat Shop Inc. is located in Richmond, California. Under the proprietorship of Jeffrey Rutherford, the shop has been constructing and restoring classic yachts since 1982. The quality of work has gained them an excellent reputation not only in the San Francisco Bay Area but on the East Coast of the United States and the United Kingdom. Rutherford’s Boat Shop was chosen among many fine shipwrights because of their superior ability in offering consultation and assessment in a range of services that goes from making simple boat repairs to furnishing complete interiors and full yacht reconstruction and restoration. Mr. Rutherford’s team has performed the major work on Clover and supervised the veteran volunteers and several smaller projects. Sugar Dock SugarDock is a uniquely configured full service deep water dock in Point Richmond on the San Francisco Bay, well situated to accommodate several WBFV boats, with amenities and access by BART, Bus, Train, and Ferry. Amenities include: • 1,400 linear feet of improved shoreline, 30 feet of water depth at low water. • Machine shop and wood working facility on site • Vehicle parking adjacent to 4 foot wide aluminum gangways leading directly to efficient, large vessel floating docks. • Direct power, water and sewer hook-up. • Bathrooms and showers. • 40 ton walking hydraulic crane with 140 foot reach on site, and forklift. • Security -Gated facility with watchman on site. • Multiple phone lines available. • Storage and work\shops available on site. • GC Marine Rigging Company on site www.gcmarine.net Controls Engineering Maintenance Corporation CEMCORP provides ship repair services for navy and military ships; specifically they service marine air conditioning and refrigeration systems, pumps, valves and heat exchangers, compressors, condensers and shop and welding facilities. A veteran-owned business, CEMCORP provides WBFV with essential repair work on engine and machinery. RIX Industries RIX Industries manufactures a wide range of pneumatic energy storage and transfer system solutions, including reciprocating piston compressors and gas generators and liquefiers for industrial gasses and breathing air. RIX specializes in applying oil-free technology to high-pressure applications and other highly demanding environments. RIX has been in business since 1878 and has been proudly serving our US Armed Forces for over 120 years. With a solid industry reputation that is second to none, RIX is the established leader in American-made compressor engineering and manufacturing. Sausalito Yacht Club WBFV is proud to be an honorary member of the Sausalito Yacht Club (SYC), dedicated to actively promoting the sport of boating, sail training, and sponsoring yachting and yacht racing events.

High Standards and Clear Learning Goals To establish a foundation for success, WBFV veterans will master the following: • Basic Skills: Master at least competency in small boat handling: safety, boat nomenclature, points of sail, navigation, team-based skills; with regard to restoration work, master the safe use and operation of hand tools, carry out basic woodworking activities under instruction, and learn the proper methods of boat maintenance; • Thinking Skills: Be able to apply real world and classroon learning to their real world experiences in a relevant and valuable way, using higher-order thinking skills (including critical thinking, creativity, decision-making, problem solving, reasoning, knowing how to learn); • Life Skills: Have developed personal qualities of individual responsibility, intellectual curiosity, sociability, self-management, and confidence. WBFV sets high standards for all veterans, based on US Sailing’s Adaptive Sailing Program. In addition, each veteran has a Personal Learning Plan (PLP), developed in collaboration with his/her cohort leader that outlines the veteran’s specific learning goals for each cohort. WBFV’s sailing programs also conform to the United States Coast Guard’s fire and safety requirements, and each skipper is a licensed Captain in Inland and Near Coastal waters for sailing and power vessels of up to 100 tons. US Sailing Adaptive Sailing Curriculum WBFV is proud to be a member of US Sailing and have an accredited Adaptive Sailing program. Organizations such as WBFV that are recognized as US Sailing Adaptive Sailing Centers have a formalized level of instruction and meet minimum safety requirements. WBFV follows a curriculum to accomplish the skills listed through either the US Sailing Red Book or Keelboat Program. WBFV’s sailing program therefore has access to a nationwide network of educational and competitive opportunities. Our intention is that the individuality, and successes, of each of our participants will be recognized as part of the adaptive sailing network in the US. WBFV will maintain exceptional quality in a number of ways: • Selective Hiring and Extensive Professional Development: A rigorous selection process (described in the Phased Plan) will ensure that all leaders in the organization are skilled, dedicated, and philosophically aligned with WBFV’s program. Internal training and mentoring programs help further develop the skills needed to deliver the programs effectively. • Clearly Defined Performance Metrics: All levels in the organization are held accountable for results on clearly defined metrics related to veteran achievement, participant satisfaction, instructor development, organizational effectiveness, and financial stability (see description of balanced scorecard). • Management through Data: Veteran achievement data from a variety of assessments will be used on a regular basis to evaluate program performance and guide changes in practice.

Currently, WBFV reaches out via partner agencies that provide services to at-risk veterans (Veteran Justice Court, the VA, and the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS), and from these experiences learned how to develop a sound and safe teaching curriculum. We conducted surveys of participants, VA service officers, and other veteran not-for-profit leaders. Here are a few testimonials representative of the feedback received: Brian, US Navy SEAL, restoration and sailing program participant: “I didn't know quite what I was getting into--or how I had come to Wooden Boats for Veterans to begin with, but I got a wild idea somewhere about sailing and wooden boat building and it seemed a good place to start. It became an opportunity to come together with fellow Veterans from all wars, and to be placed among people and places that support Veterans in general, and specifically, organizations like WBFV. ” Mike, US Navy Vietnam Veteran, Retired San Francisco Firefighter, volunteer: “I am so proud to be affiliated with WBFV. The members have given Veterans who’ve participated a renewed sense of purpose and vigor in learning about the sea and how a sailboat moves through the water. I wholeheartedly endorse their program and recommend without hesitation that they be supported so as to fulfill their objectives toward healing veterans.” Judge Ken Ross, San Francisco County Superior Court, Veteran Justice Court Program: “Terry and WBFV have created a meaningful program for us to partner with in the service of restoring Veterans in our program to thriving and productive citizens. We are so grateful for their support.” Don Shalvey, Ed.D., Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Advisor to WBFV: “These Veterans worked closely together, using only wind as propulsion. This approach builds a restorative mindset and a sense of confidence in oneself and the collective community. Now triple and quadruple the number of veterans who can benefit, especially when a more formal evaluation can identify the outcomes and results of this work at scale. And then, provide them the purpose of navigating the boat they restored, to deliver critical veteran services to those rural and out of the way areas where veterans ultimately reside in our great state. THAT is the promise of this program – veterans helping other veterans.”   BUILDING A PROGRAM From these results and feedback it was apparent t hat WBFV has an effective approach to addressing the Problem of improving veteran employment and enrichment in California. The issue then is in rationally building a program as efficiently as possible that is high-quality, scalable, measurable, targeting communities of greatest need, and staffed with highly motivated professionals. WBFV intends to follow the best practices of a non-profit dedicated to excellence in workforce development and enrichment services.

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Wooden Boats for Veterans

Board of directors
as of 1/2/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Withers

RIX Industries

Term: 2019 - 2019

John Withers

Salesforce

Terence Moran

Rix

Mike Hogan

Veteran Justice Court

Patrick Mulcahy

Foss Maritime

Keywords

Enrichment, Workforce Development, Convalescent Care, Team-building, Sailing