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SIERRA SERVICE PROJECT

Explore. Build. Grow.

aka SSP   |   Sacramento, CA   |  http://www.SierraServiceProject.org

Mission

Sierra Service Project’s purpose is to build strong connections and resilience among communities, by equipping volunteers in home repair skills and community-based projects. Making necessary home repairs accessible to historically underserved residents allows communities to thrive and individuals to safely age in place. Inherent in the purpose is the specific involvement of youth and young adult volunteers.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Ms. Megan Taylor

Main address

PO Box 13009

Sacramento, CA 95813 USA

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EIN

68-0222320

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Housing Rehabilitation (L25)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sierra Service Project exists to address two important needs. The first is to give youth people an opportunity to do challenging, meaningful, and hands-on community service work. This is a too-rare and much needed opportunity for North American young people today, who tend to be either lack access to enrichment activities because of poverty, or are over-protected and over-scheduled. Teenagers are hungry to make their lives meaningful by serving in community, and we give them that opportunity. The second problem we address is the alarming prevalence of sub-standard housing in many communities. We address this need by repairing homes, building wheelchair ramps, and performing other service that improves health and safety for residents and improves community quality of life.

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?

Summer Home Repair Program

SSP runs week-long immersion service experiences for high school youth groups from schools and churches. These programs currently take place in rural communities in California, Arizona, and Oregon.

We paused our summer program due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the summers of 2020 and 2021, but returned to in-person service in 2022, and in 2023, we hosted 490 volunteers across our three program sites. We hope to host as many as 600 youth, young adult, and adult volunteers for the summer of 2024.

Population(s) Served

While our summer service-learning program is our main source of income, work completed, and volunteers, we also host days, weekends, and weeks of service upon request. We complete a similar scope of home repair and community service work, hosting university and high school students, community service teams (such as boy scout troops and Americorps teams), and church youth groups.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

In spring 2023, SSP announced the inaugural Sacramento Sustainability Academy, a workforce development program to provide young people an introduction to climate resilience work. Building on SSPs history of providing youth and young adults with hands-on experience with tools, home repairs, and high impact community projects, the Academy is focused on energy efficiency through the lens of building science and urban agriculture as a tool for achieving food security/sovereignty through permaculture design principles

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people
Young 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 youth who volunteer/participate in community service

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

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Participation in Sierra Service Project is a powerful, transformative experience for young people. In 2020 and 2021, we held online-only programs due to COVID. We returned to in-person service in 2022

Number of clients served

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

Economically disadvantaged people, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Serving more families is our goal. This is the number of people living in households we served during the year. We hosted limited volunteers for home repairs in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.

Number of new donors

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of first-time individual donors. First time donors increased significantly in 2018 because of increased peer-to-peer fundraising by supporters on Facebook.

Percentage of participants who would recommend this program to others.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Summer Home Repair Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percentage of youth and adult participants who would recommend this program to others on the end-of-program survey. Possible responses: Yes, Maybe and No. Only Yes responses are counted.

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.

Our goal each year is to provide a transformative volunteer experience to a substantial group of youth, young adults, and adult volunteers, and to positively impact the lives of low-income families by completing impactfull home repair projects.

The first goal - providing a volunteer experience for young people - is the means by which we accomplish the second goal. In addition, we seek to engender in our volunteers a strong sense of their own ability to be change-agents in their communities.

Our strategies for continuing to achieve our organizational aims and to increase our organization's impact are the following:

1. Continue to engage more volunteers in community service each year by:
- providing scholarships and fee discounts to those in need
- doing consistent outreach to churches, schools, scouting organizations, and civic groups to recruit volunteers
- carefully managing our costs and increasing donated income in order to keep our fees low.

2. Become more efficient at completing home repair projects by:
- continuing to invest in excellent training for our supervisory staff;
- regularly evaluating our construction methods to ensure maximum efficiency.

3. Multiply the impact we have in individual communities by actively collaborating with other community organizations.

Sierra Service Project has a number of core capabilities and areas of expertise on which it has built its reputation for great value and high impact. Those capability fall into several areas:

1. We are experts in service-learning experiences designed for young people. We know how to safely provide work experiences for teenagers that aid the communities in which they work and which are life-changing and eye-opening learning experiences.

2. We have developed an outstanding process for identifying, developing and training young adult leaders. These are the hands-on leaders of our programs. Through careful selection, encouragement, coaching and training, these young people develop the skills and maturity to plan and organize the details of all of our service experiences.

3. We have created a very efficient administrative framework that enables us to enroll volunteers, organize projects and handle all of the administrative details associated with our activities.

1. Because of broad demographic trends, participant numbers have dropped slightly in the past five years. By building a substantial scholarship fund and doing significant outreach, we are seeing this trend starting to be reversed.

2. By building strong community partnerships and serving in the same communities for multiple years, Sierra Service Project has increased the positive impact it has on the communities it serves.

3. Participation of young people of color and from low-income families continues to grow.

4. Donations have increased significantly over the past five years and are currently about 50% of total revenues. We are pursuing substantial grant funding, and increasing our budgeted goals for individual giving, planning for $255,000 in our 2024 Fiscal Year.

Financials

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Operations

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

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SIERRA SERVICE PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 03/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Cynthia Chow-Snavely

Tokio Marine HCC

Term: 2022 - 2023

Jessie Fossenkemper

Freestore Foodback, Cincinnati, OH

William "Russ" King

Coded Energy

Robin "Rob" Taylor

Retired

Sean Murphy

Americorps

Chris Parker

Pacific Crest Consultants

Brenda Scalzi

UC Davis Health Center

Pravin Rajah

High School Student

Emma Factora

High School Student

Greg Van Kirk

KPMG International

Debra Oshman

Retired, Formerly Chevron

Margaret "Maggie" Gerlach

High School Student

Ian Town

High School Student

Brianna "Bri" Dennison

Moonwake Collaborative

Tony Gnecco

Scanx

Mike Cordova

Pacific Gas & Electric

Silver Nez Perry

Self-Employed

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/8/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability