Concerned Resource & Environmental Workers

aka The C.R.E.W.   |   Ojai, CA   |  http://www.thecrew.org

Mission

The C.R.E.W. is an environmentally oriented, youth leadership and employment organization. Founded in 1991, The C.R.E.W. provides job training, paid employment leadership training, and community service opportunities for young people, ages 14-26. The C.R.E.W. works to preserve, maintain, improve public and private wildlands, and to protect local communities against the threat of wildfire.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Jennifer Berry

Main address

PO Box 1532

Ojai, CA 93024 USA

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EIN

77-0374392

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

Labor Unions/Organizations (J40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Youth and young adults are at a pivotal moment in their lives: the career opportunities available to new, entry-level workers shape their lifelong opportunities for growth and success. The CREW welcomes young and professionally inexperienced people who are open to working hard, learning new skills, and exploring possibilities. Just as young people need jobs, the natural spaces around us need people to maintain and restore them. The CREW brings people to environmental work in a variety of projects, serving the land stewardship needs of cities, counties, US Forest Service, ranchers, homeowners, and land trusts.

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?

The C.R.E.W. Employee Development Program

C.R.E.W. employees learn skills for lifelong professional success. Beyond the technical skills needed for The C.R.E.W.'s core work, staff learn communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and even basics such as resume writing, how to dress for different types of work, and how to negotiate promotions and wage increases.

Population(s) Served

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 trees planted

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, The C.R.E.W. has begun seeking additional partners and grants to steadily increase our reforestation impact.

Number of grants received

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

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

The C.R.E.W. Employee Development Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Much of our field work incorporates on-the-job training. This metric reflects training courses and skills development workshops offered as distinct from field work, to focus on special topics.

Number of placements defined as full-time

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

The C.R.E.W. Employee Development Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our team averages 40-50 people each year, and our goal is 10% placement into full-time positions.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The CREW's goals include:

1) Train 100 young people each year in essential skills such as communication and collaboration, technical skills, workplace safety, discipline, and self-motivation. 'Graduate' these young people from The CREW into environmental, sustainable energy, and other career-track green jobs.
2) Ensure backcountry access for the residents of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties by performing regular maintenance on the hundreds of miles of public trails. These trails include hiking, biking, equestrian, OHV, and multi-use trails, maintained to the standards of safe use and to support the health of the surrounding landscape.
3) Habitat restoration within the Ventura River Watershed, restoring vegetation for maximum fire resilience, water conservation, soil regeneration, and biodiversity.
4) Cultivate a sustained, informed ethic of environmental stewardship throughout the communities we serve. Everything that CREW staff learn today set the stage for lifelong commitment to the health of the environment and responsible use of natural lands.

The CREW cultivates a diversity of project locations and types, which in turn assures that team members learn a wide variety of technical skills as well as creative, critical thinking and adaptability. In this way, we also connect with a diverse representation of our vibrant local communities - from conservation to public land stewards, private homeowners and commercial farmers.

The CREW collaborates with public and private partners, in order to coordinate projects and funding opportunities. Collaboration has proven time and again to be the most mutually beneficial approach to achieve our environmental goals, career development goals, and the goals of our collaborative partners.

In order to continuously improve our training programs, as well as to provide networking opportunities and career mentoring for team members, The CREW has formed an advisory team of industry professionals, educators, and environmental leaders.

Over its nearly 30-year history, The CREW has earned the respect and support of civic leaders, community members, and alumni throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Among this extended community are subject-matter experts (including forestry, aboriculture, wildfire prevention and disaster response, trails, conservation, habitat restoration, and soils regeneration), from whom we regularly receive advice and project referrals. Our Board of Directors is active, supportive, and knowledgeable.

Collectively, The CREW's body of staff is rich in expertise covering all of our core areas of field work. The leadership team also holds tremendous experience in staff development, community engagement, and a fierce dedication to the success of every team member and every project.

The CREW will be celebrating 30 years in 2021. Over these three decades, over 1,000 teens and young adults have worked hard on projects close to home and far in the backcountry, earning a living and continuing on personal and professional success. The CREW team collectively works more than 11,000 hours in the field each year, and the greatly increased staff retention in 2020 has shown improvement out of our new recruitment and onboarding processes. We have strong, ongoing partnerships with 20 nonprofit organizations and local, county, and state agencies.

What's ahead for The CREW:
Deepen expertise and impact of environmental work by keeping pace with current research and best practices
Expand our network of project and funding partners
Maintain strong relationships with current advisors and supporters, and establishing new relationships
Career pathways within established and emerging fields
Continue to revise, refine, and expand our staff development programs

Financials

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Operations

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

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Concerned Resource & Environmental Workers

Board of directors
as of 9/8/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mary Bergen

Larry Beckett

Ojai Unifed School District

Laura Ciontea

Damitz, Brooks, Nightingale, Turner, & Morriset

Michelle Henson

Bank of Sierra

James Clark

J.E. Clark II Corporation

Sandy Buechley

Patagonia

Patrick Loughman

Lowthorp, Richards, McMillan, Miller, & Templeton

Greg LePine

Ojai Unifed School District