EcoWorks
262 State Street
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address 262 State Street
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 498 x0710
Fax 0-000-0000
E-mail ecoworksct@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
Mission
To promote resource conservation, creativity, education and community engagement through material reuse, art, waste reduction, recycling, composting and zero waste strategies.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2012
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair Lisa Spetrini
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fagan Design & Fabrication, Inc. and Elm City Handmade
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission To promote resource conservation, creativity, education and community engagement through material reuse, art, waste reduction, recycling, composting and zero waste strategies.
Background
EcoWorks, Inc. is a creative reuse center and a re-Boutique gift shop of up-cycled and re-purposed goods made by Connecticut artists ran by volunteers who are passionate about the arts and hate waste. We offer low cost art supplies (scrap/surplus) to artists, teachers and other creatives. We take items that may have otherwise ended up in the trash, and strive to have these items reused in a sustainable way as to not contribute to the waste stream. In addition, we offer classes and workshops that increase skills and understanding of the creative arts using scrap materials, waste reduction and reuse.
 
Ecoworks incorporated in November 2012. In February2013, we formed a small board to begin developing a vision for what could be and developed a strategy for how to make this vision feasible.  We began vending at craft fairs, Earth Day events and then through Project Storefronts was able to secure an industrial space above a bar manufacturer. In October of 2015, we moved into our current location on State Street. The past few years have show tremendous growth, both in sales, volunteers and community partnerships.


Impact
Successes in 2017 
 
1. Hired a contractor as volunteer coordinator to help us develop standard operating procedures for incoming donations, storage, sales, etc.
2. Expanded the store hours to four days/week.
3. Increased output of donations and increased efficiency in how we proccess donations and sales. 
5. Increased the number and diversity of our board. 
6. Made 470 transactions selling reBoutique items; earning over $6,900.00 for both CT artists and EcoWorks.
7. Started tracking donation weights and in a period of 6 months our community has donated almost 5,000 pounds.
8. Increased the amount of volunteers and have 22 consistent volunteers.
9. Completed Board retreat with consultant with a focus on a strategic plan.
 
Goals for 2018
 
1. Secure funding and increase income to hire an Executive Director.
2. Continue to raise funds to support having a contracted volunteer coordinator.
3. Establish a "loyalty" program to increase revenue- keeping an open-mind for possible restructuring.
4. Expand store hours to more than four days/week.
5. Conduct a customer survey to better fulfill community needs.
 
Needs
Top 5 Pressing Needs
 
1. Hire an Executive Director to execute the policies, programs and initiatives to allow for the Board's transition to a governance board. 
2. Develop funds to continue to support contracting a volunteer coordinator who will oversee volunteer recruitment, material donations and increase efficiency. 
3. Expand the hours we are open by continuing to increase volunteers.
4. Strengthen checks and balances with our finances as we continue to grow, which could include recruiting a volunteer bookkeeper to train and provide support.
5. Review and update fundraising plan
Board Chair Statement
 Sherill Baldwin and I started EcoWorks in 2012, modeling our enterprise to the work of Kelley Casey (Scrap U) and Ann Woodruff (Scrap Exchange), two of the most successful creative reuse centers in the country. By offering creative materials at a very low cost to teachers, parent and seniors, they in turn enrich the lives of their students, children and selves through the productive practice of art and craft making.
 
We enable curiosity, creativity and playful individuality. A creative community is a vibrant, healthy and safe place to thrive with them. All are truly welcome to join us in our endeavors. We are developing a new generation of creative entrepreneurs by example.
 
We save volumes of still serviceable art and craft supplies from the landfill and incinerators. Our "active savers" can donate their surplus and renew their supplies in one stop. The unusual diversity of material offered for sale, in itself, stimulates a creative reaction to artists and designers.
 
Lisa Spetrini, Board Co-Chair 
 
 
 
Since 2012, EcoWorks takes items that may have otherwise ended up in the trash and strives to have these items reused in a sustainable way as to not contribute to the waste stream. I have been a community partner of EcoWorks for the past 3 years because as the Director of Creative Development for Marrakech, Inc. and East Street Arts, I look to them for the art supplies that are low cost and also as a place I can donate items to as well.
 
We have an all volunteer, working Board at EcoWorks. Board members have various expertise and professions. As a working board, all board members serve on committees that include Development, Outreach and Promotion, Operations, Building and a Strategic Planning Task Force. Board members work very closely with the volunteer staff and depend on them to keep daily operations running.
 
I cannot think of a better way to volunteer my time than being a part of an organization that helps the environment and at the same time provides the low cost art supplies to artists, teachers and other creatives. Having that resource in the community is crucial.
 
Being a part of EcoWorks is important to me and an honor because of the impact they have on the environment and the community.
 
Eric Ginnish, Board Co-Chair 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts Services
Secondary Organization Category Environment / Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Citizen Participation
Areas Served
State wide
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


 

Programs
Description
1. Creative Reuse Center; we sell low cost art supplies and educational materials to help teachers, artists and other creatives stretch their dollars.  Materials are industrial scrap and business surplus in addition to donations from individuals.
2. reBoutique gift shop; consign with Connecticut based artists that use reclaimed materials in their work.
3. reCraft; we provide workshops and classes. 
  
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Businesses and individuals continue to donate reusable scrap; people continue to buy the scrap.  To help us measure better, our contracted volunteer coordinator has been creating standard operating procedure that includes developing better systems for incoming donations and organization to increase efficiency.  We are currently working with about 30 artists who offer goods in our reBoutique gift shop and are looking at ways to increase sales of these items to support artists. 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
We seek to help businesses reduce and/or reuse materials destined for incinerators in Connecticut and/or landfills elsewhere; provide low-cost art supplies and educational materials to teachers, artists, social service organizations and the general public.  We seek to provide workshops and classes to help individuals learn how to repurpose these goods and how consumption and waste impact our lives, our community and the environment.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. We measure sales and number of transactions, which ultimately tell us what is moving quickly and what artists/teachers are looking for.  We measure the attendance at workshops.  Our effort to increase workshops was in response to requests and now we seek to increase our hours even more because of mounting requests.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

From our Facebook Page:  They are the best. The bees knees. Funky, fabulous and everything. A great source for randomness needed to create something unique. You can catch them open on Thursday and Saturday for now. Volunteer-run, earth-conscience, pocket-friendly. – Nora Rodriguez, Jan 2017

I have been wanting to visit this place since I first read about it. The physical space is smaller than I expected but there was a lot of stuff crammed in. The staff is very friendly and helpful and I'll definitely be back! – Marianne Holtermann, July 2016

Vive le garbage! I love this place, leather scraps, beaded flower u name it they have it👍🏽👍🏽 - Catherin Cazes-Wiley, May 2016

EcoWorks is such fun to visit as you never know what you might find for your ongoing projects, or projects you've yet to consider! Now that they're doing classes, too, it's even more fun. I just did a paper making workshop last Sunday, and it was well-taught! Well worth the trip to New Haven! – Dorothy Matteson Drobney, April 2016

An incredible treasure trove of supplies for you to create with! The place is filled with helpful, friendly, knowledgeable staff and is a wonderful resource for the community. I guarantee you will have fun there and will leave with a bag o' treasures at very little cost! - Mei-Ling Uliasz, Feb 2016

Program Comments
CEO Comments

EcoWorks provides low cost recycled items to teachers, artists and other creative people who might otherwise be unable to pay for these supplies. We keep things out of the landfill, which people have no further use for but others can benefit greatly from. We teach people how to re-use and recycle items through workshops, the re-boutique - which sells items by local artists who use 80% reused/repurposed materials in their product, and through our volunteer store personnel who assist in helping people find materials for their craft and/or referring them to other recycling businesses.

Shula Weinstein, Board Director
 
Our consignment shop for makers using repurposed materials makes micro-income for creatives. Having a brick and mortar outlet for selling artisan goods is still relevant in creative place-making. Customers want to connect the makers story with the item, see the process behind the finished item and see it in the context of raw materials. Our workshops and volunteer events offer the opportunity to connect individuals from diverse demographics while learning hand making and creative problem solving skills. Crafting for causes unites people passionate about compassion. Earth stewardship is a spiritual practice that shows us our commonality. Relearning an ancient skill such as weaving or print making, connects us with our primal root in the all to digital disconnected paradigm. 
 
Lisa Spetrini, Board Co-Chair
 
 
CEO/Executive Director
Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Term Start Nov 2012
Email ecoworksct@gmail.com
Experience

Lisa Spetrini, Co-Founder (Co-Chair), has worked as a welder, taught drafting, oversaw a vintage/punk clothing store in the 90’s, as well as owned and operated Elm City Handmade (pop up shop). Currently she is a designer for Fagan Design & Fabrication, Inc. and an assistant at Christensen Landscape Services. Lisa has served on the EcoWorks board since February 2013.

Eric Ginnish (Co-Chair), is the Director of Creative Development at Marrakech, Inc. and East Street Arts. In addition, Eric has a background in retail and freelances as a graphic designer, holding both an Accounting Clerk/Bookkeeping certificate and a Print & Digital Media Publishing certificate from Gateway Community College.

 
 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Collaborations
We appreciate the opportunity to work with new partners.  Current/past collaborations include: MakeHaven, New Haven Land Trust, New Haven Museum, Greater New Haven BioRegional Group, The Grove, Sew Crafty, Rock to Rock (Common Ground, Urban Resources Initiative, etc.), Alices' Reloved Workshop and East Street Arts.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Connecticut Green Business AwardBusiness New Haven Magazine2016
Comments
CEO Comments


Board Chair
Lisa Spetrini
Company Affiliation Fagan Design & Fabrication, Inc. and Elm City Handmade
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Penn Bailey Retired
Jamie Bingham School Teacher
Eric Ginnish Marrakech, Inc. / East Street Arts
Lori Martin Food Rescue US
Nancy Pizzonia Town of Hamden
Pamela Ricci Roach Take 2 Secure Electronics Recycling
Shula Weinstein Rainbow Recycling
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 7
Governance
Board Term Lengths 10
Board Term Limits 10
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Risk Management Provisions
Directors and Officers Policy
Commercial General Liability
Board Co-Chair
Eric Ginnish
Company Affiliation Marrakech, Inc. / East Street Arts
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2020
Email eric.ginnish@ecoworksct.org
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Operations
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Building
CEO Comments


 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2018
Projected Revenue $83,015.00
Projected Expenses $75,670.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$38,579$15,707$0
Current Assets$38,579$15,707$0
Long-Term Liabilities----$0
Current Liabilities----$0
Total Net Assets$38,579$15,707$0
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGreater New Haven Green Fund $7,000 --Greater New Haven Green Fund $3,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Project Storefronts (City of New Haven) $2,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 262 State Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Primary Phone 203 498 0710
Contact Email ecoworksct@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair Lisa Spetrini
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fagan Design & Fabrication, Inc. and Elm City Handmade

 

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