EcoWorks
262 State Street
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address 262 State Street
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 498 x0710
Fax 203-000-0000
E-mail sherill.baldwin@ecoworksct.org
Web and Social Media
Dolls made by Ruth from EcoWorks scrap
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 Sherill Baldwin
Board Chair Company Affiliation CT DEEP
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $80,065.00
Projected Expenses $73,196.00
Statements
Mission To promote resource conservation, creativity, education and community engagement through material reuse, art, waste reduction, recycling, composting and zero waste strategies.
Background
We are currently the only creative reuse center in CT; there are about 50 around the country with a core of selling scrap and providing some form of education.  EcoWorks has developed a business model that has a focus on education with multiple revenue streams to support the organization and make it less dependent on philanthropic dollars over the long run. However, we are at a point where we will need paid staff to help us continue to expand.
 
We incorporated in Nov 2012 and in 2013 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 have successfully launched and run a creative reuse center for the community, providing low cost art supplies and educational materials; offering art workshops and environmental classes/demonstration; and coordinating the reBoutique, a gift shop of upcycled goods made by CT artisans. 
Impact
1. We provided 41 workshops/classes, serving 634 individuals in 2016.
2. We had almost 1500 sales transactions of scrap, selling almost $13,000 dollars of raw materials.
3. We made 344 transactions selling reBoutique items; earning over $2100 for CT artists and over $2600 for EcoWorks.
4. We earned 40% of our income with 37% coming from individual donations and 22% from state, local and community grants.
5. We have a contract with consultant to help us coordinate workshops and programs.
 
Our goals for future: 
1. Continue to raise funds to keep our education/outreach contractor.
2. Raise funds to hire contractor to provide volunteer coordination and help us develop standard operating procedures for incoming donations, storage, sales etc.
3. With increased volunteer coordination, we seek to move from "staff-like" board to one that is able to focus more on governance.
Needs
1. We need to expand the hours; increase throughput of donations; increase efficiency in how we process donations and sales.
2. We need to strengthen checks and balances with our finances as we prepare to grow.
3.  Board development; includes transitioning to governing board, and increase our numbers and diversity.
4. We need to review and update our original business plan and develop a strategic plan for the next 5 years.
CEO Statement We are currently a volunteer-based organization, with oversight from the Board of Directors.  We have recently hired a contractor to help with education, promotion and community engagement (Nov 2016) and are raising funds to hire a contractor to help us with volunteer recruitment and coordination. A key part of engaging volunteers, will be to better understand the work we do.  As a start-up, we've created our process and procedures, often unable to articulate what we all do.  We will hire a contractor to record our procedures and create standard operating procedures to follow, allowing us the template for volunteer tasks as we expand and grow.
Board Chair Statement Our motto is slow and steady wins the race; we want to be around in 20+ years to come.  We are developing an organization that will create a number of waste-based initiatives that link with creativity and the arts.  We want to have fun while we're conserving resources and protecting the planet.  We see ourselves as a band of garbage enthusiasts with a passion for the arts!
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
Statewide. We have teachers, artists and others come from Bridgeport, Hartford, Windsor... and at times visitors from New York and Massachusetts.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

EcoWorks’ engages people in creative programs and fun projects that take advantage of the “hidden” value present in what we consider trash by developing waste-based initiatives.

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 CT 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, we hope to create a standard operating procedure that includes weighing incoming donations before they are processed.  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.  We recently hired a contractor to help us expand the number and types of educational programs, including testing possible income from this activity to support EcoWorks.
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 CT 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: dollars, number of transactions and qualitatively have a sense of what is moving quickly/what artists/teachers are looking for.  We measure number of people who attend workshops and classes and will soon be adding an evaluation to these to get feedback.  Our effort to increase classes was in response to requests and now we seek to increase our hours 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
We have now been in our beautiful store front in the 9th square of downtown New Haven for a year.  Since Oct 1, 2015 when we moved in, we have seen incredible growth - the number of visitors seeking materials, happy and excited about our materials - as well as the number of days we're open, the number of workshops we're able to provide and also fun events like participating in On9/First Friday activities that help us connect to our neighborhood.
 
With the hiring of a contractor to help us expand educational programs and engage the community, we will see another growth spurt.  I hope we will see new instructors offering new types of workshops and programs, including more programming for children.  I also hope we can begin to understand how we might offer our reCraft space to do-it-yourselfers.  We are excited to learn more if there is a need in our community and whether we can also earn income to support the organization.
 
This coming year we hope to invite new board members into the organization, to help us continue to expand our services and grow the organization.  We continually hear we need to expand our hours, and under our current all-volunteer structure, we can do no more.  So expanding board and volunteers to help us look at how to offer more services will be a focus for us this coming year.
CEO/Executive Director
Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Term Start Nov 2012
Email ecoworksct@gmail.com
Experience
Sherill Baldwin, the board chair has worked in the 'waste' industry since the mid 1980's, including managing a reuse center for the arts in Oakland, CA.  She is currently employed with CT DEEP focusing on sustainable materials management, supporting the RecycleCT Foundation, the What's In, What's Out state recycling marketing campaign, and the CT WRAP - plastic film recycling initiative and other product stewardship programs.  She has a BA in Solid Waste Management from UMASS/Amherst and an MS in Resource Development from Michigan State University.
 
Ms. Baldwin is one of the founding members and as Board Chair fills the untitled role of executive director at EcoWorks.
 
 
 
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 Have BioRegional Group, The Grove, Sew Crafty, Rock to Rock (Common Ground, Urban Resources Initiative etc), Alices' Reloved Workshop.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Connecticut Green Business AwardBusiness New Haven Magazine2016
Comments
CEO Comments Four board members recently attended a training program with Chuck Loring, provided by the Foundation.  The results were spectacular; including greater understanding of where our Board needs to go, separation of roles (Board, Staff, Volunteers, Donors), importance of having more volunteers provide programs and services so the Board can govern and that we're doing "ok", but have places to improve.  It was energizing for the team and we look forward to implementing a number of needed efforts to become a more effective Board.
Board Chair
Sherill Baldwin
Company Affiliation CT DEEP
Term Jan 2013 to Jan 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Lori Martin Food Rescue US
Kevin McCarthy Community Activist
Sandy Resnick Yale University
Lisa Spetrini Fagan Designs & Elm City Handmade
Shula Weinstein Rainbow Recycling
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 5
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 60%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Risk Management Provisions
Directors and Officers Policy
Commercial General Liability
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Operations
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Kimball Cartwright Common Ground High School
CEO Comments
In 2017 we are looking to raise funds to hire contractors to provide specific tasks to help the organization grow.  
 
As an all-volunteer organization, our board provides the services of staff while governing the organization.  This coming year will be challenging, as we
 
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $80,065.00
Projected Expenses $73,196.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$14,872$1,292$0
Administration Expense--$995$0
Fundraising Expense--$403$0
Payments to Affiliates--$2,276$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.751.81--
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%26%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%6%--
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$15,707$0--
Current Assets$15,707$0--
Long-Term Liabilities--$0--
Current Liabilities--$0--
Total Net Assets$15,707$0--
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --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 -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments
We are excited to be renewing our lease at our current space through July 2018.  While we recognize we eventually want a larger space (warehouse) we cannot consider moving until we expand our hours to fully maximize our use of our current space.  This coming year our challenge will be to expand our services - both open hours and educational programs - and begin understanding if we can earn enough to support staff in the future.
At the end of 2016 we hired a contractor to coordinate educational programs and to help us determine where/when we could increase revenue in addition to offering free activities.  In 2017 we look to hire a contractor create standard operating procedures for incoming material donations and retail operations and volunteer recruitment and coordination to help us open the reuse center more hours/days of the week.
Foundation Staff Comments The form 990s found in this profile are for the Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprise (GBCE).  The GBCE has served as the fiduciary for EcoWorks.  The details numbers listed are those of EcoWorks only.

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 Community Foundation.  Financial information is input by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation requires three years of financial information from the nonprofit organization; however, this requirement may not be available for some organizations due to their more recent incorporation or formation. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. 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
CEO/Executive Director Organization is made up of all volunteers. There is no CEO.
Board Chair Sherill Baldwin
Board Chair Company Affiliation CT DEEP

 

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