WOONASQUATUCKET RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL

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Providence, RI   |  www.wrwc.org

Mission

The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council creates positive environmental, social and economic change by revitalizing the Woonasquatucket River, its Greenway and its communities.

Ruling year info

2001

Principal Officer

Ms. Alicia J Lehrer

Main address

45 Eagle Street, Suite 202

Providence, RI 02909 USA

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EIN

05-0519694

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

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River Rangers

Paid green job program for youth local to the neighborhoods surrounding the Woonasquatucket River, particularly in Providence and Johnston.  River Rangers are trained as Woonasquatucket Greenway leaders, ambassadors and stewards.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Multiracial people
People of Latin American descent
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

In-school/after school program that uses growing native fish in the classroom as a means to teach about ecology, biology, science and math.  Fish are raised from eggs or fry in the classroom.  Students care for them, watch them grow, learn about their lifecycle, habitat and needs.  At the end of the program, they release the fish into the Woonasquatucket River to help repopulate the river with native fish.

Population(s) Served

The Red Shed is located in Riverside Park in the Olneyville Neighborhood or Providence (one of the most economically challenged neighborhoods in RI).  It provides very low cost bike repairs, sales, rentals and free classes for youth and adults in bike repair and maintenance.  The shop also offers volunteer opportunities where volunteers can earn bike parts by learning and repairing bikes along with the mechanics. The Red Shed helps make it possible for everyone in Olneyville to have access to bikes and prevents bikes from being discarded due to broken parts.

Population(s) Served

The WRWC hosts paddle, hiking and biking trips with its friends and neighbors to share the wonder, beauty and history of the Woonasquatucket River. Join us as we float along different sections of the river, bike through history, and discover wildlife while meandering up the Woony River Greenway!

Population(s) Served
Adults

One week day camp for youth ages 8 to 13, provides bike, helmet and lock for every camper to keep, training in basic bike maintenance and repair, safe riding skills, learning to ride, and daily bike rides. In addition, we teach campers how to safely use our bike path and natural resources through an environmental education program

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Champion in Action 2007

Citizens Bank

American Heritage River 2001

United States Government

Affiliations & memberships

Afterschool Alliance 2013

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council's long term goals are:

Program Goal #1: Connect Greenway space from Cricket Field & beyond through downtown Providence
Program Goal #2: Connect community members to Greenway, Watershed, and each other
Program Goal #3: Care for Greenway parks, spaces, and river health
Program Goal #4: Grow community connection and engagement on climate resilience
Program Goal #5: Improve diversity, access, and inclusion to youth programs and job training

Administrative Goal #1: Expand organization brand to create greater community awareness and evaluate/change organization’s name
Administrative Goal #2: Increase staff capacity to achieve mission
Administrative Goal #3: Increase Board expectations and capacity
Administrative Goal #4: Upgrade physical plant
Administrative Goal #5: Build long-term success for staff retention

Fiscal Goal #1: Diversify organization revenue and create sustainable funding base
Fiscal Goal #2: Secure funding for space that houses all of our functions
Fiscal Goal #3: Maintain funding for programs as established in program goals
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Financials

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WOONASQUATUCKET RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Laureen Ratti

Donald Burns

Town of North Smithfield

Roy Najecki

Town of Glocester

Jonathan Ucran

Town of Johnston

Jean Lynch

Town of Johnston

Timothy O'Connor

Town of North Providence

John Jacobson

City of Providence

Louis Lariviere

Town of North Providence

Ayana Bass

City of Providence

Board leadership practices

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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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

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