WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Remember, Honor, Teach

Columbia Falls, ME   |  http://wreathsacrossamerica.org

Mission

Wreaths Across America proudly works to ensure that we, as a Nation, Remember those who gave their lives while serving our country, Honor those who serve, and Teach our children the value of freedom.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Mrs. Karen Worcester

Main address

PO Box 249 4 Point Street

Columbia Falls, ME 04623 USA

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EIN

20-8362270

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

Nationwide Remembrance Ceremonies

Wreaths Across America coordinates grassroots efforts to organize, sponsor, and participate in simultaneous ceremonies all over the United States and beyond.  Many ceremonies include placing wreaths on the graves of fallen heroes, including our largest effort, Arlington National Cemetery.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Wreaths Across America continually looks for ways to start conversations between youth and adults that will prevent future generations from taking our freedoms, so hard won throughout our nation's history, for granted.  Inspired by the children who flock to Arlington National Cemetery each year to participate in the wreath placements, we began by providing up to 5000 hats annually to distinguish their service.  We have also developed curriculum, and web based tools to help young people gather and share stories from veterans and soldiers they know.  We work with many school and youth groups who raise funds so they can sponsor wreaths.  Many coordinate this effort with history lessons and other interests, post videos, and learn a deeper lesson though their community service.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Wreaths Across America believes in supporting the capacity of local organizations who do good work in their communities, including boy scouts, military organizations, church groups and others.  Our local group sponsorship program helps groups earn money based on the numbers of wreaths they are able to sponsor.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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 wreaths placed at veteran's gravestones

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Nationwide Remembrance Ceremonies

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year in December wreaths are placed on veteran's gravestones. This is done to remember and honor our fallen heroes. Our goal is to cover as many gravestones as possible as it grows every year.

Number of new cemetery locations each year

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

Adults, Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Nationwide Remembrance Ceremonies

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2015: 1108 total locations - of that 219 were new / 2014: 1000 total locations - of that 160 were new / 2013: 914 total locations - of that 168 were new.

Number of new Sponsorship Groups each year

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

Adults

Related Program

Local Sponsorship Groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We invite your group or organization to help us remember and honor our American heroes and teach the next generation, through raising funds to sponsor veterans’ wreaths.

Number of participants reporting greater issue awareness

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The metric shared here is the total number of media articles published in that year about Wreaths Across America's program. This metric include local, state and national media outlets and all mediums.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Continue to spread the mission of Wreaths Across America through community outreach, gatherings and wreath ceremonies in order to remember the sacrifices of veterans and their families.

Establish a trust of remembrance wreath sponsorship to ensure continued coverage of Arlington National Cemetery.

Mature the "Remembrance Tree Program". A living memorial that remembers veterans through placing dog tags on the balsam trees that produce the wreaths. Share stores and pictures of the loved ones being remembered.

Expand the Wreaths Across America museum and grow the number of annual visitors. All memorabilia is donated to the museum. Expand wings to include era's of war and conflicts to make sure that all veterans are remembered and their stores are accurate and being expressed.

Share and distribute stories of remembrance and sacrifice through social media~Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.

Progressing wreath placement will help further one or more of our goals.
Using the capabilities of our staff and volunteers will also further us in our goals.

Having capable staff along with thousands of volunteers we will be able to utilize them to help establish our goals.

Consistent 30% growth since the establishment of Wreaths Across America in 2007.
In 2007, Wreaths Across America placed 17,000 wreaths.
In 2014, 716,000.
In 2017, 1,560,000
We continue to grow in our education and participation programs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Active duty military, veterans and their families. Additionally, Gold Star Star families - those who have lost a loved one while in service to our country -- are our core constituent.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Through our Customer Service channels (online, phone),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To review policies and determine areas for improvement., To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our core volunteers - those who coordinate participating locations and sponsorship groups - are asked and encouraged to use our Manage Pages as a dashboard for data collection, messaging and overall communication with the organization. This platform is robust and has been difficult for less-technology savvy volunteers to navigate. As a result of survey feedback and requests for more support and simpler interface, we worked with our web developer to make some significant changes to the interface to help simplify the user experience. Additionally, we've added monthly onboarding webinars and video/printed step by step instructions for users to get to know the system. And most recently, we've expanded our team of regional liaison, hiring more staff to allow more hands on training where needed.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We believe asking for feedback allows our volunteers, supporters and donors to have a voice in our growth. Every January, we conduct an online survey to our core volunteers asking for feedback, and then share that collective feedback in our monthly newsletter address areas for possible improvement, or highlighting the solution that may already exist but they were not aware of. We have seen the positive impact this can have on a person when they feel as though their opinion has been heard and in fact, matters.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Board of directors
as of 4/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Wayne Hanson

Maine State Society

Term: 2021 - 2022

Wayne Hanson

Maine State Society, Washington DC

Ron Sailor

Maine State American Legion

James Farrell

WalMart Stores, Inc.

Dan Leclair

Commander, Maine Wing Civil Air Patrol

Patrick Simmons

WalMart Stores, Inc.

Pamela Slaven-Lee

Founder family

Sarah Worcester

Founder family

Lorna Harris

Kevin Haley

Maine State Police Department

David Russen

Durand Masonic Lodge No. 179

Dan Mead

Irish Charities

Karen Worcester

Executive Director

Randy Lewer

Location Coordinator/Veteran

Nate Lewis

Wal-Mart

Debbie Sparks

Women in Trucking

Karen Diefendorf

Tyson

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/31/2020,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data