A ROCHA USA INC

Restoring people and places

aka A Rocha USA   |   Wheaton, IL   |  www.arocha.us

Mission

A Rocha is a world-wide family of Christian conservation organizations. Our mission is to inspire and equip Christians to know and love their local habitats through practical, community-focused conservation. We work with churches, schools, neighborhood groups, and individuals across the US to provide community-based conservation, environmental education, and scientific research. Each community project varies according to local needs and desires—from growing food for the poor to protecting watersheds to restoring local habitats. Through our efforts, we want to foster a deeper understanding and love of places where we live, work, and learn. Our hope is that care for the world around us will become a key and integrated part of our everyday lives.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Mr. Mark Purcell

Main address

PO Box 233

Wheaton, IL 60187 USA

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EIN

31-1751509

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Christian (X20)

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Our programs

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Creation Care Camp

Creation Care Camp is a vacation camp curricula suitable for grades 1-8. The curricula invites a sense of wonder and teaches children about creation and Creator by combining God’s word, science and hands-on activities. Campers learn about the particulars of their place through exploring and discovering local plant and wildlife, habitats and water systems while learning and applying biblical stewardship and discipleship to their interaction with the people and place around them.

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A Rocha’s membership program, Love Your Place (LYP), engages Christians in responding to global biodiversity and habitat loss in their local contexts. LYP will provide education, how-to guides, citizen science opportunities, theological and devotional resources, and regional and national events for members.

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Eco Church is a certification program (developed by A Rocha UK) that A Rocha USA will launch in 2019. Eco Church allows churches to measure their effectiveness in sustainable practices (both inside and outside their facilities). Resources are provided to help churches progress to a "Gold" certification via property management tools, assessments for energy usage, worship materials & curricula, and ideas for community engagement.

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A Rocha USA’s Marine Conservation Program is based in Titusville, a city on the east coast of Central Florida.

The area is home to beautiful beaches, the Kennedy Space Center, the Indian River Lagoon, and a stunning array of local wildlife. Situated at the border of the temperate and subtropical zones, Central Florida’s biodiversity is particularly high—including manatees, alligators, countless fish species, and numerous shorebirds.

In the midst of its beauty and biodiversity, the area faces numerous challenges. The Indian River Lagoon watershed serves as the drainage point for inland rivers and lakes, bringing muck and nutrients into a once clear and productive lagoon. Like all beaches, plastic pollution is an issue. In addition, there is huge pressure for development in the region.

Led by Dr. Robert Sluka, we are establishing a field study center to conduct research and education in the Indian River Lagoon and coastal marine habitats. Our marine team will also facilitate beach cleanups and microplastics research.

Our work will focus on the intrinsic value of Florida’s marine life while recognizing that it also has great benefit to humans. We will also provide opportunities for people to connect with God through the ocean and experience improved health and well-being by spending time in nature and particularly in, on, or around the ocean.

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n Nashville, A Rocha is a working to educate and inspire people to care for creation.

As A Rocha takes a local shape here in Music City, part of our work involves building community among songwriters and creating opportunities for them to learn about ecological issues and come together for songwriting retreats. The first volume of “The A Rocha Project” – an album of songs written around the theme of creation care – is in production. Our first hands-on conservation project is also in development. We are working on a Backyard Biodiversity Project which will connect people to the world outside their own back door, and allow them to learn with and work with others to enhance the biodiversity of the urban and suburban places they live.

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From beaches to mountain ranges to high and low elevation deserts, Southern California’s geographical diversity produces natural biodiversity that is mirrored in the cultural diversity of the region.

While beautiful, the area faces many challenges. Smog is still an issue. Environmental injustices are common—poorly-regulated factories churn out products and byproducts that harm minority neighborhoods and nearby wild spaces [1].

SoCal A Rocha helps the church respond to these problems. We work with people of all ethnicities and faiths (or no faith at all) from neighborhood groups, schools, churches, camps, and conservation organizations. Through our training opportunities and programs, our hope is to encourage recognition that God loves the world he made and calls us to do the same.

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In the heart of the Texas Hill Country sits the 7,000-acre Big Springs Ranch for Children. Home to at-risk and orphaned youth, the renowned “big springs” that birth the Frio River, endangered Black-capped Vireo and Golden-cheeked Warbler, plus one of the largest underground caverns in the state, the ranch is truly a Texas treasure. Both working ranch and haven, Big Springs Ranch has invited A Rocha to help with the conservation and study of this amazing property.

A Rocha recently received approval for two grants to fund work that will target watershed preservation and restoration on Big Springs Ranch. The primary focus will be Ashe Juniper (Juniperus ashei) removal to facilitate increased recharge of the underground aquifer feeding the natural springs and the Frio river, while balancing the natural habitat for native species such as the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia), Black-capped Vireo (Vireo atricapilla) and the Tobusch Fishhook Cactus (Sclerocactus brevihamatus). The grants are a result of a collaboration with Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, Aquifer Group, Big Springs Ranch for Abused Children and A Rocha USA.

The grants will also allow A Rocha staff to begin developing outdoor education programs for the children residing on the ranch.

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A Rocha has been deeply involved in Pacific Northwest. Through partnerships with local conservation organizations, agencies, churches, and community groups in Lynden, WA we have engaged people in:

Learning about and caring for our watersheds
Strengthening local food systems and managing community gardens
Protecting habitats and species through research
In Bend, OR we have partnered with the Mountaineers Foundation to provide opportunities for hands-on restoration work with Trout Unlimited and other organizations.

We are currently rebuilding our program in the PNW and (especially if you are in the Seattle or Bellingham area) would love your participation.

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Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2011

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2012

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2013

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2014

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2015

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2016

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2017

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2018

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2019

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

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

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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A ROCHA USA INC

Board of directors
as of 6/9/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rev. Ben Lowe

Ph.D. Student, University of Florida

Term: 2020 -

Mark Purcell

Ex officio, Non-voting

Vera Bowen

President, El Ranchito, Shield Ranch Foundation

Kenny Benge

Priest, Church of the Redeemer

Mary Anne Inglis

Michelin's Ecole Francaise Bilingue

Rachel Lamb

Ph.D Candidate, University of Maryland

Vincent Morris

Consultant

Caroline Park

General Counsel, NOAA

Nancye Drukker

Master Naturalist

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? 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