Southwest Conservation Corps

Rating: 4.2 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Job Training, Environment

Location: 701 Camino Del Rio Suite 101 Durango CO 81301 USA

Mission: SCC empowers individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment.
Geographic areas served: Southwest United States
Programs: Community Corps, Conservation Corps Corpsmember, Sustainable Forestry Team Corpsmember, Veterans Green Corps

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Rating: 5 stars  

Today, Sunday July 27, 2014, we came upon a busy crew working on the Fall Creek Trail near the Calico Trail. We hike this trail frequently but missed the 2013 season. Much to our liking we came across several strong structural improvements to the trail.
As we ascended, noticing the many well-done improvements, we encountered the crew. There were a half dozen strong young people doing their job. They were friendly, polite, and very interested in telling me about SCC. I was really impressed.
Judith Ingalls MD
Telluride, CO

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This experience challenged me in ways that still allow me to grow and achieve new heights in my life, 5 years later. The very nature of the challenging work as well as the personal interactions have pushed me beyond my limits more than I could have possibly imagined. The work keeps getting more interesting and inspiring - We've come along way and grown so fast, the dynamics of the program keep expanding... With expansion comes a sort of mass production. There are pros and cons to it - pros being that our program works in the most beautiful remote places in the southwest. The work being offered is more meaningful and diverse. The cons being that I feel to a certain degree that SCC has lost the personal touch.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personal results include goal setting and achievement/ physical endurance/ learning the ins & outs of office politics - occupational therapy!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The connection with the natural world and the respect for a sustainable community

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

varied - from brillant to baffling, bashful to bizarre, buoyant but hardly ever boring

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My experience with SCC started over two years ago when I volunteered for the Education and Outreach program. Over the course of that year I worked in several communities in Southwest Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico as a crew member, youth mentor and a crew leader. The main focus of the work is always toward positive youth development through the vehicle of contracts with land management agencies. The following year I moved in to a staff position but the focus of my work remained the same. SCC is a great non-profit for several reasons, but I would consider their greatest strength lying in the personal touch that each person brings with them. The staff have always gone above and beyond in regard to their commitment to improving other peoples lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

both my personal and professional lives. Working and living with so many people made me look at my role in the various communities I'm involved with and re-evaluate how I can fulfill my own goals. It also gave me the opportunity for meaningful work.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to connect with such a variety of people from so many backgrounds, cultures and beliefs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

personal, outdoorsy and generally really nice.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 3 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I've worked for, with, and around a number of non-profits. The SCC stands out as one of the more promising in its field. This group had the courage (or was it fear of competition?) to field a pilot crew of all veterans to do conservation work on public lands. Honest and Candid? Beyond the age discrimination carefully worded as target

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The spectacular transformation stories and stunning office views of the Sangre De Christo mountain range, Continental Divide...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful human beings doing their best to change the world in their own small way.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Pay crew members better, provide outstanding food and equipment, and spread the story and support of this opportunity around the world.

Ways to make it better...

I had a more open avenue for assertive feedback...giving and receiving.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Competent, courageous leadership.

One thing I'd also say is that...

They helped me grow personally and professionally in tremendous ways.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

As a former board member I was invited to take the train up to the Elk Park stop and visit the work crew about 1 1/2 miles in on the Colorado Trail. I went with a current board member and Don Kelly, our forest service' trail supervisor. We arrived in time to share lunch with the crew. They had been working for weeks on a dangerous section of the trail that had a major rock slide. This made it dangerous for hikers, backpackers and impossible to navigate by pack animal. This was an elite group of the SW Conservation Corps that had worked their way up to the top in trail maintenance skills. Huge boulders were being moved to make a lower and safer bypass of the damaged area. We enjoyed our lunch/conversation and were very impressed with the pride that these young people displayed in their work. We left with a sense that not only were our tax dollars been well spent but that these people will carry this experience with them in a positive way for the rest of their lives. All users of this trail will certainly benefit from the hard labor this crew provided to make this a safer route for them to travel.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The character of the people that carry out their work assignments.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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