Welcome to CREW

Mission and Goals

Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Community Renovation empowering Women (CREW) is a non-profit service organization whose mission is “to build community and improve the status of women and children through building and renovating structures for agencies that primarily serve women and children.”  ​We accomplish this mission by teaching our mostly female volunteers construction skills that build confidence, afford them independence, and provide them opportunities to engage communities through service. 

Project Review

We start potential projects by visiting your site to discuss how well the services we can provide match your project needs.  We can then make recommendations, establish priorities, and work collaboratively with you on a plan.

What We Can Do

The following list is representative of the type of work we’ve done or can do:

Interior renovation
  • Demolition and moving walls, electricity, and plumbing
  • Installing plumbing fixtures
  • Installing cabinets, building shelves and other storage
  • Tiling, painting, and other finish work
  • Install flooring
  • Replace doors and windows

Basic landscaping and building outdoor structures
Basic structural reinforcement

CREW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization and your donations are tax deductible. 100% of all donations go to materials, supplies, and  CREW’s truck insurance.

Our Current Projects: Santuario de Karuna

On Sat. May 20th. We began building a deck.  See below for more information on the agency.  We have never built a deck before so it will be a great learning opportunity.  We have had plans drawn up including all materials.  Go to Current Project for pictures and details. 


Next Work Days are:

Saturday, September 23, 2017 and

Sunday September 24, 2017

We will be mixing and pouring cement, setting the plates and posts.  They are providing a vegan lunch.  Work begins at 8:30 in the morning and leave around 2:30.  

Building Bookcases: in coordination with Habitat for Humanity, we will be working with children to teach and assist them in building there own bookcase.  We are coming up with prototypes and blueprints. We will supply the blueprints and fasteners and you supply the materials for your bookcase.  We will build prototypes for the children and you to choose your design, materials, colors, etc.  This is going to be a really fun project.  Start date TBA

 Your Agency Provides:

  • A safe, clean, and accessible work site
  • Project materials
  • Necessary permits, licenses or inspections
  • Insurance to cover facility, contents, and volunteers
  • Storage for materials and supplies being used for the project, if possible
  • Bathrooms
  • Water
  • On-site power (electricity)

 CREW Provides:

  • Volunteer leadership and labor
  • Some project materials, either through solicitation of donations or utilization of CREW funds
  • Tools
  • Recommendations for professional services, if needs are beyond the scope of our skill set.
  • Project Management

Contact Denise Wheeler for more information:               
Tel: (505) 343-9307
e-mail to: deniserw@unm.edu

See article about us from the PB&J Newsletter on the Last Project page. Thanks and praise go to all members of CREW!!!

​​​​Community Renovation Empowering Women, CREW