​​​​Community Renovation Empowering Women, CREW

A while back CREW was asked to build one legged stools for Amy Biehl High School.  The stool had been designed by faculty at the high school.  They are used by students who have a hard time concentrating in class. Sitting on the stools requires a physical concentration allowing for students to “pay attention” in class.  May Lee, a CREW member, who helped build the one legged stools and works at Pine Hill, was inspired by the project.  She asked for a sample stool that they could duplicate for the children in the elementary school.  Kathy Daily supplied the stool.  May took the stool out to Pine Hill, they adapted the design and made changes according to the needs and flooring at the school.  Below are pictures and comments of the students.  CREW is pleased to be able to pass on what we have learned and inspired that others can modify to meet their needs.


  • Dravin: "I like it and it helps us balance so we won't rock in it"
  • Luke: "When I got a regular chair, the stool helped me stop rocking"
  • David: "Because I stay balanced with my stool... but if I am in a chair, I still rock"
  • Trevor: "it lets me turn and move; then I listen more"
  • Bethany: " I like it because it helps me do my work"
  • Kyllen:" It helps me stay calm and do my work, sometimes"
  • Rennen: "I like my stool because it lets me do my work as I move"
  • Delaina: "it helps me balance and if I ever am in a circus, I will know how to balance. 

 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

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.