I first "met" Food&Water Watch when I attended a presentation on fracking waste at a local library. I knew a lot about fracking and gas pipelines, but I knew very little about fracking waste. I hoped I might find out more about the location of proposed pipelines. An hour later I'd forgotten all about the pipelines and was ready to sign up to get more involved in banning fracking waste from my town. I waited impatiently for the email telling me what the next step was. By the third meeting of our small group we had collected hundreds of signatures, including the mayor's, and were ready to present an ordinance to our town council last summer. That is still in progress. None of this would have ever happened without an amazing volunteer coordinator/lecturer/mentor from Food&Water Watch with a tremendous amount of experience and materials to support us. When we were able to speak at our town's ordinance review committee last month I felt prepared. When the legal questions came I was so proud to ask if the expert we had brought along could help us answer those questions.
I don't think our town council had ever seen that type of legal expertise from a local group trying to present an ordinance draft. The looks between council members were priceless. The mayor's office was very happy to have her help them with legal experience in fracking waste bans.
I'm not sure how our ordinance will fare but I am optimistic; in the meantime this non-profit has been instrumental in passing a similar ordinance covering all five boroughs of NYC. They have already helped five other towns do the same in my state and several hundreds towns in a neighboring state. As a concerned citizen with no prior experience in changing laws I never would have expected to be this successful on my first try. But with F&WW's expert mentor and experience to support us it has become possible. I have already helped another town to get started with what I have learned.
Food & Water Watch has been a tireless companion in our effort at local town levels to get ordinances in place to ban fracking waste from coming into, or being used in our towns. Jen Siskind has been, and remains, a bottomless source of information and energy in this effort. And because of Food & Water Watch's involvement, we are succeeding!
I've been extremely impressed by Food & Water Watch for over a year now. Their mail-out information was very detailed and precise and first drew my attention to the important issue of fracked gas pipeline expansion and waste disposal. I found their members were willing to go and speak all over my state and help people to take local grassroots action. They are supportive with advice and data. They personally helped me try to work in my area. And I know they're working hard all over the country and have been out at Standing Rock, too!
I was able to spend a fantastic summer volunteering with FWW. This organization has an important environmental mission and I thoroughly enjoyed being apart of issues on a national and local level. By volunteering I was able to learn about the process of protesting and educating others on things that matter. Eleanor and Lars are absolutely fantastic, experienced, and intelligent leaders. I was able to attend protests against Fracking on Public Lands, and organize phone banking events. I also got to table at Grower's Markets. This was extremely informative. FWW provides hands on opportunities to volunteer and a staff with passion that is hard not to admire. No other nonprofit I've volunteered at has so much trust and reverence for their volunteers. By being given responsibility I was able to help vocalize the injustice of the oil and gas industry.
Food & Water Watch has helped me open my eyes to the fracking problem here in New Mexico. With Eleanor & Lars' support we have been making inroads with our local politicians to understand that water is more precious than oil.
I first read of FWW from a letter Eleanor wrote to our local newspaper & then heard her speak at our County Commission meeting and got her business card to follow up. Her assistant Lars' youthful exuberance towards these important issues reminded me of myself 40+ yrs. ago.
I must thank all at Food & Water Watch for having such astute employees leading the charge to ensure all of us a cleaner environment.
I've been volunteering with Food & Water Watch for 3+ years. It's been a terrific experience. The staff is friendly and supportive, always willing to assist with materials, expert advice, instruction and their personal time. I love the way they provide support at the grassroots level and are inclusive with individuals and other organizations. They've also included me in staff training, which has been greatly appreciated. Working to label GMOs, support better food policy, protect against privatization of public water and ban fracking waste importation (my state has no drilling) and build national support to keep fossil fuels in the ground, fracking out of national parkland and move to 100% renewables without compromising their integrity or policy is why I will remain involved with them far into the future.
I began volunteering with Food & Water Watch to label GMOs. I am deeply impressed with their integrity, the accuracy of their information and the positive way that they interact with volunteers and other organizations. I repeatedly hear comments about how respected and well-received this organization is from other volunteers, the general public, fellow advocacy and environmental groups and elected officials. Through their printed materials, also found on their website, I have been able to inform and educate hundreds of people at table-ing events. Myself and other volunteers have participated in phone-banking sessions, letter writing events, public rallies and coordinated community events. Staff members and directors have always provided great support & assistance. This organization champions so many great causes (ban fracking and fracking waste, prevent water privatization, take back the tap from bottled water, improving our food supply through activism on USDA, FDA policies and congressional legislation) that I will enjoy volunteering with them for many years to come.
Food & Water Watch, along with Local Water Alliance, was responsible for galvanizing support for a ballot initiative in Hood River County, Oregon that banned commercial water bottling, throwing a stick in Nestlé’s wheel as it attempts to build a water bottling plant in Oregon. The people who work for Food & Water Watch are down to earth, strategic, and truly care about protecting the American peoples’ drinking water. It is a great organization to stand behind.
Lena Smith of the South Jersey/Philadelphia region provided countless hours of guidance as well as resources in our communities' fight to protect our waters from Transco/Williams and New Jersey Natural Gas' unnecessary methane infrastructure build up.
She is still giving of her time and wisdom. Helping with planning and handling things like press releases.
I had the opportunity to intern with Food & Water Watch twice and I can honestly say it has been one of the most challenging, valuable, and educational experiences I have had during college. I enjoyed interning for Food & Water Watch because of the strong stances they take in order to protect the environment, our consumer choice, and public health by fighting hydraulic fracturing, water privatization, lack of funding towards water infrastructure, excessive pesticide use, harmful trade deals, and more. Moreover, I gained many skills through my work at Food & Water Watch in terms of advocacy, organizing, communication, and writing. I highly recommend learning more about this nonprofit organization and volunteering for Food & Water Watch if you believe in these issues!
I got involved as a volunteer with FWW about 6 months ago because I was worried about fracking coming to Maryland and in particular Frederick County. Their support in organizing and executing actions and their leadership on the issue has been invaluable. I particular, I have been working closely with Thomas Meyer, who is professional and knowledgeable. I am so incredibly grateful for FWW!