I've volunteered with Save the Bay three times, and they are a great organization. Their staff is engaged and passionate and I love knowing exactly how my volunteer time is saving the Bay.
Save The Bay works hard to do exactly that-Save the San Francisco Bay. I feel that my donations are being well-used, and I enjoy the work they do, things like bans on plastic bags (to keep them out of the Bay) and volunteer events to plant native plants.
Lately in the bay area I've been particularly excited to pay for my bags at different grocery stores and finally (yes late to the party) have become diligent in bringing my own. I'd like to thank Save the Bay for their long relentless fight against needless trash and their support of bag bans far and wide. Thank You Save the Bay! PS, I am a proud Bay Swimmer and feel safer due to STB's great work.
I donated once to this organization, and within one month had received a letter asking me to renew my membership. This letter was followed a relentless stream of letters, free calendars, and nagging cards suggesting I needed to renew. I won't donate again, since I'd prefer my money goes towards a cause, and not into full-color mailers and calendars.
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The conservation committee of our garden club was appalled that the Redwood City Council is seriously considering pursuing the Cargill/DMB plan to build a new city in the salt flats in an area that could be restored to tidal marsh. Beginning in October 2009, a Save the Bay representative gave our group a background slide presentation and since then has helped us develop a coordinated strategy for raising public awareness about the project drawbacks. The strategy entails writing letters to newspaper editors, speaking at city council meetings, and working with members of other conservation organizations. Save the Bay has supplied points to include in letters, web links to papers' editorial pages, dates of council meetings, introductions to other conservationists, and a ton of day-to-day support. We are delighted and impressed with Save the Bay's commitment and support.
I recently learned that BCDC was proposing new laws for combatting sea level rise in the bay and I was interested in learning more about it. I called Save the Bay and they provided me with the entire 26 page proposed regulation which helped me learn about the issue. Save the Bay is a font of information on all sorts of issues involving the health of the Bay. The recent PBS Documentary about the history of the Bay and the history of Save the Bay shows the important work Save the Bay has undertaken over the last 40 years.
Great fun! Provides a very positive connection to the Bay ecosystem. We weeded pepperweed, fennel, mustard and other non-natives to provide more habitat for native species.
The natural beauty of the Bay and surroundings was a big draw for me to move to SF, and I now live a half-block from the water. The history and work of Save the Bay are a constant inspiration to me.
I spent an afternoon cleaning canoes that Save the Bay uses to take school children out in the bay to learn about ecosystems. I was impressed by the program they offer and their staff is friendly and hard working.
My introduction to Save the Bay is when they led the successful effort from paving the San Francisco Bay for expanded runways at SFO. Since then, I've supported their efforts recognizing how much they accomplish each year. Our Bay needs a NGO as focused, efficient and effective as Save the Bay.