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December 11, 2011

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December 11, 2011

The level of service as well as the community outreach of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center are exemplary and represent a high bar. Some weeks ago I visited a local retirement home where the residents' mobility varies widely, from highly active to housebound. Many of them were able to attend the Wildlife Center's release of a barn owl and a screech owl on the retirement home's wooded premises. Those who perforce remained indoors can nonetheless join in the ongoing daily conversations about who last heard the owls and from which part of the wood. The Center not only provides rescue and nurture for creatures in harm's way, but actively seeks to include in its working life the human residents of the countryside it serves. A better informed community can eventually result in heightened protection for wildlife. The Center brings its work full circle.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

December 5, 2011

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December 5, 2011

As a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, I am constantly inspired by Dr. Burwell’s commitment to the all-too-often overlooked animals of the world. Every patient is treated with kindness and compassion – with sights set on its eventual release back to the wild. For those unfortunate patients that are too injured for release, Dr. Burwell eases their suffering with gentle hands. BRWC cares for birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals – at times, even insects! No species is too small or insignificant to warrant care and respect. I can unequivocally say that I am honored to give my time to such an organization. BRWC lives up to its mission statement and more!

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

I often help Dr. Burwell with raptor releases - which is very rewarding!

Ways to make it better...

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

Buy them a new building!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Move to a new facility - this would enable the organization to continue to grow their patient intake capability. Also, a new building would provide an avenue for more on-site educational opportunities for the public.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Everytime I volunteer at BRWC, I come home feeling physically exhausted but mentally fulfilled. There is nothing better than to see animals get well and released back to the wild!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

When I volunteer, I always come home feeling mentally invigorated. I feel as if I have made a difference to at least one animal's life - which makes a huge difference to my life.

December 5, 2011

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December 5, 2011

I volunteered at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center for four years and I must admit that it is a quality organization committed to helping Virginia's native wildlife. Belinda Burwell and her staff are dedicated to treating injured animals and work extremely hard to maintain such an important establishment. I'm proud to have volunteered there. -Zach Moran-

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 27, 2011

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November 27, 2011

As a practicing veterinarian in Clarke County, Virginia, I can't help but sing the praises of Dr. Belinda Burwell and the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Millwood, Virginia. She and her staff work tirelessly to rescue, treat, and release injured, sick and orphaned area wildlife, as well as support and contribute to much needed research in this field. In addition, the BRWC runs numerous programs aimed at educating the general public about native wildlife and encourages participation from the community at many levels. I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Burwell, and know firsthand her remarkable dedication, commitment and passion for her work, and the enormous positive impact she and the BRWC have made to Wildlife Medicine and rescue. A very worthy organization, Dr. Burwell and the BRWC provide a much needed and extremely valuable service to both the community and our native wildlife. I wholeheartedly believe we are most fortunate to have them so hard at work in our community.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 26, 2011

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November 26, 2011

I was introduced to the BRWC while taking training to become a Virginia Master Naturalist. As a naturalist, one of our roles is to volunteer in service to our communities to help preserve and protect our native plants, animals and wild places and to educate the public on the importance of our natural world. As such, the program introduced us to a variety of valuable organization that do their work, in part, with the help of skilled volunteers. Of all of the organizations that we were introduced to, it was clear that the BRWC would figure prominently in my volunteering future. I began volunteering 3 years ago to help them develop an educational outreach center at the facility. I continue to be amazed at all they do under the direction and skilled medical care of Dr. Burwell to provide for so many injured and orphaned animal each year. It may be a small center, but it has a really big heart and the dedicated volunteers to make a very real difference in the northern Shenandoah Valley.

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

You just need to look at the records to see the incredible success this center has in raising and rehabilitating animals for release back into the wild. Many people have experienced the joy of having an injured or orphaned animal that they brought into the center be brought "back home" for release where they were found. Many more have been able to experience the release of raptors - an opportunity to educate the public about the beauty and value of these magnificent creatures.

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

The center relies on donations of money, food and supplies from the community. With what they have, they do a fabulous job. Donations are a testament to the communities recognition of the value of their work. Of course they always need more volunteers, more supplies, and an updated facility would be fabulous.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

New skills, increased knowledge, untold satisfaction!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 25, 2011

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November 25, 2011

Dr. Burwell and her staff at Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Millwood, VA are extremely dedicated to helping injured and orphaned native wildlife in the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding area. They provide veterinary services to wildlife at no cost 24/7. More importantly, they work to educate the public on the importance of wildlife and maintaining their ever diminishing habitats. The wildlife center has also attempted to gather data on various diseases/injuries found in wildlife (lead in raptors and parvovirus in raccoons) which help with research. As both a donor and a client, I feel that BRWC is a valuable positive addition to the ecology and environment in the Shenandoah Valley.

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

I have found several orphaned and injured animals and have taken them to BRWC for treatment where they were treated, cared for and released.

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide a more complete physical plant--flight cages, well equipped veterinary facility, holding cages.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you learn about this organization?

From a friend

November 25, 2011

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November 25, 2011

This team of wildlife heroes is amazing on so many levels. As a volunteer, you will be allowed to perform duties that you could only dream of...they allowed me to hold an owl while they medicated it...they allowed me to access anything within limits of safety for me and the animals. They will teach and show you anything you want to know. The vet is VERY knowledgable and sophisticated, care so much about her mission and is patient despite how busy she is. This foundation deserves so much...they are passionate about their contribution to the local ecosystem. I truly believe in this foundation and their work!

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

Seeing how animals heal and improve each week I'd come..

Ways to make it better...

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

I'd get them a bigger better facility! If I had the cash flow....

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What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Nothing

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes! The exposure to the raptors and owls was profound; I learned so much about Virginia wildlife and caring for them!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel special, privileged, and I felt like I was truly helpful!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 24, 2011

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November 24, 2011

I am a person who is on lots of non-profit Boards, but on of the most effective is the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center (BRWC). I am always amazed at the number of songbirds, raptors, small mammals and other various critters that BRWC manages to save every year. From turtles who have been struck by a car, to raptors that break their wings in contact with transmission lines; our vet and founder, Ms. Belinda Burwell, manages to put them back together and after a few months, send them out to fulfill their lives.
It's one of the most important Boards I serve on. i can't think of any other organization that does so much with so little to keep the biodiversity of our part of the world flourishing.
Thank you Belinda; and thank you BRWC......
George L. Ohrstrom II

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

A numbers of animals releases back into the wild after their rehabilitation

Ways to make it better...

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

find a donor to give us a million dollars

April 27, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 27, 2010

I would like to take this opportunity to give praise and support to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center from the viewpoint of having met their founder, president and veterinarian Belinda Burwell, DVM. I met Dr. Burwell at a National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association in Chicago about three years ago. I have not yet had the privilege of traveling to the East to visit the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, but I have kept in touch with Dr. Burwell via email. I am an apprentice wildlife rehabilitator from Iowa. There are several things about Dr. Burwell which have impressed me and one of them is that she has been so very helpful to me in her willingness to share her knowledge and experience with me when I've had the need for the specific expertise of a wildlife veterinarian. Wildlife veterinarians are few and far between. Her

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

photos through email correspondence and in reading articles about the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

Ways to make it better...

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

make sure that Dr. Burwell was always the veterinarian.

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

the advice, consult, and teaching I've received from Dr. Burwell.

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

outstanding...Dr. Burwell has been the only one I've met.

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

build all the enclosures and pre-conditioning cages it needed; could provide education to the public and to wildlife rehabilitators on a greater scale; and would have more time for animal care, if it didn't have to worry about future funding.

Ways to make it better...

I could actually visit the facility.

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

that wildlife centers are not always big priorities for people to give their financial support.

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

I wish we had Dr. Burwell in northwest Iowa!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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