Oops! You must enter a search term greater than 3 characters.

Invite reviews

Invite friends and colleagues to share their experiences with this nonprofit
13 Reviews
1234.923085
Previous | 1 2 |
Write A Review
March 12, 2011

more

March 12, 2011

Every time I help with a wild bird that is being rehabilitated I think "thank goodness this place is here, or what would have happened to this bird?" Every bird, including the residents who could not be released, are given the best care. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and take the time to answer any question. From my experience everyone appreciates each other and are enthusiastic for the common goal - helping birds. The rewards are simple but wonderful; knowing that you helped save or care for an animal that needed some help.

The Great!

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

I've seen birds be rehabilitated, residents cared for and the public educated about raptors.

Ways to make it better...

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

I think a monthly or bi-monthly volunteer meeting would be great for people to get together and hear more about what is coming up and to give ideas in person.

More feedback...

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

March 11, 2011

more

March 11, 2011

The first time I went to Cascades Raptor Center I couldnt believe how majestic the birds were, and I got to see them up close! I have always been rather afraid of birds, but fell in love right then and there. I wanted more, so I signed up to volunteer. Boy have I learned a lot in 9 months! The facility is well run with lots of volunteer help like mine, and a small staff who can fix up a bird in their sleep. I especially love the hospital, where I am learning to repair broken wings, give fluids and food to birds that are injured, and watch magnificent birds heal and be released back into the wild.
I took a class on wildlife rehabilitation, where we learned to give medication and all about disease. It was an intensive 2 day class that was hard and wonderful at the same time.
I love being part of a team, even when it involves dirty work like cleaning up the mice and chick barn, shoveling gravel in the cages, and cleaning, cleaning, cleaning up after our birds.
Raptors are beautiful creatures, and I am learning more every day here at Cascades. I get dirty, I get mad, I get poo on my shoes. But it is an experience I love. And the birds who get set free make it all worth it.

The Great!

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

I am taking care of the birds we use for education purposes, that cant be released for some reason. And watching the birds we fix up be released into the wild.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would have meetings with the volunteers on a regular basis so we could discuss problems with each other, air grievances and help each other with any problems.

March 11, 2011

more

March 11, 2011

Volunteering at the Cascades Raptor Center since December of last year has been such an incredible experience for me. I was drawn to wildlife rehabilitation work, not really birds in particular, but I checked out their website and made the contact. Being an organization run by only three staff people and the rest volunteer, it's astounding how much is done by volunteers.
It is well-organized and the staff is always open to suggestions and new ideas.
I'm a certified bird geek now! The enthusiasm and dedication of the staff is contagious. They are open to questions, so that there is always an opportunity to learn new things on each shift.
The team effort of the volunteers downright blows me away. they have an amazing group of people volunteering there.
My main suggestion, if there was a way to do it, would be to offer a training as opposed to having volunteers train other volunteers. I feel that the training is variable depending on who trains you. Sometimes I am frustrated with things that aren't done as well as they could be. I feel that it could help if every volunteer was working from the same baseline of training.

The Great!

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

Seeing how much community support they have in donations and in-kind services donations.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have someone drop a bunch of money in their lap, so that they could hire a volunteer coordinator, put in a new septic system, and pay the bills that need to be paid.

More feedback...

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

consistency in volunteer training

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

heading me on a path that is in alignment with my passion in life...

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I always feel better when I leave, even if I arrived exhausted, I work hard and put my all into everything I do there, and leave tired but happy!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 11, 2011

more

March 11, 2011

If there was ever a place where you can go to be with great friendly people and with folks who know their birds, it's the CRC in Eugene, OR. Not only do they take the time to explain things to you, they genuienly care about everyone there. They accept people as they are and work with them and their strengths. They take a proactive approach to working together and are willing to help you understand how things work in "birdland." Being new to birds, I want to learn and the staff takes the time to help you without judging you. Specifically, they are there to help you help the birds by showing you how to care for them and how you can make a difference. They work with you and are willing to give you the time you need to learn. In a word they are "Awesome!"

The Great!

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

seeing how they make a difference in giving a high quality of life to birds who would otherwise be either killed or left to die and suffer.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have more opportunities to get to know each other informally.

More feedback...

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

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

have more chances to get to know people who are there informally...

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

yes; it has shown me things I would have otherwise never even considered. . .

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

excellent, challenged, empowered, happy, and sometimes confused...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 10, 2011

more

March 10, 2011

Great place to learn about raptors and to work in a friendly environment..

The Great!

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

I have helped recover some of the raptors that were released by the CRC.

Ways to make it better...

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

Greater flexibility in rotations of shifts would be nice but understand it is hard to do.

March 10, 2011

more

March 10, 2011

The Cascade Raptor center is an earth friendly environment for our resident birds, and our visitors. I first came to the Raptor center looking for a fun and educational experience and I received much more than that. I met friendly people, birds, and I had an adventure. If I could re choose where I volunteer, well I wouldn't. From personal experience I know that the Cascade Raptor Center(CRC) recycles everything that we are able to recycle, we compost, and the center, in general, is outside. What I mean by this is that the birds feel the sunshine, the rain, and the snow. Our whole mission is to save and help birds that need our assistance. I believe CRC would be a great candidate for the Green Choice.

The Great!

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in my knowledge about birds. CRC is the first place I have ever volunteer and It was a great experience and that has impacted my life forever!

Ways to make it better...

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

I would not change anything. CRC is amazing!

More feedback...

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

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

Too many to list, I will put it short, It was amazing to me and my family and for a minors first time volunteering, it was a noble experience.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I was doing something wonderful, something that I was doing to help the earth and our community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 9, 2011

more

March 9, 2011

I started volunteering at the Raptor Center this year, and have been having a blast! The birds are incredible, the setting is beautiful, and the staff is passionate and committed. I only wish I had found out about this place sooner!

The Great!

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

In my short time at the CRC we have already released three rehabilitated owls and a hawk!

Ways to make it better...

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

It would be great if the CRC had more funding.

More feedback...

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

March 9, 2011

more

March 9, 2011

I was running late, but still had to stop to get Zach her treat. She had grown accustomed to them and started screaming as soon as she saw me get out of the car. She was the queen and I was her faithful servant-that much we had established. As I approached she began saying "Thank you" over and over, as was her custom. You see, Zach was a female Raven who has captured my heart. Sadly, she died suddenly in January from unknown causes. When I saw her last she was in an incubator. I had brought her a boiled egg-one of her favorites. To appease me, she pecked at it a little, but it was clear she had no appetite. I preeened her feathers and as I started to leave I told her to get better. She held my gaze as only a Raven can and I knew this was the last time I would see her. She died two days later. I love to volunteer at CRC because this type of relationship with the birds is understood and encouraged. As a natural consequence the birds receive excellent care because the voluteers have developed bonds with them and are highly motivated to provide the best care possible.

The Great!

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

CRC's positive relationship with the community.

Ways to make it better...

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

None come to mind.

More feedback...

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

Some of the equipment is fairly shabby-but this is probably a function of limited funds.

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

I have developed relationships with several of the birds I care for. I am an artist and am constantly amazed at their beauty. My relationship with Zach was very special. I earned her trust over time, which is no small feat with Ravens. Several books point out how special Raven/Human relationships can be. She was very smart and when you looked into her eyes there was no doubt an intelligent creature was definately home!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I am doing needed, if unglamerous, work to help these magnificent creatures.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 28, 2010

more

April 28, 2010

I came, I saw--and the birds conquered my heart! They are incredibly beautiful and, I think, very wise creatures. It's a great privilege to be so close to them, and I can see the love and trust between the birds and their handlers. I once watched a vulture perch on a handler's shoulder to eat its dinner (a vole or something similar). I couldn't believe how daintily it ate! The Center is a marvelous educational venue, and I only hope it will be able to expand both its enclosure and its outreach. It deserves all the financial resources it can get!

The Great!

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

seeing that the birds look healthy and contended.

Ways to make it better...

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

More feedback...

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

the privilege of meeting these raptors much more closely than I would be able to in the wilderness!

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

kind and knowledgeable.

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

educate many more people about the necessity of preserving wildlife and habitat, as well as expand the facility to help more injured and traumatized birds.

Ways to make it better...

the entry walkway were easier to climb. It's very steep, which makes it difficult for elderly or alter-abled people to climb.

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

financial!

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

Keep up the good work!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 23, 2010

more

April 23, 2010

My husband and I are avid supporters of Cascades Raptor Center since we visted them 3 years ago and saw the wonderful work that they do. We have returned to visit every year and send donations throughout the year. The staff at CRC is always so knowledgeable and willing to share. We have felt very special when they have brought raptors for us to see outside the cages. We have a duty to help the raptors that have been harmed and CRC is stepping up to provide that help. It is one charity that we enjoy giving to often! Sincerely, Stacie & Ignacio

Ways to make it better...

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

More feedback...

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

the visits to the center and witnessing the way that they improve the raptor's lives that otherwise would have been ended due to their injuries.

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

outstandingly wonderful and extremely knowledgeable.

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

build new raptor enclosures, provide greater outreach to the community regarding how to keep raptors from being harmed, provide education to school children regarding respect for wildlife, and upgrade their medical facilities.

Ways to make it better...

parking was easier, so arrive earlier in the day to get a good parking place ;-)

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

limited funds and the need for additional volunteers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Previous | 1 2 |
Write A Review

Filter by reviewer role:

Support This Nonprofit

Help this nonprofit get more reviews

5 tips for getting reviews

5 tips for getting reviews...

  1. Sending an email to clients, volunteers, donors, board members, and other partners with a link to your profile page.
  2. Putting a link on your Web site
  3. Including a link in your email newsletter
  4. Putting a link in the signature of your email
    Putting a link on your facebook page and status updates
  5. Tweeting out a link to your twitter followers