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April 23, 2009

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April 23, 2009

HVNPG has made Hayes Valley a wonderful place to live. Their work with the peace wall and the gardens has improved the quality of life for our community, has given us a feeling of pride in our neighborhood and brought us closer together.

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

the peace wall and the community gardens.

Ways to make it better...

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

organize a group to clean up graffiti.

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

being part of my neighborhood.

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

friendly and ready to help.

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

create more community events.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time.

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

lack of funds.

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

Hayes Valley is a lovely, diverse neighborhood for adults and children alike.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 21, 2009

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April 21, 2009

HVNPG is a great organization to work with. They made up of are dedicated, passionate, and grounded who make a positive impact to the community. Their staff members Barbara and Nora are absolutely wonderful. They are so organized! My company, Sherwood Design Engineers, had a volunteer event this past weekend April 18th at the Koshland Community Garden in Hayes Valley, SF. We had a wonderful time! There were many activities to do including painting, mulching, composting, weeding, etc. They were so organized and did not overwork the volunteers, which is a great thing b/c many organizations do that.

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

Koshland Community Garden.

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

The activities they have for volunteering and the people!

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

Dedicated, passionate, and organized.

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

This organization doesn't need 10 million bucks to do what it does.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

I love HVNPG! They provide me with the opportunity to get my hands dirty, to watch seeds become plants, to be a part of something bigger.

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

myself, the neighborhood, and visitors to the park.

Ways to make it better...

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

change nothing- I love it!

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

the chance to get my hands dirty- to have a part in the awesome miracle of coaxing seeds into beautiful plants!

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

wonderful! So helpful and enthusiastic and dedicated!

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

change how the Hayes Valley neighborhood views and experiences food.

Ways to make it better...

there was more supervision in the afternoons, hopefully resulting in less vandalism in the garden.

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

lack of funds.

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

the community needs to rally around this wonderful resource.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 15, 2009

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April 15, 2009

HVNPG is a wonderful addition to the community, and you can tell the kids really love the programs. The staff are smart and devoted to the cause, continually growing and adding programs that help the neighborhood.

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

meeting with some of the youth that participate in the organization's programs.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

the energy the staff bring to each event and the fun we have.

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

energetic and innovative in their approach to the issues they deal with every day.

Ways to make it better...

there was more details and information on the variety of programs they offer - possibly on the website.

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

getting the word out there and stable funding streams.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 15, 2009

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April 15, 2009

Committed caring people who care about our community and who are doing great work at getting kids and young people excited about caring for the parks and gardens in their community. Volunteering for HVNPG was a great experience and I encourage others to discover the great work they are doing right in our own backyard.

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

the parks and gardens in my own community and in the involvement of young people. It's refreshing to see high schoolers actively involved and taking pride in a community project.

Ways to make it better...

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

publicize our work more so the rest of the city is aware of our impact.

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

getting my hands dirty.

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

friendly, committed, positive, and hard working.

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

make San Francisco the capital of urban agriculture and teach San Francisco's youth to be food self-sufficient organic urban farmers of the future.

Ways to make it better...

San Francisco were a warmer climate.

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

funding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 15, 2009

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April 15, 2009

I've lived next door to the Koshland Park garden, part of the Hayes Valley parks group, for the past four years. In my time living next door to the garden I have often volunteered at the garden clean ups. It is great have a garden in the neighborhood - the flowers and butterflies and birds are great to have in the city. The park also provides gardening and compost classes for the neighborhood kids.

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

the community. The kids in the neighborhood benefit from the knowledge they learn about organic produce and composting. Everyone in the neighborhood also benefits from the beauty of the garden.

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

the work days.

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

very friend and accepting.

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

do more community outreach educating and create more green spaces in the city.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 15, 2009

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April 15, 2009

I have been following this organization since its inception more than a decade ago. The force behind it is Barbara Wenger. She has renovated two parks on my street and been instrumental in the development and stewardship of two others. Over the years she has helped thousand of people young and old with her Peace project culminating with the installation of the Peace Wall on Page and Buchanan streets. Through out these years she has always had a special concern for youth, and the environment. You only need to look at the teaching garden at Koshland park to see how important it is to her. Her organization is embedded at John Muir Elementary school. HVNPG pays the salaries of garden educators who teach all grades, an expansive curriculum based in the garden. I have watched her in cramped home office working seven days a week for years on end -for no pay. She deserves awards, recognition, and everything good.

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

daily, I live across the street from the Peace Wall, its wonderful to watch people stop and look at the tiles and read the plaques. I hear the laughter of children coming from the playground. Years ago it was the domain of drug dealers and prostitutes. I see school children from up and down the street accompanied by teachers going the park. Local gardeners tending their plots at Rose Page mini park, and the community plots at koshland park. Youth playing basketball in a safe environment. Children from Hayes Valley South development crossing the street to play at the park.

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

A chance to do something for others for no pay just to help.

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

friendly, devoted, and tireless. Everyone of them, Barbara, her staff Nora and Elokin, and the members of the board, and a core group of volunteers from local neighborhood groups.

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

...fund full time gardeners/educators in the parks. Particularly on weekends and summers to engage youth. ..teach round-the-years seasonal classes at Hayes Valley South, about healthy eating from home grown food - for adults and children. ...teach classes about healthy lifestyles by being engaged outdoors in physical ativities, starting in the parks and then expanding,to the city. ...teaching people how to start and tend mini-gardens on their doorstep, or window sills. ...teach how to shop for produces. ...teach how to substitute fresh food for commercially prepared food for school lunches. Have a street level office, for the neighborhood to drop-in for information, classes, referrals, and volunteering.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 15, 2009

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April 15, 2009

I moved into this neighborhood in 1991. At that time, there were huge problems that made it difficult to feel safe and secure living here. We had drug dealers, prostitutes, nightly gun fire, graffiti, robberies and muggings. It was frightening as I walked the block from the bus stop to my home after work each night. Koshland park was also a nightmare; a regular shooting gallery with drug abusers who left their used needles in the playground, prostitutes who carried on their "business" in this lowly lit refuge. Fortunately, there were also people that lived in this neighborhood who cared for one another and looked out for each others welfare. Thus began the building of the strength that has become the wonderful HVNPG. I am witness to the vast improvements that have taken place over the years. Our park is well maintained, fun, safe and a constant pleasure to visit. I have met wonderful and colorful neighbors and have had the opportunity to be involved with many beautiful neighborhood activities. I can not conclude without mentioning the "peace wall" which for me symbolizes the hope that has survived and prevailed in this neighborhood through the years. Continued success to the HVNPG - thanks to all for making this one of the best neighborhoods in our magical city.

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

the way it has improved my neighborhood.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 15, 2009

I give this group the highest rating that is possible. Especially for Barbara Wenger and her undying commitment to this neighborhood and her efforts over the last many years to care for this Park.

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

Koshland Park

Ways to make it better...

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

Not run this organization. They are doing fine without my micro-management

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

working with them in producing music for the entire neighborhood

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

varied and commited

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

They would contribute at least 10 millions times more effort

Ways to make it better...

My experience has been great

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

raising funds to pay salaries

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

Please help them raise additional finding

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 14, 2009

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April 14, 2009

Warm, welcoming garden. It's great that there are so many ways the Koshland COmmunity Learning Garden is used: elementary school classes, youth development & green job preparation, community events, and individual garden plots. The garden is an asis in the lower haight/hayes valley.

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

the community.

Ways to make it better...

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

nurture it.

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

the joy it instills in children about gardening and food growing.

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

committed, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, welcoming, and accessible.

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

create similar gardens around the city and beyond, with well-paid staff.

Ways to make it better...

I could have continued with more involvement.

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

getting stable and increased funding.

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

I always feel good about my visits to the garden.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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