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April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

Close to two thousand commmunity members were given a sense of ownership/belonging to this neighborhood by their contribution of their own artwork to the huge public Peace Wall surrounding Koshland Park. The artworks created arose out of workshops in which individuals of all ages and backgrounds explored nonviolent forms of communication and problem solving and learned emotional literacy, then expressed their unique vision of "peace" on a ceramic tile. I feel that the opportunity provided by HVNPG for people to have their artwork, whatever its technical "finish", permanently and publicly on display is a powerful creator of a sense of self-worth and community membership. My experience of the love, joy, and sincerity brought to their work by the non-professional artists in the tile painting workshops was deeply moving. The unveiling celebration was a beautiful demonstration of community unity as well. Furthermore, whenever I visit the site of the artwork I am struck by the feeling of vibrancy at Koshland Park and the lovely gardens which are very well used by a diverse community. My experience with Barbara Wenger and others at HVNPG was consistently inspiring. These people are extremely dedicated and hard working stewards of their neighborhood and of the environment and I heartily endorse them as a great green non-profit!

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

transforming "someone else's place" into "our place"

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

be unable to do as good a job

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

falling in love with the Peace Wall imagery created by non-professional neighborhood artists to celebrate and express hope for harmony in their neighborhood.

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

thoughtful, open minded, respectful, intelligent, creative, dynamic, tireless, friendly

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

create repeated opportunities for people who would otherwise not have them to discover self worth and experience themselves as part of positive change; increase the environmental health of the neighborhood; reduce crime and violence.

Ways to make it better...

I had been more relaxed!

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

lack of money, a poor educational system in the California and the country, prejudice

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

I believe in the power of focusing locally --if you can't work with your neighbors, how can you solve global problems?

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

April 14, 2009

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April 14, 2009

There is no other organization like this in the City! They are instrumental in bringing together community in the context of urban gardening. HVNPG effectively and creatively serves a diverse community while connecting with local schools, public housing, neighborhood groups and local merchants! The neighborhood and the City are richer because of this organization! Not to mention ma many youth that otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity get to learn how to grow food and then eat it and experience nature in the City!

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

knowledgeable, creative and enthusiastic about their cause.

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

make accessible the benefits of their programming to their entire community or district. They could help set up gardens and cooking/nutrition workshops on public housing sites, at community centers and in public parks!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 20, 2008

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August 20, 2008

Barbara Wenger's commitment to her Hayes Valley neighbors and community is inspiring. Her dedication to pursue safe, beautiful and inclusive parks for both learning and pleasure has never faltered. Barbara's consistency to lead through adversity has created new partnerships and relationships. The Peace Wall is a living monument to those who have participated in sharing the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Parks Group's mission. Thank you volunteers, staff and Board for your hard work and successful efforts, by which we benefit. To Barbara, without whose leadership we wouldn't be feeling the green grass between our toes or the wind in our air (as we swing), another thank you.

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

Watching the support of the neighborhood.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 16, 2008

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August 16, 2008

I have known this group since the mid Nineties when Barbara Wenger first came to the Open Space Committee for funding for Koshland Park. Her perseverance finally wore the committee down and I have marveled at the same perseverance over the ensuing years. THe accoplishments of the group could not happen without a leader such as Barbara and the ,many volunteers who have responded to her calls for help.

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

the revitalization of Koshland Park.

Ways to make it better...

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

probably be exhausted most of the time.

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

the consistency of the all volunteer effort.

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

very impressive.

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

energize neighbors in many SF neighborhoods.

Ways to make it better...

I had more advance notice of some of their activities.

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

leadership succession planning

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

we need more efforts like this throughout the City.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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