Environmental Volunteers, Inc.

Rating: 4.84 stars   70 reviews

Issues: Education, Environment, Philanthropy

Location: 2560 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto CA 94303 USA

Mission: To promote the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education.
Target demographics: inspire a love of science and nature.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 15,000 people.
Geographic areas served: San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties
Programs: 500 classroom programs and 125 field trips each year, serving 10,000 local children in schools and 5,000 people at the EcoCenter in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 94-2550385
650-493-8000
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Rating: 5 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

This organization provides more high-quality services to more individuals for far fewer dollars than any nonprofit I know. Reaching out to elementary school students in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, our EV volunteers impart to youngsters an appreciation and love of nature, leading to a sense of responsibility for its stewardship, at the same time adhering to California science education standards. Through innovative classroom kits and field trips to ocean, bay, forest and neighborhood, EV is spreading the word for environmental protection.

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

The wonder in children's eyes when they see nature up close.

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

Increase the donor base and the organization's visibility in the broader community.

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

Working with the children.

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

Dedicated, committed, energetic and enthusiastic about their mission.

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

Complete the Ecocenter in the Palo Alto Baylands which will serve as an environmental education and meeting center for the community in a beautiful natural setting.

Ways to make it better...

I had more money to donate to the organzation.

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

Funding

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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21 people found this review helpful

As a volunteer and staff member of Environmental Volunteers, I have seen directly how this organization positively impacts our local children and our community. Environmental Volunteers is very effective in fulfilling their mission to promote understanding of, and responsibility for, the environment through hands-on science education. What inspired me to join the EV was their vision, that all children will learn about and be inspired by the natural world so that they become responsible stewards of the Earth. The volunteers, some of whom have spent 30 years or more with the EV, make such a difference in the lives of our local kids; and, they help our teachers who are strapped for resources for science-based education. Our children and community need these volunteers who are interested in innovative environmental science education that improves student learning.

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

Recruit more volunteers and provide more support for the dedicated volunteers who could serve in more schools and more cities in the Bay Area. The EV could also finish the new EcoCenter at the Palo Alto Baylands, which would extend The EV reach to more children as well as adults.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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16 people found this review helpful

I enjoyed watching the campers' understandings of alternative energy grow as the week progressed. The camp taught the children more about our impact on the environment.

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

seeing the campers obtain a higher understanding of the environment.

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

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

learning about sustainability while helping out around the camp.

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

very kind and helpful.

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

have a larger impact in the schools and community.

Ways to make it better...

we had more resources to utilize throughout the week.

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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15 people found this review helpful

Pretty chill place. A good place to work. It was generally enjoyable. [written by a high school student volunteering as a counselor]

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

generally nice and helpful.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have supported the EV as a donor, board member and volunteer for nearly 25 years and marveled at the way they have grown and responded to the changing needs of the environmental world and children with improved teaching and technology. The new Eco Center is very exciting and I am proud to be a supporter.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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15 people found this review helpful

I served as a classroom docent for this fabulous nonprofit for almost ten years before returning to full time paid work. Teaching young children about the water cycle, tectonic plates or bird bills was very rewarding and helped to maintain my faith in the Socratic style of teaching. I then served on the board of trustees and discovered that the EV was also incredibly well-run as well as having passionate volunteers. Great place to put your time and your money.

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

helping young children develop a love of discovery and a love of nature.

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

working with young children, helping them discover the m.arvels of nature

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

dedicated, smart, organized, serious about their love of children and nature

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

replicate its model all over the country. There is something very powerful about using volunteers as opposed to paid staff in this work. Children and their families are impressed that people care enough to volunteer their time to teach others about nature.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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