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October 27, 2013

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October 27, 2013

As a member of the Grounds Committee of our HOA, I contacted Fairfax ReLeaf to find out about their reforestation program. Taylor Beach was extremely helpful in working to educate me on the type of trees we needed and the timing of the plantings. My husband and I recently went to their training course to learn how to run an organized planting and participated in a volunteer planting. We then took delivery of our trees (saplings), stakes and collars, and were able to work with our neighbors to plant them in our neighborhood. Throughout this process, Taylor was very responsive. I was so impressed with this group that I have volunteered to become a member of the Board.

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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?

2013

October 15, 2013

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October 15, 2013

As a volunteer board member of a Homeowners Association, our association was in need of trees after we had several diseased trees removed. Toward that end, the Executive Director of Fairfax Releaf, Ms. Taylor Beach, was exceptionally helpful in numerous ways. Taylor expeditiously arranged a meeting between this writer and Fairfax County's Urban Forester. Thereupon, Taylor, the Urban Forester, Jim, and I met on site. Taylor and Jim examined the areas that needed trees and made suggestions concerning the types of trees that would do well. Their suggestions and recommendations were essential. Although the trees we decided upon would not be available until Spring, several days after said site visit, Taylor was able to obtain several of the desired trees. Taylor remembered me and immediately called to advise that she located the trees and I could retrieve same. Taylor was kind enough to fit me into her busy schedule so that she could provide me with said trees. Taylor also provided the necessary stakes and collars needed to protect the safeguard the trees as they grow in a busy area. We cannot thank Taylor enough for all her help and for her assistance in beautifying our neighborhood. Taylor, you are the BEST! Thank You!!

Ways to make it better...

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

Promote Taylor Beach!

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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?

2013

April 29, 2013

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April 29, 2013

Taylor and Fairfax Releaf are great. I was looking for volunteer opportunities with younger children, and Taylor connected us with a place in need of trees in our neighborhood that was safe for younger volunteers. At the planting session, Taylor was kind, patient, and informative - demonstrating how to plant trees to kids as young as 2 and 3 years old. I hope to make this an annual family event.

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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?

Some

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?

2013

May 3, 2010

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May 3, 2010

Fairfax Releaf has been an absolutely wonderful organiztion to work with. From the planning of our projects, to the provision of great native plants and necessary materials, to the provision of tools, to help on educating our volunteers and staff, to the help on managing and actually planting our plants - Fairfax Releaf has always been there for us. As a result of Fairfax Releaf's assistance, Wolf Trap has made significant progress towards achieving many of its sustainable landscape goals and objectives.

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

their willingness to do whatever is necessary to insure that our projects are successful. They are always there every step of the way.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

Fairfax Releaf reached out and invited me to a project manager training session after I asked some questions about planting native trees in urban forests. The training session provided both hands-on experience with actual stakes, deer guards and tree seedlings (crucial) as well as basic information about planning an urban tree-planting project and the value of preserving urban forests. (My favorable experience with this training led to make a contribution of more than $100--not something I can afford to do routinely or lightly.) Later, when the time came for me to undertake a project, Fairfax ReLeaf provided enthusiastic encouragement, tree seedlings, stakes and deer guards--along with technical guidance about best planting time and what trees or shrubs would do best. While avoiding any bureaucratic hassle, the experts at Fairfax Releaf still provided the guidance needed to ensure that my volunteer efforts were sucessful. They are also very dedicated--when I needed to pick up 60 seedlings on a Sunday morning, Fairfax Releaf was there. This is a small but determined organization with a very large reach--bit by bit, this is the kind of work that will help control non-point pollution in the Chesapeake and provide natural greenspaces for city dwellers.

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

Seeing 60 native tree seedlings and shrubs seedlings replacing non-native invasives in the common area near my house.

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

The people in the organization. They really care about trees and the environment, and this is reflected in their enthusiasm flexibility in planning projects. They will find a way.

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

Incredibly dedicated, and fun to know.

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

I do not think it needs 10 million bucks. But it does need funds for seedlings, deer guards, staff and also for outreach to spread the word about the value of trees.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 29, 2010

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April 29, 2010

Love a group that knows their core biz and knows it well. Releaf is a perfect example. Love what they do, love how they do it.

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

wonderful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

In fall of 2009 nearly 500 trees were planted at Fairhill Elementary with a volunteer force of students. In April of 2010, Girl Scouts straightened up stakes and tubes around the existing trees and planted 30 more. In addition, about 100 trees were planted in a neighboring community in green space areas. Fairfax Re-Leaf promptly returned our calls and set us up with training, saplings, and supplies. The representative from Fairfax Re-Leaf met us at our chosen location and assisted in the initial plantings. Afterwards, this representative provided additional saplings and supplies as needed. Fairfax Re-Leaf enabled our Girl Scouts to earn an environmental award empowering them to make a tangible difference in their community.

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

obtaining training, supplies, and saplings from the organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

create community workshops to instruct on planting prior to independent plantings.

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

seeing the trees growing in the community years later.

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

professional and responsive.

Ways to make it better...

there were some kind of online video teaching us more about the different kinds of trees and things to be wary of when planting to insure the best survival.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

My team and I set out to do our part in nurturing the enviornment by planting a few trees. What we did not anticipate was the fun-filled and knowledgeable experience we were blessed to undertake! The professional on-sit was fantastic! She taught us all the basics of planting and growing young trees. In many ways it was far more than we bargained for; both in learning and in love. We thank you for the opportunity!

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

Wonderful! Overly helpful. Extremely knowledgeable and willing to assist however necessary.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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