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April 25, 2010

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April 25, 2010

Have helped in the office and in the field putting together items etc for fund raising functions sponsored by GRG

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

Meeting a group of people that are very dedicated to cleaning up the environment and improving the quality of living

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

are very dedicated to the cause that GRG stands for

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

REALLY complete its mission statement without worrying about having to raise funds through fund raising and grants

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

As a board member we direct the executive director and advise on all matters of business and purpose. We are project workers, Greening promoters and fund raisers. I have worked on several projects and events and have seen the contagious enthusiasm of the staff and the great results and satisfaction from volunteer projects.

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

the field at volunteer work events. The results are amazing and the natural science education of the many young volunteers is of the best.

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

The great projects and the enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers

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

positive and excited about their work

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

involve MANY more volunteers and, thereby, motivate many to do more similar work

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

Great River Greening not only leads and supports community based initiatives for the preservation and restoration of natural areas, it brings together business, education, enviromental professionals and community action in sustainable partnerships to foster long term interest in ecological stewardhip. All of my experiences have been professional, well managed and their passion shows.

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

teh Pilot Knob project.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

My experience at the planting events has been very good. The events are very well organized, and volunteers are treated very well. Coordinators and staff provide excellent directions and instructions. Planting events provide a great experience for everyone, particularly families.

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

Being able to do "hands on" planting to help conserve native plant areas in our area. It is great to see families with young children being taught the importance of preserving our natural heritage. Corporate support is very encouraging as well.

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

The staff and volunteers have all been very friendly and focused on doing good things to conserve and rebuild our native plant areas for future generations.

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

Expand its work throughout the state of Minnesota.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 14, 2010

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April 14, 2010

I've been volunteering with Great River Greening for over three years. This organization does important ecological restoration work. They involve people from the local community in restoring prairie ecosystems. The volunteers work hard, but always have fun, and by the end of the work session, two things always happen: lunch is served, and awareness is raised in the community. The events are well-organized. The staff is knowledgable, helpful, and fun. Great River Greening events always seem to bring out the best in the group of volunteers, and that kind of consistent experience must be attributed to the organization's staff. Because I usually bring a group of students from the two-year college that I teach at, and I require that those students write about their experiences, I know that Great River Greening's work changes lives in addition to restoring ecosystems.

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

watching a site change and improve over the years as the native prairie ecosystem is restored, step by step.

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

that so much work gets accomplished in a work session and the volunteers feel so great (and exhausted) about the work.

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

committed to cooperative efforts to accomplish the tasks, big and small.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 12, 2010

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April 12, 2010

This organization has provided a great opportunity for me to get involved with like minded people. It's helped me to have a positive impact on the physical environment. Plus on people new to issues impacting quality and richness of life. I worked with inner city kids that had their first experience with planting a tree. It's been deeply rewarding to me to see their interest in the natural world come to life. I would not have had this without Great River Greening.

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

The people I've met. It's been a great opportunity to share my experience with others that are interested in trying to protect what's left of our natural world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 11, 2010

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April 11, 2010

Greening is a great place for volunteers interested in making a tangible difference in the metro's natural areas. They engage all kinds of volunteers in projects that bring a richer understanding of conservation and natural resource management. One of the best things about Greening is the way they strive to bring in the local community on projects. I am lucky to have had a wonderful internship experience as well as acting as volunteer supervisor at a few events. Greening allows volunteers to take on a lot of responsibility, which allows for greater learning and growth as well as a better sense of stewardship for the land.

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

learning more about the needs of the metro's natural areas, how to keep urban areas green, and what management techniques are most effective.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 8, 2010

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April 8, 2010

I love volunteering with Great River Greening for it is extremely well organized fills a need in our metro area. They help foster community and a sense of respect for nature and living things, for after helping to restore an area, one tends to claim it as one's own and want to protect it. I especially like Great River Greening's work with less affluent teens, both in the field and the classroom, planting the seeds for leadership and future work in ecology. At events, Great River Greening does a good deal of informal teaching, not just about invasive/exotic plants but how removal of those plants can have an effect on that area. Having gotten into Great River Greening, I find Great River Greening has gotten into me and my flower garden is now one of native plants.

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

the way the Native American community was included in the restoration of Pilot Knob, a hill sacred to them.

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

the way I get to work with all ages and kinds of people and share our love of nature

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

Unfailingly helpful and courteous

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

Restore our river basins and areas beyond

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 8, 2010

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April 8, 2010

This is a top notch environmental volunteerism organization. I've worked with them for several years, doing invasive species removal and site clean-up and planting, on helping their management to plan education initiaives for volunteers, and on supervising volunteers on work sites (working alongside them all the while). Independently and by conicidence, my place of work screened many volunteer organizations for an Earth Day initiative we started last year, and found this one to be the most professional they came across. They are well deserving of my praise, and of your precious time and money.

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

- Project organization and management (they do a great job) - Educating volunteer supervisors and volunteers (again, great job) - Beautiful, clean sites after invasive species removal - Visiting/seeing sites a few years after clean-up and replanting

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

The great people, the professional way the organize, and the particular opportunities available.

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

Diverse, enthusiastic, helpful, fun!

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

Restoring plants to native species helps the environment on so many well documented levels, so I won't go into that. With the money, they could make huge progress in reaping the benefits of restoring the critical little green space left in the state.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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April 7, 2010

When I first volunteered with GRG, I helped remove invasive buckthorn in a park near the twin cities. It was a wonderful experience and I was extremely impressed by how smoothly the project went especially considering there were hundred of volunteers. At all the events I have volunteered at over the last five years, GRG has done an amazing job of getting the community involved in restoration work. I have been involved in projects that range from building rain gardens to removing invasive species and helping with erosion control. As an ecologist, I appreciate the work that GRG does at promoting native plants and wildlife and improving water quality in the region. GRG also does an amazing job at reaching out to the community and people who have never been involved in restoration work. After I volunteered a few times with GRG, I became a volunteer supervisor and helped lead groups of volunteers at the events. Being a supervisor really showed me the impact that GRG has on the local community. I have had the opportunity to hear the stories of dozens of volunteers including those of elementary school students who can’t wait to show their friend the rain garden they helped plant, those of employees of businesses located across the street from a restoration event, who are excited about going on walks in the newly restored area during their lunch breaks, and those of teenagers who had never thought twice about the parks next door. By making the tasks at each volunteer event straight forward and having the work broken down into tangible units, GRG allows people with any background to make a significant impact on the environment and to feel a connection with and a sense of ownership of their public lands.

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

being able to work with people with different backgrounds and getting people excited about their local environment. It is also wonderful to see the impact a group of volunteers can have just working a few hours on a Saturday morning.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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