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November 9, 2012

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November 9, 2012

My first experience at Guadalupe River Park was walking the trails through the park with some friends. I was delighted by the huge rose garden and being a rose lover, decided to volunteer. I've done this for a few years now and I find the volunteers and staff are so friendly and welcoming - a great group of folks. I've also biked the trails which keep improving. A true gem in the middle of a large city!

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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?

2012

November 7, 2012

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January 21, 2009

For such a small organization, the Friends really put on a big show - the classes and summer camps offer great lessons to children about nature, the adult lectures are useful and inspiring, and Spring... more

November 7, 2012

I have volunteered at the Heritage Rose Garden, many GRPC events and served on the board of this wonderful organization. Run on a shoestring with amazing employees and volunteers, the Conservancy works hard to promote the park and its features to children, bike riders, walkers, gardeners, exercisers, students, and many others who enjoy this ribbon of green through the middle of San Jose. The Conservancy also works hard to promote completion of the park's master plan with the city, donors and volunteers.

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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?

2012

January 21, 2009

For such a small organization, the Friends really put on a big show - the classes and summer camps offer great lessons to children about nature, the adult lectures are useful and inspiring, and Spring in Guadalupe Gardens and Pumpkins in the Park events get the public into the park and involved in fun activities. I've been involved with the Park for over ten years and step by step, GRPG is evolving into a great city center park for everyone.

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

the professionalism of the classes offered to both children and adults; the steps in completion of the master plans for the park; and the involvement of San Jose's most public minded citizens toward these ends.

Ways to make it better...

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

be banging on every funding source I could to bring in the monies to complete and promote the park in its rightful place as San Jose's Great Central Park.

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

seeing the park develop over time and the joy of the staff in making that happen.

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

dedicated, professional, and so committed to making the event and park a great place to be.

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

create an endowment that would help fund more staff who could then go after grants and funding sources to complete construction of the gardens and expand the educational programs.

Ways to make it better...

more people got involved in using and promoting the park.

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

connecting to those residents of the Santa Clara Valley who can afford to donate larger sums than the committed core donors.

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

There are only four people who are paid small salaries and who fill big shoes in providing the programs and leadership that is keeping the Friends of GRPG moving forward. These four people deserve more.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 17, 2009

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January 17, 2009

As a resident and as a volunteer, I find this to be an excellent non profit. They are well organized. As a volunteer, I found the employees to be very welcoming and they made sure that my experience as a volunteer was incredibly rewarding, from beginning to end. As a resident, I feel very grateful to have such a unique non profit available to provide a valuable link between the community and nature, education and inspiration.

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

the number of projects they have been able to complete, phenomenal!

Ways to make it better...

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

I don't know, give everyone raises!

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

hard to say, the people are fabulous, and I ended up enjoying them as much as the beautiful park/river natural environment!

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

representative of the diverse populations that make up San Jose, all different ages, ethnicities... I felt very comfortable there.

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

complete all their projects, and hire more staff to develop even more programs for children, adults, pets, families... it would be amazing! Get people out of their homes and out in nature!

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to commit more time.

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

current economic situation.

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

This organization is one of the "crown jewels" in downtown San Jose... It is part of what makes downtown San Jose so cool!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 16, 2009

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January 16, 2009

The tenth largest city in the United States now has the best park. The Guadalupe River Park provides recreation, exercise and event venues for the citizens of this fine city. It really makes our downtown area complete.

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

Promoting the use of the Park and assuring that the City bureauacracy continues to support it.

Ways to make it better...

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

Already been there, done that

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

Committed San Jose folks

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

Working to create a better San Jose

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

Install more restrooms Install more water fountains [drinking water] Improve existing parking lots Finish Gardens' area Better promote the Park

Ways to make it better...

Construction crews would have been more sensitive

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

Fund-raising in this economy

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

Excellant Board in place now

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 16, 2009

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January 16, 2009

I've had a lot of interaction with this nonprofit at various levels of volunteering and can say that the management and employees are top notch. All are committed, well educated and bring their energy and expertise to every activity. Perhap due to the staff quality, friends who volunteer also tend to be informed and engaging. The variety of volunteer activities is excellent, making FoGRPG a fine organization for your community involvement needs.

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

the variety of volunteer activities

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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