The GRPC does a great job with teaching people about, and preserving some of California's unique river side ecosystems. They have created a collaborative relationship with San Jose city staff and are playing a key part in making a part of San Jose that was forgotten under highway construction, more livable, useful and beautiful.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.