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May 24, 2012
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Review from Guidestar
May 24, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

I agree with the previous review.

I love animals but was given so much grief by the board members: donna, lesley, dana and colleen, it is not worth it.

It is more like a private club where they get some tax-free money, spend it among themselves and enjoy the perks with
NOAA.

They recruit naive volunteers and take advantage of their good hearts.

Once a volunteer becomes "too clever" about what's going on, they are left out.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 22, 2012
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Review from Guidestar
May 22, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer with HMSRTO for the past couple of years.
In this time I have been dissapointed over and over again.
HMSRTO consists of a board made of a group of women who are highly disorganised and secretive.They do not disclose anything related to the organisation, its plans,
its strategies other than to board members or people they consider "close". They do not care, reward or cater in any way for all those volunteers who are at the beach constantly.They do not train volunteers, inform them of protocols or even safety/liability issues.
Although they get a substantial grant from NOAA and other donations, they do not produce anything. HMSRTO get all the material from NOAA and do not give any of that to any of the volunteers. It is up to the volunteers to figure out how to do things and how to do outreach. You will rarely see any of the board members at the beach, doing the harsh tasks.You will see them though at events with NOAA or places with press.
Although they declare in their 990 Form 200 volunteers, the truth is they can only hold that amount of people during pupping events (2 months a year) and the rest of the year there are 15 volunteers if lucky. Those volunteers that do not enter the "club" of the Board members, are demeaned and ignored. They lie about their achievements to NOAA in order to justify the grant received.
As a summary, do not become a volunteer for HMSRTO or invest in them. This is a private club not an NGO.

Ways to make it better...

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

Completely new Board with actual competent people and people interested in the animals.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Completely new board

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

New Friends

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

If I had to deal with anyone from the Board or their friends, they would make me feel bad and stressed out.

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