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April 11, 2012

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April 11, 2012

I've worked intimately with Nature Consortium during the last year participating in a large percentage of their volunteer forest restoration events. I live along the Duwamish River (sometimes called the dirtiest river in America and a Federal superfund site) and was looking for a way to get involved in the restoration of the river and the surrounding environment because the environmental degradation in my neighborhood has had a profound effect on the health and well being of my community. Nature Consortium has been my answer. They've been great in fulfilling their mission of connecting people, arts and nature. The forest restoration program has helped transform me into a stakeholder in my community and has helped inspire me to be an advocate and difference maker for my community. I've gained an incredible amount of knowledge about Northwest forests and environmental justice working with the staff on the forest restoration program. They're extremely knowledgeable and willing to share about the urban forest that comprises the West Duwamish Greenbelt where restoration volunteer events take place. Their volunteer events always provide what a volunteer needs, tools, water and gloves. It makes it really easy to drop in and make a difference in the forest impacting my community. Everyday I am thankful that I am able to work with this organization because they've helped inspire me to believe in myself, my community and my environment. They have a wonderful staff who through their passion, dedication and expertise have helped transform the organization into an invaluable cornerstone of our local community.

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the impact it's had on my neighborhood. I live at the bottom of the hillside that houses the forest where volunteer events take place. That forest filters storm water run off and bring clean water to my community who's in desperate need of clean water as we are inundated by pollution. My soil is safer, our river is a little safer and nearby forest is prettier and healthier.

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

increase the organization's capacity. Right the organization does a whole lot with a little. Having a greater capacity would make their programs more impactful than they already are. This organization gets it and does a good job of fulfilling their mission and responding to the needs of the community. A greater capacity to do would only allow them to make more of a difference.

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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?

Life-changing

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

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

I would like to musicians at every volunteer event they have in the forest. Currently they hire musicians to play music in the woods for us while we volunteer on Saturdays. The live music is always a special treat and it would be great to see it at other events too.

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

The experience had a profound effect on me. It empowered me to make a difference in my community. It taught a wealth of information about restoration ecology, native plant identification and knowledge and environmental justice. It's taught me a bunch of new skills regarding work in the forest, how to manage different plant species, how to use tools safely and effectively and how to plant new plants correctly.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel like I was important, it made me feel like I was making a difference, it made me feel like with enough people working toward a common goal that anything is possible. It made feel like I had value, that my community was valuable and that there exists good in this world. At the end of the day I walked away with a big smile from ear to ear knowing that I left the world in a better place than I had found it that morning.

April 11, 2012

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April 11, 2012

Nature Consortium is an organization that strengthens community through an arts in nature festival, forest restoration, and a youth arts program. I volunteered at one of their forest restoration work parties and was pleasantly surprised to find myself in a beautiful forest in the middle of the city.

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I have since walked through the park that I worked in and seen the continued effects of the restoration being done there.

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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

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

The snack of granola bars was a little stale and not that filling on a cold day but I understand that snacks can cost a lot of money so wasn't too bothered.

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

Introduced me to a new park.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I enjoyed being outside and felt refreshed and rejuvenated.

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