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February 1, 2010

I have been an intern with Nextstep and continue to benefit from my experience even though I am not actively working at this time. I learned how to greet customers with a smile even when I was uncomfortable. I was given flexibility to learn at my own pace yet encouraged to try new technology and retail tasks in the reuse store. I applied as a volunteer because I believe in basic concept of think global act local. Nextstep is the best example of helping a person discover how to give to their community while rediscovering themselves! The more I was taught to reuse and rethink the value of materials the same lessons applied to learning my persnal value.

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I have a wonderful computer from Nextstep and learned to utilize programs and internet more effectively as well as clean and maintain the computer with the leaste expense and waste by reusing parts and talking with technitions.

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Nextstep reaches out to a wide range of the local population as well as teaching us to think about disadvantaged here and around the world. Education I gained has helped me help myself.

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The staff and volunteers are equals-everyone rolls up their sleeves and has fun working together.

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Nextstep had more support from contributors to keep up with the new recycling laws. The demand of the community returning electronics yet their lack of funds to pay the real cost of processing is a hardship.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I came to volunteer at NextStep shortly after I took a tour of the facility given Lorraine Kerwood, the executive director. I was in a class of 'Master Recyclers' and the tour was a part of our course. I realized, people like Lorraine, and organizations like NextStep are what are going to help change the self-destructive path we're all on, and get the world sorted out to a point where everything WORKS, where efficiency, and sustainability save people money, and improve people's lives.

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I purchased a small toy for a four year old that otherwise would have been in a landfil.

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

Make it a little more transparent. Its okay to have flaws - you don't need to hide everything, and if you have something that REALLY needs hidden, that means you've got something that needs CHANGING.

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

Being involved with so many great people.

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

spectacular, and kind hearted.

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

Educate.

Ways to make it better...

The store was more organized, but they've been working on that.

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

Education. More people need to know the impact of what they're doing, so that they can understand what a great organization NextStep is.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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NextStep rocks! I bought an HP printer/fax/scanner/copier there a few months back, and I'm really happy with it (and happy to get something used/keep something out of the wastestream/not contribute to something new being produced). I returned earlier this month to drop off a bunch of electronics--two laptops, copier, scanner, wifi cards, camera, calculator, etc. So happy these items will be recycled/reused to the extent they can. Bought a DVD/CD player on the same visit for $20. NextStep is a great and important community resource!

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

that they're the only organization doing what they do in this geographic area.

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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Whenever we have items of electronic nature, we run over to NextStep and add them to the huge collection. Attendents are always prompt and courteous. We are in and out in a few minutes. I am very glad that we have such a fine recycling facility in our town.

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Quick prompt service when we brought various electronic devices for drop-off

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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

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I volunteer at NextStep and love it. I get to talk to people about all the great things everyone does at the shop. I help out in the recycling room and I get to go to events. I like protecting our community from the bad stuff in electronics. NextStep doesn't throw anything out. If they can't fix it, it goes to a recycler a few hours away. NextStep makes sure everyone gets a chance.

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

watching people be really happy when they get their computers.

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

Working with April and Janet and getting to see Lorraine's dogs. She brings them to work and they are really sweet.

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

super nice! Everyone is really, really nice.

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

make sure no electronics get thrown away and make sure all classrooms having working computers. They could also teach alot more people how to fix computers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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When I was given a tour of NextStep recycling I was amazed. I was amazed because of the amount of work those great people were doing. They perform such an essential job for the community that goes unnoticed. I had no idea what NextStep was before the tour. I learned the history and also about all the great work they do beyond the borders of the United States. They provide jobs and job skill training to people that would not be given a chance at most organizations. I felt the need to get involved and I joined the Board of Directors.

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

witnessing the people work hard and seeing the amount of work that is done.

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The people are truly dedicated to the cause.

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

friendly and happy to be there.

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

It has done so much with minimal amounts. I can only imagine what it could do with 10 million.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Nextstep is an amazing contributor to our community and is doing a great job in making our world a greener place. I am so impressed with the amazing/friendly staff. They not only do great work but they do a great job at making you feel welcome.

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

amazing. They were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

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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Next Step has helped me recycle ina friendlier way! They are always able to help out the community in need! Like sending computers to other countries, now that is amazing!!

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

save the planet!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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I have been visiting NextStep for little over a year now, and I simply love the people that work there and what they bring to our community. I often find myself with old or recently unneeded electronics and I bring it too them not only to avoid a fine. Or to keep it out of the garbage, but they end up using the parts! They dont just throw these things away, they reuse and help, to keep even thought to be outdated technology, alive. Oh and the people. They are so dedicated. Even though I'm sure they don't get paid nearly enough they really seem to love working there, from the recycling area, to the store, I see only dedicated workers. I found I cant help but continue to come back. I love to find new treasures there they most would only think to get rid of. I find nothing but smiling faces and helpful queries when I enter that place. I can never seem to stay away. They deserve all the praise I can give. Thank you. You not only help keep a constant cycle of new and interesting electronics running through my house, but you keep our children and our community going with open doors and open hearts.

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I have visited there orientation for training new volunteers, and those who work and volunteer there are all kinds, and all ages.They are there to learn so many great skills. NextStep brings some great opportunities to our neighbourhood.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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My son was the recipient of one of the recycled computers to use as part of his home program to assist with speech, language. cognitive skill acquisition and music. When my son was three year old, he had no expressive language, attending skills or ability to share information. Using the computer as a motivator and reinforcer, we discovered not only that he has an above average IQ, but also musical savant abilities. Next Step provides an invaluable resource to the Lane County Community, and gives so many of us hope in so many ways. A truly impressive business model and mission.

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

A diverse group that have many talents and strengths. The staff and volunteers are all celebrates and are allowed to shine in the Next Step workplace, where some places they might not be successful.

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

Change the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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