NextStep Recycling

Rating: 4.93 stars   42 reviews

Issues: Job Training, Environment, Philanthropy

Location: 2101 W 10th Avenue Eugene OR 97402 USA

Mission: Bridge the digital divide. Educate the public on the value of reusing materials and the importance of proper recycling techniques. Protect the environment by diverting hazardous materials from the landfill. Reduce manufacturers dependency on raw materials.
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My company Catalyst Technology Group, donates many computers and hardware items to NextStep Recycling. We see the good, that the wonderful people at NextStep provide for our local residents and for the global community.

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

having a resource to give usable computer hardware and whom will use the items for good causes.

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

leave it to the great staff at NextStep.

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

Wonderful people and great work.

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

Helpful and professional.

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

Expand their educational and community assistance programs. Market better and expansion is needed as well.

Ways to make it better...

I would have been given a triple iced latte and a croissant for delivering the hardware.

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

Funding.

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

NextStep is a valuable part of our community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I bought a very old refurbished computer from their Reuse Store, avoiding wasting resources for a new computer. It's worked great for 2 years after they fixed a minor problem at the beginning. I donate metal and broken electronics monthly and their volunteers are always helpful and efficient.

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

motivated, competent, and helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I've a volunteer staff member since 2003 doing a variety of tasks from labor to board support to software programming to hazardous materials consulting. NextStep Recycling is unequivocally one of the few truly win-win-win organizations. Volunteers win with job skills learned, donors win by giving unused electronics and purchasing refurbished goods, and the community wins by reducing waste and adding valuable skills to the community workforce.

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

solving the problems of a variety of organizations and businesses that needed to move materials on a large scale without resorting to discarding or destroying the material.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

http://nextsteprecycling.org/about NextStep Recycling webpage says it all in their "About" page. This is fine, progressive organization based in Eugene that provides specialized job training opportunities in computers and electronics for low-income individuals. NextStep provides an opportunity to upgrade job skills in a valued technical vocation as well as jobs and potential jobs in our community. People who are part of the NextStep Recycling training program become empowered, able to provide a sustainable living and to contribute to the needs and demands of our community. Personally, I love NextStep Recycling, what it does and what it stands for. I have been a satisfied customer who has spent hours in the store just looking. And, I am privilaged to Lorraine, the director, as a peer and friend in the PSU Master in Social Work program. One thing that stands out about Lorraine is her passionate commitment to NextStep Recycling mission statement and vision: Our Mission Providing technology and training to children and adults who have barriers to employment and education, while protecting our environment and community from hazardous waste. Our Vision NextStep Recycling seeks to create a network of people who are committed to the shared values of preserving our environment, working to bridge the digital divide, and enhancing the quality of life around the world. Enough said.

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

Lorraine and her effective media campaign on local tv, radio, facebook, community events and local publications. When I see Lorrain representing NextStep Recycling whether in class or on TV, my feeling is that she is NextStep Recycling personified.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I've been a volunteer at NextStep since 2006 and enjoyed every minute of it. Lorraine Kerwood is an inspiring presence and I've been infected by her enthusiasm. My labors there satisfy my goal to give back to the community and reduce the tons going to the landfill. I'm primarily a computer rebuilder, but I get many projects where I can invent solutions. It's what I'd be doing in my garage except I get to work with many wonderful people and feel good about it.

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

Attracting dedicated volunteers as well as workers learning new skills to launch a new career.

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

Both helpful and understanding. There is a large pool of talent and knowledge so I can get an answer any question I might have about computers. They are diligent in expressing appreciation for each persons efforts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I volunteered with NextStep's partner organization "Partners in Solidarity," which is located in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. The organization builds computer labs in rural schools around the city, using computers provided by Next Step, and provides computer education and community organizing skills to the teachers at those schools. Though my work was not directly with Next Step, I saw first-hand the effects of their work.

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

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

incredibly dedicated to their work and its outcome in the communities that thy serve

Ways to make it better...

more money had existed to fund some programs that we envisioned.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I love NextStep! They provide such a valuable service to the community and have fun doing it. Dropping off donations couldn't be easier, the staff is always friendly, plus no charge like at the landfills! The events that they do always turn out to be fun and informative. Volunteering there is a blast, so many fun people to work with. You also get discounts on computers when you volunteer for them, plus valuable job skills!

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

their ability to provide a better future with their recycling

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

fun and caring

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

completely transform electronics recycling

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I am a member of the board of directors and as such I see ALL of the good works of this organization. Where do I begin? From putting people to work who would not otherwise have such an opportunity to keeping ALOT of really bad stuff out of our landfills to making technology available to those who have none, this organization is the bomb!

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

Seeing how many people are helped by their efforts.

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

Give them more support and exposure.

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

The passion and dedication with which they carry put their mission.

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

Friendly and dedicated.

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

Do so much more - keep all of the detritus of the electronic industry out our landfills, train a whole bunch of people and help them be contributing members of society, and provide technology to those who could really vendor from it.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing - it's all been marvelous!

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

Money and man (and woman) power.

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

NextStepbis doing ALL of the right things to help our planet, help our people, and help our community- please help them!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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11 people found this review helpful

NextStep has contributed free computers for a Latino immigrant youth group, Juventud FACETA, that is overseen by a nonprofit with which I volunteer in Eugene. This type of generosity is routine for the organization. NextStep is also known throughout the area for its extensive recycling services, keeping toxic substances out of our landfills, which contributes immeasurably to the preservation of our environment. NextStep is committed to protecting our human rights to life and health. A key part of their program involves providing training and employment to those most in need in our community, and they do a wonderful job at this! I am so pleased to be able to write in support of NextStep!!!

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

The wonderful folks who manage and work there.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

As a graduate student, I was given the opportunity to learn about being on a board by taking advantage of the opportunity NextStep offered to students. After I finished my training position, I was so excited about our mission that I stayed on. As a board member, I have worked side-by-side with job trainees and volunteers deconstructing electronics and sorting them for recycling. The people I worked with were excited to be learning about technology, and the importance of recycling. They were also proud of contributing a solution to the problems of waste and pollution. NextStep makes an amazing difference in people's lives economically, by raising consciousness and through lowering our carbon footprint.

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

Recycling electronic materials and working with job training.

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

Expand it to every city in the country.

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

The obvious, tangible difference we are making to eliminate waste. In the last 10 years we have recycled over 6,200,000 pounds of electronic waste (e-waste).

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

friendly and enthusiastic. Everyone wanted to make our community cleaner and better.

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

move us forward in decreasing our carbon foot print at light speed.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to be more involved. There is so much to learn and do, and it's all excited and makes a difference.

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

Continuous funding, a reliable and consistent market for commodities and laws that help rather than hinder recycling.

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

The Executive Director is also personally and inspiration and a treasure in our community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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