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February 1, 2010

This is the best place in town for recycling your electronics. They actively educate the community and reach out to make sure the information is there for people like me who want to do the right thing for our community and for the environment. The people who work and run the organization are extremely committed to their cause and they go the extra mile to be helpful.

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

they are very committed to the cause of recycling. When I take something there, I feel confident that it is being disposed of properly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 1, 2010

I have met two employees at NextStep, including one that is participating in an internship at NextStep. The skills he received have truly been outstanding. The intern volunteered with a nonprofit that I work with and helped us to "wire-up" a benefit concert for the people of Haiti. He truly excelled in the role, and openly accredited the folks at NextStep for helping increase his skills and training. In my mind NextStep is providing this young intern with a key to a great professional future, something they do routinely in my community. I strongly recommend NextStep recycling, the people there are both inspiring and committed.

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

community event planning with an intern at NextStep.

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

the enthusiastic intern was really a joy to meet and work with.

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

young but skilled and committed to a great project.

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

train a workforce committed to the technologies of the future, the mentoring of our youth, and the reduction of environmental damage produced by humans on our planet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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It's so great to have a place where I know my electronics will get a new lease on life or will at least be disposed of responsibly. The volunteers are knowledgeable and passionate about their work; the staff is, too. And I love shopping there, too -- I can get items which will fulfill my need without breaking the bank and without filling up the landfill!

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

Knowledgeable, efficient, grateful, cheerful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 1, 2010

I first heard about NextStep when they were collecting styrofoam after the holidays. After that first experience I found out just how much NextStep does. From providing a place where the community can recycle electronics and computers (which us Eugeneians are always looking for ways to recycle), to retrofitting old devices and reselling them. NextStep to a boon to our community. Such a simple and well executed idea.

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

plentiful, friendly, helpful and knowledgable.

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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February 1, 2010

NextStep Recycling has positively impacted our community and even communities abroad, with their tireless work at keeping e-waste out of our landfills, refurbishing and then gifting technology to our children (who otherwise would not have access to this critical tool) and providing jobs and skills training to people once thought "unemployable". With Lorraine Kerwood at the helm, NextStep continues to be an amazing and vital organization in our community.

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

awesome individuals - some mentally or physically challenged but all passionate and committed.

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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I have been volunteering for NextStep since 2003 and have watched it grow into a dynamic organization that uses the best skills of everyone who volunteers and works there. Many people of all skill and needs have been given work skills training and encouragement there. They also give computers to those who can't afford them to help them bridge the digital divide and become an integral part of the community. I don't have anything but praise for their people and their programs.

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

all they do for our community. They keep electronics out of the landfill by giving everyone an option for being responsible and get computers into the hands of those who can't afford them. Job and skills training for many more.

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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February 1, 2010

As a Board member I have seenNextStep Recycling expand tremendously in the last several years. This organization, which receives donations of obsolete electronics, including computer hardware, (desktop computers, laptops, handheld games, cell phones, etc), household electronics (clocks, radios, lamps, etc), white (microwaves, stoves, dryers, etc.) and brown (stereos, VCRs, DVD players, etc.); also has a great training program. Volunteers in the recycling warehouse receive education on the inner workings of computers and other electronic hardware as they participate in the dismantling program. Volunteers can also learn how to rebuild computers in the refurbishing program. After a certain period of training, volunteers receive a computer to complete their education process. NextStep gifts computers directly to: children and adults living in foster care, persons experiencing disabilities, family members leaving domestically violent relationships, migrant worker families, under-funded schools and nonprofits.

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

seeing people being trained and receiving computers they would not otherwise been able to afford.

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

seeing the effect on people receiving training and equipment

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

very enthusiastic

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

Provide even more services

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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I participated in the job training program. I learned how to refurbish computers, test printers, and identify a variety of electronics hardware. I learned alot. All the staff are super friendly and respectful. I liked the training so much I am still volunteering.

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

I got a computer as part of my training. I did not have a computer and now I can do my homework at home. It is hard to use the computers at school. Sometimes they are broken and sometimes there isn't room for everyone who wants to use them.

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

I like the robots. I also like that the computers I built got used by other people.

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

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were super friendly. I always felt welcomed and supported. The Executive Director is an autistic woman and she always said hi to me. I really liked that because I am am autistic too.

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

Really help out alot more autistic people.

Ways to make it better...

I could volunteer more times.

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

NextStep is really cool. They let dogs come in and I like that.

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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February 1, 2010

I love NextStep. As a former employee of Goodwill I used to be appalled at the amount of T.V's and other electronics that would go in the trash. NextStep provides a valuable resource to the community and our planet! Not only have I donated several car loads of electronics and monitors, but also bought a computer there over a year ago and it is still working great!!

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

Donating and purchasing electronics

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

Provide more drop off sites

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

It keeps hazardous waste out of the landfills and provides the community with affordable used electronics.

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

Usually friendly...

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

Do a lot!!! Keep hazardous waste out of the landfills. Provide underfunded schools, families and third world countries with computers to help them stay up to date in a technology based world.

Ways to make it better...

I hadn't had to pay $45 to recycle 3 monitors, but with Oregon's new law requiring them to be recycled that no longer exists. I also wish they recycled batteries for free, instead of me having to take them to the battery store that does it for free.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Three things I love about NextStep Recycling: 1. I can recycle "anything with a plug," out dated electronics, working or not. Keeping these out of a landfill is a good thing. 2. I can find parts and even complete computer systems very cheaply. Why pay $15 for a simple power adapter when I can get one for $3 from NextStep. 3. If you need a computer and can't afford one, you can volunteer there and earn one. Not only do you get a computer, you learn a lot about how they work.

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

saving money by buying parts and systems there.

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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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