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  

1 person found this review helpful

i used to think that computers were almost magical. What makes them work is beyond me and out of my control. I was at the mercy of faceless huge companies. I have learned how to overcome the 'untouchable' nature of computers that kept me powerless. I take apart old computers and recycle the pieces.

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

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8 people found this review helpful

I have helped with information booths- setting up, talking with the public, and shutting down. I loved being able to answer peoples questions and get feedback from them. I loved seeing people get excited about what they could do with their old e-waste! They people I worked with were always friendly and always seemed to want to help me with questions that I could not answer, or find out who knew the answer. I have worked in the warehouse tearing down computers for recycling and re-using parts. The feeling of personal accomplishment was tremendous! I got better very quickly. The combination of professionalism and friendlyness was wonderful. Any time I had a question, I felt that no matter how busy they were, there was time for me.

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

Learning what the insides of a computer look like. Keeping stuff out of landfill. Reusing and recycling stuff made out of our precious natural resourced.

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

Have more drop off sites

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

Feeling of accomplishment as I connected with others in making a difference for environmental social justice.

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

Wonderful, always had time for me, helpful, dedicated, friendly, professional,

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

Reduce municipal waste costs tremendously, lessen the technology gap, give others a feeling of self worth and accomplishment

Ways to make it better...

I had more time each week to spend

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

Making money with the economic downturn and the prices of recycling down; the newness and instability of recycling laws

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

We need more of next step

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I began as a volunteer at NextStep Recycling to gain some recent work experience , and to brush up on some job skills that I haven't used in a while. While volunteering I learned that there is so much more to this company than I realized! Not only have I been educated on e-waste and ways to keep our earth healthier but I have been brought into a community of people who really care about what NextStep does and are proud to be a part of it. I am now an employee at NextStep and really have gained a "working family" as well as a job! NextStep gave me an opportunity to show them what I can do, and even prove to myself what I can do as well. Since starting as a volunteer I have been educated in e-waste, recycling, reuse options, and what other services NextStep provides to our community; I have completed enough volunteer hours to get a working knowledge of the dismantling and recycling process, and earn myself a computer of my own (built by a NextStep "techy"; I have been given the opportunity for a chance at full time employment with a growing company; and, last but not least, I have been given training and experience that will help me throughout the rest of my life in the "job world". NextStep has given me a chance to continue forward in my life, I hope that others get the chance to check this nonprofit out and see what NextStep can do for them as well!

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

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

YES! I was given the opportunity to prove to myself that I am a good worker and even ended up getting a job as well. I got to touch up on old skills that I haven't used in a long time. I was taught new skills as well as educated about the e-waste issue. I have made new friends and been given the opportunity to become self sufficient and provide for my family.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like a productive member of society. I gained self esteem and confidence in my abilities as an employee.

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5 people found this review helpful

I volunteered long-distance from Southern California starting in 2003. I did eBay sales for Nextstep of old Macintosh items. I really liked the work, and Lorraine and Mike Day were fun and engaging people. My love of old computers, particularly Macintosh computers, pulled me like a magnet to Oregon in 2005 where I volunteered for many months refurbishing PCs and Macs for the cause. I loved the place, the work and the friendships I made while there. There is nowhere to be found another place like Nextstep. My memories of my time volunteering are pleasant ones. Although the work was hard and challenging, I never met any other vocation that made me feel as happy as when in the build area refurbishing computers. I lived my dream and loved my work. The days went by like hours, hours passed like moments. Thanks to Lorraine, I got to do what I'd always loved. I'm grateful there's a Nextstep Recycling.

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

More ways than I can count. Refurbishing, recycling, volunteering.

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

Push for better funding that makes what Nextstep does go farther and more in-depth. The need is great, but the resources scant.

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

The work I did, the freedom I experienced in doing what I loved and the support of the staff there.

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

from all walks of life and all skill levels. Both with and without mental and physical challenges. Kind, caring and focused on what really was important about their mission.

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

Provide improved job and skills training the community sorely needs. Provide better resources to program recipients in technology placements and education. Provide broader outreach in educating our community about recycling.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed on longer refurbishing computers.

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

The lack of volunteer help in getting needed services in motion. The lack of solid funding to accomplish all this organization has set out to achieve.

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

This positive and necessary company needs both financial and infrastructure bolstering. There is so much yet to do, and so few resources to do it with. They love their mission and would love to do so much more of it.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

As a person who worked for and with NextStep since 2004, I can say that Lorraine Kerwood (the founder and Director) has worked tirelessly to keep as much e-waste as possible out of landfills and into the proper channels. NextStep is one of a very few operations who do the work that most would not choose to do. It can be dirty, grimy work but it needs doing. So, I will do what I can to keep Nextstep and it's mission thriving and expanding.

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

obtain the latest equipment to optimize it's ability to recycle and re-use discarded items

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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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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.

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?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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8 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

watching people be really happy when they get their computers.

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?

2010-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

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!!

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?

2008-1-01

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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

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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