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January 30, 2012

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January 30, 2012

I started years ago in a business/client relationship with NextStep. In a very short time I fell in love with their work, their mission, their amazing and dedicated staff and volunteers and have since risen to a position on the Board of Directors. I have been in and around many non-profits over the years. NextStep; it's people, passion and triple-win results stand head-and-shoulders above all others. The triple win: keep toxins out of the waste-stream/environment, employee and train challenged populations to recycle, refurbish and process materials and finally gift computers to low-income individuals and schools to the betterment of our community, region and mankind!!! Mike Grudzien, 1.28.12

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 30, 2012

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January 30, 2012

NextStep is a non-profit that trains, educates, and employs folks from our community. NextStep gifts refurbished electronics to those who can't afford to purchase them (locally, nationally, internationally) and also offers items at low cost through their thrift stores. As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, NextStep uses only licensed software on computers and follows high ecological standards for recycling and disposal of materials.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 1, 2010

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February 1, 2010

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

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

February 1, 2010

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February 1, 2010

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!

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

Seeing how many people are helped by their efforts.

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

Give them more support and exposure.

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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

February 1, 2010

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February 1, 2010

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.

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

Recycling electronic materials and working with job training.

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

Expand it to every city in the country.

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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

February 1, 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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