SAFETY AGRICULTURAL VILLAGES AND ENVIRONMENT S A V E INC

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 101 East Street Road Kennett Square PA 19348 USA

Mission: S.A.V.E. is a non-profit community group whose aim is to improve the safety of PA 41 and other area roads for all users while minimizing direct and secondary impacts from transportation projects and maximizing conservation potential in the region. Through public outreach, educational programs, and technical assistance, S.A.V.E. advocates for policies and projects that balance transportation planning with comprehensive land use goals including the preservation of the natural and historic resources, agricultural lands, watersheds, and environmentally sensitive open space of the region.
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

A great organization that achieves local goals and inspiration for global efforts. They have demonstrated an ability to make wishes realities and an effective out reach so that the general public understands that, in addition to their initial plan to keep Route 41 from unecessary expansion, they will assist any community effort that falls within the guidelines of their mission and their name. They really are all about safety, agriculture, villages and the environment.

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

the creation of traffic calming near our local schools that neither inhibited the efficient flow of A LOT of traffic nor created additional congestion or danger.

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

Expand the physical location, hire an assistant for the Executive Director and interface more effectively with the local high school.

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

The capability and enthusiasm of the Executive Director and the visible, tangible results of the group's efforts.

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

Intelligent, educated, dedicated and capable.

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

Teach other towns in PA and other states how to decrease traffic congestion and sprawl by the simple utilization of roundabouts.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had greater financial resources; in particular, their Executive Director is in need of greater support. The entire board has much to offer that could be better realized if there was more funding.

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

Complacency in the community and finances in light of the ever increasing shortage of disposable income in our country.

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

This is a great group and I believe it all started at someone's kitchen table with a simple refusal to just roll over when development and sprawl threatened conservation and agricultural space.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

working with SAVE has been such an empowering experience because we have actaually accomplished some of our goals.There is not a 4 lane highway on rt. 41, The Mortonville Bridge is almost completed and SAVE is presenting a forum on pipelines tonight as the first one of a series on pipeline safety in Chester County.We received a grant from the USDOT to do that. The impossible has now become attainable.The dedication and knowledge of the other members and volunteers is impressive.

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

working with SAVE and PennDot and coming to a mutual understanding about a local project.

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

The spirit of by applying our combined knowledge we can make the difference in our communities.

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

those that represented enthusiasm, expertise, grace under fire and they have a sense of humor!

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

Make Chester County so green and it's citizens so aware that we would have to start helping out in other counties.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have watched S.A.V.E. grow from a small group of concerned individuals to an organization providing guidance and support to their community and other nonprofits. S.A.V.E. took on the responsibility of protecting our roadways (and way of life) through public outreach and education. Working together with our community they were able to influence the policies and actions of PennDOT. They have grown and diversified along with the needs of their community and have positively affected the safety and viability of our roads.

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

stopping PennDOT from turning route 41 into a multi-lane, limited access highway.

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

Educate so many more people and influence uncontrolled sprawl through public outreach programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Through this organization I have had an opportunity to work with volunteers, an executive director, the public, elected officials, and leading transportation experts. We used a combination of grass roots political efforts and detailed traffic engineering expertise to demonstrate that a two-lane, traffic calmed alternative to a major truck route could save lives, save money, save environmental resources and provide a sustainable solution to the capacity challenges of the roadway.

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

The decision by PennDOT to abandon a proposal for a major highway expansion including bypasses through farmland and residential developments and embrace a two-lane alternative for a major roadway.

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

Broaden our base of financial and political support.

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

The thrill of success in having a small group with modest funds change the policy of a large State bureaucracy.

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

Passionate, engaged, and determined to make a difference in the world around them for the better of present and future generations.

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

Finance a road intersection improvement project using the latest traffic calming techniques.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote to the organization.

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

Staying focused on our objectives while being patient with the slow, almost glacial pace of change in government bureaucracies.

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

Private citizens can make a difference in their own communities when the get involved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

SAVE is an organization that serves southern Chester County in a way that no other organization does. SAVE advocates the balanced integration of infrastructure (roads and bridges etc.) with comprehensive land use planning to preserve the area's natural and historic treasures.

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

traveling southern Chester County

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

strengthen the board

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

preserving part of what makes southern Chester County a great place to live

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

very competent and thoughtful

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

spend less time fundraising and more time focusing on advocacy

Ways to make it better...

SAVE had already been successful in getting a roundabout installed at the intersection of PA 41 and Baltimore Pike

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

maintaining enthusiasm

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?

2010-4-01

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