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April 13, 2010

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April 13, 2010

I am both a regular volunteer and donor for Save the Bay. As a volunteer for at least the last 3 years I help out at the Palo Alto Baylands native plant nursery with anything that needs to be done: seed collection, plant propagation, weeding, planting on the levees, repair and upgrade projects for the nursery, etc. All of my volunteer experiences have been very enjoyable and I always sign up ahead of time for as many Wednesday afternoon workdays as possible. Everyone on the staff who I have met has always been friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, and it has been great working with all of them. Besides some good physical workouts, fresh air and sunshine on the planting days, it has given me an opportunity to test out some of my own new open space restoration tool designs such as a specialized hole digger for planting the young plants from the nursery along the levees. And it's a great opportunity to learn to identify some of the native (and non-native) plants from first hand exposure. That too has helped to encourage me to develop an on-line plant name learning game for the benefit of those like myself who find it rather challenging to remember names. As a donor I have made strong contributions for the last 10 years. I'm happy that I have been able to support such a worthy organization and can readily see with great confidence that the money has been well spent. Save the Bay has also been a driving force for cleaning up trash from the Bay Area waterways and reducing waste from sources like plastic bags. I have participated in numerous on-line campaigns such as writing a letter to city council members asking them to support an ordinance to require a fee on plastic and paper bags. I have also helped out photographing parts of the Guadalupe River and Coyote Creek and contributing my photos for the trash hot spots identification section of the Save the Bay website. Newsletters, email and the web site have been invaluable sources of information on other issues and ill-conceived development plans that would cause irreparable harm to the Bay and surrounding wetlands, such as the San Francisco airport runway expansion attempt a few years ago and the recent Redwood City massive development proposal. Save the Bay is an essential watchdog over those who work ever so diligently to damage and degrade our environment for nothing more than their own personal profit and selfish retrograde agendas. As an avid natural wonders, plant and wildlife enthusiast I'm thrilled to support and be a part of the fantastic work that Save the Bay does. Open space restoration has become the focus of my life and I know of no better reward than to see the improvements that Save the Bay brings to the quality of life for the plants and animals that depend entirely on a healthy environment for their very existence. I will continue to work with and support Save the Bay for as long as I am able to do so.

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

Hands-on experience, getting down in the mud, mingling with the reptiles, and enjoying the great outdoors with other like-minded people.

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

The best...friendly, fun, knowledgeable, helpful

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 12, 2010

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April 12, 2010

I volunteered for the Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline volunteer day in Oakland and planted a number of native species. The staff of Save the Bay was informative and helpful and I learned a lot about local habitats. My toddler thought it was very fun and it helped me feel very connected to the community at large. I met many similar-minded people and I loved how organized the program was and how simple Save the Bay made it to volunteer.

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

knowledgeable and organized and really care about their local environment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 10, 2010

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April 10, 2010

I work with extraordinarily committed staff on various projects at Save the Bay and everyone seems to be very passionate about their work. Overall I would say that I have been continually impressed how Save the Bay conducts efforts to improve and preserve the local environment in a comprehensive way by encouraging community involvement with education, hands on work efforts, and political action.

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

the high-energy and collaborative spirit of the team.

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

VERY smart and most often really easy to work with - a rare combination. Committed to the spirit of the organization.

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

expand efforts to inform the general public about the importance of environmental stewardship.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 9, 2010

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April 9, 2010

I've lived and worked in the Bay Area for 5 years and though its not my direct field of work, I really value what a lot of the innovative non-profits are doing. Save The Bay stands out in terms of raising the broader public's awareness of issues that really matter, or should matter, to them. Two items come to mind. The first was their incredible ad campaign of the last couple of years, where ads with funny captions (e.g. "they don't do it to you") show humans covered in oil dumped by sharks or the like. Genius. These ads were all over BART cars and stations, and they got a lot of people talking. The second is their amazing advocacy on the Redwood City Saltworks. This is an issue close to my heart because it is my field of work. A great development with a lot of financial backing has been proposed for a terrible location. They are fighting goliath and winning. Save the Bay was founded to fight Bay fill, and this project proposes to develop on Bay fill under suspicious environmental claims. Save the Bay has pointed out the inherent contradictions in this mega-development's plans, and organized over a hundred local politicians against it. They've done extensive public education and raised this issue to a level where the public knows about it and knows what's wrong with it. Save The Bay has been doing an incredible job of educating the public about critical issues affecting the Bay that defines this beautiful place where we live.

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

public forums - BART stations and trains, newspapers, blogs, and other places where the public goes for information.

Ways to make it better...

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

help them find skills they need to make technical land use and transportation based arguments they need to fight the good fights.

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

Their intelligent, creative, and memorable campaigns.

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

Friendly and intelligent.

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

Educate the Bay Area population about these critical issues.

Ways to make it better...

Save the Bay was better funded to get the message out more broadly.

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

they are a small entity taking on very big corporate interests and ingrained habits of the public, they need help getting the message out more broadly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 8, 2010

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April 8, 2010

Thank you Save The Bay for all you do to protect our beautiful treasure. No organization is trying harder to preserve and protect.

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

make an incredible difference by protecting, preserving, and educating the public about the San Francisco Bay.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 8, 2010

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April 8, 2010

Save the Bay lost all respect when I see how they bend the truth to get what they want. Of course everyone wants to "Save the Bay" but during the course of the last year and half I have been contacted by STB to try and get me to support them and not telling the full truth of the matter.

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

goals to help the environment are good.

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Ways to make it better...

don't bend the truth be open and honest about your agenda a lot of behind closed door meetings are wrong.

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

The leaders of this group make too much money.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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April 7, 2010

More than any other organization, Save the Bay has been protecting the beautiful San Francisco Bay for decades. As a bay area native, I am eternally grateful for their ceaseless efforts.

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

Spreading the word to people who had no idea about the threats to tidal wetlands.

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

They're fighting to protect my neighborhood and shoreline.

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

Passionate

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

Really clean up and restore the San Francisco Bay and surrounding shoreline.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 12, 2009

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June 12, 2009

An incredible environmental non-profit that after over 45 years manages to stay extremely relevant and hip (loved the bay vs. bag campaign). Great education programs such as the canoes and sloughs and an uncanny ability to get volunteers out for “clean up” events. They are also very active politically, taking a strong stance against the Cargill development in Redwood City and working with local municipalities to reduce the amount of trash that enters the bay through storm water runoff. Save The Bay’s forward looking approach and early adoption of new media such as Facebook has proven to me that this non-profit will be still be going strong in another 45 years and inspiring the next generation of environmental advocates.

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

the health of the Bay.

Ways to make it better...

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

try and fill David's shoes.

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

the very energetic people.

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

incredible!

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

protect and clean a lot of shoreline

Ways to make it better...

more people got involved

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

apathy.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 9, 2009

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June 9, 2009

Save The Bay has been a pleasure to work with over the past four years volunteering at service projects. They have a very professional team who put a lot of energy into each project, ensuring volunteers are well prepared and oriented before each project, and providing excellent guidance during the project. I really appreciate the introduction they present at the begining of each project, wtih an overview on the history of the organization and how the San Francisco Bay has evolved over the past 100 years. Volunteers always have a great time, and the staff are fun to work with. I have volunteered with my company (REI - Berkeley), and Save The Bay has even set up special projects just for our staff. The best one was a collaboration of many outdoor retailers and vendors who had staff come and volunteer together on the same day.

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

my everyday experiences. The San Francisco Bay would be completely different (i.e. filled in!) if it weren't for this organization. I live very close to the Bay, so all their work directly influences our interactions with the coastline.

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

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

working alongside great volunteers and experienced staff. It is fun meeting new people, enjoying the outdoors, and getting dirty planting natives!

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

Fun, and very interested in environmental conservation, as well as enjoying the outdoors in general.

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

do amazing things! What would we do if we didn't have the San Francisco Bay?

Ways to make it better...

I could do it more often!

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

creating public awareness in the community revolving around what they do and why it is important.

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

I am thankful for what this organization is doing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 22, 2009

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May 22, 2009

I worked with Save The Bay during the winter of 2008. During my time with the organization I became aware of Save the Bay's misson to celebrate, protect and restore the San Fransisco Bay Area. Their mission is not only a great idea but it is a reality that Save the Bay is making happen. The staff of Save the Bay are highly trained, organized and motivated to make a difference to our environment with practical action. A daily and weekly schedule of educating the public through restoration projects enables anyone to participate in vital earth pleasing projects all over the bay. Save the Bay has compelling programs for school age children to learn the importance of sustainability and habitat protection all in the form of fun outdoor activities and adventures. These children are soaking up the lessons learned and become enthusiastic ambassadors of the environment. Save the Bay promotes the celebration of our home by leading low-impact outings and creating further awareness of the importance of protecting the land, air and water and its inhabitants for future generations to enjoy. The associates, volunteers and members of Save the Bay have really impressed me with their dedication to making a real difference!

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

the form of restoration projects that have created more habitat for native plant and animal species. Their ability to involve the media and the public creates a sizeable impact in the community and in the government.

Ways to make it better...

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

Ask David Lewis for help.

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

I have taken the lessons taught during my time with their educators and applied it to my personal life. For example, I use canvas bags every time I shop, and I never accept plastic bags!

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

Real people who care about the earth. These people take it beyond caring and actually take action to create a better place for all of us.

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

Fund all of their projects that are making a big difference to our planet. I'm sure they can give you much more specific plans than I could. There is not much more important than the type of work that Save the Bay is doing.

Ways to make it better...

I could have worked with them longer.

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

Complacency

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

Save the Bay reaches beyond the bay; their teachings, messages and effects are worldwide!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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