Save The Whales Inc

Rating: 4.88 stars   100 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 1192 Waring St Seaside CA 93955 USA

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2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I had the great opportunity to volunteer for Save the Whales over the past semester for class, and it was such an amazing experience. It was an awesome service site to work at and I enjoyed it very much. I gained more knowledge of the marine life thanks to Maris and Tom. I also learned about the Vaquita, and that is knowledge I will take with me and pass on to more people I come in contact with. Working with save the whales has made me realize how much more I want to work with marine mammals in my future and I appreciate that very much. Thank you for the wonderful semester, and thank you for all the hard work you do to make this organization run.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Volunteering with Save the Whales has opened my eyes to a world that could potentially be lost to us forever unless; we begin to take a stand for those who do not have a voice. Working with Maris Sidenstecker and Tom Kieckhefer has taught me that passion is everything!

I am a recent graduate (2014-15) from CSU Monterey Bay (CSUMB) with a degree in Environmental Studies and a focus in Sustainable Communities. For the last year I worked with Save the Whales (non-profit organization) to coordinate and organize fundraising events and alone accumulated over $500. I partnered with Save the Whales to educate the general public during community events about pollution prevention, and how their efforts can play a role in protecting and saving the Vaquita. Save the Whales uses petitions and the signing of letters to the president of Mexico, asking him to do all he can to save the Vaquita. Reflecting on my experiences during service learning, I felt excited and moved by the adults and children getting involved in our Save the Whales’ booths. Seeing the reactions of both the adults and children when they learned that there are only 97 Vaquita left on the planet caused them to immediately sign the letter to the president of Mexico. This made me think about all the support we could easily gain if the general public were aware of the current injustices. I also believe in putting up pet waste emblems in local parks, and community storm drain stenciling to remind the public to do their part to help protect the oceans and the environment is essential.

Thank you Save the Whales for all that you have done for our oceans. I can rest assured knowing we are in good hands! I look forward to joining forces. My perfect world is a place where no animal is endangered or could become extinct because they have been exploited by human activities.

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?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Don't be fooled by the name. While the wonderful staff at Save the Whales do put in countless hours in advocating for the protection of many different marine species, they are making a wave of difference in many people's lives, locally and internationally. I want to thank this non-profit for reaching out and changing peoples perspectives on, not what they have been doing wrong everyday of their lives, but how to change their daily habits to better themselves, their health, and the health and the well-being of other species in which we share our homes with on Earth. Save The Whales takes the doom-and-gloom out of a rather difficult situation in the decline of many marine mammal population numbers, by teaching kids and adults alike just how amazing these marine mammals are, and just how easy it is to change our ways for the better. I can keep going on, and on, but its best to just be grateful that there are good people doing an amazing job at building a better life for all. Thank you Save the Whales!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Tom does a great job with his presentations to youth. He is very explanatory and knowledgeable along with the visual and hands on presentation. He know how to catch the kids attention and keeps them throughout his presentation. He is excellent at speaking and presenting. I believe the kids really learn from this program.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Excellent organization. They do a great job educating our youth through hands on teaching techniques and ocean conservation.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Tom brings an amazing multi-media hands-on program to students. Save the Whales is about so much more than whales. Students learn about the ecology of the ocean and tons of information about the theme animals- in our case sea otters, sea turtles, and whales. The children develop a love and respect for the ocean that will influence a lifetime of stewardship. I hope all children get to experience this program. The students at Santa Cruz Children's School loved it!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I teach 6th grade Earth Science. Tom cam in towards the end of our unit on Ocean Health. Students loved the hands on experience, as well as Tom's personal, in the field experience with the vaquita porpoises in Mexico. Students really enjoyed the echolocation simulation! I will have Tom back again!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Our local Sustainable Seaside group has partnered with Save the Whales on several occasions in the past years. This year we will be having our 6th Annual Sustainable Living Tour and Save the Whales will once again have an info table. We expect over 200 people will attend.

Save the Whales is a wonderful nonprofit which includes college students and mentally challenged adults as supporters. They are well organized and informed and offer important ways of protecting Monterey Bay and the whales. I always enjoy partnering with Maris as I know she'll come through with her commitments in a kind and dedicated way. I continue to learn from her and her volunteers.

Kay, Chair Sustainable Seaside (an action group of Communities for Sustainable Monterey County)

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I started volunteering with save the whales a few years ago through CSUMB and loved my experience that I continue to be involved. Their mission and work that they do in the community is more then just about the ocean. They are very involved all through the county to focus on education and inspiring other people.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I worked with save the whales as part of my service learning requirement for CSUMB. Maris is so much fun to work with and she made the experience feel less like a requirement and more like fun. I hope to keep volunteering with her in the future!

 
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