An excellent organization with incredible amounts of passion and direction. Maris is an absolute delight and truly puts the wellbeing and education of others above anything else. I like to think of her needs as self-transcendence. "Transcendence refers to the very highest and most inclusive or holistic levels of human consciousness, behaving and relating, as ends rather than means, to oneself, to significant others, to human beings in general, to other species, to nature, and to the cosmos." I would highly recommend the work that Save the Whales does for the community.
This organization defines what it means to care for the environment and its inhabitants. I am honored to have volunteered my time with them and will continue to do so. Save the Whales is an incredible organization inside and out.
I've recently had the wonderful opportunity to work with Save The Whales. Everyone there has been beyond professional. The amount of help I've received for my own professional as well as personal growth has been insurmountable. I've made countless connections on top of being able to truly feel like I have been able to be part of something much greater than myself. I look forward to working with them in the future and helping them to better our world.
Maris and Tom have given our students the opportunity to volunteer at Whale Fest and Earth Day clean up. They engage young people and teach them about caring for our marine life and wetlands. Their displays and brochures and classroom materials can be used by students and adults. Save the Whales Foundation is making a positive impact in our community.
Save the Whales is an incredible organization! I began volunteering for them in August 2015 as part of my Service Learning requirement at Cal State Monterey Bay, and I have been fortunate enough to be invited back as an intern. The staff members and volunteers at Save the Whales are very passionate about their work and they go well out of their way to ensure that the public is informed about environmental issues. Save the Whales does an excellent job presenting these issues to the public in a non-confrontational manner and, as a result, people seem to genuinely care about these issues and want to take action. I have never been so proud to be a part of an organization as I am with Save the Whales.
I attend CSUMB and as graduation requirement you have to complete 30 hours of Service Learning. I fulfilled this by working with Save The Whales as a volunteer. Maris Sidenstecker and Tom Kieckhefer were the ones I was working under for events that Save The Whales attended as well as storm drain GIS&GPS/stenciling.
I worked along side Maris Sidenstecker, who is the most inspiring person I have ever met. Maris' passion for education in the Monterey community reflects in her non-profit organization Save The Whales. This organization is known for educating the public on the environment and marine mammal preservation. The interactive models Save The Whales uses' for example the storm drain urban run off model gets not only children but parents involved in where trash and urban runoff can be prevented in their own homes.
I will continue to work for Save The Whales because it is a perfect reflection of my views and opinions on educating the public about marine mammals and our local environment.
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.
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.
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!
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.