SAVE THE WHALES INC

Rating: 4.87 stars   86 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 1192 Waring St Seaside CA 93955 USA

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2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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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This semester I have been working with Save The Whales as a Service Learning student with CSUMB. This intimate organization does great work! It has been an outstanding experience. I really enjoyed connecting with the local community at outreach events teaching about the endangered Vaquita porpoise, the local watershed and how our actions have a direct impact. I'm excited to continue my work with Save the Whales summer.

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Save the Whales is a wonderful organization. They have current information on many environmental issues happening in our oceans that could be of great importance. All of the staff are wonderful and very informative.

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I started out as a volunteer for Save the Whales in 2011 as a service learning student at CSUMB. After the semester was over I decided to continue on with Save the Whales as a volunteer. Being apart of this non-profit has taught me so much about community outreach, public education, community involvement, environmental protection and most importantly making a difference. After I graduated CSUMB I have been gratefully awarded a position with this non-profit in assisting communities with their storm drain inlets through GIS and GPS research, and also emblem application. Now I am getting to show others what it feels like to make a difference with me and it has been one of the best experiences I have ever had.

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I am proud to volunteer for Save the Whales: They help the water and environment. They help not only the sea creatures, but all land creatures. Volunteering to place stencils stating that the ground "grate" drains to the bay not only feels like we are contributing to the world: we are. The stencils educate the public about making conscious choices: what they drop, what they do not pick up, and what they let spill ALL drains to the ocean. When the public asks what we are doing, we educate them that we happily volunteer and what the stencil means. Many of them had no idea that all that "stuff" drains to the bay and are appalled at how their unknowing made the ocean worse. Then they tell people they know!

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I began working with Save the Whales as a CSUMB service learning student. I thought that Maris and her project ideas were actually something that I could participate in that made a real difference. I spent that first semester just feeling the program out. I then continued to volunteer with Maris because it was something that I really believed in. She soon hired me as a paid intern and I started to branch out and do more for the environment through this great organization. Maris and Save the Whales has helped me to really become involved in protection of the environment and community involvement. I am thankful for my experience and I would do it again any time.

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Save The Whales is honestly amazing. Working with them as a CSUMB students has been so great. I have learned so much and have had so many amazing opportunities. What I love the most about this organization is that it is community based and strive to better educate everyone on issues that not only affect marine life but ultimately everyone. The fact that they work so hard throughout the entire Monterey Peninsula to promote and educate ocean conservation has assured me that a career in marine policy is were I belong. I am so greatful for everything STW has and counties to offer me.

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As a CSUMB student, Save the Whales has really opened my eyes to the positive changes that just a few people can have on their surrounding community. Being involved with Save the Whales has allowed me to directly interact with the public and get people excited about protecting whales, marine mammals and the ocean. Save the Whales focuses on education through all age groups and it is clear that what Save the Whales is doing is making an impact with the Monterey Bay Area. I am truly thankful for the experiences I have gained through working with this nonprofit.

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As a university service learning instructor, I have partnered with Save the Whales for the past 7 or 8 years. Every semester groups of my students do their service with Save the Whales. Their experiences in the community and with the super staff of Save the Whales are consistently meaningful. Students have multiple experiences interacting with the public and come away inspired to continue both with the program but in marine science based outreach. The students are inspired by the passion and commitment of the Save the Whales staff as much as the scope of the programs. From preserving Vaquitas in the Gulf of California to eliminating toxic runoff in the Monterey Bay, the work of Save the Whales is instrumental to preserving the health of our planet and its many creatures.

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

wave my magic wand so that they had sufficient funding so that staff could dedicate their time 100% to program presentation instead of fundraising.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Save the Whales is a partner with the two organizations with which I work:

With the Service Learning Institute at California State University Bay Save the Whales (STW) is one of our primary community partners. This means that they are always prepared, eager, and ever so organized to accept our student service learners. Our students gain great community experiences with STW, they learn about ocean issues, and more so they are inspired by the commitment and vision of the founder, Maris Sidensteker

With Return of the Natives Restoration Education Project, STW is a partner in doing classroom outreach about ocean pollution in classrooms in Salinas, CA. Quite honestly, the visits by STW biologist, Tom Keckifer, are a highlight of the school year for students. Tom is an amazing human being, honest and genuine with the students, and full of relevant information

And finally with the Seaside Sustainability Committee. Return of the Natives and STW are partnering to plant native plants which will cut down on and filter run-off in pocket parks throughout the community

In short, STW is a great choice for a great non-profit.

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

I am personally experienced the work of STW through our many partnerships.

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

Get them more resources so that their impact could be greater.

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I first began volunteering with Save the Whales through an Environmental Justice service learning course. As a service learner with Save the Whales, I participated in outreach events, storm drain stenciling, and even research into corporate policies. I had no difficulties completing my required hours because it was always very pleasant volunteering and I felt like I was really making a difference. I enjoyed my experience so much that after I completed my hours I continued to volunteer. My additional time opened doors to other special projects with Save the Whales and also provided opportunities to work with other organizations such as the Urban Watch water monitoring program. Maris and Tom were always great to work with and I learned a great deal about effective outreach and education from them. I feel that Save the Whales stays true to its mission and acts completely selflessly; I would still be volunteering today if I hadn't moved away from the area. In short, volunteering with Save the Whales was one of the most meaningful experiences of my life and truly helped shape my values.

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?

2012

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