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May 28, 2013
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March 8, 2011

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 communit... more

May 28, 2013
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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.

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

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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

March 8, 2011

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.

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

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

May 8, 2013
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May 8, 2013
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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.

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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

April 15, 2013
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April 15, 2013
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This was an excellent presentation. Tom is an engaging, knowledgeable presenter who really knows how to talk to kids. His presentation was hands-on and fast paced. My students waled away ready to be stewards of the earth!

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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?

2013

April 11, 2013

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April 11, 2013

Tom came to our elementary school and did two different types of presentations. The first was all about otters and geared to 1-3 grades. He did an additional presentation for our 4-5 graders on sea turtles. All of the children loved his presentation. Not only did they learn facts about these amazing creatures but he inspired all of the children to protect these animals. Recycling and reducing was a big topic and he gave great ideas that the kids could do to support their community. It inspired the children to think outside the box and specifically come up with solutions with the "garbage island" between continental USA and Hawaii.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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?

2013

March 10, 2011

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March 10, 2011

Tom provided a Save the Whales presentation to every one of Sprecklels Elementary's 2nd grade classes. The kids really enjoyed and learned a lot from the presentations.

Tom was perfectly on time and brought all kinds of media for the presentation.

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Save the Whales did exactly what they said they would do - they were on time, brought copius materials, and led presentations for 4 2nd grade classes in one day.

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Make the organization bigger.

March 9, 2011

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March 9, 2011

Our experience with Save the Whales has been fantastic. The participants of our Hope Services Community Membership and Media Program enjoy the work applying decals to the storm drains. The training provided by Save the Whales was fun and informative. The particiapnts all felt good about doing something to help their community and the environment. The coordination with Save the Whales was smooth and they provided us with all the support we needed.

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Witnessing the participants of our program grow in their self pride and feeling of empowerment from helping their community. I am grateful to Save the Whales for offering this opportunity to the people with disabilities we support in our programs.

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I don't see any changes I would make.

March 9, 2011

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March 9, 2011

This is a great non profit orginization that is doing amazing work to help protect critical habitat. Save the Whales is helping to inform communities of the benifits of the ocean and its inhabitants and providing ways that people that help. This is very important work!

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When I was putting down the drain markers many people came up to my group and said how much they liked what we were doing.

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March 9, 2011

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March 9, 2011

I work for a non-profit working in collaboration with Save the Whales. We support their mission by gluing decals to the sidewalks at storm drains. The decals remind the community that the storm drains flow directly to our ocean.
I greatly appreciate this non-profit because they are highly
involved with their community, focused on collaboration, dedicated to their mission and solutions to environmental issues and expand their message through the use of education.

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

their community outreach projects/classes and their extensive presence in the community.

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

increase their funding.

March 8, 2011

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March 8, 2011

Save The Whales headed by Maris 1 and 2 Sidenstecker is using my song Make A Friend Out Of Me to bring awareness to the fight against whale slaughter. I have found their organisation to be reputable and of great impact in the war on whale slaughter and conservation. It is imperative they are given full support from the Government of the United Staes of America and their community. Sincerely Vinny Pop Australian artist musician singer

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Witnessing their impact and achievements in the fight against whale slaughter

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No changes it is run honestly and above board and is urgently needed by the conservation of whales and dolphins movement

March 8, 2011

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March 8, 2011

We help the community understand how they can help out with the environment around us. By just doing a few small things we can make a BIG difference!

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I have experienced the results in by watching children become motivated.

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

Make it bigger so more people could hear their voice.

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