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March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

I have been involved with the Newton Marasco Foundation for about three years, and I continue to enjoy my experiences. The annual Eco Golf Classic is the main event at which I volunteer and it is a wonderful fund raiser. The enthusiasm from golfers, volunteers, and event organizers is contagious and a fun day is had by all. In recent years I have been helping to organize the silent auction portion of the event, and it is great to see how many donations come in. The Newton Marasco Foundation continues to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards through its programs and initiatives.

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

seeing youth of Northern Virginia learn techniques to be more environmentally friendly.

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

Expand its scope of work beyond Northern Virginia, especially Loudoun County.

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

I have been very impressed with the Newton Marasco Foundation and the way they have stepped in to ensure that our children receive an education about the choices we make that affect the world they will inherit.
As a result of their partnership with our elementary school, our children have
benefitted from a butterfly garden and wildlife refueling station, both of which have involved a lot of student research and input. Both can be used as outdoor classrooms. This spring the older students will be leading younger students and parents through the gardens teaching them about the plants and the various pollinators and/or animals they help. The plants and structures (including a fountain) in the garden would not have been possible without the donations that Newton Marasco facilitated.
The children have also been learning about various conservation efforts, such as composting, recycling, waste-free lunches, and how not to be an energy hog. School families have built bluebird boxes and attended nature hikes focusing on birds, vernal pools, and trees. These activities were led by professionals brought to us by Newton Marasco's network of organizations and individuals.
The foundation has established a green earth book award, and has donated books promoting the environment to our library.
All of these efforts (and more) have involved a great deal of input and guidance from Newton Marasco staff. They have worked hard to establish a program at our school that is focused on our community's needs, is student centered, and will be self-sustaining into the future.

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

The heightened awareness of myself, my children, and their school friends regarding environmental issues.

Ways to make it better...

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

Grow it, so that all the schools in our area could benefit.

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

I am an elementary guidance couselor and the Newton Marasco Foundation has helped my school go green. They have been a great support in helping us build a pollinator garden and refueling station. They have donated time and money to help us jump start the project and keep it up in running. The student have learned so much about the enviroment from this project.

The two gardens are being used for outdoor classrooms. The 5th grade class have created lessons for the gardens that can used for all grade levels. This experience has taught them lessons that can be carried outside the school and into the community.

We could not have done this without the help of NMF! Thank you!

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

NMF has helped in making my lessons successful. They have helped with the creating of the gardens and purchasing of plants. Bringing in speakers and providing materials (books, and supplies) to the school in order to teach the children about the enviroment.

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

I can not think of any changes I would make to this organization. They have been an amazing help!

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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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

None!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes! I enjoyed seeing the children learn about the enviroment! Also, it made me more aware of the impact I can make!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 28, 2011

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March 28, 2011

Serving on the NMF Advisory Board and as a volunteer I have experienced the dedication of the Foundation's staff and its commitment to helping future generations (elementary school through high school) learn to appreciate the natural environment through first-hand expereince (e.g, high schoolers develop and lead the enGAUGE It Campaign, all students interact with the Chapman-DeMary nature trail)

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

Helping to support the enGAUGE It campaign which demonstrates that simple actions like checking tire pressure can increase driver safety/help save lives and offer environmental benefits at the same time. It was especially insipring to see the level ownership and committment that the high school students took in running the campaign.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find it ways to get more national recognition - especially for the Green Earth Literature Program

September 30, 2010

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September 30, 2010

I am involved with Newton Marasco Foundation every spring as they plan for the annual Greater Washington Eco-Golf Classic. This is a wonderful event that not only raises funds for NMF's unique programs but provides a social opportunity for members of the environmental community.

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

the variety of programs that the offer in my community. As a resident of Loudoun County, VA, I feel that NMF is directly impacting my local environment through education programs at the school in my community.

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

The people, both staff and volunteers, are fantastic!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

I've always loved working with NMF! I've volunteered with them for two years now. As a high school student I helped them run enGAUGE It 2009 and 2010, a program that passes out free tire gauges to residents of the town where you live and people who shop within that town. I've always found what they do to be a great thing, and hope to continue working with them and helping the environment every chance I get! They do a great job with every program they run!

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

friendly, charismatic, fun, loving. They were wonderful to work with and obviously love the environment just as much as I do, if not more so!

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

expand each and every program even more! They do things such as enGAUGE It, Green Earth Book awards, cleaning up around different areas, nature walks, etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

It is a pleasure to work on community events with an organization so committed to their mission. The enthusiasm and creativity they bring to any event is inspiring.

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

seeing the effect they have on the children who meet authors, and and on the educators who work with the children.

Ways to make it better...

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

somehow figure out how to make the Green Earth Book award get national recognition.

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

that I have met some of the most interesting authors, some of the most creative volunteers, and absolutely the most genuinely nice people.

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

professional, prepared, and excited about the work they do.

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

make a difference to every student in America. Their aim is to put a book in every students hand.

Ways to make it better...

there were more people to share the community day.

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

money, money and more money.

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

I wish I had the $ 10 million to give them!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I was invited as President of the Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP) to participate in two review panels: the Rachel Carson poster and the Loudoun Valley High School scholarship. Serving on both panels was both rewarding and educational from the standpoint of seeing first hand how much the students learned about environmental stewardship with the assistance of the Newton Marasco Foundation. I also had the opportunity to see the initiation of the NMF elementary school "Going Green" program at Hillsboro Elementary School. Through this program the students developed a Going Green logo, created a butterfly garden habitat, quantified the amount of waste produced during school lunch, and provided all students the chance to come up with creative ways for their school and families to be come more "green."

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

promoting environmental stewardship at both the elementary and high school levels.

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

learning about the value of "going green" right along with the students.

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

so enthusiastic!

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

ensure that more people fully understood how what they do today in terms of taking care of the environment really WILL impact tomorrow.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

As a volunteer, I managed two annual Maryland high school environmental photo contests as well as helped with early fund-raising events when the foundation was launched. All of my work with Newton Marasco Foundation has been rewarding for me and appreciated by the foundation. For example, the photo contests allowed the foundation to build its relationship with the state of Maryland's Department of the Environment as well as opened some young minds to the beauty and fragility of nature. I strongly believe in the Newton Marasco Foundation's mission, dedication to its cause, and passion to make a difference - even in these hard economic times. I am a life-long volunteer for this group because I believe not only in the founder and her staff but in the person who inspired the creation of this foundation. Newton Marascco Foundation is genuine in its concern for the environment and in passing the understanding of sustainability to future generations. It has developed creative ideas for spreading it messages and reaching new audiences. My only constructive feedback is tap me more often for other work!

Ways to make it better...

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

Reach out to volunteers, such as myself, more. There is untapped talent and ideas in the volunteer pool. While I'll be here when needed, others may not stick around. Don't let volunteers fall fall through the cracks.

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

Working with and talking to the young high schools students who took such beautiful photos of nature. I truly hope that some of them go or have gone into some environment-related college program or at least continued to appreciate and take care of nature.

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

Dedicated to the cause and founder; passionate about the environment; creative; fun to work with; intelligent.

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

Teach thousands of young people how to treat the environment with respect and truly understand what helps and what harms the environment. Inspire them to become future environmental champions and try to reverse the damage done by past generations.

Ways to make it better...

I had received more follow-up and been asked to help more after discussing future opportunities and volunteering to participate in activities.

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

This is still a fairly young organization that is learning and growing but has a lot of heart and soul and it will continue to work really hard to be successful and make a difference.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

Working to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards -- what can be more worthy than that? And what could be more exciting than the upcoming fifth annual Green Earth Book Award being held at Salisbury University in April? I'm delighted to be involved in it again this year -- and we have a wonderful selection of talented authors who write fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults -- it's the ONLY environmental book award in this country!

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

The talent and expertise of the staff and volunteers of this organization in the environmental field.

Ways to make it better...

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...

are the wonderful successes we have had from launching the Rachel Carson centennial to working with local area high schools, to dedicating the Chapman DeMary nature trail in Loundon County last spring to the launching of our latest initiative EnGauge It!

Ways to make it better...

More people knew about the organization and supported it financially...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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