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June 24, 2010
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June 24, 2010
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My husband and I were full-time volunteers for Trees for Life for 7-l/2 years, 3 of which were spent in India as volunteer teachers of conversational English at a school for 1200 poverty-level children. We also helped establish a medical lab at the school and helped teach computers to students and teachers. Our experience there stands out as the most extraordinary years of our lives. The school provides a 21st century education to children, many of whom are first-generation learners, whose parents earn about $1 a day. These children would not be likely to attend school if Trees for Life did not support this school. Trees for Life's philosophy is all about empowering people, whether it's kids attending school or people in a village who want to build a school or a library, drill a water well, improve the health of their community or plant trees ... all of which are the kinds of projects Trees for Life works with communities in developing countries to create. I found Trees for Life to be a personal growth experience. The leadership is always interested in a volunteer's personal growth as much as "production" of any project. It is a spiritual place to work, without being religious. Trees for Life uses its resources very judiciously. Contributions stretch a long way because of a strong volunteer base and an ethic of conservative money management. Volunteers of all ages, races, nationalities, and sexual orientations have found a welcome home at Trees for Life. If someone is searching for his/her niche in life, no matter what stage of life, Trees for Life might just be the place to figure that out and have a great experience in the process!

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

my own life! I have started 3 non profit organizations and been involved with a number of others and Trees for Life is the most cooperative, creative, inspiring place I've ever been associated with. And it's fun too!

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

living and working with the people of India.

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

cooperative, accepting, thoughtful people of all races, creeds, nationalities, and sexual orientations

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

continue its global education project, figuring out ways to educate and empower people in developing countries, so they can climb out of poverty.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 9, 2010
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April 9, 2010
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I did a year of full-time volunteering for Trees for Life doing graphic and web design. It was an incredible place to be with wonderful people. Working there was a great experience!

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

learning about how a successful nonprofit operates and getting to know the talented, dedicated people that make TFL so great!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2001

April 5, 2010
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April 5, 2010
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On my first visit to Trees for Life, I was extremely impressed with those who worked there and with the volunteers. After hearing from Mr. Mathur, I was telling him that I thought he was doing a wonderful work on behalf of those in very needy circumstances. He said that for him, the work made him feel as though he was privileged to "dance with the angels" each day. In 2009, my husband & I were involved in a children's book drive in as many areas of Kansas as we could, to collect books to build a library in Ethopia. The person in Ethopia who made this request to Trees for Life,now provides a cart to regularly take more books to the rural areas. We saw a video of the cart entering a small village & the sides of the road were lined with children waiting to see that months delivery. Mr. Mathur was able to talk a large grocery chain into having boxes where people could drop the books when they did their grocery shopping. I find the organization to be very caring; the volunteers that work reqularly there are very pleased with the outcomes of their efforts.

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

Trees for Life began working in India, now it is working in some of the central American nations. They go where the need is. They also have studied the value of various kinds of trees which could help feed persons in many places in the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 4, 2010
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April 4, 2010
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I volunteered as the community volunteer coordinator. I started at a very difficult time in my life, and the work, the staff and other volunteers showed me that there is a great group of people and good work needing to be done. Those years were some of themost fu, working with volunteers doing mailings, sending out trees, and oh so much more. Would love to do t again! Only left because we moved away.

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

seeing how its better to help people help themselves, than to do it for them

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

all of it, the work, the people, the results

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

the friendliest, most caring people I've ever met

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

feed the world's hungry

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 30, 2010

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March 30, 2010

This is an organization about which there are not enough superlatives. Balbir, the founder and guiding light, is someone about whom enough superlatives cannot be articulated. He is surrounding by a loving and caring "family" of similar persuasion, and the net result is an organization that makes phenomenally effective use of a very, very low level of funding. There is so much selfless giving going out of that organization, and they all genuinely receive abundant energy back from those who they serve. Balbir has started a movement (as he is fond of calling "Trees for Life"), and that movement must not be allowed to wither on the vine. One of the big recent disappointments is the fact that a few years ago, I nominated Balbir Mathur for a "Man of Peace / Person of Peace" award, and he was not given it. This was a rather sizable monetary award that Peace Cereal (my favorite breakfast cereal) was making annually, but appears to have since discontinued. In my capacity serving for 4 years as the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the Trees for Life Journal, I witnessed time and again the love and compassion emanating from Trees for Life. If there had been a way that I could have served with them on a full-time basis, I would love to have done that. Perhaps when I approach retirement they will have a place for me and hope to return to their embrace. Until then, I continue with my public health research which may ultimately make me a more useful contributor to the Trees for Life movement.

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

Plant the seed of selfless giving and self-help instruction in 10,000 areas of the world where that seed needs to be planted

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 24, 2010

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March 24, 2010

Our clients really enjoy the idea of coming home from an amazing adventure and then being able to donate to Trees for Life

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

Our clients enjoy being able to donate to Trees for Life

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 24, 2010

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March 24, 2010

Our clients love the idea of Trees for Life. We're an adventure travel company and upon our client's return they have the option of either receiving a free t-shirt or donating to Trees for Life. A great number of our client opt to donate. Not only is it an added bonus for our client to participate in our tours but it also goes towards a good cause such as providing books for schools in developing countries. We've worked with Trees for Life for nearly two years now and are extremely happy with their work

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

Spread education through developing countries

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 19, 2010

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March 19, 2010

My primary contact was David Kimble who is very conscientious and works long hours. I admired David's creative talents in developing a fundraising brochure for cookstoves installed in Guatemala.

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

The willingness to discuss and negotiate together to design a successful project.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 10, 2010

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March 10, 2010

Everything I've experienced with TFL is impressive. The leaders, the staff, all seem highly committed and fully engaged. Plus, they're great fun to be around. Their ideas and implementation are workable and solution oriented. Whenever I visit they're generous with their time, information, and if it's mealtime, even with their food! I especially love how they partner with communities to teach them to be self-sufficient, not dependent on handouts. With TFL's help, the communities become active partners in designing and implementing solutions to their challenges.

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

No personal firsthand experience with on-site results. But I have seen and viewed documentation of results many times at their offices.

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

do nothing I know of

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

The people on staff, the practical ideas, the hope engendered.

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

Dedicated, educated, intelligent, creative, and committed. At all levels, from the founders and president to the volunteers.

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

Get more publicity for the kinds of work they're doing, and do much much more of it.

Ways to make it better...

I'd love to go to one or more of the foreign communities being served at some point, and I hope to do so.

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

nort sure. maybe publicity ad funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 8, 2010

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March 8, 2010

I am a veterinarian and anytime a pet dies or is put to sleep I make a donation to trees for life in memory of the pet. Clients love this charity and often comment they are so pleased that a living tree in memory of their beloved pet is providing food for people in need. This organization is prompt in sending acknowledgement and the people are pleasant and easy to work with. Dr. Marge Mc Millan

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

Feed half the world.

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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