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May 26, 2011
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May 26, 2011
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I have served on the board of trustees at Trees for Life the past fifteen years. The organization meets three times yearly. We are given detailed updates on what is taking place and asked for our opinions on new ways the organization is working.

The Great!

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

continuing to see the development of over fifty libraries in villages throughout Nicaragua.

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

encourage the participation of a youth on our board of trustees.

July 28, 2010
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July 28, 2010
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I met Balbir in 1984 and we''ve been friends since. He was just in the process of giving birth to Trees For Life and I felt then and still feel it is a kind of paradigm for what helping institutions will become in the future, simple, family-like groups dedicated to empowering people who are often overlooked or exploited by more powerful institutions. The focus is on helping people achieve what they want to achieve by listening to them and joining with them so that what is gained is prized by the receiver since the receiver has worked hard to achieve the goal or project and hasn't just been the recipient of money or goods and services supplied by a donor without any effort on the part of the recipient to share in the work and responsibility.

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

a number of projects they've taken up: their books for life project recently sent books to Liberia, their setting up of libraries in many countries, e.g. Nicaragua and Ethiopia, their mailings of seeds for trees, their work at a school in Allahabad India.

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

sharing in the various projects.

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

consistently of high quality with a desire to serve others.

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

get engaged to a greater degree in projects helpful to those individuals and communities around the world it is now serving.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I have been affiliated with this organization since 1984 when it first began, initially as a volunteer and later as a staff member, and then also as a board member. Trees for Life is a unique group that serves both people who come here to work and to volunteer as well as those we serve in countries around the world. My experience has been very positive. We empower others as well as ourselves and bring that to our office through minimal salaries, recycling and careful use of gifts.

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

Nicaragua, Guatemala, India, and other countries, including programs in the USA.

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

working with the many volunteers (more than 40 young adults) who have served here over the years.

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

committed to the values of Trees for Life and valued their work.

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

money is not the key element at Trees for Life!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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