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March 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 1, 2011

VI RC & D is extremely important to the sustainable development of the US Virgin Islands. It is a place where volunteers, specialists and government agencies can work together toward common goals for the benefit of all. The VI RC & D has had great, measurable sucess in many project areas and I look forward to working with this group in the future.

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

I have benefited from their grant writing workshops.

Ways to make it better...

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

Encourage as many people as I can to become active volunteers.

March 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 1, 2011

VIRC&D is a great local resource for so many Virgin Islanders. Locals and tourists alike benefit from the activities of this nonprofit. In addition, all local environmental educators share both physical and mental resources of VIRC&D.

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

Leave Paradise in its Place free snorkel clinics!!

Ways to make it better...

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

give them a bigger budget so they can make MORE things happen.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

through free snorkel clinics led to get people interested in Reef Conservation

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I know that this organization has been involved in many training opportunities for the Virgin Islands residents. They send young people on summer enrichment programs, they inform visitors and resident the importance of leaving marine organisms in the place. I have attended Grant Writing workshop that they have sponsored. They have also been involved in the establishment of the first Rain Garden project on St. Croix, also the creation and maintainance of the Est. Adventure trail which I have had the privilege of trekking. I wish the organization well and they continue to impact our VI community.

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

Yes

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

Help them get more members, especially locals so that they maybe better embraced.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I have lived in the US Virgin Islands for over 15 years and know the work of the Virgin Islands RC&D very well. My background is environmental planning and agriculture: two areas in which VIRC&D have been actively involved for years. Their work ranges from organizing workshops for the community in the design and installation of Rain Gardens to catch, store, and treat non-point sources of water pollution, to assisting the farming community in the development of a variety of projects.
Its small staff belies its large impact in our community. VIRC&D staff’s work is enjoined by hundreds of volunteers of all ages and walks of life who amplify the creative and dedicated community work this organization undertakes daily.

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

Attended rain garden workshops, received assistance in the development of grant for the Virgin Islands Farmers Cooperative

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase their funding and staff so it could expand its work in the community

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

VIRCD is a great organization doing many projects which benefit the entire Virgin Islands community. With the hard work of a small staff and willing volunteers VIRCD lives up to its impact statement of making things happen.

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

Volunteering on projects has made me proud to be involved in activities that benefit the community.

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

I would like to see the membership and number of volunteers increased.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

VIRCD is a resourcesful , committed partner capable of impressive projects in the USVI. They are great to work with and they do good work!

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

Involvement with muti-million dollar projects aimed to reduce erosion to our fragile marine envirionment.

Ways to make it better...

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

do nothing

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I have been involved with VI RCD for several years and find that they really get things done! They go after and get grant funds to enhance the community and protect the environment. They received funds to develop a nature trail on St. Croix for all to enjoy and are currently working in several watershed to reduce the amount of sediment going into our marine waters. They are also working to increase awareness of the importance of leaving shells on the beach through the Leave Paradise in its place campaign. They put on a nonpoint source pollution conference and several grant writing seminars. These are just some of what they have been doing while I have been a member.

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

Seeing management measures installed and trails be built. I have also gotten some valuable training in grant writing and other areas.

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide more staff, volunteers and resources so that they could do even more!

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I like how this organization can pool together its resources -- i.e. financial, human, etc. -- in an effort to provide solutions, recommendations, that can have territory-wide impacts. I have benefited from the many trainings, grant-writing, capacity-building, nonprofit managemet, etc. this organization have sponsored over the years. It is good to see community-minded individuals coming together to make things happen.

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I have received invaluable information, new skills were gained, and networking opportunities were achieved due to my participation in the various trainings sponsored by this organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would help to enhance the diversity of the organization.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

VIRC&D.... truly 'Make Things Happen' in the U.S. Virgin Islands with 2 employees and a handful of volunteers.

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

their watershed stabilizatiion efforts, their reef education, public outreach in their "Leave Paradise in its Place" campaign, Non-Point Source Pollution conference etc, Youth Conservation Workshops, etc.

Ways to make it better...

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

fund an administrative staff.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I am constantly amazed by the amount of good work such a small group of dedicated community members can accomplish. I received invaluable grant-writing and nonprofit management training that helped advance my career; and learned soil & water conservation techniques to protect & improve my property. V.I. RC&D matches resources [human & financial] to projects and helps grass-roots coomunity groups to organize and and run specific programs in our community.

The Great!

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

Raising awareness and increasing appreciation of Virgin Islands youth regarding the value of our natural & cultural resources and the benefits of agriculture & environmental sciences.

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

Increase membership and encourage members to be more active in the organization and its projects.

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