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April 15, 2009

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April 15, 2009

WAGES helps low income women improve their lives and their livelihood, through green jobs. WAGES seeds cooperative businesses in which women are worker owners, get benefits, make a decent salary, and protect the environment -and their health! by using eco-friendly cleaning products. I understand that most of these women more than double their income by becoming worker-owners of their own cleaning businesses. How cool is that? WAGES deserves to be the winner of the "green choice contest" as they are helping the planet every bit as much as they are helping deserving, hard working women. Go WAGES!

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

I have met some of the women that WAGES has helped become worker owners of their own eco-cleaning businesses, and they speak very highly of WAGES' impact in their lives. To me, this is the best, most significant testament of what WAGES does.

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

I have the utmost respect for WAGES' unwavering, mission-driven commitment to help improve the lives of the people they serve through their ingenious eco-friendly cleaning co-ops model. This organization, every single day, has a direct positive impact in the lives of many hard-working women. I believe in what they do, and I believe in the people involved in carrying out that mission.

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

The people there are simply awesome, although there are a few new staff whom I haven't met yet. I don't doubt they are every bit as great as the rest.

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

I think they would be able to replicate the model and bring more positive change into the lives of more persons, while sparing the planet a huge amount of toxins. If you have 10 million to spare, don't think twice. Give it to these folks!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 15, 2009

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April 15, 2009

I started volunteering with WAGES in early 2009 and it has been a wonderful experience for me. Through volunteering with Wages I have learned so much about coops and the many benefits of being a worker owner-from additional job security, health benefits, and empowerment. I'm learning tons and excited to continue volunteering with WAGEs!

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

sustained financial and personal empowerment benefits for the worker owners of mature Wages affiliated coops, as well as witnessed the opening of a new San Francisco Coop!

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

keep up the good work

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

hearing the worker owners stories and enthusiasm around coops

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

knowledgeable and passionate

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

help incubate green cleaning coops around the country and create wide spread change within the cleaning industry- an industry were sadly quite a bit of exploitation and pollution take place.

Ways to make it better...

Im still a relatively new volunteer, I look forward to working more with this organization in the future.

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

They have big goals and a small staff, financial constraints are always a challenge for small non profits

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

Eco-Friendly, Worker Friendly and the cleaning service is great quality- I have nothing but good things to say about what I have seen from Wages and their affiliated coops so far.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 11, 2009

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April 11, 2009

The more I know about this organization, the more incredible I think they are. WAGES helps low income immigrant women form their own green cleaning co-operatives. I know that's a mouthful, but they have a ton of integrity and tackle loads of social justice issues: *empowering women *immigrant rights *business development in low-income communities *use of co-operative models *green cleaning *making work for all people dignified The women in the WAGES-built co-ops enjoy substantially better income and benefits than they did pre-co-op, and as co-owneres, they have a much greater stake in their work.

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

...its continued growth! WAGES launched another co-operative this year and continues to build leaders at all of their affiliated co-ops.

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

...be quite proud. The staff at WAGES are all incredible and know exactly what they're doing.

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

...their commitment to tackle as many issues in the realm of social justice as they encounter.

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

...friendly, charming, committed, and busy.

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

...launch more co-operatives. With a housecleaning market full of green cleaning co-operatives, they could begin incubating green co-ops in different fields.

Ways to make it better...

...I spoke better Spanish. I would like to talk with the co-op members more.

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

...funds. Like all non-profit organizations, their donors are cutting back. As are all small non-profits, they already are lean and mean; I hope they manage through further belt-tightening.

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

...I'd love to know more about the training co-op members undergo prior to launching their co-op.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 9, 2009

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April 9, 2009

This is an organization that truly empowers community members and as such makes our community a better place enviromentally, financially as well as on the human level. My interest in volunteering at WAGES started when a close friend that cleans houses with regular non green products kept telling me of all thes symptoms that she has been having. I know she takes pride in her work but those products have taxed her health. WAGES is the alternative so that WAGES members can stay healthy, financially viable and consider the environment a top priority. Coming to the downtown office to volunteer is a fulfilling and great experience for me, people at the office are incredibly friendly and patient and they are so committed to their work.

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

the life changes to the coop members; they learn how to do their work in an enviromentally reponsible way as well as not putting their health at risk.

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

knowing that it is empowering the participants and that we are all contributing to act more respectufully towards the environment.

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

incrdibly generous with their time and paticience as well always very appeciative of the work done by volunteers. They also maximize their resources so that nothing is wasted.

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

have an even greater impact so that the practices could be adopted state and nation wide. The messages and the work should definetely be spreaded.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 9, 2009

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April 9, 2009

WAGES secures self-suficiency for immigrant women and contributes to a green and healthy environment by the services they provide. They innovative, precise and have a clear vision of community empowerment.

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

women obtaining sustainable jobs

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 9, 2009

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April 9, 2009

WAGES is a great organization with a dedicated staff working toward improving the lives of immigrant families across Northern California. An organization that helps with the creation of housecleaning co-ops they do not only provide financial assistance, but also provide women with business development training, personal and leadership skills. At the same time taking care of the environment by making the co-ops eco-friendly with the products and techniques the house-cleaners use.

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

the amount of help they provide to families across Northern California by providing working women with economic security to move their families out of poverty.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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