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MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue (a project of Community Initiatives)
March 28, 2014

MickaCoo is unique in that it addresses an group of animals overlooked by the majority of rescues. Not only does MickaCoo rescue, provide foster care and avian medical care, and find forever homes for domestic pigeons and doves, but they are changing the rescue culture by educating rescues and the public about these amazing birds. I am amazed daily by how much is accomplished on the tight budget they have. With only 1 paid employee, volunteers are critical to MickaCoo's success. They are exceptionally caring and devoted to making a difference in the lives of these beautiful, intelligent, and gentle birds. Imagine what they could accomplish with a larger budget!!!

Ways to make it better...

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

MickaCoo is so professional and devoted, I don't think anything would make it better except more volunteers and more money.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

MY ROLE:
Board Member

MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue (a project of Community Initiatives)
April 9, 2013

This unique rescue is the only one I know of that promotes the cause of domestic pigeons and doves. Like everyone else, I thought of the wild pigeons and knew nothing of the domestics. Elizabeth Young's enthusiasm is contagious, she is so passionate about the pigeons and doves. I caught 'the fever' when a homing pigeon, Little Cloud, came into my life. He adopted me, and we are both so very happy. He is a special member of the family. We want to share the domestic pigeon and dove story with everyone. They are smart and beautiful and make wonderful pets and companions. They are easy to care for, quiet, and calming. MickaCoo teaches anyone interested in adopting how to care for the birds and provide a safe enclosure indoors or out. This is a fantastic non-profit run by an incredible woman and staffed by devoted volunteers.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

CALICO Center
November 26, 2012

CALICO plays a vital role in Alameda County. Children pulled from a neglectful or abusive environment are brought to CALICO for counceling and evaluation. The staff deal compassionately with these fragile children in ways that support them and minimize the trauma they are going through. Each child leaves with a stuffed toy and a blanket (new) to provide a sense of security and love during a most difficult time in their lives. I support this organization and only wish I could do more to support their work.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue (a project of Community Initiatives)
October 3, 2012

I knew nothing about domestic pigeons and doves until I met Elizabeth Young, Executive Director of MickaCoo. She explained the plight of these lovely, intelligent, and very misunderstood birds. I began working with her and discovered immediately how dedicated she is to help these birds. She is a POWERHOUSE of energy and stops at nothihg to spread their news. Her small but growing team of volunteers (myself included) are motivated by her as well as the desire to save these birds. The team brings a very wide variety of skills and talents and an abundance of energy to work to save these wonderful animals. Please help us teach the public to once again revere these birds as they once were. There is even a pigeon on display in the Smithsonian because she was a hero in WW I and saved many American soldiers' lives. They need to be respected and enjoyed again.

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

By moving birds from my foster home to a perment home, by seeing money donated, and by scheduling lectures. I see other fosters' birds move into loving, forever homes.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find more volunteers and sponsors to provide in-kind services.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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

We do everything imaginable. If I think of anything else, I'll do it!

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

YES! I've learned how wonderful these birds are, and I've met great people who share the passion for helping the animals.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Gratified and frustrated. Gratified when I am able to help a bird, but frustrated that more people aren't aware of their situation. But we're working on that. Each time someone new says, "Oh, I didn't know that" I feel terrific that we are spreading the word.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I foster birds, spread awareness through organizations I am associated with and at public events, and help raise money for MickaCoo.