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GREAT RIVER GREENING
April 7, 2010

When I first volunteered with GRG, I helped remove invasive buckthorn in a park near the twin cities. It was a wonderful experience and I was extremely impressed by how smoothly the project went especially considering there were hundred of volunteers. At all the events I have volunteered at over the last five years, GRG has done an amazing job of getting the community involved in restoration work. I have been involved in projects that range from building rain gardens to removing invasive species and helping with erosion control. As an ecologist, I appreciate the work that GRG does at promoting native plants and wildlife and improving water quality in the region. GRG also does an amazing job at reaching out to the community and people who have never been involved in restoration work. After I volunteered a few times with GRG, I became a volunteer supervisor and helped lead groups of volunteers at the events. Being a supervisor really showed me the impact that GRG has on the local community. I have had the opportunity to hear the stories of dozens of volunteers including those of elementary school students who can’t wait to show their friend the rain garden they helped plant, those of employees of businesses located across the street from a restoration event, who are excited about going on walks in the newly restored area during their lunch breaks, and those of teenagers who had never thought twice about the parks next door. By making the tasks at each volunteer event straight forward and having the work broken down into tangible units, GRG allows people with any background to make a significant impact on the environment and to feel a connection with and a sense of ownership of their public lands.

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

being able to work with people with different backgrounds and getting people excited about their local environment. It is also wonderful to see the impact a group of volunteers can have just working a few hours on a Saturday morning.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped with a variety of restoration work including planting native plants, removing invasive plants and helping with erosion control along trails. As a volunteer supervisor, I have also helped lead groups of volunteers at various events.