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Save The Bay
April 13, 2010

I am both a regular volunteer and donor for Save the Bay. As a volunteer for at least the last 3 years I help out at the Palo Alto Baylands native plant nursery with anything that needs to be done: seed collection, plant propagation, weeding, planting on the levees, repair and upgrade projects for the nursery, etc. All of my volunteer experiences have been very enjoyable and I always sign up ahead of time for as many Wednesday afternoon workdays as possible. Everyone on the staff who I have met has always been friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, and it has been great working with all of them. Besides some good physical workouts, fresh air and sunshine on the planting days, it has given me an opportunity to test out some of my own new open space restoration tool designs such as a specialized hole digger for planting the young plants from the nursery along the levees. And it's a great opportunity to learn to identify some of the native (and non-native) plants from first hand exposure. That too has helped to encourage me to develop an on-line plant name learning game for the benefit of those like myself who find it rather challenging to remember names. As a donor I have made strong contributions for the last 10 years. I'm happy that I have been able to support such a worthy organization and can readily see with great confidence that the money has been well spent. Save the Bay has also been a driving force for cleaning up trash from the Bay Area waterways and reducing waste from sources like plastic bags. I have participated in numerous on-line campaigns such as writing a letter to city council members asking them to support an ordinance to require a fee on plastic and paper bags. I have also helped out photographing parts of the Guadalupe River and Coyote Creek and contributing my photos for the trash hot spots identification section of the Save the Bay website. Newsletters, email and the web site have been invaluable sources of information on other issues and ill-conceived development plans that would cause irreparable harm to the Bay and surrounding wetlands, such as the San Francisco airport runway expansion attempt a few years ago and the recent Redwood City massive development proposal. Save the Bay is an essential watchdog over those who work ever so diligently to damage and degrade our environment for nothing more than their own personal profit and selfish retrograde agendas. As an avid natural wonders, plant and wildlife enthusiast I'm thrilled to support and be a part of the fantastic work that Save the Bay does. Open space restoration has become the focus of my life and I know of no better reward than to see the improvements that Save the Bay brings to the quality of life for the plants and animals that depend entirely on a healthy environment for their very existence. I will continue to work with and support Save the Bay for as long as I am able to do so.

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

Hands-on experience, getting down in the mud, mingling with the reptiles, and enjoying the great outdoors with other like-minded people.

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

The best...friendly, fun, knowledgeable, helpful

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I'm a regular volunteer at the Palo Alto Baylands native plant nursery and 10 year plus donor.