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Review for Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at the Heritage Rose Garden, many GRPC events and served on the board of this wonderful organization. Run on a shoestring with amazing employees and volunteers, the Conservancy works hard to promote the park and its features to children, bike riders, walkers, gardeners, exercisers, students, and many others who enjoy this ribbon of green through the middle of San Jose. The Conservancy also works hard to promote completion of the park's master plan with the city, donors and volunteers.

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?

A lot

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

Role:  Volunteer

Review for Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

For such a small organization, the Friends really put on a big show - the classes and summer camps offer great lessons to children about nature, the adult lectures are useful and inspiring, and Spring in Guadalupe Gardens and Pumpkins in the Park events get the public into the park and involved in fun activities. I've been involved with the Park for over ten years and step by step, GRPG is evolving into a great city center park for everyone.

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

seeing the park develop over time and the joy of the staff in making that happen.

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

dedicated, professional, and so committed to making the event and park a great place to be.

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

create an endowment that would help fund more staff who could then go after grants and funding sources to complete construction of the gardens and expand the educational programs.

Ways to make it better...

more people got involved in using and promoting the park.

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

connecting to those residents of the Santa Clara Valley who can afford to donate larger sums than the committed core donors.

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

There are only four people who are paid small salaries and who fill big shoes in providing the programs and leadership that is keeping the Friends of GRPG moving forward. These four people deserve more.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

Role:  Volunteer & I started volunteering in the rose garden, helped with events and have joined the Board.