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Park City Conservation Association
September 7, 2010

My experiences at Park City Conservation are some of the best I've ever had. Last year, I was a disgruntled freshman-going-sophomore looking for something that would keep me out of trouble and actually do something to help people. I found that at the Recycling Center. When I began to volunteer there, I was of course a little shy, but the fact that everyone there is so incredibly kind and willing to help a new person learn drew me out of my shell pretty quickly. This was completely unlike some of my friends' experiences at other volunteering places, at which the new volunteers (especially minors) are treated like second-class citizens. They even went way out of their way to be kind to me. I was nominated for the Silver Bowl award for Summit County, a annual award to one stellar volunteer in each county in Utah. I, incredibly, won, and because no one else was going to drive me, staff from the center went with me to Salt Lake City and received the award with me. And it wasn't only to volunteers that the staff were nice- every single time someone came up to one of the staff with a question, they answered efficiently and kindly. This is despite any personal trauma they may be facing, and despite the often precarious nature of Recycle Utah itself. Travelers from out of state, especially 'greener' states like California and Oregon have been awed by the amount of items Recycle Utah collects- and it's a nonprofit, unlike other recycling centers I've seen. Aside from it's incredible tenacity as a nonprofit, this organization offers a hand to kids who'd like to keep out of trouble, and to people (kids and adults) who are already in it. During my volunteering at Recycle Utah, I saw countless amounts of people there fulfilling their court-ordered volunteer hours. It's such a great resource, in both offering excellent recycling opportunities and a place to help bring disparate fragments of my community together. Because of all this, Recycle Utah gets a 5/5 rating in my eyes, and I hope to pull on some more work gloves soon!

The Great!

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

In my social life, for sure, as well as levels of self-confidence and, in retrospect, the level of camaraderie in my town.

Ways to make it better...

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

I'd make more signs to people might quit putting plastic bags filled with garbage in the office paper bin! :)

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

The people.

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

of all sorts, and always nice.

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

improve drastically on the amount of recyclables it can collect...sheesh, I'm not sure! It'd probably help bring better recycling to more of the state, and maybe more than that.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't have other things to stand in the way of me helping out!

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

finances, for certain, as well as being outside in the middle of December/January blizzards to schlep recyclables.

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

Recycle Utah is the best place to help out in town!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Helped out around the center, such as lugging recyclables to proper places, sorting.