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Review for Surfrider Foundation, San Clemente, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I came in to help with a logo design to Ban the Foam (a motion to ban styrofoam in areas of California) and I had a wonderful experience working with this organization. Surfrider has been behind many great motions to keep trash - especially plastics and foams that don't biodegrade - out of our oceans. They create a huge impact with a very small budget and lots of dedicated (and friendly!) 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?

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?

2011

Role:  Volunteer

Review for TreePeople, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

Tree People does a wonderful job with education. Their primary focus at this time is in education about watershed functions. To do this, they have a large plastic suitcase that shows how trees absorb water or contribute to groundwater supplies. It is interesting, but gets a lot of puzzled looks because most people approaching the booth want to learn about trees. Perhaps coupled with a display/infographic that gives some great talking points/numbers/information about Tree People displayed for passers-by, the entire outreach would be more successful. (as a side-note, since there is so much explaining to do, volunteers spend a lot of time talking and interacting, but quickly lose the interest of passers-by).

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer

Review for TreePeople, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We went on a treepeople tree care outreach, and it was a lot of fun and a lot of great information. In one morning, with hands-on work, all of us learned more about caring for trees (such as how to add mulch, prune, and what to look for in healthy trees) than I had ever thought to know! I was even able to use some of this knowledge on my own plants and trees at home.

Great fun, and a real-world way to help out in Los Angeles.

Their website has events for city blocks, as well as plantings in parks and even in the mountains. I already signed up for a tree planting in the Angeles forest!

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

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

Have more information on hand about the company. Also, more information about how I might be able to plant trees on my block too.

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

I learned great things about tree care that I can apply to my own garden and home area!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It felt great!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & I helped care for trees that had been planted last year as part of a tree care outreach.