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Cascades Raptor Center
March 11, 2011

Volunteering at the Cascades Raptor Center since December of last year has been such an incredible experience for me. I was drawn to wildlife rehabilitation work, not really birds in particular, but I checked out their website and made the contact. Being an organization run by only three staff people and the rest volunteer, it's astounding how much is done by volunteers.
It is well-organized and the staff is always open to suggestions and new ideas.
I'm a certified bird geek now! The enthusiasm and dedication of the staff is contagious. They are open to questions, so that there is always an opportunity to learn new things on each shift.
The team effort of the volunteers downright blows me away. they have an amazing group of people volunteering there.
My main suggestion, if there was a way to do it, would be to offer a training as opposed to having volunteers train other volunteers. I feel that the training is variable depending on who trains you. Sometimes I am frustrated with things that aren't done as well as they could be. I feel that it could help if every volunteer was working from the same baseline of training.

The Great!

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

Seeing how much community support they have in donations and in-kind services donations.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have someone drop a bunch of money in their lap, so that they could hire a volunteer coordinator, put in a new septic system, and pay the bills that need to be paid.

More feedback

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

consistency in volunteer training

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

heading me on a path that is in alignment with my passion in life...

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I always feel better when I leave, even if I arrived exhausted, I work hard and put my all into everything I do there, and leave tired but happy!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & animal care volunteer with resident birds as well as clinic birds.