My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, Inc., Lowell, MA, USA
LP&CT is an amazing organization. We found out about the organization (where we met Jane!) during a new-residence orientation the city put together when we moved here over 5 years ago - and have since volunteered both in-kind and within the annual fund. We liked everything the organization stood for; including helping build walkways along the water front, planting more trees in urban neighborhoods, and cleaning up parks and other open spaces. After doing many volunteer activities, we quickly realized that one of the main reasons we love the organization is because it truly causes notifiable change and improvements year after year that everyone around, including ourselves, can enjoy and make use of. We have been land stewards for a couple properties, taken part in various land/park /cleanups, helped renovate and clean one of the cities oldest homes with rich history (the spalding house), took part in group hikes and helped clear some hidden trails along the Merrimack river, and taken nature tours with LP&CT and other volunteers on Kayaks on the Concord river. We have seen for our own eyes that new beautiful walking paths have been created (along the Concord River), public artwork designed and now outside for all to enjoy, teaching and showing the public how to tap maple syrup (I learned myself!), raising public awareness about the asian long-horn beetle and the many benefits of protecting and adding trees to urban areas, constructing a new park along the banks of the Merrimack River, and helping renovate the Spalding house. I'm very selective of organizations I belong to, and this one is a no brainer because of the results delivered and the passion they have to really make the area a better place.
LP&CT also coordinates with other local non-profits to create synergies and link walkways. This organization also collaborates with similar land trusts in different cities/states to help improve other parts of the country as well. As long I keep seeing tangible improvements, I know my time and money is well spent.
I'm also a huge fan of water in general - and this organization really protects, cleans, and works hard to make the beautiful waterways truly accessible via new walk-ways and cleanups. I am very thankful we have an organization like LP&CT in our city, truly looking after making the city greener, and improvement the quality of life of its resistants - of which I am one of many!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
my improved quality of life in the city. I live in walking distance to downtown Lowell and often visit and walk through the Concord River Greenway. What was once exclusively an ugly parking lot, is now a beautiful path that all residents in the city can enjoy and take in breathtaking views of the Concord river which in the past has been a very hidden gem. I also frequently use the Concord and Merrimack rivers for water recreation, and so the frequent cleanups LP&CT has done has really helped.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
make it even bigger so that the many different visions the organization has can be completed even sooner.
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Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Met many new people, explored and cleaned open spaces/parks in the city I never knew existed, learned how to (and did!) tap my own maple syrup, learned many things about the asian long horn beetle
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Very good and self satisfying. Having a common purpose of Improving the environment by cleaning it up, helping create new public walk-ways along the water, protecting trees, and educating the public about all the benefits really brings a large sense of accomplishment.
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