Food and Water Watch Iowa has wonderful leaders that have trained and carefully helped me as a volunteer to write articles and promote clean food and water in Iowa. They are informed and professional at organizing and presentations are very interactive and effective.
I started interning with Food and Water Watch in October of 2020. I am having such a great experience with the organization! First of all, the org does such important work. FWW tackles consequential, high stakes issues that need to be addressed and they are not afraid to do so. FWW is serious about making real change, and as a volunteer/intern I can attest to this as I work on these campaigns. It does amaze me how as an intern I am working on campaigns that do have serious implications for the future of this country.
Furthermore, I have a great supervisor. Unfortunately, because of the nature of my internship, I do not get to interact with many folks at the org, but if they are all like my supervisor than I know they are doing well!
Overall, I constantly see movement towards change and it is testament to the power of the organizing that FWW does and the organization's commitment to bettering our world.
Over the years, attempting to make a better world for my family and friends, I joined and even started several organizations. For various reasons, despite the best intentions, many of these groups petered out, except for one: Food and Water Watch (FWW).
FWW works with local communities and government representatives to protect our environment and build a healthy, sustainable future. Although that is also the goal of many other organizations, FWW enjoys one particular advantage - its membership.
I have rarely had the privilege of working with such smart and dedicated and hard-working people.
Need to meet with your local, state or federal rep, virtually or otherwise? DONE.
Need constituent attendees? DONE.
Need phone callers, letters written to editors, visitors going door-to-door? DONE.
Need to support candidates who will lead the fight for infrastructure development,
public health and safety, and renewable energy? DONE.
Need to open your home to temporary FWW workers from other cities? DONE.
The energy and perseverance that the membership provides has enabled FWW to help municipalities take control of water and sewer systems from private for-profit corporations, to ban fracking and the spread of dangerous fracking waste into our waters, to stop the construction of accident-prone fossil fuel pipelines, and to promote green renewable non-polluting energy.
Food and Water Watch Forever!
I've been volunteering with Food & Water Watch for a little over a year, and am so happy with and impressed by the work they do and the projects I get to assist on. FWW has an incredibly strong commitment to engaging communities in their process, wherever they’re working. As FWW pursues different priorities across the country, the first step is always reaching out to residents in the neighborhoods most affected, listening to their feedback, and working with community members to ensure that local leaders are involved at every step. The issues FWW deals with are so central to people's wellbeing, and the organization is uncompromising in its commitment to fighting for the rights of all.
In addition to the on-the-ground organizing work, the resources FWW produces are incredibly high quality and reliable. I'll continue turning to them for information even after I’ve stopped volunteering.
I highly recommend Food and Water Watch. Their organizers are top-notch. Take Walker Foley and Alex Nagy for instance. I have marched in several rallies they hosted or sponsored They always had 500 or a few thousand participants, great chants, media attention, and police always found that people were not in the street unless it was carefully timed, intentional and safe, allowing to get the message to people in cars.
But that only scratches the surface of their work. They are having a real impact on state fossil fuel policy. They do it through marches and non-violent action, and advocacy. Last but not least they do it through capacity building. In 2016 I was a co-founder of Long Beach 350. Walker and Alex provided advocy and organizer training to us, and power mapping.
I really appreciate everything they did with us, and I look forward to seeing what great changes for the better that they will make in local and state fossil fuel policy.
Food and Water Watch has been helping the residents of Hudson County fight against a proposed fracked gas power plant. This plant would emit thousands of tons of pollutants into the air and endangering the lives of everyone in Hudson County. Food and Water Watch has been at our side throughout helping us organize and fight in a powerful way. I am indebted to the members of Food and Water Watch in their commitment to help us win this fight and defeat the construction of this plant.
I have been working with Walker organizing around issues of economic and housing justice, as well as mutual aid during COVID. He is a badass organizer and clearly dedicated to moving the world towards being a more just and more enjoyable place.
I give monthly to Food and Water Watch because they are doing incredible work to stop water shut offs during the pandemic. On top of their urgent water work, this nonprofit is taking on the fossil fuel industry and winning huge battles- stopping power plants and pipelines across the US. They know how to pick important fights, be strategic in battle and win. I donate to invest in our future.
Food & Water Watch has been great to work with in Iowa. They always provide really insightful, high quality research, particularly about the factory farm crisis in Iowa. Really appreciate their work!
I have had the pleasure of working with Food & Water Watch staff and fellow
volunteers on anti-fracking, clean water and community-aggregate clean energy campaigns. The assistance from staff and the confidence they inspire has enabled me, and other local volunteers, to approach our fellow residents on these vital issues in door-to-door canvassing, marketplace petitioning, etc. We are also encouraged to speak at local government meetings --- all of which develops our leadership. I have learned a lot and we are making an impact.
Food and Water Watch is a large international professional organization, that has
retained the fervor and passion typical of a local grassroots group.
There are very few national groups that truly encourage and support
local environmental orgs.
We were thrilled when F & WW's regional director, Eric Weltman, agreed to speak at
our local meeting, with only several days notice.
Sandra Kissam, Orange RAPP
F&WW shows up for all the right reasons. I have been impressed by this organization every time I see them speak on issues I care about. I joined them for a tour of areas adjacent to oil and gas fields to learn about the harms associated with gas storage and oil drilling and how I could participate in speaking to support a buffer zone. I read their alerts and they inspire me to get more engaged.
Food & Water Watch has been instrumental in the climate justice movement, being a reliable source for information and guidance for partnering organizations like Sunrise Movement. Their passion and power continues to build momentum for the movement at large and it's been a pleasure to collaborate and learn from them.
My time volunteering and interning at FWA was invaluable. I learned more about clean energy and the local and state political landscape than 4 years in higher education.
Food and Water is an exceptional nonprofit that speaks unapologetically to my values, which is rare for environmental nonprofits
Food & Water Watch is an incredible organization that does so much to uplift and educate volunteers and the community. I have phone banked with them and gone to several community volunteer meetings and each time I come away with so much more information about the causes they are fighting for. The staff are all incredibly passionate and never make me feel unintelligent for not knowing about or understanding a particular issue. They are on the frontlines and particularly with regards to the impact of gas facilities being too close to neighborhood communities.
Food and Water Watch is a great steward of my donation. I feel connected to their work and really appreciate that I hear from staff on all levels of the organization, not just the executive director.
I have been a supporter of Food & Water Watch for the last 5 or 6 years, but certainly more during the last year or two. I have been very impressed with the level of professionalism exhibited by this organization and it's leaders. I'm proud to have joined them as a co-sponsor of Empower New Jersey (People for Progress, Bus for Progress and Sunrise Jersey Shore). Empower New Jersey is a coalition of 80+ environmental/activist organizations who have come together to fight against fossil fuel projects. Food & Water Watch is one of the strong leaders of this coalition and the reason it continues to flourish.
Among other efforts, Food & Water Watch was a leader in the hard-fought effort to stop the permits that would have resulted in a new fracked-gas power plant in the North Bergen, NJ section of the Meadowlands. The Don't Gas the Meadowlands effort was extremely well-organized. It included a comprehensive, coordinated set of actions at the state, county, and local levels - protest marches (March for Our Lungs), mobilization of school children, garnering support of state legislators, town leaders (particularly in Bergen County), petitions, and call-ins. Food & Water Watch was - and remains - a key actor in the state-wide coalition of nonprofit groups called Empower New Jersey, a campaign (still underway in Oct. 2019) to persuade Gov. Murphy to enact a moratorium on all new fossil fuel projects in New Jersey until there are rules in place to achieve the Governor's own stated 100% clean energy goals.
The work of Food & Water Watch in New Jersey couldn't be more important. Its aggressive and effective advocacy gives Jersey residents hope that we can get elected officials to do everything necessary to reduce greenhouse gases, a main contributor to climate change.
They are doing great work on the ground, partner with communities, and follow through on their commitments.
I first discovered Food and Water Watch in 2011 when the fracking fight started in Illinois. In 2012 I delivered petitions to Walmart asking them to not sell Monsanto's GE sweet corn. Over these past years I've learned so much from the research that FWW makes available on the website and been encouraged to leave my comfort zone in many ways. I've signed petitions, written letters, made phone calls, learned to lobby and spoken with legislators, and spoken out about GMOs and fracking in public. I’ve collected petition signatures to label GMOs in Illinois, to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, and now to ban fracking in Illinois. Food and Water Watch doesn’t shrink from tough fights and stays true to its mission. I feel very good about being a member of FWW!
5 years ago I started to look for an organization working for social justice I could be a part of as an activist. I wanted a community of caring people with a high level of professionalism. I wanted an organization where I could participate in NVDA with sufficient resources to get the best lawyers when arrested!
In the last few years the effectiveness of F & WW actions has been profound. From the Monday calls to Governor Cuomo to pickets in front of wherever we find him in and around the city. And then standing firmly behind the leadership when one of them confronts Cuomo face to face. F & WW helped get fracking banned in NY State!
The NYC chapter of F & WW is a diverse group that reflects the city itself. It is a welcoming place. There is no clique culture. I like the monthly meetings and occasional party.
Most of the environmental groups work together on the issues of environmental justice , so I miss very little with my focus here.
I can be as active as I want. I can stay away and then come back and be just as welcomed. Not being a creature of habit, this works well for me. Sometimes I wish there were more civil disobedience actions, but that is mostly my own impatience with the state of denial of our governmental leaders. (I'm a Baby Boomer who demonstrated against the Viet Nam war, nuclear power plants, Secretary Califano, et al. Deja vu all over again?)
As a long time environmental activist I found the support and vision and leadership provided by FWW as an important and often critical component in achieving environmental and food & water protection goals (I.e. banning fracking in NY State).
And I am active with other organizations, an Al Gore trained Climate Reality Leader, NYSEC Environmental Stewardship Committee. ++
FWW is a critical and unique asset for us all.
I very much believe in the mission and the techniques of F& WW! They educate the public about dangers to the environment, and they smartly target the politicians who decide the legislation that will protect our food and water supply.
Interned with this organization my last semester of college and was one of the best experiences of my life. I still volunteer and go to events from time to time. It really strengthened my career path and helped me get a job in the community organizing field. I learned so much about local politics and is a great place to direct people who want to help in action against climate change in a more tangible way.
Food and Water Watch is doing very important work, raising awareness of climate change and actions needed to save our communities. They have a fabulous staff, lots of energy, and really know how to connect to the community. The work they are doing is URGENTLY needed!
My husband and I have contributed to Food and Water Watch for several years because they do such wonderful work on such an urgent issue. We are impressed by there work against fracking and pipelines in NY State, where we live. We have also attended rallies that they’ve organized and are impressed by their energy and organization!
I am so impressed with this wonderful nonprofit organization. Food & Water Watch is on the front line fighting to protect our citizens buy preserving America’s clean water and earth and fighting to repair the man’s made disasters to our environment such as Hydrofracking and gas and oil pipeline s . I have become a very active volunteer for this terrific organization
Food & Water Watch is a great organization which is a n advocate for protecting our nations food and water supply. Although a national organization , the have chapters in many cities and regions. Local activities of which I am proud to have partaken in many, include constant phone calls to politicians to support various bills and ban fracking, fighting privatization of municipal water supplies, fighting proposed new gas and oil infrastructure, stopping oil bomb trains and oil laden barges from docking in our beautiful Hudson River, picketing politicians fund raisers and speaking engagements to call attention to theses and other vital issues. Food and Water Watch has met with much success ion thesis issues. Proud to be a Long Island Chapter volunteer.
Food and Water Watch in Los Angeles has been doing some amazing, empowering organizing work in my community! Through the smog, urban oil drilling, and methane, FWW gives me hope and a toolbox of organizing strategies so that my voice is heard.
There are so many incredible projects that they are working on, but it's hard to not celebrate today's victory at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Over 40 members of the community went to the LADWP Board of Commissioners meeting at 9am this morning to give public comment in support of the Eland Solar Project, the largest and cheapest solar project in the history of the country. LADWP approved the project unanimously--in a victory that will be a roadmap for the rest of the country, showing that we can transition off of dirty fossil fuels and create great, unionized jobs in the process. Thank you for everything you do!
I've been a volunteer with Food and Water Watch (FWW) for over four years in Los Angeles. I continue to give my time to this organization because they are doing extremely important grassroots organizing work. My career as a volunteer with FWW began working on a food safety campaign, which brought together activists in the areas of labor, environment, and public health. I continued volunteering with FWW on other campaigns seeking to shut down dangerous infrastructure and expand renewable energy. Food and Water Watch practices a model of organizing that is extremely effective at educating and advocating for change while at the same time creating a community for people that is welcoming and safe. Whether its been making signs, speaking at a community meeting, or knocking on doors, I've always felt supported, welcomed, and empowered by this organization.
Food and Water Watch has honestly changed my life! I was intimidated by environmental activism, but knew in my heart that I wanted to participate and DO something. When I was introduced to the people at FWW, I became more at ease and comfortable with the idea of going out and talking to strangers about the climate issues happening in city. I learned how easy it is to get involved and how important it is to take action in your own city as those actions cause a ripple effect. The people that run FWW have a way of making volunteers feel comfortable and for me, I don't know everything there is to know about the little details of the political areas of environmentalism, but they've never once looked down on me for that; they educate others without demeaning them! I can freely ask questions without feeling dumb, and to me, that's SO important. FWW is like family now and I'm proud to stand beside them and fight to achieve environmental justice!
The team at Food and Water Watch go out of their to make themselves accessible to the community and welcome new people. They are helpful and engaging in guiding you through the work they do at FWW.
My community is being directly impacted by Costco chicken factories. and Food and Water Watch is doing a great job of community organizing! Thanks Food and Water Watch!!
Food and Water Watch has been a strong ally to our work in New Mexico. Our constituency works to protect water, human health and the environment from the radioactive legacy due to past uranium mining. Food and Water Watch has joined in our efforts without hesitation demonstrating their commitment to environmental justice communities across New Mexico. Working with Food and Water Watch has been awesome!!
Food & Water Watch has provided important leadership for our work to regulate dairy factory farms in New Mexico. Eleanor Bravo, their director, is one of the most respected advocates in our state.
I am a retired teacher who has volunteered with Food & Water Watch since 2011. It is a well-run, effective organization filled with dedicated people who have made me feel very welcome. I wish I had worked there.
Thank you, Food % Water Watch, for all you do.
This valuable organization works diligently to ensure access to clean water in the state of New Mexico. Thank you for all your efforts on behalf of our community!
I have been a regular volunteer with this organization for 5 years now. They do great work and get things accomplished.
Very valuable to have them fighting for us all in times like these!
Food & Water Watch is an amazing organization and they are indeed making our world a better place!
I've had the great pleasure of volunteering with FWW for several years to protect my drinking water supply from the ill-conceived Pilgrim Oil Pipelines project. It has been an experience unlike any other I’ve had with a non-profit, a true partnership. Matt Smith and his colleagues are professional, knowledgeable and excellent organizers. Working with FWW has empowered me to advocate for my community, to rally grass roots support, and to educate my elected officials about the complicated issues surrounding this pipeline project.
FWW knows the importance of working together. They joined forces to form the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline with 80+ other environmental, civic and faith-based organizations, and have built broad, bi-partisan support for sound environmental policies that will protect us all. Together we helped facilitate the creation of an alliance of 15 municipalities that partnered to help legally protect their water, property values and residents’ health. That is unprecedented!
Through this process I have met wonderful people who will be friends for life and together we have helped to grow a movement that is sorely needed right now. I started as a volunteer. I am now a donor and will be for life. Join us! Your support will be well rewarded!
Food & Water Watch came into my life when i started opposing a proposed oil pipeline in my neighborhood. They partnered with Sierra in supporting us and when the Sierra lead person left, Matt Smith of F&WW became our main source of support. Without Matt's experience and expertise and untiring efforts we could never have been successful in stopping this pipeline. He lead our meetings, gave us good advice, especially on organizing and NJ politics, helped us all learn new skills and made connections with many others around the area with whom we partnered successfully.
Now we are engaged in a similar fight to stop new gas-fired power plants and once again Matt is leading our efforts while making room for me to tackle issues and take initiatives.
F&WW remains focused on the key causes of climate change and water pollution and takes strong proactive action such as getting elected officials to oppose fossil fuel developments, while at the same time working hard to influence these same people to support renewable energy programs. They are one of the most effective organizations i have seen in terms of building grass roots support through door to door outreach.
Food & Water Watch made a MAJOR difference in my town and region, working extremely hard for three years to protect us from a big new threat to our safety, water supply, property values and peace of mind. In the end, at least for now, WE WON!
Out of the blue in 2014, we learned of plans to construct a massive, double-barreled oil pipeline directly through the middle of our residential neighborhoods and across our river and natural areas. No, no, no! Food & Water Watch in New Jersey had an immediate impact. They were a crucial, indispensable organizer of our community's efforts to oppose this big new threat. They helped tie-together the many active parts of our community, organized our weekly (and more) coordinating calls, worked extremely well with all partners and volunteers, constantly provided us with vital information, and much more -- too much to say in this short space.
FWW was a big part of many things we could not do alone. Maybe most importantly, they helped join-up the opposition by the other 50 towns along the proposed pipeline route. Strength in numbers, coordinated action! In addition, FWW staff helped the partners and volunteers follow-up on our commitments to act; they helped prevent crucial to-do's from falling through the cracks. At the heart of it, FWW was a moral compass, reinforcing our determination to stop the threat to our homes, our planet and our families.
The chief organizer at FWW during all this time in New Jersey was Matt Smith. I can not say enough how much I respect his professionalism, knowledge, determination and passion. We owe him and the whole FWW team a debt of gratitude for joining with our community, and winning.
The story does not stop there. FWW has new emerged as a major organizer against a new proposal for a huge gas-fired electricity plant about 10 miles from us, which would move our entire state backwards in the fight against smog, chemicals, polluted water, flood risk, and family health. Knowing that FWW is involved, gives me even more confidence to join the opposition to the new threat, because I know that with FWW, we've got more than a fighting chance -- we can really WIN!
Attached is a photo of our beautiful upper Passaic River at sunset on New Year's Eve, 2017. I took it with the peace of mind that we're protecting our Earth nearby our home. There is no new double oil pipeline running through it, churning it up, or leaking into it Thank you Food & Water Watch for your integral, powerful role in this.
They are one of the few national environmental groups that values and prioritizes organizing - and they win big victories. In New York, they played a huge role in winning the fracking ban and they continue to stop fossil fuel projects such as pipelines and other infrastructure that fuel the climate crisis. I'm a sustaining donor for their work and also work with them a lot. They rule!
What do I love about Food & Water Action/Watch-Fl.? Together Republicans and Democrats form bi-partisan alliances to S.ave O.ur S.unshine S.tate from the ravages of toxic land, water, and air pollution in our beautiful home, Florida. Our precious Florida is in crisis from toxic pollution! Our mission continues!
Mrs. Ginger Goepper, M.A.
1000 Friends of Florida Anniversary Club member, Florida Conservation Coalition Team member
Food & Water Action-Fl.volunteer, Nat'l.,Fl.,and St. Pete Audubon member,steward volunteer
Tampa Bay Watch member, volunteer, Imagine Our Florida, Inc. Wildlife Passages Co-Chair
Florida Humanities Council member, supporter
Treasure Islettes Women’s Civic Assoc.- Donations Team Leader/ Program Coordinator
Treasure Island Historical Society Board member - THIS Facebook page manager
I wholeheartedly support the work of Food and Water Watch. The core mission of this organization is to protect human health by advocating for clean water and safe food. I can personally attest to the fact that this organization is very effective in fulfilling its mission.
We are being bombarded with environmental hazards which threaten food, water and air. Our government is weakening or eliminating sensible regulations which were designed to protect the environment and our health. We can always count on Food and Water Watch to be on the front lines in protecting us.
Here in Florida, I have collaborated with Senior Florida Organizer, Michelle Allen to achieve a statewide ban on the dangerous practice fracking. Michelle is a dedicated professional who will stop at nothing to protect the environment and public health. She and her colleagues work tirelessly and enthusiastically to protect our environment and you. If you care about the future, I urge you to support Food and Water Watch either financially or through volunteer work with them.
The folks at Food and Water Watch are first class. I can't say enough good things about them. They are professionals who work hard to secure a safe and healthy future for all of us. They're smart, focused and determined. If you want protect our environment, I recommend getting in touch with this organization. They will give you the tools you need to make a real difference.
I have helped with office work, phone banking, public speaking, and recruiting volunteers. I am most interested and have been active in trying to prevent mining that leads to earth quakes. Oklahoma is a good example of this. I am also opposed to running pipelines across large parts of the country.
FWW is taking the stances no-one else is brave enough to take, and going about it in all the right ways! A great combination of grassroots and more establishment-aimed approaches.
Don't Frack Maryland campaign:
As a coalition partner (with health professionals), we worked with FWW on the first legislative ban in a state with frackable gas!!! Of the many coalition partners, FWW staff consistently maintained an uncompromising vision, based in the reality that there can be no compromise position on stopping fossils fuels. Period. And they serve it up straight. Thank you, FWW!
Thank you, also, to our neighbors, PA and WV, on whose backs much of the environmental health research was produced and which was critical in our successful campaign. FWW knew and respected this ever-growing body of documented harms to public health and the environment, and in this, they were exemplary.
This is a great organization. I am a video producer and have works with Eleanor Bravo many times on projects. New Mexico and with all it's treasures are under attack by greedy energy companies. They have no concern about the side effects of their work. Support this organization to give New Mexico a better future.
I spent a summer working with Food & Water Watch to organize for protection of public and affordable water utilities, as well as supporting the national OFF Fossil Fuels campaign. This organization consistently focuses on the people and communities influenced by political decisions, an important aspect of policy-making that has gone out of focus of many other groups. Food & Water Watch exposed me to community organizing, petitioning, lobbying, and political power-mapping in just a few short months. Right away, I felt very connected to the local and national missions of the organization, and that I could make real impacts in our larger community. I was enthusiastic and optimistic about our efforts from start to finish!
I worked with a super-star team at their Chicago office. As Midwest Region Director, Jessica's expertise in community organizing is unmatched and her commitment to the causes in which she participates is contagious. Everyone who works there does so as a team, and performs at the level of an organization with twice the staff or resources. I genuinely enjoyed the opportunity to work with Food & Water Watch, and fully intend to work with their Chicago office in the future!
I interned for Food & Water Watch in Denver and had an amazing experience. I learned so much about organizing work and the incredible ability it has to empower local communities and drive progress on really important issues. As a result, I felt more confident in my abilities to make an impact and contribute to causes I'm passionate about in a tangible and meaningful way. I'm very grateful to have an extensive understanding of grassroots work and to this day, believe organizers are some of the most inspiring people out there. Thank you, Food & Water Watch!
Food & Water Watch does a great job focusing on the right issues, devising pertinent strategies, and persisting with sustained action and coalition building. They are data driven, bold, and politically astute. They sustain volunteers with excellent tools and work to continuously improve.
It was an amazing experience to volunteer with Food and Water Watch for the People's Climate March in Chicago this year. Being a part of the work for banners and signs and getting the message out was inspiring, and seeing the unity of the March with all the front line communities was an unforgettable experience. FWW has helped me understand why climate justice is important to me, and I'm very glad that I've had the opportunity to work and learn from incredibly kind and strong environmental activists.
I have struggled with a lifetime of health issues. And as I researched and understood those problems, I discovered how much food and climate were an ongoing part of why so many people are chronically sick. As I managed to improve my health, and begin looking for ways to get involved in the fight, I found Food and Water Watch. It was a natural fit. I slowly got more involved in the local chapter, and became a regular volunteer. I also participate in various other groups for political change, and I think that more than any other group, I see these amazing people represented at events all over town, fighting for a sane and healthy planet.
I love their distributed work to volunteers model. I end up suggesting their tools and methods to other groups all over town in fighting for change. I couldn't be more impressed with using a little money to do an incredible amount. And I don't think I have seen a group whose impact is greater around town.
And on top of all that, they're just the nicest people ever. When you do something amazing for them, they share ideas for how to use that talent in other aspects of life. For example, I did a painting for them, and they were impressed, so they just started sharing with me places they knew of around town that sometimes allow artists to show their work, in the hope that it would increase my happiness and success. Their kindness is amazing, and working with them gives me hope for those of us who have struggled with the illness that comes of our unhealthy world.
Volunteering with Food and Water Watch has changed my life. Not only do they support great causes, but the organizers are fabulous leaders and awesome to work with!
I first "met" Food&Water Watch when I attended a presentation on fracking waste at a local library. I knew a lot about fracking and gas pipelines, but I knew very little about fracking waste. I hoped I might find out more about the location of proposed pipelines. An hour later I'd forgotten all about the pipelines and was ready to sign up to get more involved in banning fracking waste from my town. I waited impatiently for the email telling me what the next step was. By the third meeting of our small group we had collected hundreds of signatures, including the mayor's, and were ready to present an ordinance to our town council last summer. That is still in progress. None of this would have ever happened without an amazing volunteer coordinator/lecturer/mentor from Food&Water Watch with a tremendous amount of experience and materials to support us. When we were able to speak at our town's ordinance review committee last month I felt prepared. When the legal questions came I was so proud to ask if the expert we had brought along could help us answer those questions.
I don't think our town council had ever seen that type of legal expertise from a local group trying to present an ordinance draft. The looks between council members were priceless. The mayor's office was very happy to have her help them with legal experience in fracking waste bans.
I'm not sure how our ordinance will fare but I am optimistic; in the meantime this non-profit has been instrumental in passing a similar ordinance covering all five boroughs of NYC. They have already helped five other towns do the same in my state and several hundreds towns in a neighboring state. As a concerned citizen with no prior experience in changing laws I never would have expected to be this successful on my first try. But with F&WW's expert mentor and experience to support us it has become possible. I have already helped another town to get started with what I have learned.
Food & Water Watch has been a tireless companion in our effort at local town levels to get ordinances in place to ban fracking waste from coming into, or being used in our towns. Jen Siskind has been, and remains, a bottomless source of information and energy in this effort. And because of Food & Water Watch's involvement, we are succeeding!
I've been extremely impressed by Food & Water Watch for over a year now. Their mail-out information was very detailed and precise and first drew my attention to the important issue of fracked gas pipeline expansion and waste disposal. I found their members were willing to go and speak all over my state and help people to take local grassroots action. They are supportive with advice and data. They personally helped me try to work in my area. And I know they're working hard all over the country and have been out at Standing Rock, too!
I was able to spend a fantastic summer volunteering with FWW. This organization has an important environmental mission and I thoroughly enjoyed being apart of issues on a national and local level. By volunteering I was able to learn about the process of protesting and educating others on things that matter. Eleanor and Lars are absolutely fantastic, experienced, and intelligent leaders. I was able to attend protests against Fracking on Public Lands, and organize phone banking events. I also got to table at Grower's Markets. This was extremely informative. FWW provides hands on opportunities to volunteer and a staff with passion that is hard not to admire. No other nonprofit I've volunteered at has so much trust and reverence for their volunteers. By being given responsibility I was able to help vocalize the injustice of the oil and gas industry.
Food & Water Watch has helped me open my eyes to the fracking problem here in New Mexico. With Eleanor & Lars' support we have been making inroads with our local politicians to understand that water is more precious than oil.
I first read of FWW from a letter Eleanor wrote to our local newspaper & then heard her speak at our County Commission meeting and got her business card to follow up. Her assistant Lars' youthful exuberance towards these important issues reminded me of myself 40+ yrs. ago.
I must thank all at Food & Water Watch for having such astute employees leading the charge to ensure all of us a cleaner environment.
I've been volunteering with Food & Water Watch for 3+ years. It's been a terrific experience. The staff is friendly and supportive, always willing to assist with materials, expert advice, instruction and their personal time. I love the way they provide support at the grassroots level and are inclusive with individuals and other organizations. They've also included me in staff training, which has been greatly appreciated. Working to label GMOs, support better food policy, protect against privatization of public water and ban fracking waste importation (my state has no drilling) and build national support to keep fossil fuels in the ground, fracking out of national parkland and move to 100% renewables without compromising their integrity or policy is why I will remain involved with them far into the future.
I began volunteering with Food & Water Watch to label GMOs. I am deeply impressed with their integrity, the accuracy of their information and the positive way that they interact with volunteers and other organizations. I repeatedly hear comments about how respected and well-received this organization is from other volunteers, the general public, fellow advocacy and environmental groups and elected officials. Through their printed materials, also found on their website, I have been able to inform and educate hundreds of people at table-ing events. Myself and other volunteers have participated in phone-banking sessions, letter writing events, public rallies and coordinated community events. Staff members and directors have always provided great support & assistance. This organization champions so many great causes (ban fracking and fracking waste, prevent water privatization, take back the tap from bottled water, improving our food supply through activism on USDA, FDA policies and congressional legislation) that I will enjoy volunteering with them for many years to come.
Food & Water Watch, along with Local Water Alliance, was responsible for galvanizing support for a ballot initiative in Hood River County, Oregon that banned commercial water bottling, throwing a stick in Nestlé’s wheel as it attempts to build a water bottling plant in Oregon. The people who work for Food & Water Watch are down to earth, strategic, and truly care about protecting the American peoples’ drinking water. It is a great organization to stand behind.
Lena Smith of the South Jersey/Philadelphia region provided countless hours of guidance as well as resources in our communities' fight to protect our waters from Transco/Williams and New Jersey Natural Gas' unnecessary methane infrastructure build up.
She is still giving of her time and wisdom. Helping with planning and handling things like press releases.
I had the opportunity to intern with Food & Water Watch twice and I can honestly say it has been one of the most challenging, valuable, and educational experiences I have had during college. I enjoyed interning for Food & Water Watch because of the strong stances they take in order to protect the environment, our consumer choice, and public health by fighting hydraulic fracturing, water privatization, lack of funding towards water infrastructure, excessive pesticide use, harmful trade deals, and more. Moreover, I gained many skills through my work at Food & Water Watch in terms of advocacy, organizing, communication, and writing. I highly recommend learning more about this nonprofit organization and volunteering for Food & Water Watch if you believe in these issues!
I got involved as a volunteer with FWW about 6 months ago because I was worried about fracking coming to Maryland and in particular Frederick County. Their support in organizing and executing actions and their leadership on the issue has been invaluable. I particular, I have been working closely with Thomas Meyer, who is professional and knowledgeable. I am so incredibly grateful for FWW!
I have been working with FWW for several years and they are effective, hard working and fun. Lena Smith is who I work most closely with in my area and she is very talented and supporting collaboration across multiple organizations to facilitate policy and management changes that will protect you food and water.
Holding ourselves and our leaders accountable is the purpose of my activism and FWW is an organization that truly helps me accomplish this goal. I am most grateful.