OEC is the first nonprofit I've been a long-time volunteer for (2 years!), and I plan on continuing my involvement as long as I am a resident of Oregon. In addition to giving my time, I also choose to donate to OEC on a monthly basis. Not only is OEC a driving force to preserve the health of the Oregon we love, but also a great organization to be an advocate for. I can't say enough wonderful things about the positive changes OEC is making, and also the genuine staff that personify the values of the organization.
Oregon Environmental Council is a wonderful organization. They do amazing work to ensure Oregon is a healthy place for every single person. I have volunteered with OEC for nearly two years, and it has been a great experience. The staff were very welcoming when I reached out to them two years ago to offer my time. They have offered me a range of ways that I could contribute my time, and I jumped at the opportunities on many occasions. It is so fulfilling to be able to take an active part in making this state great. I appreciate OEC, not only for their willingness and trust to let volunteers help in so many different ways, but also for making us volunteers feel a part of the OEC family.
I have supported OEC for over 10 years now. They consistently and effectively bring together Oregonians, who often have differing political perspectives, to find solutions to our most pressing environmental issues. The staff and board are smart, committed, and incredibly passionate about protecting this place that I love.
My organization collaborates with OEC on state transportation policy. In my experience, OEC staff are knowledgeable, pragmatic, and hardworking. This combination of qualities enables OEC to be extremely effective at improving policies in ways that will improve the environment and improve Oregonians' lives.
OEC has a long track record of driving big changes in Oregon, and it continues to be innovative and assertive in taking on emerging issues. I've been very impressed with its work to get toxins out of kids' products and create healthier daycares, protect clean water, and fight climate change. They are very smart and politically adept, and also exceptionally fair and balanced in the way they approach issues and create solutions that benefit Oregonians--from underresourced communities to businesses/employers. Their team is 100% committed. The updates they send are great summaries of what's happening in the environmental movement in Oregon.
OEC's ability to talk across industries and aisles is impressive! Conversations surrounding climate policy are seen through the lens of equity, diversity and inclusion - which is encouraging when we continue to see underprivileged communities disproportionally affected by climate change. From the Bottle Bill to the Clean Fuels Act, OEC is working towards a better Oregon for all!
I had the opportunity to intern at OEC this year and I loved it. I learned so much about environmental justice and the work being done by OEC. Throughout my experience there, I felt loved and supported. I appreciated the staff's honesty and desire to learn and grow. They were very flexible with my work schedule and always made sure that I felt supported. I am greatful for the opportunity I had this summer as an intern at OEC.
Volunteering at OEC was a great experience, the opportunity allowed me to have a deeper understanding about the environmental challenges we are facing statewide, and the progressive programs the organization continues to create to address them. They do a particularly great job making policy to find ways to better the quality of life of all Oregonians, and their work usually achieves what it aims for, or at least puts up a fight to try and do so.
The people I was working with was very resourceful and helpful, they took the time to get to know me and involve me in interesting projects.
They are growing and trying to expand their cultural competency, supporting the conversation around diversity, equity and inclusion, which I think is great.
OEC works to protect the quality of life of all Oregonians on all fronts. We're lucky to have a state Environmental Organization that puts in the time to know the issues and provides really meaningful education to citizens on issues that matter most in their lives.
I was first introduced to Oregon Environmental Council when I was serving in the Oregon legislature. OEC impressed me then as a thoughtful leader among Oregon's environmental community, with a balanced approach to environmental issues. As an OEC board member now, I am proud of OEC's commitment to the environment, to environmental equity and its record of achievement in the Capitol and across the state. OEC is a small organization that "punches above its weight" on account of the dedication and commitment of its staff and the strong network of volunteers who support it.
My husband and I have donated to OEC for many years, in support of their outstanding efforts to care for Oregon's environment. I am excited to now be a board member, and in this position I have a very clear line of sight to the workings of the organization. The management and staff of OEC are among the smartest and most dedicated non-profit teams I have ever seen. OEC's on-going successes in the areas of climate, toxics and water speak for themselves. Oregonians can rely on OEC to continue the forward momentum in these key areas of environmental concern.
OEC is truly a one-of-a-kind organization. In addition to leading the state on the most critical issues related to water, climate and toxics, OEC also supports diversity, inclusion and equity in the conservation movement.
Oregon Environmental Council is an incredible organization, serving Oregonians and this beautiful state while leading the way for global environmental progress. Having the opportunity to work with OEC this past summer as a volunteer was a wonderful experience, and one that I would recommend to everyone who is passionate about taking care of the environment in a collaborative, engaging setting. The organization’s professional staff members are a joy to work with, as they accomplish the remarkable goal of finding solutions for some of the largest and complex issues of our time. Thank you for the work that you do, OEC. Oregon is lucky to have you.
Oregon Environmental Council has a strategic vision for how to make Oregon a healthier, more livable state with a focus on key issues of interest. Their execution and results should speak for themselves. Oregonians may not realize how much work it takes to keep our state beautiful and our families safe. OEC is doing that work: from championing clean air policy to safe water and consumer products free from toxic chemicals, we're lucky to have a champion like this in our state. I've worked with several staff members on projects, and to a person, they are hardworking, passionate and smart. Keep up the great work!
The Oregon Environmental Council has changed the landscape in our state, in terms of raising awareness about the urgency of dealing with climate change. Perhaps more importantly, they engage citizen participation in the legislative process, and were instrumental during the last session of the state legislature in getting a comprehensive clean fuels bill passed. I was able to participate in some of their demonstrations in our state capital of Salem, and it was uplifting to join with people in a wide range of ages who are deeply concerned about and committed to leaving the planet in good enough shape for future generations to be able to survive and thrive. I highly recommend the OEC without reservation!
David Michael Smith
Oregon Environmental Council is led by some of the smartest folks I know. Their work is effective, strategic and has a real impact. Their team is easy to work with, great at what they do and they're making a real difference across the state.
OEC is arguably the most influential environmental organization in Oregon state, and is leading numerous policy and advocacy initiatives to clean up Oregon's air, land, and water. Their policy victories in Salem speak for themselves, but they are also an engaged and collaborative community member. OEC is also taking great strides to draw a wider swath of Oregonians into environmental and social justice dialogues, ensuring that healthier environments also lead to healthier communities and citizens. I am privileged to be a member of OEC's Emerging Leaders Board, and it is clear that OEC's vision is also gaining major traction with millenials, not to mention the state's business community. Expect to see OEC at the front of the environmental pack for years to come.
The OEC worked with us to put on a presentation this year about Healthy Homes - Living Toxic-Free. The presenter did an outstanding job, preparing for the specific audience very well, offering interesting, relevant information and materials.
OEC has been intentional about deepening their work at the intersections of racial justice and the environment, and I've appreciated the leadership to align our policy advocacy and cultural change work that is needed to keep Oregon healthy with opportunity for all.
I love OEC. I discovered OEC as a physician. OEC was dealing with health and environmental threats outside of the mainstream, separating out the real problems backed by good research from the flakey, before these real issues were acknowledged by mainstream health and science professionals. As long as I have been involved, I have not seen them compromise their principles. The conferences are great, great speakers and topics, and they practice what they preach about health and environment in the delicious lunches that go with them. For me, one of the most important things about OEC, is I feel comfortable referring to information from OEC when discussing issues with my medical colleagues— ie I trust OEC to only put forth legitimate information, based in good science.
I came to the OEC as Encore Fellow a few months ago. I knew little about the organization at the time but have learned a great deal since. OEC has made a difference for the people of Oregon by helping the state become a model for effective environmental policies that enrich the lives of all citizens. OEC helps get things done. It accomplishes its goals not only by making persuasive arguments but also by helping to empower people to achieve results that positively impact their lives. And it does all of this within a work environment that promotes initiative, collaboration and fun. OEC is a great asset to Oregon and an exemplary organization that others can learn from.
I work for a national, partner NGO and I am nothing but impressed at the capacity and demonstrated success of this organization. This small group of individuals has a large impact on any campaign they set their sights on. We are in the fourth year of a campaign where OEC has provided the strategy, coordination, technical expertise and outreach that is all needed to move the needle on an issue. When my organization is talking about other campaigns, I frequently find myself referencing the successful models I've seen implemented by OEC. Huge kudos to this valuable asset of the Oregon community.
Having recently completed an internship with Oregon Environmental Council, I not only enjoyed the creative ambience of OEC's working group of dedicated and vibrant professionals, but was made to feel right at home and was always considered as an important contributor to the team effort. The team effort here is no small item: OEC is at the forefront of coalition building for positive environmental change across the entire state of Oregon. Their efforts may not be of the flashy type so often hyped by some members of the environmental community, but they are real; backed by good science and built to last. I call this good work and I applaud OEC for tackling tough issues and designing programs that really work. Thanks guys!!
My first experience with OEC was in the 1980s when as a non-partisan legislative analyst I worked with the group on solid waste and recycling legislation. What attracted me to the organization was its fact-based collaborative approach. Over the years I have volunteered, served on the Board of Directors, and since my retirement from the board have worked with its staff on a wide range of issues that involve agriculture and Oregon's continued sustainable development. With nearly 30 years of experience working with the organization, I have come to rely on OEC as both authoritative and flexible in seeking long term solutions to the challenges facing both urban and rural Oregonians.
I manage civic engagement processes on major public policy issues. OEC has consistently been one of the most important participants in these processes because they are so effective and respected. Whether sitting on an advisory committee, bringing issues before agencies and decision makers, working one-on-one with peers and/or those who would be seen as "opponents," OEC staff and board members have always been among the most productive at achieving real progress in public policy. This is not only because they are effective at articulating and advocating for their positions, but because they know how to work in collaborative processes to seek and find solutions that are genuinely viable in the short term, while making sure decision-makers and other parties don't lose sight of the long-term goals.
I have worked with various OEC staff on different sustainability issues over the past six years. The staff is always very professional, dedicated and collaborative. They focus on getting good things accomplished without getting distracted or bogged down. They have shown great flexibility to work with different types of organizations and base their decisions and actions on good data and information whenever possible. They are a great asset for Oregon.
Toxins in our everyday environment and consumer products is an issue I prioritize, and unlike a lot of environmental organizations, so does OEC! I respect and appreciate the work they do in this area, as well as the profound strides they've made over the years in other sustainable areas on behalf of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. OEC's leadership is deeply respected and well earned. Thank you for all the fabulous work you do!
OEC's dedication to making lasting and meaningful change is extraordinary. Their focus on identifying critical problems and thinking through innovative and practical solutions makes them an obvious leader in the Northwest. One of OEC's most admirable qualities is the skill with which the organization builds statewide and regional coalitions—bringing together stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and with often diverging interests—to successfully address pressing environmental challenges. OEC is a genuinely inspiring group, and provides Oregon with great leadership in modeling just how effective a group of dedicated people can be in making their state a better place to live.
I've served as a volunteer advisor for OEC for the past two years. In that capacity, it's been clear that the organization is keenly focused on finding solutions to Oregon's climate and public health challenges in creative ways. The staff is highly skilled and balances issue advocacy with measured tactics to include the voice of all Oregonians in work around clean water, clean air, access to healthy food, climate change and other topics vital to the livability of the state. I plan to continue to financially support OEC's important work long into the future as an investment in Oregon.
I am a long time OEC supporter and contributor. I've appreciated their advocacy on a number of important issues facing the the state - water quality, air quality, climate change, and food supply. In addition to programs to help residents, OEC's persistence and follow through moving things through the legislative process is also important to me.
Simply put, Oregon would not be the great place to live in that it is without Oregon Environmental Council. I really appreciate the collaborative approach OEC takes to tackling the complex issues facing Oregon today.
OEC advocacy for all aspects of environmental well being are an continuing inspiration to me, even though I live in a small town in Nebraska. I would have been less likely to join our local Green Team six years ago without the ideas and examples of success that OEC provides. I post some of these to our FB page which get many likes.
I joined Oregon Environmental Council's board for emerging leaders out of a profound respect for the work they do. After seeing the organization much closer up, that respect has only grown. I consider OEC to be one of the most effective environmental groups in the region, with a huge impact on statewide policy. Worthy of your support dollars and time.
The OEC is an incredibly effective and welcoming organization.
For 46 years they have pushed Oregon to be national leader on environmental policies and they have succeeded. I have seen firsthand the work they do on the frontlines to advance groundbreaking legislation ranging from disclosing toxic chemicals that are in everyday products to developing statewide carbon pricing policies to help tackle climate change.
And the OEC’s work environment and staff aren’t too shabby either – the organization has twice been named the “best nonprofit to work for in Oregon.”
The staff of the Oregon Environmental Council are passionate about the topics they share with the public. The handouts give the audience information to refer back to as needed. Jen Coleman holds the attention of her audience and is always listed as one of the top speakers when the evaluations come in from the Yamhill County Master Recycler Program.
I'm a volunteer member of the Oregon Environmental Council's Emerging Leader Board (ELB), and am so impressed with OEC. The organization consistently works to improve life for all Oregonians through legislative action. OEC bring together people from all different walks of life to accomplish positive change for our state. OEC is a forward-thinking organization that is genuinely concerned about the environmental future of Oregon, as evidenced through the many efforts made to make Oregon better, as well as the existence of the Emerging Leaders Board!
As a former employee of OEC's, and now a donor, I can't say enough wonderful things about this organization. First, the leadership: strategic, disciplined and passionate about the environment and making Oregon a healthier place. Staff is smart and dedicated. The issues OEC tackles intertwine in the fact that they are all environmental issues that have a tangible impact on the every day lives of Oregonians. And the organization's history and list of accomplishments speaks for itself. OEC's work makes Oregon a better place to live and play, plain and simple.
The Oregon Environmental Council is doing extraordinarily important work to help advocate for a cleaner, healthier, more environmentally friendly future in the Pacific Northwest. I was particularly impressed by their initiatives in this recent legislative session to introduce and advocate for important new policies and laws related to toxic chemicals in children's toys. Their deliberate, thoughtful work to secure a cleaner, safer future for Oregon is greatly needed in the hyper-partisan, gridlocked world of local politics, and they are an excellent organization to endow to ensure Oregon continues to lead the nation in prudent stewardship of a healthy environment.
When I look to be involved or donate to a non-profit, I asses the organization by asking three questions:
1. Does this organization have a realistic and measurable strategic plan to guide them and help them achieve their goals?
2. What measurable results has the organization achieved in the past? What is their track record?
3. How proficient and effective is the staff that gets the work done?
By evaluating these three criteria before committing my time and money to an organization insures that I am making the greatest impact as a volunteer and/or donor. Not only has the Oregon Environmental Council historically and consistently exceeded in all of these measures, but they are an organization of proven leaders who inspire a shared vision for Oregonians, who challenge the status quo, and who enabling Oregonians to act by encouraging our hearts.
The Oregon Environmental Council knows where they are going and how to do it with their
Strategic Direction" plan; they have been the most effective environmental leader in Oregon with over 40 years of achievements; and their staff are some of the best around at what they do.
If you want to support an environmental organization who will tackle Oregon’s environmental challenges head on, who are experts in what they do and most importantly, get things done—OEC is for you.
I have worked with the Oregon Environmental Council for more than 30 years as a volunteer. I also served on the board for 6+ years. This is a great organization with dedicated and talented staff, strong leadership and innovative approaches to difficult environmental issues. I have been especially impressed with the initiatives OEC has undertaken to limit exposure to toxics and to protect water quality in Oregon's rivers. The organization works in a very collaborative way with a variety of organizations--business, industry and other nonprofits-- to promote solutions that are good for both the environment and the economy of Oregon. OEC is active at the state policy level in advocating for laws that protect the environment, while, at the same time, educating citizens about specific actions that can be taken on a daily basis to achieve positive environmental outcomes.
I have been a volunteer with OEC for three months. Staffs are very warm, helpful and always appreciate efforts made by their interns and volunteers. I started with researching on water related projects and later, the event planning team graciously brought me on board for assistance with their annual event. They have great volunteer/intern coordination to ensure the interests of volunteer/intern are met.
It is amazing how OEC, as a tight organization, is capable of working on a variety of environmental issues, reaching out to the public/community, and moving environmental agenda forward in the legislature/policy side. I have learned a lot on water policy issues, as well as operation of non-profit organization. It has been a very rewarding experience for me to volunteer for OEC.
OEC has an extraordinary model for moving the environmental agenda forward in Oregon. I'm so impressed with their structure and their depth of expertise by their program directors. They understand the crossroads between policy and politics and always shoot for that next horizon. I loved working for them when I was their legislative director for four years and enjoy the continued relationship as their contract lobbyist.
I recently worked with the Oregon Environmental Council to help Multnomah County move ahead on a hazardous chemical reduction strategy we call our Healthy Purchasing Initiative. Support from OEC's outstanding staff--including policy research and stakeholder coordination--was instrumental in moving the project forward. It has been great for me and for the county to have their help over the last several years on a whole range of issues. OEC is a partner we know we can count on and I highly recommend them.
As an event planning and development intern at Oregon Environmental Council, I had a chance to interact with all of the staff. The staff culture and work culture are the best I have ever seen. The quality of the work they produce is top-notch, and I believe it is a reflection of that organizational culture. OEC's program priorities will truly protect the state I love for my grandchildren's grandchildren. OEC is one of the most impressive non-profits I've ever come across, and I'll continue to support them as long as I am an Oregon resident. Volunteers will have a wonderful experience with OEC and volunteering is a great way to contribute to this magnificent organization.
As the Sustainability Program Manager for Cambia Health Solutions/ Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, I really value the work that OEC does at the intersection of the environment and human health. They fill an important niche that other environmental and health groups do not. They take complicated subjects and make them accessible so that people can understand them and take action. I appreciate the leadership role that they've taken especially on the topic of green chemistry. OEC staff have been a great resource and sounding board for me.
I had the opportunity to volunteer with the Oregon Environmental Council for 8 months on a project-by-project basis (i.e. anti-idling campaign report and municipal sustainability progress report), and it truly was an honor and privilege to do so. This is a group of dedicated and passionate sustainability professionals both inside and outside the office, and I highly recommend collaboration with the OEC whether as a volunteer or via partnership. Their work makes a difference, volunteers are involved in hands-on projects relative to their interests, and the learning potential is seemingly endless.
Oregon Environmental Council works to create a healthy environment for all Oregonians, whether it's lobbying to get rid of BPA in baby bottles, working to clean up Oregon's rivers, educating citizens about the importance of buying food grown locally and working to help people reduce their effect on Climate Change. These are just a few of the things OEC does for Oregon and Oregonians.
I am a long time member of the Oregon Environmental Council, as well as a financial supporter, because of the valuable work this organization does. OEC retains a dedicated and skilled staff, experts in their individual fields, while at the same time skillful management keeps operating costs low. They have an excellent record with both programs and policy work. I have tracked their success' over the years and I've noticed that their particular skill is bringing people together to make things happen. The everchanging environmental agenda, along with a fluid political scene requires skill, tact, commitment and long hours of work all of which they seem to do gladly and efficiently. Oregon is well rewarded by their record of success. P.S.
I have volunteered at the Oregon Environmental Council for the past 6 months and have found the opportunity to be very rewarding. I am assisting in the research and writing of a policy paper. I have been impressed by the level of responsibility I have been given. The staff at the Oregon Environmental Council have been very professional and supportive. All-in-all, an excellent place to volunteer!
OEC staff Jen Coleman has given very informative presentations to the Master Composter/Recyclers at our annual training sessions. Jen's presentation style is dynamic, enjoyable and informative. Some comments from the class evaluations attest to this quality:
“informative, easy to understand, well organized”
“great energy and passion”
Thanks Jen and OEC!
As a banking professional with a focus in nonprofit organizations, I have great respect for Oregon Environmental Council. Whether we are a sponosor of one of their events or volunteers at their event, they have a high level of professionism. They have passion for their mission and it is carried through everything they do as well as carried through their supporters.
I volunteered as a design intern at OEC last summer. From the first day on, I was so inspired by the staff's passion for their work. They are dedicated, intelligent, kind, funny, and creative, among other things. I couldn't have asked for better people to work with. I didn't want to leave when the summer ended and I had to return to classes. I learned so much, not only about design, but also about important environmental issues in Oregon. Thank you OEC for such a fantastic experience!
We became members of Oregon Environmental Council in the early 1970s, when it first was created. I worked in the Oregon Legislature in 1971, when Oregon passed its initial "bottle bill" with OEC as the prime sponsor. Over the years, OEC consistently has been at the forefront of those working to protect and enhance the environment, advocating its positions strongly while retaining credibility as a sophisticated "non-fringe" organization.
I teach environmental science at a community college in Portland. Jen Coleman from OEC has given several fantastic presentations to my classes about the chemicals and other toxins found in personal care products. Her presentations are fantastic and inspirational, and give us the 'cold hard truth' a in straightforward and easy to understand way. These presentations are spreading a very important message into the hands of the community.
As a volunteer writer and researcher for OEC, my experiences have been superb! The staff is so friendly and very much a team...if my question or request needs to be answered, I may be working with someone new every time! It shows that all of OEC is intelligent and in the loop about all the current topics. Its great getting to know the team! With such interesting research ideas, I'll continue to contact OEC for the educational opportunity in working with my community....sustainably!
I first found out about OEC in 2010, when I was concerned about bisphenol-A in children's products and food, and found out that Oregon was considering a ban on BPA. I connected with OEC when I wanted to testify as a citizen at the Legislature in Salem in February 2010, as well as writing letters to the editor and calling representatives. After that bill failed, I testified again in 2011, again with helpful support and resources from OEC. After that statewide bill failed narrowly, a similar one was considered in Multnomah County. I was able to testify as a citizen and this ban passed unanimously and has now gone into effect as law. OEC has shared resources and studies that illustrate the concerns of chemicals in consumer products, let citizens know when crucial hearings or votes take place, and worked tirelessly to make our community and environment safer. I'm so grateful for their studies and focus on dangerous chemicals. Not all of us are scientists or legislators but everyone deserves safe products and to participate in our political system. Thank you to OEC for everything they do.
I have worked with OEC for the past 7 years. They do really wonderful work, and their staff is just superb. They are true leaders on issues like climate change and toxic chemicals. One of the best organizations that i know.
Oregon Environmental Council is one of the leading conservation nonprofits in Oregon, and has a long history of being effective. They do a good job bringing together the diverse aspects of the field: human health, clean water, healthy food--and are affective at bringing policy change about. A recent example is the Multnomah County ban on Bisphenol-A in child bottles and cups. They're strategic thinkers, effective advocates, and good partners.
I was an employee of OEC for 2.5 years, as the National Program Manager for the Eco-Healthy Child Care (EHCC) program. Created by OEC in 2005, EHCC helps early childhood learning environments be as healthy, safe and green as possible by reducing children’s exposure to toxic chemicals. I was hired in early 2008 to pilot this program in other states to confirm that the program model would succeed on a national scale. The EHCC program has proven to be highly effective in supporting child care professionals in making eco-healthy changes within child care settings. EHCC has received EPA’s 2006 Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award and the IPM Institute of North America, Inc. 2009-2010 Childcare and School IPM Recognition Award for its innovative and effective approach. In October of 2010, EHCC was transferred to Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN), a national non-profit organization. OEC is a strong organization, with a clear mission and motivated and effective employees. The EHCC program is only one of their many successful efforts; a model which is now practiced and celebrated nationally.
I began my time at OEC as an intern for a carbon reduction program and I was soon hired on part time after my internship was complete. I have since moved on from OEC but only after spending time on OEC's Emerging Leaders Board. I cannot speak highly enough of the value of that internship and board experience to both my professional and personal development. While many friend's internships at other organizations resulted in boring administrative tasks and paperwork, I was given significant responsibility and creative freedom to work on the project. It opened up so many doors, more than I could have ever imagined and I am lucky to have chosen a non-profit that does such important work for Oregon's environmental causes. OEC enacts real change in Oregon and truly safeguards what I care about most in the state. I highly recommend contacting and talking with the staff at OEC, regardless of whether you are interested in volunteering, interning or become a full time staff member.
The Oregon Environmental Council sets the bar for state-level environmental advocacy. A national leader on environmental policy at the state level, their work on protecting children and adults from the harmful effects of toxic chemicals in our everyday lives has been a model for other states, as has been their Eco-Healthy Child Care program. For over 40 years they have worked tenaciously to protect Oregon’s environment and people. But the importance of their work goes beyond the borders of the state. Through their collaborative efforts, OEC’s innovative policies and programs and practices have helped states all over the country. We are proud to work with the Oregon Environmental Council and appreciate how their work helps not only the people and environment in Oregon but contributes to good policy across the country, as well.
I recently moved to the Pacific Northwest and wanted to volunteer while looking for work and taking classes. OEC has a bevy of interesting initiatives and programs that I found interesting, so I inquired about volunteering. I was grateful that OEC made an effort to bring me on board and up to speed quickly, and I was impressed that staff brought a list of projects I could work on during my first meeting. OEC did a great job of aligning its needs with my interests and skills. All staff members were extremely appreciative of my time and effort, and I enjoyed interacting with other volunteers and staff.
After a layoff, I wanted to work while looking to get back into the job market - and my sister had heard about the Oregon Environmental Council - I looked at their web site and was very impressed with their work - after sending my info to them and speaking to them I started working as a volunteer - it was a great decision on my part, and I feel as though it's been a privilege working for this organization - I've been learning so much. This agency contributes a wealth of knowledge to the community, as well as changing lives for the better - and the staff is incredible. Working on the Media and Communications database I see many legislative successes and hope for the future. Most of all - attention is focused on areas that are critical - climate, water, food, air, energy alternatives, and so many other areas - that are so important for future generations, and they've been accomplishing this for 40 years with great positive effect.
As a graduate student in nonprofit management, I wanted to intern with an organization whose operations were of the highest caliber of professionalism, and I haven't been disappointed in any way with my experience at OEC.
A key element of professionalism, I think, is a focus on impact. It's easy--and dangerous--for staff to concentrate instead on internal operational efficiency and to lose sight of the bigger picture. But, maybe because it has such a passionate leadership team, staff at OEC do a pretty good job of keeping their daily activities aligned with the production of real-world results.
I'm involved with OEC's strategic planning effort right now, and it's inspiring to see the board in action--a great group of smart, passionate, and connected people. I'm looking forward to seeing the course they chart in the final plan, but I've already learned a lot from the process itself, and it's confirmed my sense that this really is a great nonprofit.