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Save The Manatee Club Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: Manatee protection and preservation

Programs: Education and outreach: work to educate the general public, special interest groups and students through a variety of programs and materials designed to provide information on manatees and their habitat.

membership services: provides the committed constituency for the membership base needed by the club to achieve its manatee protection and preservation objectives.

conservation: acquisition of data, including the sponsoring of research, upon which to base policies and decisions of the club and other entities, including various levels of government.

manatee merchandise: educational and promotional items designed to communicate the club's message concerning its activities in protecting and preserving the endangered manatee.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began by volunteering in the office doing various jobs such as stuffing envelopes. Recently, I volunteered for the first time at a festival and really got to see what it was all about. If you are looking for a great organization to be apart of, while seeing what a difference it makes, Save the Manatee Club is for you! Great, people to volunteer with as well!

1 Christina96

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Definitely one of the most fun, and hardworking non-profit programs out there for animals! You don't even have to be a local to be a member or a volunteer or adopt! Check them out today, and see what you can do to be apart of a great team and for a good cause!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a Save the Manatee volunteer after observing a recently released manatee, Pixie, in Blue Springs. Pixie ended up back in captivity for rehabilitation and I wanted to get involved and do what I could to help.
I am so impressed with SMC's recent advocacy for more sanctuaries in Three Sister's Springs and advocacy against the proposed downlisting of manatees from the Endangered Species list.
I appreciate their partnerships with other organizations who are providing rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured manatees.
The website is very user friendly and provides a lot of educational information as well as webcams and links to track the tagged manatees.

SMC attends events to promote awareness and education and works to change policy for continued protections. I am honored to be a part of that.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year, I started volunteering with Save the Manatee Club. I care deeply about the potential loss of all the beautiful species of animals that took billions of years to evolve alongside us. As a resident of Florida, I can do something directly to help a beloved species here that is threatened. Save the Manatee Club is a great group of caring individuals who rescue and help to rehabilitate injured manatees while educating the public about how to protect them. Love it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was when I purchased my home in Tarpon Springs, Florida in 1991 that I first became acquainted with manatees. I was totally captivated when I viewed them gathering in the bayou. As an educator of Second Graders for the past 49 years, I realized that I had to take the message of manatee survival to my children. Since 1991 my classes have composed beautiful poems in honor of these gentle giants and sent them to Maitland, Florida for all to read and enjoy. I am so proud of the fact that my last twenty-three classes are out in the world spreading the word about manatees and their fight for survival. They have learned that it is our responsibility to do whatever we can to preserve them for future generations. Having my class included in the documentary "Before It's Too Late" help make this message abundantly clear. The Save the Manatee Club and its efforts have been instrumental in helping me teach my children to be compassionate and empathetic towards others. These are the life lessons one should cherish. Each year my class also adopts two manatees and contributes to this worthwhile organization. Many of the children have also adopted on their own. Janice Nearing has been my contact at Save the Manatees and has been supportive of my efforts to present the story of manatees and the active role we must play to save them. I encourage all to join and together what a difference we can make!

Michele Manos, Forest Hills, New York

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I supported Save the Manatee Club as a member for years. The day my husband and I had our permanent address in Florida I applied to volunteer. I knew it would be a rewarding experience, and I have not been disappointed. Best of all, I am helping Manatees!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a most loyal manatee devotee, I am so grateful to have an organization like Save the Manatee Club (SMC) working to protect manatees. For nearly two decades, I have volunteered, contributed financially, and/or consumed their information. I am always impressed with the team at SMC, their resourceful efforts, their knowledge, and their thoughtfulness. SMC has achieved a dynamic that is constantly rejuvenating and inspiring. I appreciate how thoroughly they communicate and strive to work with all those concerned to determine viable solutions. I hope you too will support Save the Manatee Club.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a USCG licensed captain and an avid boater, I am continuously infuriated by the lack of awareness the boating community pays helpless sea creatures such as manatee. If it weren't for the continuous education efforts of this organization and its numerous volunteers one wonders if there would be any of these docile giants left to grace our planet.

1 Robert131

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people are great to work for and it helping saving the environment and the manatees.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience working with Save The Manatee club was great from the first day volunteering with the club. I have been volunteering for around 2 years and it has been always a very rewarding experience. My husband and have gone on events together and have fallen in love with the manatees we've gotten the great privilege to see.

The organization has been great to work for and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I joined this organization about two years ago in the hope that it would be a fun and rewarding hobby for us. Not only did that prove to be true, we also fell in love with the manatees we got to encounter at some of our events. They're such lovely gentle creatures that deserve our protection!

The event coordinator, Janice, is very responsive, helpful and has been a joy to volunteer for. I would recommend this organization to absolutely anyone with time and a bit of heart!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been working with Save the Manatee Club for over 14 years as an producer and designer of their collateral materials. The entire staff is dedicated, talented and most of all super friendly! It has been a true joy working with this organization who is completely devoted to saving the manatees!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Eleven years ago I came up with an idea to host a 5K run that would raise money for manatees. Although I live in Michigan, the Save the Manatee Club has been encouraging and supportive during my event. I have had the opportunity to visit the Club numerous times and I was amazed to see such a small staff, doing tremendous amounts of work with limited funds. Many paid employees donate personal time to support manatee causes and volunteers are always welcomed, needed and appreciated. Money raised is used directly for manatee legislation and education, rescue, and rehabilitation. I know the money I raise and donate makes a difference. I can't say enough about the Club! I look forward to continuing my volunteering experience and highly recommend the Save the Manatee Club!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Save the Manatee for many years. The whole group of volunteers are dedicated, upbeat and LOVE the manatees. Everybody works together as a team, helping each other to help the manatees. We are a group of hard working, smiling faces coming together for a compassionate cause. Yah! Save the manatees and have some fun while doing it. Nothing could be more rewarding!

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2 Lauren Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a previous and current volunteer and manatee advocate, adopter, and collector of all things manatee, I love volunteering for the causes that we stand for at Save-the-Manatee Club. We go into schools and promote/advocate for out favorite ocean mammal, we have booths at important festivals, events, schools, colleges, etc. We all work together for the common goal of saving manatees; whether if it is calling in an abandoned calf, making boaters aware of manatees swimming, letting people know not to feed, water, or ride the manatees, and just letting people know what manatees are, how they can help save them, and what they can do to help save our gentle sea cows.

This club does so much and I love that it is focused on one animal rather than a bunch. Sometimes non-profits lose track of what they are really working for, Save-the-Manatee Club is just that; a non-profit advocating and working towards the cause of saving manatees.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became acquainted with manatees when a friend took me canoeing on the Crystal River. I had never been in a canoe before and had never seen a manatee before so it was quite a day. I started collecting manatee memorabilia soon after that because I became fascinated with the creatures. That collection has grown to over 100 items including books, magazines, figurines, pictures and frames. Each year for about ten years now I have exhibited my collection at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, FL on their Collector's Day. In addition to talking to people about the collection, I hand out info given me by SMC so that others can learn about manatees and their problems.
My specialty is directing the attention of youngsters to the manatees. I have done several presentations at this same museum for their Dr. Discover program. These consisted of a movie, exercises that a manatee might do (barrel rolls, using their fins to change direction when they are swimming and munching on sea grass). After this I would read them a story and then we would do some related crafts. I got very good feedback from the children and the museum personnel. For several years I did programs for the Extended Day Head Start programs. I used the same methods but brought the presentation down to their level. Other times I have met other volunteers at festival days and present info and spent a lot of time talking to those who strolled by. As usual I tried to speak with as many children as I could.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Save the Manatee Club for a little over two years now, and I really enjoy it. I participate in festivals and education tables that allow me to help raise awareness of issues affecting manatees, raise money for the club, and learn a lot myself. The group that I have worked with is a lot of fun, we are passionate about manatees and other issues that impact them, and we get to work at beautiful locations like Blue Spring State Park. I have walked in holiday parades and even manned a table at the roller derby, and I love it! It never feels like work, and it feels great helping a good cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been actively involved with the Save the Manatee Club for the last decade. The staff is extremely passionate, working toward helping manatees. A very fiscally responsible organization, money raised throughout the year is used for manatees. Great volunteer opportunity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been one of the volunteers at the Save the Manatee Club since April of 2014, and I have had nothing but great experiences with them. The employees are always so grateful of the time that I spend volunteering and never hold back to express their gratitude. This organization is filled with very passionate people who are in love with these animals and they do everything they can to help out. I am going to college for marine biology, so I thought helping out at this organization would broaden my experiences greatly, and it surely has! I have now had the opportunity of a lifetime to help out at Blue Springs with a baby manatee, all because of Save the Manatee Club. I can't wait to keep on growing with this organization, and getting hands on knowledge of how to keep manatees safe in our waters.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first fell in love with manatees when I was 5 years old when my mom told me they were mistaken for mermaids. I then adopted my first manatee, Star, from Save the Manatee Club in fourth grade and have been an advocate for manatee awareness ever since. The club does an amazing job educating the public about manatees and proper "manatee etiquette". There are so many great ways to get involved even if you don't live in Florida!

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