Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Trees, Water & People

12,127 pageviews

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Volunteering Oportunities

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Pollution Abatement & Control

Mission: Trees, Water & People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to improve people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends.

Results: Nationally, TWP is actively involved with helping to improve the lives of Native American families living on the reservations of the Great Plains. There, where the winters are extremely long and harsh, Native Americans commonly spend more than half of their income on their exorbitant utility bills. Together with our reservation-based partner, we have built 850 economic solar heating systems, saving tribal families 20-30% on their annual heating bills, and trained more than 175 tribal members in residential and facility-scale renewable energy applications. We have also planted trees and shrubs around the home sites for more than 160 additional families, further lowering heating costs and associated emissions by acting as important wind blocks during the frigid winter and providing much-needed shade during the sweltering summer. Internationally, TWP works extensively in Central America. Together, with our country-based partners, we support 8 community tree nurseries that produce over 650,000 trees annually to aid in reforestation efforts, planting over 4.3 million trees to date. We have built 47,800 clean cookstoves. Each cookstove decreases a family’s need for firewood by 50-70%, as compared to standard open fire cooking, and reduces carbon emissions by at least 1.5 tons per year. When vented to the outside of the home, these improved cookstoves also decrease indoor air pollution, which is responsible for the death of 1.9 million women and children globally every year.

Target demographics: low-income, rural and peri-urban communities in Central America, Haiti and on Native American Reservations in the U.S.

Geographic areas served: Latin America and U.S. Native American Reservations

Programs: Clean Cookstoves Program, Reforestation Program, Tribal Renewable Energy Program

Community Stories

143 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Feeling the need contribute to the well being of others I researched and followed several organizations until I found TREES WATER PEOPLE. I am not very wealthy so I needed to feel my small offerings were getting a bang for the buck. Combining technology and local communities dedicated to improving peoples lives this non-profit is rocking it. In the central highlands of Honduras clean cook stoves improve lives by producing a lot less smoke in homes and reducing the tedious labor of gathering wood. Water cisterns made by a simple, and extremely durable design ease families through the dry months. The appreciation and gratitude the village people showered on us was very touching. I will be with TWP for a long time.Tamara Winter Nelson, Boulder, Colorado

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I grew up in Ft. Collins and had always heard positive things about TWP and the work they do with communities in Central America. In Jr. High School I volunteered with them during my free time. I re-connected with them this past year because I was completing my M.S. in Forestry at CSU and was looking to engage in positive community-based work related to forestry. I interned for them and have nothing but positive things to say. I helped on a variety of projects and the staff was very accommodating and receptive to my participation. The people at TWP are kind, motivated, and truly committed to their mission!

1 SBaumgarn

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to Trees Water & People for almost 20 years. I enjoy giving to Trees Water & People because I know my gift will really make a difference. I have been enthusiastic about planting trees through various Trees Water & People reforestation efforts. But I have also contributed to other projects and activities because they are so important and compelling. I value the work of Trees Water & People - and most of all, I trust them. - Stacey B., Fort Collins, CO

Comments ( 1 )

profile

TreesWaterPeople 11/12/2019

Much love to you Stacey! Thanks for being with us all these years.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a student at Colorado State University and I worked with TWP last year to plan and run a service learning trip for CSU students to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Right before our trip, the reservation experienced horrific flooding which, after a month long government shut down, caused serious damage to the infrastructure. Not only was TWP still able to lead our group, but watching their response was incredible. Even when nothing seemed to be going right, TWP never failed to put the Pine Ridge community first and taught our group incredibly valuable lessons on what collaboration looks like in action.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Trees, Water & People since 1999. As a contributor and a development professional, I continually have been impressed with how TWP has become more sophisticated in its advocacy of connecting sustainable land use, local communities and the need to develop local leaders and champions, starting with efficient wood stoves, tree nurseries, reforestation, and expanding to water catchment and conservation in dry areas. Trees, Water & People is close to local communities and partner organizations, developing long term relationships that open opportunities for substantive collaborations on the problems most important to the people and their communities. The organization has expanded to include a national program working with Native American communities. The organization also keeps its donors, the majority of whom are individuals, informed and engaged through newsletters, local events and study tours. I recently joined the Board of Directors, and can attest to the dedication, energy and integrity of the staff. As with all organizations, Trees, Water & People faces a continually changing array of challenges and opportunities for local communities development, and I am sure that TWP will continue its most excellent work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi,

I've been volunteering with TWP for over 4 years to help two Mayan villages (La Bendición and Nuevo Todos Santos) in Guatemala become a thriving sustainable community. I will be traveling to these communities in less than two weeks for my 5th visit. We've worked with the community on many projects, including:

* Commericalizing their honey production
* Updating and refurbishing their community building
* Rebuilding an furnishing their community kitchen
* Sourcing culturally appropriate spanish books for a community library
* Supporting their women's group with educational programs and support for their community garden
* Repairing their water reservoir

This trip we plan to provide school supplies, develop plans/funding for a new community kitchen for Nuevo Todos Santos and help re-initiate the youth group.

TWP is a strong force in advocating for Indigenous people in Central and North America. They impact the environment with their focus on Trees, water and the people. I've truly enjoyed working with them and getting to know the wonderful people in La Bendición and Nuevo Todos Santos. I've 'caught the bug' and will be working with TWP in Guatemala for years to come!

Sincerely,
Mike Hawes

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trees, Water and People spent a very long time preparing for the Santo Domingo Tribe tree planting week. They have formed very real relationships through the amazing communication efforts and warmth of their team, and i am lucky to have had the honor of doing work with them! They truly care about the disproportionately felt environmental stresses which indigenous communities have been struggling with in light of harmful ecologically changing trends, in this case, as a result of an immense wildfire. James Calabasas spoke in his native language the entire day, as this was his tribe- i admit i was in awe and even a bit mystified by his and the entire tribes' ability to connect so deeply to their roots while we were all together digging into the soil to invest in the sustenance of these new living roots. After the opening prayer, we worked hard in the hot sun under cautious and detailed instruction about proper protocols for the silvicultural needs of the species, Douglas Fir. I heard about the geographical extend to which the non-profit performs from the Executive Director, Sebastian Africano, and was very impressed to hear international collaborative support was not uncommon for them. My utmost respect and kind wishes are for their team, along with Valerie Small and Jose Chalit to always grow in opportunities to plant trees, to grow, and to thrive.

Cam R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Cam Reader and I work for the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery, located in Fort Collins, Colorado. I had the incredible opportunity through the Forest Service to not only grow the Douglas Firs needed for the restoration project, but travel with two of my coworkers to the restoration site on the Santo Domingo/Kewa Reservation in New Mexico to plant the seedlings. We got to camp in a beautiful campground, meet many members of the tribe and work alongside them for two days on a beautiful reservation. We were invited back to have dinner both nights in a member's Pueblo with all of their family. There were countless amounts of unforgettable memories made, and history learned throughout the weekend. Including watching the women make their homemade bread with an adobe oven! I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this project with Trees, Water and People and to have made such unforgettable connections with the wonderful people of the Santo Domingo Tribe; it showed me what it's like to be a part of something so much bigger than myself. I will never forget the experience and am looking forward to working with Trees, Water and People as much as I can and hopefully very soon.

Roberta K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trees, Water & People is a top-notch organization! They go above and beyond to help many communities both in the US and Latin America. The members of the organization put their money where their mouth is and spend a lot of time out in the field helping communities. They are quick to take action and provide resources in areas that really need them.
TWP is also highly regarded in the local community. I've had the pleasure of volunteering at some of their events this summer and really enjoyed meeting the lovely and caring members of both their staff and the board. TWP is an organization that will receive my support for many years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with TWP to help with a few fundraising and storytelling videos. Love what they do and especially WHY and HOW they do it. Such a great group of committed people doing good in the world. Their approach is one that facilitates empowerment, accountability and sustainability for all their stakeholders. I highly recommend getting involved with them as a volunteer or donor.

Thanks TWP for all you do!

Bruce N Joanie P.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am the Chairman of a faith-based charity that supports TWP with projects in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Last year I spent two weeks visiting these projects with Sebastian, Gemara and Jose.
Each was being completed on schedule and in full compliance with the commitments they had made.
Their compassion and competence is wonderful to see.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became interested in TWP during my time as a masters student studying conservation at Colorado State University. I was lucky enough to intern with them for one semester. Although I was not with them for long, I was able to learn how effective they are in terms of their reach and impact nationally and internationally in terms of conservation and development at the community level. I think it is so cool that they have local partners in Central America whom they collaborate with to implement on the ground projects, ensuring projects fit with what local communities need. What a smart and innovative way to operate!

Passion clearly runs through the TWP staff. They are wonderful people with so much knowledge that they are willing to share. TWP does excellent work, and I'm proud to have worked with such an awesome organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I initially went on a tour with TWP to Pine Ridge Reservation in south Dakota as part of a service learning trip through CSU. My experience with them and their community partners was so inspiring that it lead me to joining their staff as an intern. Truly impressed everyday with the work that they are doing in indigenous communities in North and Central America. The type of organization that doesn't just give hand outs but truly helps communities foster a healthy relationship with our planet and simultaneously create economic and social development.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Every aspect of TWP’s approach is consistent with genuine community accompaniment. I have been impressed by TWP since 2005 when I was living in El Salvador and met up with friends who were volunteering with the organization. Since 2009, I have been privileged to have TWP staff visit my course on international development at Colorado State University to introduce students to their community-based work. Through these and other experiences with TWP I have developed tremendous trust in their commitment to those with whom they collaborate. - Suzanne Kent, PhD

Donor

Rating: 5

Trees, Water & People's dedicated staff and partners have been doing important environmental conservation work for 20 years now and counting! I am honored to be a donor of this incredible organization. They walk the talk every day and I strongly encourage you to get involved with TWP.

Jill Wallace de B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Trees, Water & people are definitely making a difference in this world. I teach entrepreneurship courses and I’ve chosen the executive director of TWP to be a guest speaker in one of my classes recently.

Here is a quote from one of my students in my class:

“Through this class and other experiences, I’ve heard about a lot of non profit organizations, however, this was the first time I actually wanted to further learn about the organization. I think because he combined the profit aspect with the philanthropic aspect. So many organizations just focus on the philanthropic and I’ve found myself wondering how they are able to pull it all off. Which he made it clear, how they made the organization operate.”

I think this quote brings what is really interesting about TWP: the entrepreneurial mindset of the organization to make things happen. I think this young generation wants to see non-profits that strive not only in the work they do, but also financially – TWP do both with excellence!

Paulo Brito

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are deeply dedicated to their cause and mission. I like that. I also love their expert staff.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It did not take long for Trees, Water & People to become my favorite and most-admired nonprofit organization. Almost all nonprofits talk about commitment and transparency (everyone's new favorite buzzword), but TWP demonstrates both qualities in everything it does. Its focus is broad enough to reach a wide range of people, but narrow enough that anyone who contributes can see exactly how their donation was used, and maybe more importantly, why that decision was made. The staff is always available to answer questions, and always excited to show you what TWP is doing now, and what it plans for the future. TWP not only listens to its donors, it is outstanding in forming respectful friendships and alliances in the communities in which it works. It listens to the people it is trying to help, and does what they want and need. The work is driven by the people it benefits.

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently traveled with some of the staff of TWP to Guatemala to view their projects there. I am very impressed with TWP for a number of reasons. First of all, they are listening to the people to understand what is needed as opposed to assuming a need. They partner with local organizations which provide credibility and efficiency to their efforts. And, maybe most importantly, they make long term commitments to each village where they have involvement. I am very proud to support them.
Dave Veldman

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the amazing opportunity to be an intern this summer 2018 for Trees, Water & People. They are an incredible organization that truly is dedicated to empowering communities and serving others.

As an intern you get to work along side the wonderful professional staff who are invested in helping you learn and grow. I hold TWP in the highest respect and highly recommend interning or working with them.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I came across the work that TWP does, I knew that I'd found the perfect intersection of my two passions: social justice and environmental sustainability. Through TWP, I was introduced to the concepts of "community based development" and "sustainable development". Currently, I am an intern and have had a great experience not only because of the wonderful mission/work but also because of the incredibly talented and dedicated staff members that strive to make the world a better place each and every day.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I originally found Trees, Water, and People because I wanted to intern for an organization that cared about sustainability and community based development and TWP was the perfect match! I worked as an intern for a year and I couldn't have been happier with my time there. The staff is unbelievably friendly, hardworking, and passionate. I learned so much and got to be a part of so many different projects. I was incredibly proud to be part of a team that cared so much about communities across the Americas and worked hard every day to make people and the planet healthier and more resilient. So much love for the people at TWP and the work they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about Trees, Water & People through my Women and Development class at Colorado State University. On that day, we were learning why indoor air pollution is called "the killer in the kitchen” and how it disproportionately affects women and children. The situation isn’t all despair though; as we learned, local nonprofit – Trees, Water & People – works with local community members to design clean cookstoves that greatly reduce indoor air pollution’s harmful effects on health and the environment.

1 ½ years later, I am very fortunate to intern for this amazing organization. The staff here are phenomenal; their passion for what they do shines through every single day. On top of their hard work and dedication to various communities in Central America and U.S. Tribal Lands, and to projects ranging from clean cookstoves, to reforestation, to renewable energy, and many more, they have taken the time to help me shape my internship in a way that best suits my needs. They ask me about my classes and future goals, and include me in social events. I am proud to work for an organization that cares so much about their partners, interns, volunteers, and the local community, and has inspired me to pursue a career in community-based conservation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an exchange student at CSU, I was looking for some work experience with an international organisation. Despite missing out on their internship program due to a lack of planning on my part, TWP were extremely helpful in finding a role for me that would be both enjoyable and suited to my skill set.

I found all of the staff their to be extremely likeable, but also really helpful in assisting me with my project. Sometimes as a volunteer you can feel like a spare part, this was certainly not the case at TWP where I was entrusted with a good amount of independent responsibility but also received as much assistance as I needed.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience with a small NGO making a significant impact in a number of fields.

Thanks!

Grace O.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trees, Water & People provided me with a life-changing opportunity to connect with the Lakota community in Pine Ridge, South Dakota over my spring break at CSU. Thanks to National Director Eriq Acosta, I was able to work and learn alongside native community members at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center and the relationships that grew from that were effortless. I have learned so much from this experience and I will keep these lessons with me for the rest of my life. -Grace Ota

James David Z.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was able to go on a trip to Pine Ridge, South Dakota with Trees Water People and CSU Alternative Spring Break. This trip was amazing! I learned a lot about how TWP and their community partners are using renewable energy to empower this community. It shows how a great nonprofit like Trees Water People is dissecting some of the wicked problems that people on reservations across the country live with, and what they are doing to empower communities to combat those problems.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trees, Water & People is a non-profit organization which benefits the environment as well as empowers indigenous people nationally and internationally. TWP's community-based development model provides opportunity which allows individuals to improve their lives and helps spread knowledge of renewable energy sources. I was first drawn to this organization through their use of the word "reforestation". I knew then and there that these were people actively focused on solutions. I am thankful to be working with an organization that makes a real and positive impact to future generations and the environment.

djleepe1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I happened to stumble upon Trees, Water & People and the volunteer opportunities they had threw a non-profit website. I instantly knew this was a special organization and that I wanted to do whatever it was I could to help. Once I reached out and came for my first volunteer project, I knew I would be coming back. I am now currently an intern working on various projects to help promote TWP. The staff is wonderful and very helpful. Each one of them has taken the time to include me in things, inquire about my goals and offering true friendship. Being an intern here for the past 8 months has channeled my passion for being a true advocate for our environment and for indigenous communities across the globe.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was the first Volunteer Communications Intern at Trees, Water & People. The people and work environment are welcoming and overall genuinely nice and he staff are really passionate about the mission & vision of the nonprofit. I can honestly say it was one of my favorite places to work at.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TWP connects people to the planet by creating programs wherein communities protect the planet while protecting their own long term well being. TWP is small but makes a large impact and creates a ripple effect of good. Interning with them was an amazing experience full of personal and professional growth.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We worked with TWP at Lakota Solar Enterprises on Pine Ridge reservation and with Henry Red Cloud. Eriq and Richard were awesome and made sure we had what we needed and enough work to do. They explained things and answered our questions. TWP is working hard to help low income areas help themselves, and to partner with outside volunteers to help as all. Thank you!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5


On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 1:32 PM, Agnes Wagner wrote:
I had an amazing opportunity to volunteer at Trees, Water & People while I was on an extended visit to Colorado from Germany.
All the staff was incredibly supportive and helpful, and the work they are doing is truly amazing.

While I was there we were working on planting 33.000 trees on Pine Ridge Reservation and worked together with a Lakota family to complete a solar panels and a solar air heater installation. The solar air heating systems are manufactured at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, which provides jobs for local people, and also trains people from other First Nation tribes to take the technology back to their own communities.

Besides that we were working in Central America helping families to create a healthier lives by building clean cookstoves. With the stoves the indoor air pollution goes significantly down as well as reduces the time and the amount of wood needed for cooking...

Overall I really enjoyed my time at TW&P

Joanne64

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Trees, Water & People for a couple of years. I originally found them because I was looking for an organization that plants trees for carbon offsets. TWP does that and so much more! I had the wonderful opportunity to travel with TWP to Honduras in January and see on the ground the kind of work that they do. I was so impressed with how TWP works with local partners to help rural people while at the same time helping the environment. Our group participated in building two fuel efficient and clean burning wood cook stoves (they use just 10% of the wood of traditional stoves) and construction of wire and cement pilas for rainwater catchment. We also interacted with people in the communities, with the help of TWP's employee in Central America who acted as interpreter. I was so impressed with the organization, the people, and the work that they do. TWP makes their funding go a long way, making a big difference in people's lives with a little bit of money.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the wonderful opportunity to join with Trees Water, People on a trip to Honduras in January. Their knowledge of the community and their needs was so impressive. Two of the TWP personnel were so talented in Spanish and worked hard to translate every word. We learned about the need for fuel efficient justa stoves that let no smoke into the homes and are so much more healthy. We assisted in the construction of two of these stoves as well as building Pilas for water storage. We toured coffee farms and learned about the benefits of diversifying the forest. I was so impressed with how much they are doing! It was an amazing group of people!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as a development intern at Trees, Water & People shortly after I finished my undergraduate degree and I couldn't have asked for a better place to land. The staff here is truly incredible and all hold extensive knowledge in their field. However, what is even more impressive, is the genuine passion for what TWP does in Latin America and on US Tribal Lands. By working on TWP projects, I was able to grow my skill set and also see firsthand what projects in indigenous communities can really do for locals. I love that TWP works with communities and really listens to what locals would actually benefit from. This creates sustainable economic opportunities for years to come. I feel extremely blessed to now call TWP my workplace and work alongside these wonderful human beings.

Sally77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to do a volunteer placement with Trees, Water & People while on an extended visit to Colorado from Australia. The staff are incredibly supportive and committed, and the work they are doing is truly amazing.

While I was there they were working on a campaign to get 500 clean cookstoves installed in Guatemala, which has huge benefits for human health and the local economy as well as slowing deforestation and climate change.

They also work with the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center and Lakota Solar Enterprises on Pine Ridge and have recently helped a Lakota family to build a compressed earth house, complete with solar panels and a solar air heater. The solar air heating systems are manufactured at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center, which provides jobs local people, and also trains people from other First Nations to take the technology back to their own communities.

Former staff

Rating: 5

TWP is an organization that has found an intersection where renewable energy, sustainable building technology, and food sovereignty can empower and improve impoverished communities. Their work explores vital new frontiers in the fight to eradicate poverty in places such as the Pine Ridge Reservation, and the employees are driven people who are passionate about the work they do.

Zachary7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the wonderful opportunity to intern with TWP this summer, and I feel that while doing so I gained a great wealth of knowledge and experience in the non-profit industry. It is amazing to work with people that care so much for the work that they do, and it has inspired me to do the same as I develop my future career upon graduation this spring. I have been very lucky to intern with TWP and learn from their very knowledgeable and caring staff. Top notch organization with a top notch cause!

FC Public Media

Client Served

Rating: 5

Molly and everyone we have worked with at Trees, Water & People are personable, professional and passionate about making a difference. Their hard work has changed how communities across the globe look at energy, health and sustainability. As an organization, we are always eager to work with them and share stories, knowledge and insights. Keep up the great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the amazing opportunity to intern at TWP and I could not be more pleased. The staff was incredibly helpful and they really strive for helping their interns advance in their professional career. The experience I got while interning with TWP has helped me land jobs. I am very grateful to have been a part of that.

1 VeganDancer

Former staff

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with the dedicated staff, board members, interns, and volunteers of Trees, Water & People (TWP) for several years. This small but mighty Colorado-based nonprofit partners with local communities here in the US and throughout Latin America to accomplish great things! We cannot save the planet without helping the people - this is where TWP shines.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an intern at TWP currently. I have rarely felt so inspired by the work that I am involved in, and so supported and encouraged by the people I work with as I do here at TWP. I have learned so much about nonprofits in general and about TWP's amazing programs throughout both the U.S. and the world. I have also been given opportunities to explore many different aspects of what TWP does, even getting the chance to visit Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This entire experience has helped me grow professionally and personally a ton already.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place doing wonderful things! So happy to have been a part of such a life-changing organization.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Trees, Water, & People several times through their Tribal Program on the Pineridge Reservation in South Dakota. Every volunteer experience has been inspiring, grounding, and fulfilling. Trees, Water, & People is an organization that is addressing one of the longest contentious issues in America; Native America Oppression. It is doing so with "boots on the ground" practices, like planting trees, building gardens and homes, and donating food and supplies to Lakota locals.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a International Development intern at Trees, Water & People, and I cannot express how wonderful the TWP staff is, as well as the work that they do in the U.S. and abroad. TWP is uses a rare approach to sustainable development in that they work BOTH in the U.S. and abroad, and the emphasize the health and well-being of BOTH humans and the environment. Their holistic approach also targets their work in some of the most marginalized communities around the world to work WITH them lead better lives as opposed to traditional forms of development which can have a top-down approach. TWP is quite the opposite, and always works directly with local non-profits and community leaders who know their communities best, and what they need - they are always working from the bottom-up.

As an intern, I gained practical grant-writing skills, and I was able to apply the knowledge from my Master's program to assist in their data analysis efforts and even help them build new partners. The staff is flexible with each intern and allows them to make the best of their experience! I felt taken care of, valued, and I made 10 new friends in the process of getting to know the entire staff. Keep up the great work!!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with TWP for four years on various projects and am now a board member. The real strength of TWP lies in their persistent effort to empower local indigenous residents in American Indian and central American communities. TWP continues to re-evaluate its strategies and projects to fit with the times and with the aspirations of those in poverty.

1 Paul174

Board Member

Rating: 5

Trees, Water, and People is the rare organization that acts not just to care for our environment, but equally for the ways that communities -- particularly indigenous communities -- interact with the natural environment. It combines a systems impact approach with a deep respect for individuals and families. It's for these reasons that I continue to be involved!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found TWP through Colorado State Universities Center for Fair and Alternative Trade. I became interested in interning for TWP because of their social and environmental impact they have in various Central American countries. TWP does a fantastic job in making sure each country is receiving the appropriate help in accordance to their cultural needs. TWP has made huge impacts with their projects.

THEinfogatherer

Advisor

Rating: 5

Trees, Water & People's mission is to improve people's lives by helping folks protect, conserve, and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. I think that this approach is the right one as they then can live with nature in a better way and get some real autonomy. The team of Trees, Water & people is just remarkable in efficiency and positivity! People should invest in them...

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

TWP does great, innovative development projects in some of the most underserved communities in the world. This is a great organization to give to that will maximize the impact of your donation, or to provide you with an incomparable volunteer experience.

Previous Stories
1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Trees, Water & People works with a network of partners in the U.S. and abroad to deliver enterprise based resource solutions to under served communities. Critical issues such as energy for heating and cooking, reforestation, and solar lighting and charging are addressed via creation of local businesses and jobs that provide much needed market development as well as life changing services. I have been thrilled and honored to serve as a Board member for almost a decade, and have had the uplifting opportunity to witness our programs at work in places like Haiti, Nicaragua, and Honduras as well as the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations in the Northern Plains. Meeting and working with our partners such as AHDESA and Prolena in Central America and Lakota Solar Enterprises at Pine Ridge has helped me realize the phenomenal impact appropriate and green technologies can have in developing world settings. And visiting the people we serve in their villages and homes, and seeing first hand the way lives are changed and improved gives me real hope for the future of all of us.

Read more

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

People involved with TWP have explained to me what they do, and I'm especially impressed with the cookstove initiative. What a win-win!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is my 3rd year working with TWP and I continue to be excited about the significant contributions the organization is able to make on tribal lands and in communities throughout Central America.
Some of the highlights in the past year include planting of 10,000 trees on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the work to build a home for a Lakota Family based on sustainable Compress-Earth-Block technology, and supporting Hopi recycling entrepreneur Tyler Tawahangva in the launch of his business, Cloud Nine Recycling. In addition, I’m particularly excited about the work to build the Nicaraguan Center for Forests, Energy & Climate, which will really get going in the next year.
I am privileged to have the opportunity to continue supporting these projects.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

TWP is a quality organization making meaningful contributions to both people in need and to the environment.

I am excited by the contribution TWP makes with its partners on tribal lands and in communities throughout Central America and Haiti. Over the years, it has expanded efforts to include clean cookstoves to reduce deforestation, and solar energy to provide alternatives to carbon-based fuels. Providing such sustainable solutions also has a positive impact on the lives of the people in the communities TWP serves.

TWP provides the opportunity to get directly involved with projects and people. Over the past two summers, I’ve participated in several volunteer trips to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. I’ve contributed to, and learned from, efforts in green building, green business development, and renewable energy. I’ve gotten to know several members of the local community, learning a lot about the Lakota people and the challenges they face today.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am thrilled to say I am the new international development intern for TW&P! I am proud to be part of a team that cares for the people they are trying to help and are passionate about the environment as well. TW&P is invested in offering a hand up and not a hand out which I think makes this organization sustainable and incredibly productive in the projects it implements both nationally and internationally.

I love that TW&P collaborates with local partners to determine their goals and projects; by doing this they ensure the projects are not only sustainable but culturally appropriate and helpful to these communities, both for them and the environment. We need more organizations who have these priorities and goals to make sure the money being spent on development projects is being used the best way possible and making a real difference in the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just started my internship here at TWP and am so excited about what the organization stands for! The TWP approach focuses on engaging with communities in order to create solutions that fit for different cultures and societies. Their national and international development programs help to bring necessities to those who do not have access to them, such as solar air heaters in the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota and clean cook stoves in Latin American countries. I am so jazzed to be working for such a giving non-profit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before I moved to Fort Collins, I saw TWP's website and new that I needed to be involved with them. Being an intern, it feels great to know that I can help Native Americans honor Mother Earth by living with more sustainable means, such as using and understanding solar power, wind power, organic gardening, reforesting, and using our natural resources as intended. TWP helps us all out!

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is an honor that I have been an intern for Trees, Water & People for three years. They are a very hard working, hands-on, dedicated, and noble nonprofit organization. I am so glad that I have been able to help them with their mission of improving disadvantaged people’s lives by teaching them how to protect, conserve, and manage their natural resources upon which their, and everybody else’s, long-term well-being depends on. What a great organization that eventually helps everybody, one family or community at a time, while improving the environment.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I heard about Trees Water People several years ago I knew this was an organization that I wanted to support. TWP not only plants trees but also has created stoves that need little wood and burn cleanly and efficiently. They are bringing simple and affordable solar to families with no electricity. This power changes their lives and does away with candles and non recyclable batteries. Now that I am a board member I am grateful to be more involved in bringing these huge changes to people around the world, which at the same time protect the environment for all.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

TWP is an exceptional non-profit in that it works at the frontline of energy and the poor in improving lives through low cost applications such as fuel efficient cook stoves and solar air heaters. It does it through working with local organizations at the grassroots level. Ten years ago, I helped TWP set up a tribal lands project to build and install solar air heaters for low income housing. Today it is the largest solar air collector initiative in the country, impacted dozens of reservations and has built one of the only sustainability centers for training in Indian lands on the poorest reservation in the country, Pine Ridge. TWP results speak for themselves.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Trees, Water & People! My relationship with this awesome organization began back in 2012 when I took a road trip with some friends up to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. TWP partners with a Native-owned solar and renewable energy company there. My friends and I helped out in the organic garden called Solar Warrior Farm located at the Red Could Renewable Energy Center campus. This was my first experience being on a reservation, and I learned a lot about Native American culture and the hardships that many American Indians are faced with. This experience left me with a strong desire to continue volunteering with both TWP and the folks at Pine Ridge.

Since that first trip, I have been back to Pine Ridge several times to volunteer with TWP. My relationship with environmentalism and social justice is nurtured through the projects I take part in, and I always leave the reservation feeling more at peace than when I arrived, and with a renewed sense of purpose to keep taking action for change.

I also decided to do my internship here in TWP's Fort Collins office to finish out the requirements for my degree in Environmental Sociology this spring. I really enjoyed getting to learn more about the organization and it's programs, and getting to work more closely with the wonderful staff (so much so, that I decided to stick around and continue volunteering after graduation!). In a way, the volunteer work I get to do with TWP has added to my inspiration to pursue my education further, so I will be starting a master's program in Sustainability and Environmental Management next year.

TWP will always be one of my favorite organizations. I love the mission and purpose, and truly appreciate the hard work they put in to helping our environment!

Henry11

Advisor

Rating: 5

Trees, Water, People has been providing tools and support to developing nations and native american communities stateside for many years. Because they operate in a well establish international network, they are able to make a huge impact to so many people's lives.

We have the luxury of seemingly unlimited resources in the community where we live. But in the communities where TWP operates, resources are scarce and therefore so very important. By focusing on social impact and sustainability, the results are self-perpetuating. Give a woman a fish, fish for a day. Teach a woman to fish, fish for a lifetime.

I am proud to be associated with such an extraordinary organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trees, Water & People cultivates a creative, inspiring work atmosphere. I thoroughly enjoy my work as an intern. I'm challenged to think outside of the box every day.

One of the programs I'm most excited about is the new solar energy solutions: Luciernaga. TWP has been distributing solar lamps and chargers to people in rural communities in Central America who are lacking access to the main grid. The solar lamps and chargers are inexpensive, and proving to be a vital energy resource to those who need it most.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had a lot of different internships and the one with TWP has by far the most rewarding and has taught me the most in preparation for a career in sustainable development. They are very much a collaborative organization rather than to- down type of org, which I admire.

Donor

Rating: 5

I think Trees, Water & People is great because it is hands-on progress. No one is trying to convince anyone of anything here....it's clear that clean water, healthy trees, and people living joyfully are all related. And that the sun is a huge free energy source. This is one group that is really making it happen. Progressive change should be this direct more often!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of working with Trees Water and People in a project on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. My coworkers and I have twice traveled to South Dakota to help furnish the Solar Earth Lodge. Trees Water and People is facilitating the production and training of renewable energy for native americans. The Lakota people are trained to build and install solar heaters greatly reducing heating bills. The native americans we worked with were truly working to improve their lives and to protect their planet in partnership with Trees Water and People. The is a grass roots organization that partners with people with great needs and great dignity

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about Trees, Water & People thru Care2. This organization not only saves lives but eye sight and the future of children. TWP improves lives by supplying solar energy to individual homes. A simple step that should become the right of all individuals in the world. This means that the people no longer die of smoke inhalation or from fires. Parents can spend more time at home instead of looking for firewood or oil. They can save a little money to improve their lives. Children can study by actual lights instead of a candle or kerosene lamp giving them the world through education. In addition they work with and teach native Americans how to start renewable green business. Best of both worlds they help here and abroad.