I started years ago in a business/client relationship with NextStep. In a very short time I fell in love with their work, their mission, their amazing and dedicated staff and volunteers and have since risen to a position on the Board of Directors. I have been in and around many non-profits over the years. NextStep; it's people, passion and triple-win results stand head-and-shoulders above all others. The triple win: keep toxins out of the waste-stream/environment, employee and train challenged populations to recycle, refurbish and process materials and finally gift computers to low-income individuals and schools to the betterment of our community, region and mankind!!! Mike Grudzien, 1.28.12
NextStep is a non-profit that trains, educates, and employs folks from our community. NextStep gifts refurbished electronics to those who can't afford to purchase them (locally, nationally, internationally) and also offers items at low cost through their thrift stores. As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, NextStep uses only licensed software on computers and follows high ecological standards for recycling and disposal of materials.
When I was given a tour of NextStep recycling I was amazed. I was amazed because of the amount of work those great people were doing. They perform such an essential job for the community that goes unnoticed. I had no idea what NextStep was before the tour. I learned the history and also about all the great work they do beyond the borders of the United States. They provide jobs and job skill training to people that would not be given a chance at most organizations. I felt the need to get involved and I joined the Board of Directors.
I am a member of the board of directors and as such I see ALL of the good works of this organization. Where do I begin? From putting people to work who would not otherwise have such an opportunity to keeping ALOT of really bad stuff out of our landfills to making technology available to those who have none, this organization is the bomb!
As a graduate student, I was given the opportunity to learn about being on a board by taking advantage of the opportunity NextStep offered to students. After I finished my training position, I was so excited about our mission that I stayed on. As a board member, I have worked side-by-side with job trainees and volunteers deconstructing electronics and sorting them for recycling. The people I worked with were excited to be learning about technology, and the importance of recycling. They were also proud of contributing a solution to the problems of waste and pollution. NextStep makes an amazing difference in people's lives economically, by raising consciousness and through lowering our carbon footprint.
NextStep Recycling has positively impacted our community and even communities abroad, with their tireless work at keeping e-waste out of our landfills, refurbishing and then gifting technology to our children (who otherwise would not have access to this critical tool) and providing jobs and skills training to people once thought "unemployable". With Lorraine Kerwood at the helm, NextStep continues to be an amazing and vital organization in our community.