I've volunteered with Save the Bay three times, and they are a great organization. Their staff is engaged and passionate and I love knowing exactly how my volunteer time is saving the Bay.
I spent an afternoon cleaning canoes that Save the Bay uses to take school children out in the bay to learn about ecosystems. I was impressed by the program they offer and their staff is friendly and hard working.
I am both a regular volunteer and donor for Save the Bay. As a volunteer for at least the last 3 years I help out at the Palo Alto Baylands native plant nursery with anything that needs to be done: seed collection, plant propagation, weeding, planting on the levees, repair and upgrade projects for the nursery, etc. All of my volunteer experiences have been very enjoyable and I always sign up ahead of time for as many Wednesday afternoon workdays as possible. Everyone on the staff who I have met has always been friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, and it has been great working with all of them. Besides some good physical workouts, fresh air and sunshine on the planting days, it has given me an opportunity to test out some of my own new open space restoration tool designs such as a specialized hole digger for planting the young plants from the nursery along the levees. And it's a great opportunity to learn to identify some of the native (and non-native) plants from first hand exposure. That too has helped to encourage me to develop an on-line plant name learning game for the benefit of those like myself who find it rather challenging to remember names. As a donor I have made strong contributions for the last 10 years. I'm happy that I have been able to support such a worthy organization and can readily see with great confidence that the money has been well spent. Save the Bay has also been a driving force for cleaning up trash from the Bay Area waterways and reducing waste from sources like plastic bags. I have participated in numerous on-line campaigns such as writing a letter to city council members asking them to support an ordinance to require a fee on plastic and paper bags. I have also helped out photographing parts of the Guadalupe River and Coyote Creek and contributing my photos for the trash hot spots identification section of the Save the Bay website. Newsletters, email and the web site have been invaluable sources of information on other issues and ill-conceived development plans that would cause irreparable harm to the Bay and surrounding wetlands, such as the San Francisco airport runway expansion attempt a few years ago and the recent Redwood City massive development proposal. Save the Bay is an essential watchdog over those who work ever so diligently to damage and degrade our environment for nothing more than their own personal profit and selfish retrograde agendas. As an avid natural wonders, plant and wildlife enthusiast I'm thrilled to support and be a part of the fantastic work that Save the Bay does. Open space restoration has become the focus of my life and I know of no better reward than to see the improvements that Save the Bay brings to the quality of life for the plants and animals that depend entirely on a healthy environment for their very existence. I will continue to work with and support Save the Bay for as long as I am able to do so.
I volunteered for the Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline volunteer day in Oakland and planted a number of native species. The staff of Save the Bay was informative and helpful and I learned a lot about local habitats. My toddler thought it was very fun and it helped me feel very connected to the community at large. I met many similar-minded people and I loved how organized the program was and how simple Save the Bay made it to volunteer.
I work with extraordinarily committed staff on various projects at Save the Bay and everyone seems to be very passionate about their work. Overall I would say that I have been continually impressed how Save the Bay conducts efforts to improve and preserve the local environment in a comprehensive way by encouraging community involvement with education, hands on work efforts, and political action.
Thank you Save The Bay for all you do to protect our beautiful treasure. No organization is trying harder to preserve and protect.
Save the Bay lost all respect when I see how they bend the truth to get what they want. Of course everyone wants to "Save the Bay" but during the course of the last year and half I have been contacted by STB to try and get me to support them and not telling the full truth of the matter.
More than any other organization, Save the Bay has been protecting the beautiful San Francisco Bay for decades. As a bay area native, I am eternally grateful for their ceaseless efforts.
An incredible environmental non-profit that after over 45 years manages to stay extremely relevant and hip (loved the bay vs. bag campaign). Great education programs such as the canoes and sloughs and an uncanny ability to get volunteers out for “clean up” events. They are also very active politically, taking a strong stance against the Cargill development in Redwood City and working with local municipalities to reduce the amount of trash that enters the bay through storm water runoff. Save The Bay’s forward looking approach and early adoption of new media such as Facebook has proven to me that this non-profit will be still be going strong in another 45 years and inspiring the next generation of environmental advocates.
Save The Bay has been a pleasure to work with over the past four years volunteering at service projects. They have a very professional team who put a lot of energy into each project, ensuring volunteers are well prepared and oriented before each project, and providing excellent guidance during the project. I really appreciate the introduction they present at the begining of each project, wtih an overview on the history of the organization and how the San Francisco Bay has evolved over the past 100 years. Volunteers always have a great time, and the staff are fun to work with. I have volunteered with my company (REI - Berkeley), and Save The Bay has even set up special projects just for our staff. The best one was a collaboration of many outdoor retailers and vendors who had staff come and volunteer together on the same day.