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
I think Trees, Water & People is an excellent organization that is helping real people, as well as the environment. By working with communities, they are involved in grass roots efforts, and that's what makes mewant toI support them.
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During my time as a volunteer with TWP I was able to learn firsthand about the dedication that the board members and employees have to their mission and their commitment to serve their constituents in responsible and effective ways. I really appreciate that their programs are community-led and positively impact the whole well-being of the people.
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For many years, I supported Trees for the Future because I believed in replanting trees once they had been harvested. Then I learned about Trees, Water and People, which had the same goal, but had include two additional aspects - Water and People. I took one of their volunteer vacations to get a first hand knowledge of the operation. I came back more impressed that my contributions were going to the right organization. We helped build stoves that contribute to the people's health, and we planted trees and reviewed the efforts of TWP to bring expertise into the application of trees to the environment and how they educated people the water was dependent on the trees.
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It is a pleasure to have been a volunteer in many different capacities for over 10 years for Trees, Water and People. I have assisted in local reforestation efforts and multiple fundraising activities. The organization's staff are truly caring individuals who work toward their mission of improving people's lives by protecting and appropriate utilization of our natural resources. Their Tribal Lands Renewable Energy Program helps their communities heat their homes and protect their lands thru sustainable, economically beneficial and economically friendly programs in North and South Dakota. TWP has assisted people in Central America and Haiti to healthier lives and more ecological use of their limited resources by building and providing more efficient stoves. And there are even more programs funded by TWP through efficient use of their non-profit funds. I'm proud to assist this organization and proud that they are based in my Fort Collins community!
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After hearing about Trees Water & People I knew this was an organization that I wanted to work with, and now that I have had the honor of working with the TWP team this experience has only exceeded my expectations. Everyone at TWP is passionate and dedicated to the work they do. I admire how they work as a team, always helping and supporting each other. The TWP staff is very welcoming and friendly, I looked forward to the days I was going to be able to spend time in the office with everyone; it is the most positive work environment I have ever been in. I feel extremely lucky for the opportunity I have been given to work with Trees Water & People, it has been truly inspiring!
My experience at Trees, Water & People has been beyond perfect. I worked with Lacey Gaecther on TWP's annual local fundraiser Renew the Rockies. From my first day I was welcomed with open arms by each and every member of the TWP family. TWP cares deeply about what they are doing and are very inspiring. If I could, I would never leave! The ONLY constructive feedback I have is the lack of local programs. It would be awesome if they became involved in more programs that help out here in Fort Collilns
I am currently working for Trees, Water and People as the Tribal Development intern. I have mostly been working on finding foundations and writing grant proposals for a number of different projects in TWP's Tribal program. I have been intrigued by the work TWP since I moved to Fort Collins and learned of the organization several years ago. As I am completing my under-grad for Colorado State University I actively pursued TWP as my top choice company for an internship. I began my work here in January of 2010 and have had nothing but a positive experience. The dedicated staff of this organization is something to admire. Everyday they are working to improve the lives of impoverished people and their natural environment through real world projects, on the ground level. The positive ambition of TWP shines through their work and has resulted in their international recognition. I highly value the experience I've gained while working for TWP and would recommend them to anyone who wants to gain experience with an excellent nonprofit.
I have been an International Development Intern for TWP for several months, and have primarily been working on grant proposals, helped with a fund-raising event, and worked on various other international development projects. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Trees, Water & People, both because of the work that I have been able to do and the people that I have worked with. The fuel-efficient stoves and reforestation projects that I have been writing grant proposals for are incredible life-changing projects for the Central Americans and Haitians that they benefit, and are also beneficial for the overall global health of our world through reducing deforestation and carbon emissions. I feel so lucky that I have been given the opportunity to work on projects that have such important, lasting benefits to individuals and the environment. The TWP staff is very welcoming, and though everyone works very hard and is dedicated to this beneficial cause, there is always a feeling of friendliness, lightheartedness, and humor in the office. Though I will not be able to continue my internship due to my graduate school schedule, I will definitely continue to keep in contact with TWP staff and volunteer whenever possible.
When I was a tribal intern I did a lot of research finding grants for Native American reservations on the Great Plains. It's extremely rewarding when I find potential grant money because it's such a good cause. Now I'm just volunteering and helping out with whatever the office needs help with at the time. Everyone that works here is easy and fun to work with. Plus, I'm learning a lot about how non-profits are run in general.
I began volunteering with Trees, Water & People in July of 2009. I started-out typing notes in Spanish for one of the office people and slowly progressed to entering data for t-shirts/trees and then thank you mailings, of course. The people were always friendly, and the office was always buzzing. I think it is neat that the group is in a medium to tight space and works so well together - a little colony of ants passionate about their work. Stuart, Richard, and Heather are the
During the course of my 9 months with TWP, I have grown to realize the incredible dedication of its staff members. TWP is committed to transparency, not only through its national and international programs, but through staff relations as well. This degree of honesty keeps TWP staff accountable to one another as well as the mission, allowing them to exercise creative problem solving facing any office or project difficulty. They are always so welcoming and appreciative of volunteers, and truly work to engage the community in all that they do. I have been lucky enough to serve as an intern/grantwriter, and so have become intimately acquainted with TWP's programs and partnerships. These programs employ a terrific balance of scientific knowledge and community empowerment to allow beneficiaries to take charge of their natural resources. This is hands down the most genuine and effective organization I have ever worked with.
I have been volunteering with TWP for about 7 months now and their are few organizations like it that can provide consistent, sustainable solutions to some of the greatest problems that plague not just our local community, but our global community. A great example of this was when the Haiti earthquake struck. TWP already had a relationship with a relief organization in Haiti named AMURT and they were able to quickly distribute much needed aid. But TWP's mission did not stop there. They also continue to provide their environmentally-friendly rocket stoves that will be of great use as the country of Haiti continues to rebuild. These stoves burn up to 70% cleaner than the open fire, substantially reduce deforestation, and provide a healthier environment for cooks and their families. What an amazing union of both a short-term and long-term solution for people in need!