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Review for SARSEF, Tucson, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I’ve been involved with SARSEF as a science fair judge and general advocate for SARSEF and STEM for almost 15 years. This organization dedicates itself selflessly to helping students get involved, and stay involved, in science. The leadership is extraordinary. The recently appointed director is a vibrant young woman that I’ve known for 20 years. She tirelessly advocates and provides guidance to young people in science and technology . I’ve been involved with many nonprofit organizations in my life, and I can honestly say that this one is in my top five - for passion, leadership, and commitment. I’m proud to be associated with it.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for The Hermitage Cat Shelter, Tucson, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer at The Hermitage Cat Shelter and am impressed by several things: the quality of mental and physical care the cats living here get - whether that be diets specific to the cats ‘s stage of life, the medical care for emergencies as well as ongoing care for cats with special needs or the attention to the psychological needs of the cats, by providing indoor and safe outdoor space and perches, climbing things, and hidey holes. The staff is small but so dedicated you’d think it was much bigger. In addition, a cadre of well-trained volunteers provide daily feeding and playing with cats, and do tasks like laundry, cleaning, and shelter maintenance. The professional staff is as devoted to their volunteers as we are devoted to the Shelter.

I have seen a lot of animal shelters in my day, but nothing compares to the open spaces (no cages for these lucky cats unless it’s medically necessary) these cats have, nor does anything compare to the commitment this shelter has to making homeless cats healthy and happy until they find forever homes, or if they don’t.

About two years ago, I had a cat who demanded to be outside, which, against my better judgment I allowed. He had a buddy outside who was quite old and never left my yard and always came inside at night. When the sad day came that I had to say farewell to old Tommy, outside Teddy eventually disappeared, and I was sure he’d perished. To my astonishment and indescribable happiness, somehow Teddy found his way to the Hermitage, and he’s cared for in the way I’d like to but just can’t.

Having many cats, this non-profit has a special place in my heart, but regardless of my personal attachment, it’s one of the most totally committed organizations I’ve come across in a long time.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for SARSEF, Tucson, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to SARSEF when I lived next door to Kathleen Bethel, long before she was the CEO of SARSEF. She was the person who brought me to SARSEF as a judge more than 12 years ago.

SARSEF is a remarkable organization, dedicated to creating generations of scientists and engineers. Seeing the science that young people are doing today gives me hope for the future, and I’ve become a champion for STEM myself as a result of my work with SARSEF. Everything they do, from running the annual science fair to matching students with mentors and doing hands on activities all year is specifically for the purpose of encouraging and teaching young people about science.

I’m proud to be associated with SARSEF, and I thank my lucky stars that I rented the house next store to the family that gave me a way to use my professional experience to give back to the community. The values manifested by SARSEF and the dedication with which they pursue them is, in a word or two, both inspirational and remarkable. They have earned and deserve recognition by your organization.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for The Hermitage Cat Shelter, Tucson, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer at this wonderful no-kill cat Shelter in Tucson. Here there is not a cage or confined cat in sight; rather, the cats roam around freely, indoors or outdoors on catios, with plenty of space to climb, play, hide, or just hang out. The staff is remarkable - loving, compassionate, creative, and kind. Volunteers are treasured, almost as much as the cats. I’m currently at my self- imposed limit on cats in my house, but should I ever want to adopt another, this would be the first place I’d look.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for SARSEF, Tucson, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with SARSEF as a judge and other volunteer for at least ten of the 16 years I have lived in Tucson. I have never seen such a large number of volunteers managed so efficiently or appreciated so well. But that is a small accomplishment compared to what SARSEF provides to this community in terms of scientific opportunities for k -12 students. Through this organization, students have the opportunity to learn and experience science through expert mentoring, working personally with local scientists, and experiencing hands on science, not only by participating in science fairs, but in the many other scientific experiences provided by SARSEF throughout the year. The organization's superior ability to develop partnerships with the University of Arizona and local scientific businesses and professional organizations makes thousands of dollars annually, and has made hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years, available in scholarships and other financial awards to hundreds of students, annually, and thousands of students, cumulatively, to pursue their scientific studies and careers. In today's environment, scientific and technological exploration and careers are critical to maintain the United States' competitive position in the world and to continue the pace of research, development, and innovation so critically needed to find cures or treatments for diseases, find novel ways to address old and new issues, and address the rapidly escalating pace of climate change, to name but a few of today's critical scientific challenges. SARSEF encourages scientific curiosity and, in so doing, nurtures and creates the scientists and engineers of the future.

Role:  Volunteer