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Review for Proyecto Itzaes, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As chair of International Service for the Rotary club of Palo Alto, I have arranged for our club to do several projects with Proyecto Itzaes (PI), including hands-on visits to the villages it serves. It is doing a marvelous job of giving the young Maya children of those villages the opportunity and skills to rise above their traditional occupations o fishing and subsistence farming. Some of the students have gone on to university and into prestigious jobs, breaking what has been a class barrier and setting an example for others to follow.

Role:  Donor
 

Review for Canopy, Palo Alto,, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I remember when Canopy first started, with big ideas and a tiny budget. I’ve had the privilege of working with them off and on ever since—serving as a leader in planting trees in our neighborhood, collaborating with them in persuading the school district to adopt and implement a good tree policy, loaning them my pickup, and working with a Latino mom and her kids in planting trees at an East Palo Alto school as part of a Rotary project. It is totally inspiring to see how they’ve grown and what they’ve accomplished and there are few experiences more rewarding than planting with young people and witnessing their emotional connection to nature.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Sempervirens Fund, Los Altos, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a young lawyer in the 60s I worked with the founder of Sempervirens in setting it up, and also helped lay out one of its popular trails. Since then it has been spectacularly successful in preserving thousands of acres of irreplaceable redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains, between Silicon Valley and the coast. It works creatively with a combination of gifts, purchases and conservation easements. It has also taken the lead in bring other groups together to cooperate in making large purchases.It has a played a major part in giving the Bay Area more recreational parkland than any other urban area.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Proyecto Itzaes, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The mission of Proyecto Itzaes (PI) is to help impoverished and neglected Maya families in the Yucatán with literacy, health, and a stronger economy. I’m very familiar with it, because as chair of International Service for the Rotary Club of Palo Alto, I have worked to have our club make several grants to PI and also traveled there three times to do hands-on work. When PI was founded, most people in the affected villages were illiterate fishermen or subsistence farmers. With our help, PI equipped an empty local library in one village with books and furniture and offered after-school classes on computer skills. The result was absolutely transforming: Children lined up every day with their book bags, and families began reading to each other. PI gave college scholarships to promising students, who returned with higher skills to teach others, following the motto of “Learning in order to Teach.” PI has since extended its program to five other villages, expanded its offerings to include subjects such as nutrition (to avoid Diabetes) and organic agriculture, and set up a successful farmers market. It would be hard to imagine a program with greater positive impact on people’s lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't see how they could do better with their limited resources.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Trees, Water & People, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Our club has done a least a half dozen projects with TWP, involving reforestation and/or providing fuel-efficient stoves in several Central American countries. Some of our members, including myself, have also visited project, done some work, and seen for ourselves the enormously beneficial impact of TWP's work, in reducing deforestation and eliminating the respiratory and burn problems caused by cooking over open fires. I would give them the absolutely highest rating.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping people in poor villages by providing fuel-efficient stoves.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

shbeauregard@stanfordmed.org

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with the recipients and seeing their joy.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

competent and friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide self-sufficient nurseries and fuel-efficient stoves to poor rural families all over the world.

Ways to make it better...

shbeauregard@stanfordmed.org

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

Role:  Donor & The Rotary Club of Palo Alto, of which I am chair of International Service, has made several matching grants to TWP. e.