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Review for Piedmont Wildlife Center, Durham, NC, USA

Rating: 2 stars  

I had some good experiences volunteering at Piedmont Wildlife Center as I felt I was contributing and there are nice people there, but when I set a limit against doing any (and usually last minute) administrative task (I didn't sign up for that), which seemed to pop into one leader's head while I wasn't given the information I needed to do my agreed upon tasks, I realized this area of administration is probably running along a rut, and I needed to leave. The Center seems to have two strong programs, with each leader very focused on their interest. So, for example, if you want to volunteer to work with raptors, you are likely to have a good experience. There aren't many volunteer roles for the Center's biggest strength, youth and teen camps and adult workshops, but the education director does take time to listen to and support the volunteers and interns as much as her schedule allows. Other areas mentioned in the Center's mission statement are run chaotically. I heard (summer '10) the mission statement is being revised, so perhaps these challenges will be addressed with the changes. For now, I only recommend accepting short-term, group volunteer assignments. The special projects coordinator, a volunteer, does a good job leading group tasks such as grounds maintenance.

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

I've learned how to share with the community how to assess how to best help an injured wild animal; for example whether the animal should be moved, a rehabilitator called, etc.

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

Provide better general management and allow the interests and passions of staff members to channel into the specific roles for which they have skills and enthusiasm.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & Updated data sources and matched volunteers with opportunities to care for and preserve the wellness of native wildlife.

Review for Read Seed Inc, Durham, NC, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

I understand that organizations that support low income clients may need economical office space; however, I did not feel comfortable as soon as I arrived at what looks like a poorly maintained, temporary office rental business. The director had sent me an appointment after I expressed interest through 1-800-Volunteer. I arrived on time and was told by a surprised person in the one-room office that the director had gone shopping for office supplies. When I made the appointment, I gave the director my cell phone number in case something came up; I guess she forgot our appointment.

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

Not applicable

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  General Member of the Public & Attempted to meet in order to potentially help with special events.