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Review for Environmental Volunteers, Inc., Palo Alto, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been and EV volunteer for 37 years. The organization continues to impress me with its mission, and the way it carries out that mission. Each day the EV pursues its goal of inspiring a love for science and nature with integrity, creativity, purpose and resolve. The programs improve each year, the staff is top notch and the volunteers are dedicated members of the EV community. The beneficiaries, of course, are our students - young and old. Each day we all learn from the EV to be better stewards of our precious environment and we lean a bunch of supporting science along the way. The EV receives my most ardent respect, admiration and endorsement.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Environmental Volunteers, Inc., Palo Alto, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Environmental Volunteers (EV) inspires students to become the next generation of environmental stewards. We do this by providing hands-on science education to over 10,000 local children and community members each year. Volunteers go into classrooms and engage students with hands-on learning materials and a thoughtfully developed curriculum. We also reach the community through programs at our EcoCenter.

I am one of those volunteers. For the past 36 years I have been involved with the EV in many different capacities. I have educated numerous students in natural science as a classroom volunteer. I served on the board of trustees for a total of 15 years at different times, including two stints as board chair. I currently serve on the development, nominating and education committees. I am part of a cadre of staff and volunteers who are in the process of revamping our entire curriculum, which has been an exciting and challenging experience.

I am inspired by the tremendous impact the EV has on people of all ages. Our volunteers, staff, board, students and whole EV family benefits from our activities:

• Providing hands-on science education
• Encouraging awareness of the interrelationships between people and nature
• Fostering an attitude of stewardship for the environment
• Providing knowledge and skills to children so they can make informed decisions about the environment.

We are introducing the natural world to students who have never spent time outdoors or stepped out of their communities. We are forming relationships that will last a lifetime. In educating the next generation of leaders and voters, the EV is helping me do my part to make a difference in the world.

The EV has provided an opportunity for me to use my love of learning, my passion for science education, my enthusiasm for helping improve the effectiveness of organizations and my zest for interacting with like-minded people to strive to make the world a better place. In my work as a volunteer I have provided a valuable resource to the EV, but I have received so much more than I have given.

Role:  Volunteer