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Review for Algalita Marine Research and Education, Long Beach, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I grew up in Long Beach, CA....a city downhill from one of the largest cities in the world, Los Angeles. While most childhood beach memories consist of building sand castles and collecting sand crabs my most vivid memories are those of collecting trash and rubbing tar off my tiny feet. Where was this pollution coming from? Where was it going? This issue hit me a lot harder as I grew older…and continues to transform me everyday. To me…the ocean is the most beautiful, alluring, and impressive thing on the planet. The life it sustains is extraordinary, the energy is possesses is unfathomable and the efficiency of its labor is imperative not only for human life…but for the wellbeing of our entire biosphere. We are rapidly altering a near perfect system that never needed modification. Instead of ignoring the issue…I internalized it…and soon became completely absorbed. One night, I flipped on The Late Show and was surprised to see uncommon guest. He wasn’t an actor, a comedian or an artist…he was an incredibly passionate scientist presenting the very issue I had become completely overwhelmed by. Captain Charles Moore…Algalita Marine Research Foundation…SEAL BEACH, CA?! His foundation was right down the street from my house! What were the odds? I had to get involved… Volunteering at Algalita has quickly become one of the best experiences in my life. Not only have I learned more about the issue but also I have learned that there are passionate people working to educate the rest of the world. The research this foundation conducts is groundbreaking. To see a “mom and pop” type non-profit accomplish the things Algalita has accomplished is inspiring and I am very proud to help support this organization. I no longer feel overwhelmed…I feel determined and hopeful for change. The fire inside each employee, volunteer, board member, and researcher is contagious. To me, this review is not just about the work Algalita does…this review is about the passion and determination of the entire organization. They are a group of people running forward in a world that is spinning backwards. If we all progressed forward like Algalita…we may be able to correct the spin of the entire world.

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

my everyday life.

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

help find ways to allow the organization to add more people to their internal team. This small group of people works harder then any other group of people I have ever met...

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

meeting passionate people who want to make a difference.

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

The most amazing people on the planet

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

really show the world the dangerous implications of our actions....the ENTIRE world, every single person.

Ways to make it better...

The world focused more on supporting non-profits financially.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are... most non-profits.

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

Thank god for these types of people. Sometimes I feel like we are fighting a losing battle. But I'd rather be fighting, then not. It's nice to feel like I'm not the only one of feels this way.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & Administrative Assistant.