My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Environmental Volunteers, Inc., Palo Alto, CA, USA
I learned about this organization 10 years ago when I was interested in finding a more engaging way for my children's school to teach science. My husband and I are both scientists and have long supported science education. NOt just for the sake of creating more scientists, but because we believe a diversity of thought is important in today's world. This organization impressed me with its hands-on, inquiry-based, curriculum that focuses on the nature that surrounds the kids. The program is taught entirely by volunteers.
While the bay area is lucky to have many science education organizations such as the California Academy of Sciences and the Tech Museum in San Jose, this organization reaches the kids who are not likely to go to these museums because it is costly or something they and their family don't think of as cool.
I volunteered for this organization for a while, and the volunteer training is comprehensive and the organization supports its volunteers so they can be successful. The hands-on materials are well organized and regularly repaired. The teachers and kids are engaged and really appreciate both the in-class program as well as the corresponding field-trip.
This relatively small organization makes a huge impact. The team and board are extremely talented and engaged.