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Review for Great River Greening, Saint Paul, MN, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I've volunteered for Great River Greening for 3 years, and really enjoy the events that they host. The restoration events are well thought, the right amount of work, and definitely get work done. I have volunteered for other ecosystem restoration nonprofits and the difference that is seen immediately when you show up to a site; somebody is there to greet and show you to the registration booth, maybe grab a coffee or water, and then converse with your group supervisor until everyone shows up. I also like that volunteers are shown why a certain exotic species is bad; not just that it has to be removed.

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

I really enjoy going back to the places that we've restored and seeing the difference. It really gives me pride in the organization with the work that a variety of people can do collectively with the same goal.

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

I know it would be costly train and re-certify but having an an EMT on staff at the events would be great.

Would you volunteer for this group again?


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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I like the idea of pins or some token to show the events you've worked at. I also think it would be neat to have an events page that has photos and captions of volunteers from each event and eventually post them on the website. everybody likes sharing good things they've done!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It gives me more experience on teaching/mentoring non-conservation professionals in the field

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?


When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I supervised volunteers on restoration projects by explaining the work (removing buckthorn, planting natives or trees, adding mulch), explaining why it is done, and how its done safely. Generally keep volunteers focused on the project, but making sure th.