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Trees, Water & People

Rating: 4.96 stars   153 reviews

Nonprofit Issues (NTEE):

Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Pollution Abatement & Control

Address:

633 Remington Street Fort Collins CO 80524 USA

Mission:

Trees, Water & People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to improve people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends.

Results:

Nationally, TWP is actively involved with helping to improve the lives of Native American families living on the reservations of the Great Plains. There, where the winters are extremely long and harsh, Native Americans commonly spend more than half of their income on their exorbitant utility bills. Together with our reservation-based partner, we have built 850 economic solar heating systems, saving tribal families 20-30% on their annual heating bills, and trained more than 175 tribal members in residential and facility-scale renewable energy applications. We have also planted trees and shrubs around the home sites for more than 160 additional families, further lowering heating costs and associated emissions by acting as important wind blocks during the frigid winter and providing much-needed shade during the sweltering summer. Internationally, TWP works extensively in Central America. Together, with our country-based partners, we support 8 community tree nurseries that produce over 650,000 trees annually to aid in reforestation efforts, planting over 4.3 million trees to date. We have built 47,800 clean cookstoves. Each cookstove decreases a family’s need for firewood by 50-70%, as compared to standard open fire cooking, and reduces carbon emissions by at least 1.5 tons per year. When vented to the outside of the home, these improved cookstoves also decrease indoor air pollution, which is responsible for the death of 1.9 million women and children globally every year.

Target demographics:

low-income, rural and peri-urban communities in Central America, Haiti and on Native American Reservations in the U.S.

Geographic areas served:

Latin America and U.S. Native American Reservations

Programs:

Clean Cookstoves Program, Reforestation Program, Tribal Renewable Energy Program

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

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Feeling the need contribute to the well being of others I researched and followed several organizations until I found TREES WATER PEOPLE. I am not very wealthy so I needed to feel my small offerings were getting a bang for the buck. Combining technology and local communities dedicated to improving peoples lives this non-profit is rocking it. In the central highlands of Honduras clean cook stoves improve lives by producing a lot less smoke in homes and reducing the tedious labor of gathering wood. Water cisterns made by a simple, and extremely durable design ease families through the dry months. The appreciation and gratitude the village people showered on us was very touching. I will be with TWP for a long time.

Tamara Winter Nelson, Boulder, Colorado

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been associate with Trees, Water, People in one way or another for the last 6 years. Initially, I got to know TWP through a trip to Guatemala. They accompanied a group from my church to the community of La Bendicion. We were looking for an opportunity to form a "sister city" in Central America. TWP organized a trip so that we could connect with the community of La Bendicion as well as experience a bit of Guatemala in general. The trip itself was very well organized and consequently both informative and fun. Lucas Wolf, who led our trip, was very prepared and professional while also being patient, flexible, and approachable. He was well established with the community and helped us have in incredibly rich and memorable experience.

Aside from that, I have volunteered here in a variety of ways. Currently, I am filling in as an office manager until a more permanent person can be found. Everyone here at the office has been extremely welcoming and helpful. It has been a pleasure to be here.

Trees, Water, People is making a huge and positive difference in our world!

Cindy Sargent

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Trees, Water & People is a wonderful organization! I had the opportunity to work with them in there efforts in Pine Ridge SD. They truly take the time to understand the needs of and issues facing the people they are helping. This is a step not many non profits do - or at least as effectively - as TWP. The staff at TWP also is something to rave about, they truly put all there effort into helping others and the environment they live in first.

 
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Trees, Water, People is an incredible organization that is supporting and connecting people in their own backyard in addition to across the world. They truly care about individuals and sharing stories in unique ways, whether it be a mural in Fort Collins, CO where they are based, or working with local coffee farmers in Central America and exposing people around the world to their incredible products. This is definitely an organization to support!

 
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Trees, Water, People is such a thoughtful organization with an incredibly sharp, compassionate, and visionary group of staff and board members at its helm. I worked with this organization on behalf of my visual artist client who created a custom mural to help tell the organization's story and mission in Fort Collins, CO. They were a dream partner in guiding the project, educating us on their mission, and connecting us with important voices in the communities they serve. I have been really impressed with TWP's authenticity and global perspective. So happy to have them in our Northern Colorado community!

 
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The people behind this organization are some of the most kind and caring humans I have ever met, much less worked for. They intentionally get to know their volunteers and the recipients of their work. Even as someone who volunteers with them, where am I giving my time and energy to their causes, I feel like the one being taken care of and benefitting from the interaction. Seb, Daniela, Helen, and Diane all knew my name within minutes of meeting me, and this kind of attention to detail and personal care is evident in the work of this organization! I have struggled for years to find a local non-profit that embodies all of the aspects of community conservation that I hope to build my career/life around, and I am so thankful I have finally found them and gotten to work with them. Any day I get to go to TWP is a good one :) Finally, their presence on social media and in town is informative, and inspiring. They create content that I am able to share with friends and family and advocate for nature and indigenous populations in a way that is respectful yet powerfully demanding.

 
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I'm always inspired by the authentic, holistic approach TWP takes to their work. Far too often we see nonprofits parachuting into communities and impressing their will upon them. TWP is a strong exception to this paternalistic model. Their staff is largely composed of people from or with authentic connections to the communities they're serving.

 
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TWP is one of those rare organizations that not only understands the complexity of the issues they are trying to adress, but their interventions and programming reflect that complexity. They work at the intersection of social and environmental problems and rely on the expertise of the communities in which they work to guide them. TWP is the type of organization that the broader field of international development needs.

 
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I am constantly impressed by the ways in which TWP not only contributes to real, meaningful, community-driven change on the ground internationally, but by the way they bring the community in Northern Colorado together to make a difference at home through events, tours, art, videos, and every means available!

 
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Since their inception, TWP has had a strong presence in Fort Collins and the countries they loyally serve. The most admirable trait of TWP projects is the longevity and care taken by staff to cultivate relationships with local non-profits and community members. By nurturing local relationships, TWP has been able to grow and diversify projects in rural Central America. Over the years I have seen TWP evolve as an organization and become a type of business partner with local agencies and communities that believes in their stakeholders' potential, ideas, and abilities to propel their own change, protect their natural resources, and improve their community and family well-being. TWP inspires young and old to get involved and work towards making our global community a more verdant and healthy place to live They offer Travel with Purpose by taking people on tours of their projects, but also to places off the beaten path where we can experience life from diverse perspectives. Overall, TWP is an exceptional non-profit that will continue to have a positive impact locally and abroad long into the future!

Former TWP employee & lifelong supporter!

 
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