Suresh Raman has been volunteering with Save The Bay since 2005. He supports Save The Bay’s work not only by getting his hands dirty out on the shoreline with us, but also by being a dedicated donor. Suresh has increased his impact through eBay’s matching gifts program and by nominating Save The Bay to be considered for eBay Foundation GIVE Team grants. Thanks to Suresh’s passion and support for bay protection and restoration, more people are contributing to make our Bay cleaner and healthier!
What motivated you to get involved with Save The Bay?
I am always against the “development” (read: destruction) that takes place on ecologically sensitive land like wetlands, regardless of any perceived economic gain. It is always a long term loss for the environment and eventually for the economy as well. Save The Bay’s mission to protect and restore the natural state of the Bay and the lands surrounding it is very appealing to me. But what I am really thrilled about is Save The Bay’s success in restoring old salt ponds back to wetlands.
What has been your most memorable Save The Bay experience or event?
There have been two, the first as a restoration volunteer at Bair Island when Save The Bay’s Executive Director, David Lewis joined us. He regaled us with historical facts and figures about Bair Island and its ecology while we went about the restoration work. The second was a special Save The Bay Salt Pond Tour. The highlight of that outing was the walk up to the top of the old landfill that overlooks the infamous Cargill/DMB salt ponds. I’ll never forget that experience and being in the company of special people who all share my passion for the environment.
How easy was it to engage your employer in a cause that you believe in? And do you have any advice for other employees?
With eBay it was easy. eBay has a matching gifts program, where an employee contribution to any non-profit is matched dollar for dollar up to a maximum. eBay also has a bi-annual GIVE team grant making program for non-profits, with an application and selection process. I am happy that the GIVE committee has been benevolent to Save The Bay on many occasions. There have been the occasional eBay corporate team volunteer events as well. I am hoping that we can do more corporate volunteering in the future. eBay also has a Green Team that has an active role in shaping the green culture of the company. I hope this all makes a big difference eventually.
Where is your favorite place to spend time along the Bay?
The Alviso slough. It is a quiet place (almost lonely in fact) to do some sight-seeing, hiking or biking. I once went biking there and tried to race a train that was passing by on the tracks next to the trail. I lost badly, even with the wind on by back.
What is your favorite thing about the San Francisco Bay Area?
Everything… the scenery, the climate, the bay itself, the intellectual capacity of the people fostering a hot-bed of innovation here, and the diversity of the culture. An amazing place really!!
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