LEEK HUNTING AND MOUNTAIN PRESERVE INC

Rating: 4.94 stars   32 reviews

Issues: Veterans

Location: 497 State Route 244 E % Edward J Fisher Oswayo PA 16915 USA

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

Currently in the PA state legislature is HB1859. If passed, this bill will greatly help veterans in Pennsylvania. Everyone's help is needed by urging your state representatives and senators to pass this bill. For more information visit veteransaction.yolasite.com SPREAD THE WORD!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I have been there for a few years and help out in every way we can. I have never met such wonderful people as the LEEK "bunch" and what they do for veterans is incredible. I am so happy we got involved with them and look forward to many years of supporting them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This non-profit is all volunteer, which means every penny goes to helping the Wounded Men and Women. I have been a volunteer for 3 years now, and it just keeps getting better and better. From the first time I was there, I fell in love with the people and the mission. It is so rewarding to be able to give back and help in anyway possible, to these men and women who have put there lives on the line for our freedom. And as a result of that decision, became wounded and/or disabled as a result. To be able to help them heal, physically, mentally and spiritually, is the the least I can do for them....Dave Waters

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The L.E.E.K. hunt is a great chance to give back something to our wounded heroes. This is an "all volunteer" organization that is completely reliant on it's sponsors and contributions from the public. I can say, that it has been my pleasure and an honor to help these warriors in any way that I can. To be honest, we laugh, cry, talk, listen, and just be there for them, whatever they need. It is all about them. the volunteers work from early in the morning until late at night to make everything go smoothly. The entire community supports the effort. I am proud to be a small part of it

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

The testimonies from the warriors. Listening to the comments about the hunt, and the impact it has had on them getting their lives back together. Showing them that they can still accomplish their goals.

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

if money was available, continue to upgrade the facility for the benefit of more warriors.

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

again, probably facility upgrades for the warriors, meeting area, food area etc.

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

Last year I took a week of my vacation and volunteered at L.E.E.K. The same this year. I just wish I had more time to give.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me proud to able to help the warriors.. it changes the way I view challenges in my own life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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1. What is your "main" purpose for volunteering your time to help our Wounded Warriors?

It's to give back something of myself to those that have given so much more. LEEK's purposes could not be accomplished without a heavy dose of volunteerism. And I find huge satisfaction in engaging these warriors on a more personal level. Sweeping floors, carrying firewood and picking up trash, the myriad of mundane but essential tasks in the LEEK effort, opens the door. I need to generate credibility before they consider opening up, because they eventually find out that I'm an active duty Navy Captain, they're pretty sharp. On this last trip several the young Marines couldn't believe that I would take leave and use my own resources to get from California to support them in their activities. And I'm thinking, why wouldn't I?

2. From your perspective, how have they responded to, and benefited from, having the opportunity to hunt and fish?

All you have to do is look at their smiles when they bring in their deer or drop a pheasant in full flight. It gets them out of their hospital setting and gets them doing something completely different and rewarding. For some a completely new experience, for others a familiar one they left behind to serve. And the community support is outstanding. They're treated like someone special, because they are. It's good for their morale, good for their spirits, good for their healing, mentally and physically, good for them to know there are people out there that recognize their tremendous contribution and sacrifices to our nation.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

I was so happy to see how much it meant to my son to participate in this program. Everything was set up to his needs and he felt independent again, for a little while. He was always a very out going young man, and I love to see him be part of his old activities. It is a wonderful experience.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Both my wife and I have been volunteers at the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve for several years. All the people associated with this organization are serving as volunteers for one reason - serving the wounded service men and women. It is an endeavor of the heart, and it shows. We are constantly amazed at the attitude of these wounded troops. They all, for the most part, have positive attitudes, and have accepted their injuries, and are anxious to get on with their life. We are honored to associate with these individuals.

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

The joy the LEEK Preserve provides is evidenced in the response the wounded vetrans show.

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

Leave it alone! It workes just fine.

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

Being able to associate with these wounded vetrans is a blessing. We feel honored to be able to suppoort "The LEEK!" Meeting these "heros" introduces us to new friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

GREAT!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I don't know how to start this out as I am not a very good writer. I hope I can convey the upmost respect I have for this organization,volunteers and the family that started it. For me this started with a grandpa's love for potter co. and the same love and values Lew and Ed's dad had for hunting and fishing. My grandpa loved potter co. as I do. I am self employeed and a veteran myself. My wife and I always take our vacation/aniversary the second week of deer season and this is where it started for me. My wife picked up a copy of mountain home magazine and the article about L.E.E.K was in there she read it and told me I should read it. A couple days later she asked if I read it yet. I said no so I sat and read it and told her I have to drive up and find this place. My grandpas cabin is about 30-45 min. away so I drove up and got to meet Ed Fisher one of the founders. Ed took the time to show me around and explain where they started and the future they were striving for. I knew at this point I wanted to help in some way. I am not a rich man by no means so I was hoping they could use another volunteer. As it turned out they took me in and treated me like I was there for ever. Ed,Lew,Kate,Elaine and Kelly the founders are the sweetest down to earth poeple you will ever meet. They are dedicated 100% to seeing that the veteran's they see at camp have a good experince and can take home some good memories. I have only just begun to help alittle, the few times I was there the volunteer's spend as much time and are as dedicated as any I have ever seen and this includes the support of all neighbors. I have seen the neighbors bring truck loads of food all ready prepaired for the vets when they come from the feild. I always wanted to help somewhere and vets are near and dear to my heart. When you add vets,potter co.,wanting to honor my grandpa and L.E.E.K. add them together what a combination. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating please do so your time any money I know for a fact is so much appreciated and will keep veterans in the field hunting and fishing and just having a good time. First and formost to all the veterans to L.E.E.K and all the volunteers you have my upmost graditude and thanks. I hope to keep volunteering and helping where I can. Rick L. Lint

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

meeting like minded volunteers was great. I wish I could remember names better

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I would like to do more and hopefully in the future have more time availible to do so. It gives you a good feeling knowing just maybe you made a difference for good.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Amber Woods and I am a volunteer at LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve in Oswayo where I serve as the preserve's Public Affairs Officer. The time I spend at LEEK is the most meaningful hours of my life. Since becoming involved with the program, I have seen veterans come back to life with the joy of knowing life goes on after severe injuries-and it goes on quite well! The Fisher family who founded the preserve, the surrounding community who all pitch in and cook meals, serve as guides for the wounded warriors and embrace us is something you can't find any other place on earth. I often write about it in feature stories about our Wounded Warriors, but the truth about LEEK is simple and yet so profound: when we love each other and take care of our own, magical things happen.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is one of most close to American Loving back to nature organizations Ive ever been involved with. I support this with all my hart and soul. Thanks and GOD bless Randy.

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

Ive seen the love for our Troops in family and friends.

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

Advertise so more troops could come and enjoy this wonderful experience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

LEEK is a non-profit brings injured warriors to "God's Country Potter County, Pennsylvania for hunting trips. Leek supplies everything the warriors need for a successful hunt... dry warm housing - Dunham Barracks named after local Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Jason Dunham, meals, hunting gear, guides and many local landowners have opened their properties to the warriors. Our warriors come to us in wide variety of conditions from wheelchair bound, to limbs missing, traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries. LEEK allows these warriors to realize they can still do the things they loved to do prior to their injuries. I've had a number of them thank me time and time again for showing them they can do things they once did.

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

I have seen warriors to come LEEK and be able to let their hair down and enjoy themselves, while realizing - "hey - I can still hunt and enjoy the great outdoors". Most of our deer hunts have a very high success rate. All of our hunts feature some great properties and great opportunities for the warriors to enjoy lots of wildlife.

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

Like to see more injured warriors come and enjoy LEEK's program

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

It shows me how blessed and fortunate I am to live ...in the Land of Free and Home of the Brave. A number of the injured guys that have come to our hunts still keep in contact with me. These guys inspire me with their positive attitudes and humor.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great! Being able to serve those who gave so much for this great nation and the freedoms we enjoyed. These injured guys inspired me to do more for others. It was very satisfying to be able to show these injured warriors they can still do the things they used to such as hunting.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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