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February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I was an intern at CFW a few summers ago, and one day I was sitting at the desk when a large, gruff, mechanic-type looking man came in. In his hands was a small washcloth, which he held out to me. Inside, was a nearly newborn mouse. Apparently the mice had nested inside his lawnmower, and he "didn't want to talk about" the rest of the story. He was close to tears. I think that moment really exemplified the importance of CFW to me. People want to be able to help wildlife and rarely have the means to do so. It's important for people to give back to wildlife, and it helps raise awareness, especially with regards to suffering turtle populations in the area. Everyone who works there is worth their weight in gold. I mean that, truly. It was a wonderful experience, they treat their interns and volunteers like family, and their role in the community is so important.

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My own life. CFW was just one stepping stone of many to get me to where I want to be.

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Give them more money! They deserve every cent.

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

The Center For Wildlife is an amazing place staffed by caring and talented individuals who demonstrate their love of wildlife every day. As a volunteer I have learned so much that I can pass on to others to increase awareness of our native animals, and the difficulties they face in their world. As a preschool teacher I feel that I am educating the future stewards of the earth to be more aware of the effects of our actions on wildlife and the environment.

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I've had the experience of personally releasing some of the rehabilitated animals such as squirrels, ducks, songbirds, and a Barred owl. To see them healthy and free again is an awesome sight!

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The CFW could do even more great work if they had a bigger facility.

February 12, 2011

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February 12, 2011

York Center for Wildlife provides an important service in southern Maine, caring for and rehabilitating wildlife. They also have educational outreach programs which help children and adults gain a closer understanding and relationship with wildlife and nature.

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

Releasing rock doves in Prescott Park

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

Double the volunteers' salaries.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

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

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

more free muffins in the staff kitchen!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

super, thanks for asking.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I have been a volunteer at The Center For Wildlife for over 5 years now. I love it there! The staff and other volunteers are so great and caring to all!!! It is a fun and loving environment. I have also had to bring injured animals in and they do everything the help save the animals that come in.

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

seeing and releasing wildlife back into the wild

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

the only change that I would is to change the building! we need a bigger place!

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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

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

yes, they have tought me almost everything to know about the local wildlife and how to help them, also how to teach the public about them as well.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

happy and wanting be there!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 10, 2011

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February 10, 2011

very fulfiling to work the love to help the animals and make a difference

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knowledge of wildlife food requirements

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

discontinue the rehab of invasive sp.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

I have volunteered at the Center for Wildlife for almost three years now and it has been the most rewarding experience I've ever had. Everyone at CFW has been so nice to me and extremely helpful, not to mention the hardest workers I've ever met. Every day they put in 150% to help injured wildlife recuperate and eventually return to the wild if possible. This organization deserves recognition for the amazing work they do with what little money and resources they have. I have seen animals brought back from the brink of death and later released in perfect health, and it's so amazing to watch and be a part of. I only wish there were more resources available to CFW to build more enclosures and hire more help because of the number of animals that come in (over 1600 animals every year!) CFW also provides educational outreach to the community using the ambassador animals that are non-releasable. Children and adults alike love seeing the live animal presentations and learning about wildlife. OK I know this is a long review but I could go on for hours about CFW and I hope to continue volunteering there for many years to come.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization when we release an animal back to its natural habitat, and it's given a second chance to live a free and wild life.

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

If I had to make changes to CFW, I would create a blog for the website where we could post videos and photos of intakes and releases so the public can feel more involved in what we do.

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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

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

Notify all volunteers, interns, and other interested parties about all animal releases because I would like to attend more releases.

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

I have learned so much about the animals we work with, and I have learned that it is more rewarding to work for a cause instead of working for a paycheck.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very good about myself, and also more connected with the community and my natural surroundings.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

I recently started working here at the Center for Wildlife and I immediately fell in love with the place and the animals. While working here one is able to obtain hands-on work with wildlife and help them make a full recovery. I have learned a lot in only a short amount of time. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. I never feel uncomfortable asking a question because I know I will be met with a charismatic and intelligent answer. The people that work here love their job and you can see that when you watch them work with the animals. The animals here receive the best and compassionate care. This is a great place to volunteer and hopefully the Center will be around for a very long time.

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

hearing stories of animals that have come in and been personally cared for by a staff and then the staff release the animal into the wild. They have said it is an amazing experience.

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

I would help them to receive more funding

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

I found the Center for Wildlife when I encountered an injured bird that needed help. When I brought the bird to the center I filled out a brief form which included a check if I wanted to learn whether my bird survived and when it would be released. My bird did not survive, but I always felt grateful that I'd found CFW to give the poor thing a chance.

Some years later I wanted to visit CFW to see if I could help in any way. That very day I began as a volunteer. As a teacher I could only volunteer during summer, but that is when the need for volunteers is the greatest.

My first summers were occupied by learning how to care for every kind of bird from the tiniest to large birds of prey. I also helped with turtles and small mammals in the most rewarding situations I'd ever experienced.

Over time however I discovered my greatest talent and interest was working with and caring for baby songbirds, seabirds, woodpeckers, etc. I was in awe of how quickly a tiny featherless creature could eat, grow, explore and exercise their wings indoors; and eventually fly in the outside enclosures. And most exciting of all when the bird began to feed itself...be released again into the wild where they belonged!The work I did with the wildlife, other volunteers and staff at the Center for Wildlife makes me proud to this day because I know I made a difference.

I didn't begin the journey with CFW until I was 55 years old. I was privileged to see a small organization of dedicated naturalists expand, improve, and grow to build the extraordinary rehab facility it is today. I volunteered every summer until my joints and muscles began to fail me. I still miss the privilege of being so close to all the birds, mammals and reptiles that the Center for Wildlife offered me. The passion I felt about my work with CFW spread to all of the children and families that passed though my classroom door over all those years as well. I am forever grateful for CFW because it opened my mind to how fragile all living things are, and that we can each make a difference.

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Because of what I learned and experienced at the Center for Wildlife I am dedicated to continue to make a difference in any way that I am able.

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I would not change a thing about the Center for Wildlife, but I hope they are able to continue to do their remarkable work with the funds they are able to collect.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

The Center for wildlife gives wild birds and animals that are injured a chance to survive. As a volunteer, I feel privileged to assist the dedicated staff members in rehabilitating injured wildlife. We have had the honor of helping bald eagles, osprey, peregrine falcons, various species of hawks, songbirds, opossum, porcupines, and many squirrels. The center offers help for animals that would otherwise die in the wild, whether it be by the side of the road after being struck by a car, attacked by a domestic animal, or just found injured in the forest. The staff is an extremely dedicated, intelligent group that had opportunities to continue their work in corporate America, but chose instead to help our planet.
I have volunteered at the CFW for 5 years and feel honored to be able to have the opportunity.

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

bringing in injured wildlife that I have myself found

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

find a way to financially expand the availability of their service

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

I have wanted to volunteer at CFW for two years, and the minute I turned seventeen, I applied and began to volunteer there. I have also formed a student organization at my high school to fundraise and raise awareness for the center and wildlife. I have had an amazing experience at CFW. From the first day i arrived for orientation and was taught how to clean turtles and make "opossum platters", I felt welcomed and supported by the people who work there and the atmosphere of the place. Take a long, winding, bumpy road past horses and goats, pass a lake on your left, and halfway up the side of a mountain sits the well hidden right turn marked with a painted wooden sign. Here is where I feel at home. The animals are taken care of with unmatched care and compassion. Staff conduct fundraisers and find ways to get the high quality technology, medicine, and foods that actually make a difference in these animals lives. In a world that is being degraded by the ease of consumerism and technology, it is reassuring to see a place that is entirely devoted to rescuing and reversing our negative effects as humans. I have seen so many barred owls come in to the center this winter after having been hit by cars, and each of them is assessed carefully and thoroughly, and here, they are given the best care that they could possibly receive. The Center is brought over 1,600 animals annually, and volunteers, interns, and a very few paid staff members are the heart of the organization. There isn't one person who makes it all happen: it is a passionate community working towards the same cause. And yes, it is hard sometimes. But it is the most meaningful cause I have ever come across, conducted in a beautiful and thorough way.

Thank you CFW.

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I came in one Saturday and saw an opossum, lying on its side on a towel. It's jaw was hanging at an angle, its face was crusted with blood, and its breath was shallow. I watched that night as it was force fed and given liquids. The next week, the opossum was lying in a cat crate. I fed it a bowl of applesauce. Its face was cleaner. A week later, the opossum was outside, in a spacious enclosure among tree branches. Next summer, it will be free. Stories like this happen every day at CFW. We need them.

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For the budget that CFW is running on, I honestly don't think there is anything that needs improvement upon. They are professional, well organized and experienced, helpful and passionate about what they do. I have no criticism.

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