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October 30, 2013

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October 30, 2013

Chewonki offers campers and students opportunities to unplug, reflect, learn and grow. My sons have had the challenging and rewarding experience of participating in Wilderness Trips. And we have a soon-to-be-Semester student in the house!
I had the privilege of volunteering in the Development
Office for about 3 weeks. I remain impressed w/ Chewonki's crystal clear mission statement, generous scholarship awards and the exceptional quality of people that Chewonki attracts and retains.

Ways to make it better...

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

Try to get the word out even more, so more students could learn and grow

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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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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October 30, 2013

Chewonki fosters an appreciation for the simple things, for the environment, for meeting a challenge head on, and for living and working in community with others. This appreciation often shifts a person's (especially a young person's) entire worldview. This is the magic of Chewonki. You hear over and over and over again: former Chewonki participants say that Chewonki has changed their lives. It changed my life.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 29, 2013

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October 29, 2013

Chewonki is a fantastic organization that I hope to stay involved with. One of their programs is a Semester School for high school juniors, of which I was a student this past spring. It was one of the best things I've ever done!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

2013

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October 29, 2013

I worked for Chewonki for three summers at their boys camp. It changed my life. It's hard to put into words, but I will never forget my experiences there.

Ways to make it better...

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

Absolutely nothing.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 29, 2013

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October 29, 2013

I have been associated with Chewonki for over 50 years as a camper, employee, board member and now an advisory board member. Operating a boys camp, girls camp, co-ed wilderness trips, a semester school for high school juniors and an outreach natural history program that reaches thousands of students each year school,the organaztion provides a foundation for young people to grow, mature, learn and interact in the natural world around them. Lessons learned here have been passed on from generation to generation as well as world wide.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to insure its financial stability and impact on young people.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 29, 2013

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October 29, 2013

I have been volunteering since November 2011. I come to Chewonki for one day(sometimes two) a week to help create The Chewonki Archives. Chewonki was founded almost one hundred years ago. It is a really fun project as we have amazing albums, photographs, the papers of the founder Clarence Allen, plus movies, audio and memorabilia. All the staff at Chewonki are so positive and enthusiastic, it is a joy to be part of the organization. As I am there so much, I have gotton to know many people and work together. Chewonki lives the values that it is teaching, and being part of that is what makes volunteering at Chewonki great. We listen to each other and respect each other. The people that work at Chewonki are cheerful, caring and always ready to help each other and pitch in. We have dish crew where everyone takes turns cleaning up after lunch. Usually 5 people have signed up and its actually really fun, because everyone is working together in harmony.

Ways to make it better...

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

Raise enough money to have a climate controlled Chewonki Archives. Right now we are part of the library, which is good but not perfect.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 28, 2013

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October 28, 2013

Chewonki changes lives. I first became involved with Chewonki as a young teacher more than twenty years ago, and I think of the lessons I learned there as my second graduate degree, or far better, the place that best taught me about how to treat other people, how to pursue intellectual passions, and how to better live in balance with the natural world. I was always an outdoorsy person, but Chewonki taught me to look at and listen to the natural world with more precise senses just as it taught me how to be a caring teacher and a hardworking colleague. Chewonki is always my gold standard for what it means to work in a healthy job, but more than that, it defines what a strong, vibrant community can be.

Ways to make it better...

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

Replicate it around the country so others could experience its magic.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

Chewonki changed my life starting at age 9. My first experience was as a camper and it left me with a profound appreciation for nature and a significant boost in self-confidence. It was the first place that I ever strapped on a backpack and hiked several sections of the Appalachian trail. They also took me to remote island off the coast of Maine with a naturalists who could identify just about everything we saw, from plants to birds, to species in tidal pools. I later returned with a school group and then worked there as a counselor. With each step I've taken deeper into the organization, I have been more and more impressed. The quality of education they provide, the sincerity and drive of the hard working staff and the vision that they both teach and live is inspiring and impact-full. Chewonki is a spectacular, top-notch organization, well deserving of every accolade it receives!

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

my heart, my life, and my life choices.

Ways to make it better...

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

possibly increase the outreach offerings-- encouraging more visitors to the region to stop in for a look around, or provide more classes for locals. That said, they may be doing this already.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The sincerety with which they engage their mission and the spirit of teamwork that enables them to accomplish so much!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

positive, confident, informed, eager to help, curious, pro-active and good natured!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create extension programs elsewhere in the region, further broadening its great sphere of influence.

Ways to make it better...

...I honestly can't think of any improvements! They are true leaders in their field.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Growing while maintaining a sense of intimacy. But I think they'll do just fine.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am currently a director of Adult Education and Research at an organization in Texas and I look to Chewonki to inspire us in new directions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 4, 2009

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May 4, 2009

Chewonki Foundation consistently walks the talk of sustainability. It finds and retains some of the most energetic and compassionate staff of any organization, whether nonprofit or for profit. Sometimes, the experience of being on site seems almost magical. With self-deprecating humor, the Chewonki staff and campers refer to the comforting "Chewonki bubble" to remind themselves that the experience is to be shared and enlarged beyond the confines of Chewonki Neck, not only to be enjoyed while there.

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

its ability to innovate as the sustainable energy R&D center in Maine and its respected reputation.

Ways to make it better...

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

create a task force to plan online and onsite coursework to certify EE teachers worldwide in Chewonki methods and mission, especially in the girls wilderness camp.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

you cannot spend an hour there without learning something fascinating and hearing laughter.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fully engaged human spirits.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

franchise itself worldwide and become a destination center for EE teachers.

Ways to make it better...

it were easier for advisors to travel to the girls camp, but that is why it is the wilderness!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

housing assistance for onsite, retiring teachers; healthcare for staff; maintaining and improving IT.

One thing I'd also say is that...

there is revenue in a longterm franchise and certification program.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

Chewonki shapes the lives of future leaders in conservation and sustainability. Lessons learned at Chewonki translate into more conscientious life choices that are better for human and natural communities.

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

my career and personal choices and those made by others who attended educational programs at Chewonki and worked there.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how it shows thousands of kids and young adults that a strong sense of community and a materialistically simple life makes us happier than lives structured around consumerism.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, supportive, energetic and thoughtful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

put Maine and the region on a better path towards true sustainability.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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