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October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

I found out about Ethel's Tree of Life from my employer and she recommended I take my consumer for Friday activities. I saw a lot of changes in him as he started to branch out with others and he was always smiling. Before we left for his first activity, he was hesitant (very much so) and I think he had it in his mind that he would not going to enjoy it, after that afternoon, he looked forward to coming back each Friday. Linda is fantastic and I cannot say enough good about her. She is very aware of the specific needs of each youth involved in the program, sets realistic expectations and goals, and is always looking to make the experience as educational and enjoyable as possible. Not only did I see my consumer build friendships, but I found myself doing the same with other support staff and volunteers. I am always looking for ways to spread the word about this wonderful organization.

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

Seeing youth make personal growth with social skills, self-esteem, and job skills

Ways to make it better...

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

want to see it grow more and have more of the financial resources needed to do so

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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?

Absolutely nothing

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

I talked to the job club about my online business when they were talking about business planning and led a craft activity (I need to coordinate about finishing the other parts of the activity)

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

amazing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

ETL has helped us to understand how much our granddaughter is able to fit in wityh her peers and overcome her anger with social skills and lots of understnading. She ahs been on a train ride and couldn't stop talking about her day. She has learned to overcome most valid fears. Linda has done such a great job with all of youth in the years she has given her life and time to.

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

Learning our granddaughter's needs and seeing her improve.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue the way things are currently going.

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

ETL has proved to be an excellent resource for youth with special needs. I have found the director, Linda Higgins, to be willing to collaborate on individual cases and to be willing to provide services that support youth who, despite an obvious need for support in developing occupational and independent living skills, are typically unable to access intensive case management and employment support services provided by public entities because their disabilities are deemed too mild to require such services. ETL is a valuable resource forSeacoast youth who are working to develop independent living skills and overcome barriers to employment.

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

helping a student with a disability gain valuable work experience.

Ways to make it better...

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

make it more geographically accessible to Portsmouth residents.

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

Ethel's tree of Life is a great organization that supports youth and young adults living with various disabilities. Students are able to explore different places such as Boston or New York and learn independent living skills at the same time. ETL offer a support group for youth to discuss their issues they are dealing with in a Sanford group. ETL was blessed with the opportunity to have two Americorps members volunteer their time to work with high school students with disabilities. Team Leadership and Career Corps was the program that allowed volunteers to integrate transitional skills for adult life while using the world around them to find their way in life.

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

the opportunity to work with students with disabilities and able to share my experiences as a disabled person.

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

more social outlets for students to get to know one another.

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

Ethel's Tree of Life students achieve amazing things! One achievement might be going on a trip for the very first time without a family member or support person, another might be being brave enough to take the train into Boston alone for the first time. Other achievements might include becoming aware of opportunities to give of oneself in one's community, understanding life long learning opportunities, and, how to build on one's abilities. Developing an "I Can" attitude may be the biggest achievement of all!

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

Seeing students gain self confidence, connect with community, and, put skills learned to work in everyday life.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make it bigger!

September 28, 2010

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September 28, 2010

Ehtel's Tree of Life has provided an amazing amount of opportunities for our Son. It has allowed him the grow and learn in a way that makes sense to him. He has become an active member of the community and takes pride in his accomplishments. He enjoys spending time at the Youth Barn in South Berwick. He now looks forward to participating in events such as; learning to cook different foods, how to interview for a job, camping, appropriate behavior in different settings, seeing things from another perspective, going to the movies, just to name a few. He looks forward to graduating High School this year and then attending a local College for Mechanics. He just turned 17 and has Autism.

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

As the mother of a son with special needs it's a blessing to have an organization that meets his needs and the needs of others.

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

Watching our son grow and want to participate using learned social skills in an appropriate setting.

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

educated, caring and nurturing people.Many have life experience and relate to parents such as myself.

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

change many individual lives as well the the lives of their families. So many parents struggle to find a place that meets the needs of their children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010

My teeneage son, who has autism, was in dire need of services to help him with social skills, independent living skills, and all the other skills that his typical peers were developing. In this past year, he has been involved in several different programs offered through Ethel's Tree of Life. As a member of "Choose to be Healthy", he learned to make better choices about how to spend his free time, healthier choices about the foods he eats, and to have a new appreciation of his own unique personality. His experience with "Job Club" helped him learn all about what it means to find and hold a job, from identifying his own skills, to communicating these skills to a potential employer, even experiencing what an interview is like through role playing. Throughout all this wonderful support he was also developing friendships, having joined a wonderful group where each person's gifts are nurtured and celebrated. I can't say enough about how fortunate we have been to find ETL!

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

My son has grown so much through his involvement with ETL, having made huge gains in independence, problem solving, and working co-operatively within a group.

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

The tremendous gains my son has made!

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

Very highly qualified and talented.

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

change the world, at least for kids with special needs!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 21, 2010

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September 21, 2010

I first came into contact with ETL when it was first getting off the ground and i thoroughly enjoyed helping to set up the new building(twice) and hanging out with the kids, playing games, and just basicly making them feel comfortable. i would do it over again in a heartbeat if i had the chance.

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

Seeing how happy all the kids are every day, weather its just everyone relaxing or going dogsledding, is sometimes too overwhelming for words. seeing true happyness over the simple things in life is truly refreshing.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 21, 2010

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September 21, 2010

ETL is a wonderful organization that has helped so many young people in need of assistance and learning how to do for themselves as well as work together to achieve common goals. I have always had wonderful experiences when working with ETL and the clients they serve truly become a part of something that makes them feel good about themselves and what they can achieve. So many people are grateful for the help ETL has been able to provide.

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

many ways. I have met many wonderful people, seen the organization grow and expand to help many different areas in the region.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 21, 2010

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September 21, 2010

Working with Ethel's Tree of Life was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The opportunities within this program are incredible from the trips to the wide variety of classes taught in this organization. It's one of the most kind-hearted organizations I have ever been a part of.

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

person. I have seen it grow from the beginning and I see the potential for growth in the future.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would find the funds to expand it to every state :)

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

What I have been able to learn from it. the experiences I have had with Ethel's Tree of Life will stay with me forever.

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

The most kind-hearted people I have ever met. They all have their own characters and each have their own personal uniqueness to share with the organization.

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

expand internationally and give many more opportunities to many more people.

Ways to make it better...

I still lived in Maine and could continue to help with classes and go on trips.

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

funds.

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

being a part of Ethel's Tree of Life was one of the best experiences of my life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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