I joined ETL as an intern in marketing from June 2011 – July 2012. This is an absolutely amazing organization that impacts many lives of young adults. I was happy to be a part of this organization and it's events. It was wonderful to see each child explore new ideas & places, grow and learn. Linda is absolutely fabulous in working with each student, parents, and volunteers. The program events keep the students engaged and active while still learning valuable life lessons. I hope this program continues for years, as it is an asset for the York County area.
I have volunteered for Ethels Tree of Life (ETL) for 4 years. It has been my privledge to watch Linda Higgins (founder) provide need opportunities of life experiences for disABLED adolescents and young adults. As a parent of an adult child with CP I know from experience that after school the programs for people with disabilities dwindles to almost non existence. This is a much needed program that offers wonderful practical life experiences for young people who would otherwise not be given this opportunity.
I attended the annual wine tasting & charity auction last year and the polar challenge this past February. All of the students at ETL have such wonderful things to say about their experiences with he organization.
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.
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.
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.
I've accompanied a group of Ethel's Tree of Life students on a day skiing and saw one young lady who was reluctant to ski, relax, gain confidence, and enjoy the experience as she earned high praise from the instructor. By the end of her lesson, she was beaming with pride in her new skill. I also worked in the youth employment program the summer of 2009 and saw students living with significant disabilites gain skills and confidence as the program progressed. Several came out of their shells, as they learned new skills both in independent living and in employment skills. The Job Club, run this spring and summer by volunteers offered similar opportunities to more students. It's great to see these young people build their confidence as they build their skills!
Ethel's Tree of Life is a great non profit. I have learned a lot about life skills while I am here, and I have made many friends from there. When I become Independent I know that I will learn the skills I learn and continue to learn from Ethel's Tree of Life to help me.