Ethels Tree Of Life Inc

Rating: 4.72 stars   29 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Disabilities, Human Services

Location: c/o 115 Bartlett Road Kittery Point ME 03905 USA

Mission: The mission of ETL is to provide transitional training in life and work skills for youth of 14 up to young adults of 25 who live with disabilities and/or special needs.
Geographic areas served: Southern York County ME and Seacoast NH
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 11-3674348
207 704 0265
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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: 4 stars  

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

Watching students learn how to prepare healthy meals and clean assess minor injuries

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

Help it to grow to serve more people

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

Hearing the students tell about their experiences.

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

NA

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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!

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

watching these young people grow as they develop new skills and new confidence.

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

seeing the way it's helped young poeple who are living with various disabilities, offering them experiences they otherwise would not have.

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

dedicated and caring people.

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

provide more opportunities for even more students, offer jobs as well as job training to students, purchase a building for our headquarters, and provide our director with a decent salary and health benefits.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

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

my life skills growth and my skills Ive acquired for independence, the friends I've met, the trips I've been on

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

let students have more input and control over trip planning and fund raising for said trips.

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

the new friends I've met and the skills I've learned

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

nice, caring, accepting

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

grow soo much more

Ways to make it better...

If students had had more input planning trips and how to raise money for them

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

growing and expanding

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

I love Ethel's Tree of Life

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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