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October 2, 2012

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October 2, 2012

I have been coming to this amazing place each summer for 33 years. The thing that is most amazing to me is that it hasnt' changed much, only in a positive way, maintaining and improving what is there in the first place. You can feel how much this land is loved and cared for by Friends of Acadia and I have supported them every year in their fine efforts. I first came to Acadia alone, then with my wife, then my children and now my grandchild. I always ask them around now, do you want to go somewhere else? They say NO! We want to always go to Acadia. Thank you FOA for offering people a time to just focus on this beautiful piece of the earth.

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 1, 2012

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October 1, 2012

Acadia National Park is one of our country's most beautiful national parks and recreation areas. The Friends of Acadia are unlike any group we know of affiliated with a national park. They work hand in hand with the Park, with a large group of volunteers, in maintaining hiking trials and the carriage road paths used by walkers and bikers. They also raise awareness of Acadia, it's history, it's opportunities and needs and conservation efforts. We discovered Acadia nine years ago and it is our favorite vacation destination. The friends of Acadia newsletter keeps us connected with Acadia throughout the year. Through it, we feel at one with the natural beauty and the incredible history of Acadia. In retirement we hope to spend more time in Acadia and become active volunteers with the Friends of Acadia, working side by side with others devoted to working in nature and conserving the beauty of this national park treasure for many generations to come.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 19, 2012

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September 19, 2012

I live in the Acadia National Park area. Friends of Acadia makes the park so much better, and puts on lots of interesting programs to encourage us to use the park. My whole family volunteers with them as well.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 19, 2012

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September 19, 2012

I worked for Friends of Acadia for 16 years, and it was some of the most creative, caring work I've ever done. I loved being a partner to one of America's national parks, with the surrounding communities, and with so many people who care deeply about this place and with the national park promise. It was an experience of shared commitment, concern, and positive hopefulness.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 19, 2012

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September 19, 2012

My two kids and I have helped raked the Carriage Road in Acadia National Park and volunteered at different educational stations on Family Fun Day in July. Friends of Acadia thanks all volunteers with a cruise and small dinner every September. But this year was the first time we heard about it and joined the cruise. It was awesome. I have also volunteered with other organizations, but Friends of Acadia is the best so far in terms of how it's organized and how they show their appreciation to volunteers.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 19, 2012

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September 19, 2012

Acadia National Park is an American treasure. I have enjoyed hiking and biking and swimming in the park since moving to Mount Desert Island nearly 25 years ago. Friends of Acadia does outstanding work preserving the park, working with volunteers and partners to keep it clean and safe. Bravo!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

What does Friends of Acadia do? A better question would be, what don't they do? My husband and our two dogs and I visit Acadia National Park every year, and even with the difficulties that all the parks are experiencing in the last 15 years in terms of funding, we are continually amazed. The park would definitely not be in such great shape without the support--in terms of money, time, volunteers, scientific endeavors, creative projects, corporate involvement, resources, etc.--of FOA. I look forward each year not only to visiting ANP and the surrounding communities of Mount Desert Island, but I actually crave receiving the FOA Journal in the mail three times a year, along with the superbly produced annual report! FOA creates a community that cares not only about the park, but about nature and youth and peace and education and beauty and ethics--in short, all the things that make us human and make us yearn for a better future. In his book Time and Tide in Acadia, Christopher Camuto writes that, "Some days, walking Acadian summits, soaking up the informed silence of these moubtains, you'll want to bow to everything you see." I would submit that there are times when I visit the wonders of Mount Desert Island, I feel the same sort of reverence for the wonderful folks at Friends of Acadia.

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

I visit the park each year.

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

Suggest ways for people who don't live in Maine to be more involved with FOA throughout the year.

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

Acadia National Park is a gift to all of us. Last year I started a hiking group and my friends at Friends of Acadia were of great help to me putting the group together. We hiked a total of 48 trails and each time you could see all the great work and energy Friends have done. With the new trail marker and keeping the trails nice. The park is lucky to have them working so hard at keeping it so pretty. So in closing I would like to say, Thank You Friends Of Acadia for being here.

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

Helping with the "Hike the Book" hiking club.

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

No changes

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

Friends of Acadia is known to everyone on Mount Desert Island as the organization that works to preserve the natural resources of Acadia National Park. I have admired and supported FOA for years but have only recently, as a volunteer in the Wild Gardens of Acadia, had the opportunity to work closely with their board and staff . The Wild Gardens are gardens of native plant communities located within Acadia National Park. They began in 1961 as a volunteer project of the Bar Harbor Garden Club and have been sustained by volunteers since that time. As the Gardens grew and visitation increased it became increasingly difficult for volunteers to maintain them and the Gardens’ volunteers, fearing for the future, appealed for help from Friends of Acadia, an organization sharing the Gardens’ volunteers’ commitment to conservation of the Parks resources and to volunteerism. Friends of Acadia embraced the project and, working with the National Park, established in 2010 the Wild Gardens of Acadia Committee of Friends of Acadia. In the short time since the formal affiliation I have watched the Wild Gardens, always beautiful and always an asset to the Park, begin to realize their potential. Today a professional gardener, not volunteers, oversees the workings of the Gardens and guides the work of a student intern. Volunteers have been freed to serve as docents for the thousands of visitors and they help with the weeding and gardening when needed. They work with the Head Gardener to plan habitat restoration and with Friends of Acadia to plan for the future. Volunteers continue to help raise funds but now they have guidance and support in their efforts. Friends of Acadia, The Wild Gardens, and the Master Gardeners of Hancock County jointly published a guide to the native ferns last summer. Friends of Acadia has provided a structure in which these activities, and many others, are planned and support with which they are executed. Most importantly the Wild Gardens of Acadia, because of its association with Friends of Acadia, is assured of a future.

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

I have personally experienced the results of this organization in my personal life as I enjoyed the Park or taken the free Park Bus established by Friends of Acadia. I have also seen the Wild Gardens of Acadia greatly expand its usefulness to the Park and its visitors through the efforts of Friends of Acadia.

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

I really cannot think of changes that I would make.

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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

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

Yes. I think it has made me a better team player.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Relieved and fulfilled.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

Being a volunteer for Friends of Acadia is a wonderful experience! Many opportunities are made available for volunteers according to their time and interests. volunteers work on the trails and carriage roads in Acadia National Park from May to November, clearing brush, rehabilitating old trails, creating new ones, clearing drainage ditches, and improving vistas. other volunteers help in the Wild Gardens at Sieur de Mont Springs, on the Schoodic Peninsula and with the annual summer fundraising gala. In the spring many volunteers join in the annual Earth Day cleanup, which makes the communities surrounding Acadia as beautiful as the park. in the fall hundreds of people from all over come to participate in Take Pride in Acadia Day. Friend of Acadia does a great job of providing some thing for everyone, families, school groups, outing clubs, young and old. Friends of Acadia educates and trains their volunteers, provides tools, transportation and support for their efforts. And volunteers are well recognized for their contribution to Acadia in many ways, making the whole effort a rewarding experience. The result? Volunteers provide more than 10,000 hours of help a year to preserve, protect and enhance Acadia while enjoying a sense of pride and camaraderie.

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

Knowing that the trails and carriage roads are in excellent condition and greatly appreciated by visitors to the park. knowing and working with the outstanding staff of Friends of Acadia

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

Work to increase the number of volunteers and opportunities for them to help

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