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March 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 21, 2011

There are not many organzations that actually help high school students think outside of themselves. WorkcampNE does exactly that. I'd highly recommend attending camp for any high school student that's looking for (or needs!) an authentic experience of helping under-resourced, elderly or disabled members of a community.

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

in having my level of privilege and comfort challenged.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand the camp offerings to other areas of the country.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

I have been a part of workcampne for 12 years and will continue to be a part of this amazing experience for the rest of my life. I love giving back to people who are less fortunate. It's a heart warming experience getting to know the residents whose house you are working on. Especially when at the end of a long week, you take a step back and look at what you have accomplished......for someone else :-) "Labor Of Love" is our motto. We have an opportunity to share our love with others by serving them and meeting their needs.
This past summer we were in Sunapee NH and i worked on a house that needed painting. She was a single mom of two boys whose husband passed away from a bike accident. All she could say to our group was don't leave. The impact we left on her and the boys can not be described. I actually just sent her a letter and look forward to hearing from her and the boys.
I anxiously await for the next workcamp....it's 20 weeks and 5 days in Lebanon from today....not that i am counting:-)

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

the way that i treat others. It's so hard to find kindness and generosity in this selfish world. I am so blessed to be a part of this organization that can (and has) make a difference!!!

Ways to make it better...

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

At this time, I have no suggestions to change it.

February 10, 2011

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February 10, 2011

I went to work camp summer of 2010 and it was utterly amazing! The camp is not only a place to grow and develop spiritually but a place to be a humble servant of God's by being HIS hands and feet! Working on resident's homes were such a huge blessing! The worship blew me away but most of all, through this camp, GOD blew me more in his current of never-ending love!

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

lasting ways! Learning about construction and learning more about Jesus! The impact of a camp like this is huge! The residents are appreciative and can't believe kids would volunteer a week of their summer to come work!

Ways to make it better...

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

Ask them to advertise!!! When I was there I wondered why weren't more people here!

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

The labor of love that WorkCamp exemplifies is a wonderful example for all of us. Even though we’ve never had hands-on experience with the camp, it’s truly moving to know that there are young people and adults giving their time and effort to help those less fortunate. We know that WorkCampNE is professionally run by dedicated people who strive to make this a wonderful experience for the campers and homeowners. We feel blessed to be associated with such an enthusiastic and inspirational group of people.

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

as an outsider.

Ways to make it better...

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

look at ways to expand it's reach.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I am a social worker working with seniors. Most of my clients are very low income and come with a variety of needs. When I first heard of Workcamp I was not sure what to expect. I worried that my clients would get their hopes up only to be dashed down again when monies ran out or volunteers did not do the work promised. My clients and I were thrilled to find the exact opposite! The Workcamp volunteers were so hardworking and gracious. Several of my clients benefited from the work they did and I heard nothing but high praise for their commitment to finish the jobs they started and with how polite and considerate they were to the needs of each client. I want to thank all of them for their dedication to helping those less fortunate.

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

They did a lot of work for clients in Kennebunk and Kittery, Maine.

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

I can not think of a thing I would change. They were all wonderful to work with!

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

I went to work camp for the first time last summer. I wasn't sure what to expect and I thought it wasn't going to be fun. I ended up having one of the best weeks of my life and cannot wait to go back again this summer. I made great friends and the best part was helping the family. We worked on her house and seeing the difference in her life really made me understand how important it is to help others. All of the staff is awesome and I still keep in touch with kids that I met from other states.

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I experienced the loving and caring nature of the Therrien family and everyone else involved and they really helped me with my confidence and in exploring my faith.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would make it so that more kids knew about it and were able to attend because it really changes your life.

More feedback...

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?

better food.

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

Yes, I made new friends, got to know the kids from my own youth group better and I made a difference in the community.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Awesome!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

During the past five years I have had the pleasure of coordinating the needs of several Kennebunkport families with the staff and volunteers of Workcamp NE. several times.They are a blessing for our low income seniors and handicapped residents. Because of their effort ,these individuals are able to remain in their homes. The volunteers installed new windows, roofs, ramps and bathroom railings. They replaced rotten siding and painted up homes. All at no cost to our residents.
More importantly is the bond of friendship that has been established. My seniors refer to them as "MY kids" All still display photoes. Some still receive cards and notes just to keep in touch. I look forward to working with this organization. Our residents continue to ask "Are they coming back- even for a visit?" In this day of so much negativity especially concerning our youth- Workcamp NE is an example that there is positivity and caring still in our society.

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As Kennebunkport's Welfare Director as well as Public Health nurse I have seen the positive effects that the improvements have made both physically & mentally for our residents.

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

I can't think of a thing I'd change.

February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

The 2010 summer was one of my best summers ever. I was able to relish in the joys of WorkcampNE. The week I attended felt like just a few short days. It was over before I even knew it. Community service, bonding with area residents, mentoring highschool students were just some of the experiences I was able to have during this week. I felt fulfilled after this week was over and it transferred over to my home life.

The Great!

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

watching these highschool students go from worrying about getting paint in their hair to really taking time to get to know our residents. Not only did the residents benefit from the week but the highschool students benefited also!

Ways to make it better...

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

add more weeks of camp for these students and give the organization more money for continuing their work.

February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

For the past five years, workcampNE has been the central focus of my summer. I have witnessed hundreds of teenagers positively affect hundreds of lives. They have provided repair to homes that never would have never been able to done on their own. I'm proud to be associated with them and as a high school teacher, i cannot think of a better way to spend my summer.

The Great!

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

seeing the faces of the residents as they have a home they are no longer ashamed of. Also the pride in the students who have done great deeds while learning skills that will be further used in life.

Ways to make it better...

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

have it extend beyond the New England community.

More feedback...

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

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

I have learned how to install windows and doors, shingle, point a chimney, build a deck. I have also have developed my computer skills involving media presentation. I have forged relationships with many students and student leaders and staff members which will follow me throughout my life.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Porud to a participant of workcampNE.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

I went to WorkCampNE to help others, but I came away with much more than I gave. I've never worked so hard and felt so fulfilled and appreciated. The organization and and execution of camp was outstanding. From the time you arrive till you leave, you know what's going on and you feel comfortable and cared for. The work assignments were challenging, but rewarding. I will continue to attend work camp as long as my 50+ year old bones wlil allow.

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

Kennebunk ME

Ways to make it better...

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

Find a way to make it a year round opportunity for people to experience the joy of helping others while helping themselves grow in faith and confidence.

More feedback...

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?

Air conditioning where we stay, worship, and sleep?

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

Confidence to lead and perform the work. I didn't think I was physically able to do the work, but I went anyway. I learned new skills in painting and that I can keep up with the kids despite my self doubts. I made friends that I will never forget. I also saw hope in our future with the kids at camp.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Fulfilled, exhausted, loved, revived!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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