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LEEK HUNTING AND MOUNTAIN PRESERVE INC
November 2, 2011

My wife and I have known the founders of LEEK for over 20 years, with Lou serving in the Coast Guard and Ed in the Army, both now retired. The first time we volunteered we had no idea what to expect but we soon found out this was a great thing we were involved with. On the surface it seems a small effort is all that it takes to operate, once into it, one can see that it could easily be a full time job.
Being a part of LEEK has allowed us to give back to the returning vets by helping with the farm and equipment needs and assisting anywhere we can. To see the smiles on the soldiers faces as they move freely around the property with or without assistive devices is a blessing. I have seen sullen faces turn into beaming smiles, men in wheelchairs turn into children when they find the motorized track wheelchair and can navigate the slopes and inclines most of us don't even realize would be a problem. The community has come together around LEEK and has embraced it as an orginization which is great, but they have embraced the people of LEEK even more atesting to the spirit of the people behind the effort. I look forward to our volunteer time and I personally recharge when we spend time with Ed, Kate and Kelly. I will continue helping behind the scenes or wherever needed at LEEK as long as I am allowed to by man or by my Maker.
Thank you LEEK for providing us an outlet to serve this generation of Warriors.

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

I have enjoyed watching the Warriors gain their self confidence in some areas, watched them experience mobility from being confined to a wheelchair and generally enjoyed their joy and enthusiasm

Ways to make it better...

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

Give more to allow expansion of their outreach such as assist with a new structure that allows families and caregivers to also experience the outdoors with their loved ones.

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?

A lot

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?

Nothing, I have a great time and will continue to volunteer

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

I have made new friends in the comunity and have learned new skills such as plowing and planting. I have learned a bit about proper land management from the local community and nearby land owners.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I enjoyed this so much. When we spend our time at LEEK, I am recharged and go back to work refreshed with a renewed outlook.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Whatever is needed at the time, planting cover crops, mechanical work, cleaning and painting.