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CHEWONKI FOUNDATION INC
April 22, 2010

Chewonki changed my life starting at age 9. My first experience was as a camper and it left me with a profound appreciation for nature and a significant boost in self-confidence. It was the first place that I ever strapped on a backpack and hiked several sections of the Appalachian trail. They also took me to remote island off the coast of Maine with a naturalists who could identify just about everything we saw, from plants to birds, to species in tidal pools. I later returned with a school group and then worked there as a counselor. With each step I've taken deeper into the organization, I have been more and more impressed. The quality of education they provide, the sincerity and drive of the hard working staff and the vision that they both teach and live is inspiring and impact-full. Chewonki is a spectacular, top-notch organization, well deserving of every accolade it receives!

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

my heart, my life, and my life choices.

Ways to make it better...

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

possibly increase the outreach offerings-- encouraging more visitors to the region to stop in for a look around, or provide more classes for locals. That said, they may be doing this already.

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

The sincerety with which they engage their mission and the spirit of teamwork that enables them to accomplish so much!

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

positive, confident, informed, eager to help, curious, pro-active and good natured!

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

Create extension programs elsewhere in the region, further broadening its great sphere of influence.

Ways to make it better...

...I honestly can't think of any improvements! They are true leaders in their field.

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

Growing while maintaining a sense of intimacy. But I think they'll do just fine.

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

I am currently a director of Adult Education and Research at an organization in Texas and I look to Chewonki to inspire us in new directions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Counselor and Environmental Educator.