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CHEWONKI FOUNDATION INC
April 22, 2010

The months I spent living at Chewonki still rank as among the best of my life. I had no idea what to expect from the semester when I arrived. What I found was an entirely new way of thinking about the world and about my life. I was able to step outside the frantic, competitive world I was raised in, and I gained an immense new understanding of what really matters to me: community, meaningful work, natural beauty. Thanks to MCS, I've spent countless hours over the past two years working for the environment, and I plan to spend the rest of my life doing the same. But, more importantly, thanks to MCS, I've discovered how to live a better life. I'm happier, more confident, more open to new experiences. I couldn't have ever found that without MCS: without the walks in the woods, the community meals, the intense class discussions of philosophy and history alongside with lessons in gardening and woodstoves and sailing.

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

my own life.

Ways to make it better...

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

again, expand financial aid and recruitment efforts (for MCS specfically, and for all programs).

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

the four months I spent on the coast of Maine, living with people I loved, doing chores, learning tons, walking in the woods.

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

Incredible: dedicated, brilliant, and close knit.

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

Expand its financial aid and recruitment efforts, so that all kinds of students could have the experience I enjoyed.

Ways to make it better...

there had been more diversity in the MCS class: racial diversity, socioeconomic diversity, general diversity of opinions and backgrounds.

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

it still isn't as well known as I think it should be!

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

I'd love more than anything to some day return to the Neck.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I was a student at MCS 39.