My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Center for Wildlife, Inc., Cape Neddick, ME, USA
I volunteered at the Center for Wildlife for two years. I had a zoology degree and working there gave me invaluable experience which helped me later find a career in wildlife rehabilitation. During my time there, I began to see how critical it is to have this rehabilitation center up and running. It is the only major wildlife center in Southern Maine. They provide so much time and effort for mammals, birds, and reptiles. The staff goes above and beyond for every injured animal. They make do with what they have and they do a fantastic job with it. But it would be so nice for them to have the funds for new caging, a better facility, or better equipment to help the wildlife of Maine. They help so many animals, and I can remember countless times having to come up with caging ideas on the spot to accommodate every animal! I would love to see this facility expand with the proper funding, they provide amazing rehabilitation for wildlife and wonderful education for the public.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Having the staff let me help with all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation, going on injured animal calls and rescuing the animals myself to bring into the center and helping with educational programs.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
rally to raise more funds so that they could improve and expand their facility to help accommodate the wide amount and variety of species they deal with.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
This is more related to funding, but being able to pay interns would be a nice bonus. Even if it was just a stipend. It is hard to do internships and hold a full time job. But it is usually not available to a non profit.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
It taught me many critical skills to pursue a career in wildlife rehabilitation and in education. I felt like I had a mentor in one particular staff member who always had time to answer my questions. I met some great people and had some unforgettable experiences with wildlife.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
I felt it was invaluable career wise and I'm glad I volunteered there. I always wanted to help more and give the staff the support they needed.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?