The Connecticut Audubon Society, Inc.
March 31, 2011
I have been a volunteer at the CT Audubon Society Center in Glastonbury for over 10 years. I believe strongly that children and adults need the opportunity to explore New England's woods, fields, streams and ponds, as well as experience up close our native animals. As a youth, I spent an extensive amount of time in nature, but most children today do not have that opportunity. Through school and family programs, I am able to introduce people to the natural environment, and help them gain an appreciation for the beauty and complexity of our natural world.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I read the Program Evaluation forms filled out by teachers, and the thank-you notes written by students. I've experienced the joy of children who participate in our programs. I've seen professional and personal growth in myself, and with other volunteers. Staff are very helpful to, and supportive of volunteers.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Give it more money to work with. The limited finances of school systems and foundations have been especially difficult for the finances of the Center. With a better financial situation, the Center could hire another teacher-naturalist and hopefully raise salaries to a more appropriate level, given the skills required of the director and teacher-naturalists.
Volunteer & My volunteer responsibilities have been many, e.g., provide animal programs for birthday parties, teach scout and school programs, and assist at events (such as Earth Fair). I also help to write grants that provide money for urban school children to ta.