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New Hampshire World Fellowship Center Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arms Control & Peace, Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Education, International

Mission: The World Fellowship Center promotes social justice and connections between people, communities, and nature through education, recreation, and creative expression.

Results: Each summer our inclusive inter-generational multicultural summer camp and conference center provides hundreds of individuals, families, and groups the opportunity to gather and explore new ways of being together. Shared meals, wilderness recreation, 'Art on the Porch' and cultural performances, lectures and training, and body movement classes are offered in the midst of fresh mountain air and water. People leave happy to have enjoyed a sense of community and reinvigorated by a renewed connection with nature.

Geographic areas served: Social Justcie

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

World Fellowship shows the promise of what life could be when people dedicated to social and economic justice gather to learn and get inspired. The coalescing of diverse age and race and gender are a powerfully subversive force. All this in the White Mountains with spectacular scenery and outdoor activities. And great food, too. A week at WFC is both stimulating and relaxing. Susan O

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had been wanting to go to World Fellowship for a long time. Always something interfered. Sometimes the programs that were being offered on our available weekends didn't seem interesting and sometimes we figured our kids wouldn't like it. We finally were able to go for four days last July. We had a great great time and regret that we hadn't gone all these years. We went to programs that didn't actually look great on paper that turned out to be both interesting and fun. (And the kids seemed to be having a ball...) What's best is the welcoming atmosphere--a great community of friendly and intelligent people. So in addition to the natural beauty and physical activities, we really enjoyed the great, lively conversations with interesting people.

2 Diane134

Client Served

Rating: 5

World fellowship offers everything. A beautiful place where you can learn about the world and the arts along with others who work with you to make the world a better place for everyone, I go there whenever I have a chance.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has gone to World Fellowship yearly since 1986. It's an amazing and magical place in a remarkably beautiful nature sanctuary. In this beautiful venue are a number of buildings that are lovingly cared for by directors Andy Davis and Andrea Walsh and their engaged staff. Rustic, simple rooms are economical, clean and conveniently located near one of the most beautiful ponds that our family has ever had the pleasure of enjoying whether it's for a swim, a row boat or a canoe ride. The organic food that is mostly grown on the property is served family style, so that folks who join, whether they're first-timers or veterans, like our family, can always count on a mostly vegetarian deliciously flavored menu with occasional fish or the traditional turkey supper on Sundays. The speakers and special guests that the Davis/Walshes bring to WF are always fabulous, and all of them are committed to leaving the world a better place than they found it. My husband and I are the founders of a Latin music ensemble that performs there yearly and has stayed there even when we're not performing. Another thing we treasure about WF is that the attendees are truly multicultural, multiethnic and multigenerational. It is the very definition of the word "inclusive". That is exceptional in rural New Hampshire and is the result of a commitment to make this so. Our now 18 year old twins have gone to WF with us since before they were born and never want to miss our World Fellowship weekend! WF is one of the most special places in the U.S. for our family and we are always grateful that it exists. The people we meet there inspire us to be change makers in the world. There is no place like World Fellowship!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's hard to write a review of World Fellowship Center because there are so many wonderful things to do here--Art on the Porch, jigsaw puzzles, bike rides and hikes with Howie, swimming in Whitten pond, kayaking, rowing, canoeing, meeting new people at breakfast lunch and dinner, attending the Fun Night talent show...and on and on. Some people think "fellowship" means a religious organization, but it's not--it's just a "friendly association, especially with people who share one's interests." Many people from the nonprofit world come here because they can have a vacation while knowing that their money is going to support a worthwhile cause. The place has a large lawn interspersed with a lot of trees, so you can sit out in the sun or the shade. Children like to run around and play with other children at the "Children's Fellowship" or at the playground area. There's a little building at the back of the lawn (the Schmauch Center) where they often have yoga, meditation, folk music, and talks on social justice topics of the day.

2 Barbara201

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a single mother during the hot summer months with my 8 year old son was not easy for me in Boston in 1982,.
Friends brought me to World Fellowship and I have been returning for the last 32 years. Now my grown son is married and with a young daughter. He flies in every summer, and my daughter, her husband, and soon new grandson, as well as My husband Ed and I will head up to WF. It is a family ritual….It has become our second home for family time where we are fed, rested, and at ease.

Lots has changed. Wonderful people have passed away, and so many have moved to other parts of the world, but what remains consistent is the exquisite "Whitton Pond", where Loons tend to watch over us each summer as we canoe, swim, and spread ourselves like beached whales on the furthest dock for sun, and great conversations with whomever happens to float by…

Catching up on what we did all year, politics, world news, or what's for dinner in the community dining room that night.
People come for all sorts of reasons, bringing their interests, and passions for life to share, or just to be still. It's not luxurious in the aesthetic sense, yet the luxury we feel is in its simple, yet hardy way of placing itself amongst those who are searching for a simple format to land for a weekend, or a week, or camping for the summer. To Bike or take a hike, or drive into North Conway which becomes a 12 mile adventure to pick up candy at the Old Five and Dime store. There is something for everyone if you are looking to have a really interesting, and relaxing time. I support it, love it, and will always hang in to help it grow….I can't imagine a summer without World Fellowship.
If you come up July 4th weekend or the first week in August, look for me. I am one of the beached whales on the big dock on Whitton Pond with a smile on my face:):
CHeers, Barbara Moss

1 Renee54

Volunteer

Rating: 5

World Fellowship offers great progressive programs in a gorgeous natural environmental
great food shared in a communal family environments-good for young people & adults

1 Jim_127

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely love the World Fellowship Center for short vacations. It's like a camp for adults, who can also bring their children. Everyone eats together the same food in the dining hall. There are many stimulating programs to attend if you want to--from lectures to music to writing workshops to exercise. A walk down the trail takes you to what I consider the best swimming lake in New England. And such interesting people who attend! All this for a very reasonable price.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I love this place and spent many happy times here with my daughter as she was growing up. I have rarely visited since, partly because it has become more and more expensive and partly because the programs have gotten somewhat repetitive. Having said this, it i still undoubtedly a great place to come with family.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

World Fellowship offers a unique and affordable vacation resort experience amidst the natural beauty of New Hampshire. Accommodations are modest, but comfortable and clean. The directors and staff are great and the food wonderful! One eats at long tables with 9 other guests giving one the opportunity to interact. If you like to swim, row and canoe, Whitton Pond is on site and Lake Chochurua is a short drive down Route 16. There are many interesting programs during the season. I have learned so much during the 34 years I have been attending WF. If you love liberal, progressive politics, this is the place to vacation! And the diverse community is composed of warm, intelligent and interesting folk doing interesting work to improve the world. I love World Fellowship!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

World Fellowship is a wonderful place where socially and politically conscious people and families can connect in a relaxing vacation venue to have fun, socialize, and breathe the fresh mountain air. My husband and I have been going year after year and keep coming back. The delicious healthy meals, bike riding, and pristine pond are our favorite parts. We also like the fact that folks of all ages and from all over the country come there. We love it.

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

If you want to spend a weekend or a week in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. surrounded by a warm, welcoming community of progressive liberals, this is the place for you! The buildings are old and rustic but the community is what makes World Fellowship a special place to spend some time. If you never got to go to camp as a kid or didn't appreciate camp in your younger years you are in for a treat.! All three, wonderful, healthy meals are eaten together with your new friends. Every night there is some kind of interesting lecture, art or musical event. There are post breakfast and post lunch hikes guided by Howie who knows many trails in the White Mountains and the geological science of the area so you always come back with some new and interesting information as well. If you want to take things at your own pace and just relax and read there are plenty of spaces on the large, screened in wrap around porch at Lloyd Lodge and if you need to cool off, you can take a dip in the serene waters of Whitten Pond. Once you have experienced some time in World Fellowship, you will come back at least once every summer!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a special place to relax and to positively enrich your life. It's abundant in community, nature, and wonder.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you could imagine an affordable, gorgeous mountain/lake get-away that also happens to offer daily workshops on topics ranging from social justice to music performance, storytelling, arts & crafts, dance and movement, not to mention healthy daily meals included in a family-style dining hall where you meet such intelligent, politically active, creative, and sometimes hilarious souls of all ages -- look no further. World Fellowship is a find. If you can envision one destination with swimming, rowing, mountain hiking, biking, basketball, ping pong, timely, interesting workshops, evening entertainment and tons of socializing, exhilarating mountain air, loons and other wild life, flowers, and meeting delightful people of all ages and backgrounds you'd like to know for many years to come, this is the place. World Fellowship is not to be missed.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has been summering at World Fellowship Center every year since 2001. Regardless of what the name may sound like this in not a religious retreat. It is a a lodge. It's; family friendly (our daughter loved it at 2 and continues to return),with wonderful outdoor activities including a most beautiful lake for swimming and boating (no motors allowed), hiking and biking (they have bikes to lend) and well prepared, healthy home cooked food served family style.
There are daily discussions for those who would like to partake, yoga, and organized entertainment on the weekend evenings. This lodge and retreat is no "Club Med." But if you'r looking to vacation with great people who have a progressive outlook on the world, if you're are not interested in spending you days and evenings watching TV but want to exchange ideas and engage with informed presenters, play games indoors and out and experience nature, then the WFC may be right for you.
Most kids seem to love it (there are organized activities for children of all ages). And it is truly affordable.

4 Bobby10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started going to World Fellowship with my future wife more than 30 years ago. We return every year to our second family in the most beautiful place imaginable. Our kids grew up there and I expect they will return with their own some day. There is nothing like it anywhere.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has been going to World Fellowship for almost 20 years. I have enjoyed returning to this incredibly inclusive and connected community as a young child, teenager, and now young adult. It is a great place to be active in the outdoors, learn about social responsibility by engaging with a diverse group of people, and develop life long friendships.

There are multiple types of lodging (e.g. a room in a house, the main lodge, or camping) and 3 meals are included in the price. Meals are buffet style and dietary restrictions are accommodated.

There is optional programming for kids and adults (e.g. child care and guided bike rides--with no extra charge). If you are not interested in the programming, you can take advantage of having easy access to a beautiful pond. World Fellowship provides row boats, canoes, and kayaks (again, no extra charge!). You could also go hiking, bike riding, or take in the gorgeous mountain view from the outside sitting area and dig into a good book (there is a library, if you forgot to pack one). If you will be out for the day, you can get a bagged lunch.

If there is anything you are interested in doing (at or around World Fellowship), but not exactly sure how to do it, the staff and even other guests are always happy to help!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been going to World Fellowship Center for 25 summers (not every summer, but many of them, and the last eight consecutively). WFC is a beautiful community, situated in a spectacularly beautiful place. The combination of delicious wholesome food, swimming, canoeing, cycling, hiking, music of all kinds, art classes, inspired talks on world issues, and serious and funny conversations can't be beat. It's a great place to go with kids of all ages (or without kids too).

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi All,

My family and I have been coming to World Fellowship for 2 weeks each year for the past 25 years. Each year it gets better.

Don't get put off by the Fellowship in the name. It is a non religious progressive center with interesting presentations as well as wonderful recreational activities.

Love it.

2 John267

Client Served

Rating: 5

A beautiful setting that reminds us what nature has to offer. We always meet the most interesting people there and have the most interesting conversations, along with the more formal panels and concerts. And the food - delicious, well if I ate like that all year 'round I'd probably live ten years longer.