My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Civil Air Patrol 36073 Columbia Composite Squadron, Portland, OR, USA
I'm the cadet commander of the Columbia Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol. Every year we run the gamut from distributing Thanksgiving baskets to low-income people to assisting for more than a week at a camp for under-privileged kids at risk for gang and drug activity to participating in Veteran commemoration ceremonies. Internally, we teach cadets discipline, leadership, how to march, how to polish boots and iron uniforms, etc. Cadets also have the opportunity to fly in both civilian and military aircraft, get some pilot training through the Air Force, to be trained rigorously by military special forces, do colorguard, participate on search and rescue teams recovering downed aircraft or lost hikers, among many other activities. It's a great program which I strongly urge any teenager from 12-18 or adult to join. Adults have their own track they can follow. For more information, please go to www.gocivilairpatrol.com.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
my life as I have volunteered with it for many years.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Try and make it more visible. Civil Air Patrol is not known about by the majority of Americans though it does just as much or more than the Boy Scouts.
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?
Make it more visible.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Yes. It has given me the knowledge and drive to get into a military academy and become a fighter pilot.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
It was awesome to play an important role as a part of a team effort.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?