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Trekkers exceeds 10,000 volunteer hours during the past program year

Trekkers alumni volunteer, Alex Wallace ’12, and current student Jacob Witham during last summer’s 8th grade Advanced Trekkers expedition.
Trekkers alumni volunteer, Alex Wallace ’12, and current student Jacob Witham during last summer’s 8th grade Advanced Trekkers expedition.
Posted Dec. 06, 2012, at 9:46 a.m.

THOMASTON, MAINE – Trekkers, a nonprofit outdoor-based youth mentoring program, announced today that the organization reached 10,669 volunteer hours during the 2011-2012 program year. Volunteers include adults in the community, Trekkers alumni and current students, who served as mentors, tutors, and/or provided administrative and fundraising support.

In total, 78 adults volunteered 4,652 hours, 19 alumni volunteered 2,895 hours, and 90 students volunteered 3,122 hours, earning the most volunteer hours in the organization’s history. As part of the six core programs for 7th-12th graders, student volunteers completed 212 hours of community service, both locally and while on an expedition. Trekkers seeks to incorporate a community service project within each core expedition and shorter local trek, utilizing students as a valuable resource to contribute on a community-wide level and as a fundamental part of the solution.

Elisabeth Lohmueller, who currently serves as an AmeriCorps volunteer for Trekkers, commented, “Volunteers are critical in enacting our mission to connect young people with caring adults. We are very fortunate to have so many loyal volunteers who are open to creating genuine relationships with our students, and we hope to find even more as we continue to expand our programs.”

Volunteer-oriented at its core, Trekkers has involved community members in every step of its growing 19-year history. The organization recruits volunteers annually to serve as expedition mentors, tutors, one-on-one mentors and as administrative and fundraising support. Trekkers was recently named the 2012 Outstanding Non-profit Volunteer Program by the Maine Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism.

Due to Trekkers’ expansion plan, where the organization is transitioning from serving 160 students to 240 students in core programming by 2016, it is seeking even more volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with Trekkers, contact Executive Director Don Carpenter at 594-5095, or apply online at www.trekkersonline.com.

Trekkers is a non-profit outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. As a preventative, community-based program, Trekkers brings students and adult mentors together to build meaningful relationships over a period of six years. Trekkers serves the communities of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, St. George, South Thomaston and Thomaston.

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