Trekkers exceeds 10,000 volunteer hours during program year

Dec 05, 2012
Trekkers alumni volunteer, Alex Wallace, alongside Jacob Witham on last year’s eighth-grade Advanced Trekkers expedition.

Thomaston — Trekkers, a nonprofit outdoor-based youth mentoring program, announced that the organization reached 10,669 volunteer hours during its 2011-2012 program year. Volunteers include adults in the community, Trekkers alumni and current students. These volunteers served as mentors, tutors and 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. Within its six core programs for seventh- to 12th-graders, student volunteers completed 212 hours of community service locally and while on an expedition. Trekkers seeks to incorporate a community service project within each of its core expeditions and shorter local treks, viewing students as a valuable resource that is able to contribute on a community-wide level and as a fundamental part of the solution.

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

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 awarded the 2012 Outstanding Non-profit Volunteer Program Award by the Maine Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism.

Due to Trekkers expansion plan, where it will transition from servicing 160 students to 240 students in its core programming by 2016, it is seeking even more volunteers. If interested in volunteering with Trekkers, contact Executive Director Don Carpenter at 594-5095, or apply online at

Comments (1)
Posted by: Tena Wallace | Dec 06, 2012 09:33

Thank you Trekkers and all those involved with making a difference in the lives of our young people and communities.  The experience that Trekkers and their volunteers offer is second to none, an invaluable asset to those who have been fortunate enough to take part.

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