Island Updates

Volunteers Make the Island Go Round

Volunteers are part of the life blood of Hurricane. Three times each year, we put the call out for volunteers to help us open the Island in the Spring, get projects done in the early Summer, and then help us put the Island to bed for the winter. Kind of a cycle of life on the Island J Each time we have amazing volunteers who brave the elements, put on their work gloves, and journey out to the Island with smiles on their faces. Some of these folks have been volunteering with us for years, others are brand new, some are octogenarians, some are still in the single digits! No matter when folks choose to join the family of Hurricane Island, they are welcome and we are so thankful for them.

 Our Science Educators, Isabelle Holt and Robin Chernow, lead the effort on our last Volunteer Day of 2017. 

Our Science Educators, Isabelle Holt and Robin Chernow, lead the effort on our last Volunteer Day of 2017. 

It seems like we’re always going through transition – re-shingling the roof, replacing a solar panel, expanding the garden, hiring new people to join the team – and just like a family, our volunteers show up every time to support us through the years. Many of these volunteers have been connected to Hurricane long before I came along and before many of us came along. They share memories and stories that continue the connection to the community that has existed on Hurricane in the past and the new connection that we’re creating with HICSL. This connection only strengthens over the years and makes us stronger as a community and as an organization. For those that are new to Hurricane, they learn from others about the magic of Hurricane and dig right in to help us maintain and improve our rocky island classroom with joy and determination.

 There's our stalwart single digit Volunteer, Julian Deliso, making sure everyone stays on task and safe while we de-shingle the roof.

There's our stalwart single digit Volunteer, Julian Deliso, making sure everyone stays on task and safe while we de-shingle the roof.

 Ruth in the lead in the garden and outlasting us all...no one else makes sure our garden gets planted like Ruth does!

Ruth in the lead in the garden and outlasting us all...no one else makes sure our garden gets planted like Ruth does!

 Ruth also taking the lead in showing us how to appreciate a much-deserved break :)

Ruth also taking the lead in showing us how to appreciate a much-deserved break :)

As we end our Island season and move into the winter season, we want to recognize our Volunteers and say thank you for all that they do for us. It’s not just the get dirty part of the Volunteering on the Island…they show up at events, follow us on social media, put us in touch with people, stop by the office and just say hi and laugh a little. All of these amazing gestures mean more to us than our volunteers will ever know. It is these simple things, these little things that keep us connected to the broader community of Hurricane and help us to grow it and nurture it. We LOVE our volunteers and can’t wait to see them next time!

If you’re interested in learning how to get involved with Hurricane, visit our website Volunteer Page. Our 2018 Volunteer Days are posted and you can register for the Day of your choice by filling out the form at the bottom of the page. There are other ways to get involved..reach out to us at info@hurricaneisland.net, call our mainland office at 207-867-6050, or just stop by the office and say hello to learn more. Thank you thank you and we’ll see you on Hurricane!

 Albert Kolodji, as usual, getting EVERYTHING done. Albert has been volunteering with us since the beginning and we would not be where we are without him. 

Albert Kolodji, as usual, getting EVERYTHING done. Albert has been volunteering with us since the beginning and we would not be where we are without him. 

 Our new Executive Director, Bo Hoppin, might be covering more ground than his crew :)

Our new Executive Director, Bo Hoppin, might be covering more ground than his crew :)

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