Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center is pleased to welcome Maria Sorensen as Volunteer Coordinator and Development Assistant.

In her role, Sorensen will act as liaison between staff and volunteers to enhance and expand the current volunteer program. She will also assist with aspects of Prescott Farm’s fundraising, such as grant writing, donor stewardship, and event planning.

Sorensen holds a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut. She was community service chair for UConn’s Dressage Team, where she gained experience in volunteer management.

“I know how important volunteers are to a community and how valuable it is to connect with others,” Sorensen said. “I’m excited to get to know the community around Laconia and can’t wait to expand the scope of the volunteer and fundraising programs here.”

“Education is at the heart of everything we do at Prescott Farm,” Executive Director Jude Hamel said. “With Maria’s leadership, we will be able to provide more opportunities for Lakes Region residents and visitors to expand their knowledge and skills in a variety of area – with the added benefit of feeling great about giving back to our community!”

Maria comes to Prescott Farm through the Catholic Charities NH AmeriCorps VISTA program and will serve at Prescott Farm for 12 months. Community members interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at Prescott Farm can reach Maria at

CCNH Mission:

Grounded in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, Catholic Charities New Hampshire responds to those in need with programs that heal, comfort and empower.

AmeriCorps VISTA:

AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.

VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a non-profit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work, you’ll create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.