We want to thank West Marine for their generosity and effort to help create and improve programs like ours a possibility. We are honored that West Marine has included us in the short list of recipients for Spring 2017.
From West Marine’s Website:
“No one understands the needs of a community better than those living and working in that community,” says Deb Radcliff, West Marine Senior Vice President, Marketing. “We think these special organizations are doing incredible work to improve access to the water, teach valuable job and life skills, and encourage young people from all backgrounds to create and treasure their very own waterlife experiences.”
I have pretty much just put the finishing touches on our fundraising page on generosity.com. I just have to wait until a few more ducks are in a row, and I will be launching the fundraiser. I will be posting an event on facebook.com for when the launch will be schedule to begin as soon as I am sure everything is ready and tested.
If you aren’t sure what I am talking about, please check out our website American Seafarers for all about the details of our program, our capital project and our fundraiser.
As many people may or may not know, typically fundraisers are most successful when an initial level of financial support is shown early in the campaign. So to my friends, I am asking you, if you plan to give when the campaign is launched, please do so early. It helps encourage those who are still deciding to give and how much to give.
If you already plan on giving, please send me a note at ASFund@americanseafarers.com with your your pledge commitment. I will let you know as soon as the portal is open and ready for your pledge.
Please say tuned for updates and notices because once this ball is rolling I am hoping it will roll fast.
We have taken the next necessary step to making American Seafarers a reality. Today marks the day that we completed and sent off all the documents required for incorporating the fund raising side of American Seafarers allowing us to raise funds for our principle Capital Project, “Building Schooner Escapade”, as well as allowing us to begin raising scholarship funds so that every kid can go no matter what their financial situation might be.
We are very happy to have taken this next step and look forward to updating the American Seafarer community and our supporters.
Although we are not quite ready to receive donations, we would be very happy to receive your pledge commitment. Please send an email with your pledge to ASFund@americanseafarers.com to inform us of your pledge. Please review the American Seafarers Fund pages to review Fund Raising Program, Recommended Donation Levels and the fundraising platforms we will be leveraging.
As always, please take the time to Share and Like our American Seafarers Facebook page to help us get the word out that our program is closer to becoming a reality.
American Seafarers is a Summer Sailing Youth Program we are developing to give kids the opportunity to see some incredible sights while learning important life skills that they will carry throughout their entire lives. We are building a real 75ft wooden gaff rigged schooner designed to tough working ship standards, that will sail with six kids of 15 to 19 years of age for two six week summer sessions. Our goal is to begin taking on young seafarers in the second half of summer 2018.
Our fund raising campaign focuses on developing the capital needed to buy the materials and labor needed to build the sailing vessel. Our ship is designed right down to the very bolts and timbers to support and provide the spaces needed to run the various aspects of an expedition youth development and learning program, as well as the spaces to provide kids a fun and traditional New England style sailing platform. The ship is designed to provide a full host of activities, educational programs, as well as provide that small bit of needed personal space that is not available in today’s hobby sailing platforms. Any excess funding collected at this time will be funneled directly into American Seafarers Scholarship Fund which will allow us to send ANY kid sailing with us regardless of financial ability.
The skills we are focusing on are of course, the ability to sail and the various individual skills involved as well as teamwork, leadership, accountability to one’s self, and various other skills and activities such as fishing, ocean science, sustainability, conservation, cooking and maintenance. Most importantly, kids will have a great time visiting and vacationing at some amazing places along the New England Coastline, and will come home prepared to be contributing members of society having learned what it means have some self esteem, to be part of a team and have the confidence and fortitude to tackle the challenges that life hands to all of us from time to time.