HEROES ON THE WATER

Rating: 4.88 stars   40 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Human Services, Sports

Location: 101-C N Greenville Ave 55 Allen TX 75002 USA

Mission: Our mission is to help returning warriors relax, rehabilitate, and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors.
Results: Our program has been privileged to serve over 9,276 warriors since 2007. In 2013, we provided 2,138 warriors and 499 family members a chance to unwind and enjoy the benefits of our kayak fishing program. As a national program, 37 chapters and 2 therapeutic programs deliver the program in 25 states. A network of 2,064 committed volunteers gave 26,127 volunteer hours delivering the program at a value of $578,452 that leveraged the financial investments. Our therapeutic program is showing promise. A study of 79 warriors over 180 days that kayak fished as part of their rehabilitation demonstrated a 78% reduction in overall stress, 77% reduction in hyper vigilance, 63% reduction in avoidance behavior, and a 56% reduction in recurring nightmares. 2014 is proving to demonstrate continued expansion of our blueprint to reach more returning veterans and their families and help them reconnect in their journey home.
Target demographics: returning warriors relax, rehabilitiate and reintegrate
Direct beneficiaries per year: returning warriors and their families with 3,038 vet days on the water.
Geographic areas served: locations across the U.S.A.
Programs: kayak fishing in the outdoors. The program is provided at no cost to the veterans or their families.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

No experience necessary!!!
This is by far the best organization I have been involved with. They make everyone feel welcomed and at ease.
They have all the supplies you need for kayak fishing, so in case you haven't fished before or it's been awhile they will hook you up!! They go the extra mile to support the veterans! We love to put a smile on your face!

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

j_flow Please,please look up NJ Chapter on Facebook.We havea few outtings left this year,we book up quickly.If your interested,i will guarantee a spot on whatever trips you want,i know you will not have a bad experience with us,some great men and women.You will love this bunch......Also contact me on Facebook and i will fill ya in more with the great outtings we have and what to expect.....https://www.facebook.com/bill.peraino.........https://www.facebook.com/HeroesOnTheWaterNewJerseyChapter

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Rating: 5 stars  

J_flow - We are disappointed to read your post. Please contact me at 214-295-4541 or Jim.dolan@heroesonthewater.org.
Jim Dolan – Founder and CEO

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Spread it to all 50 states

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

J_flow I'm truly sorry that the HOW event you attended did not go as well as you hoped. We would love to have you attend one of our events in New Jersey. I will personally make sure you have everything you need to have a great day fishing with us. Please look at our facebook page and hopefully we have an event that works with your schedule or maybe we could just go fishing if your in the area. Hope we get to meet soon and thank you for your service.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

J_flow, hello I am so sorry you were treated that way. Rest assured you will be welcomed with open arms(also a loaner kayak, fishing pole, all bait and tackle, breakfast and lunch) when you register for an event with "Heroes on the Water New Jersey - chapter". Please look us up on FB ASAP. Introduce yourself and please say Dave this is J_Flow. I hope you see this and reply. When do you plan on returning to NJ? Hurry home, we still have at leadt 5 more outings this season.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Heroes on the Water New Jersey - chapter needs no fixing.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

I’m a member of the Armed Forces stationed at Fort Hood, TX. I attended a Heroes On the Water (HOW) event North of Dallas, my experience was horrible. The event coordinator was an arrogant individual that talk down to me I could tell he had issues with people of my ethnic background and sex. HOW claims they let veterans use their Kayak, fishing rods and tackle, I was talk down to after the event coordinator asked me if I had a fishing rod and tackle. I didn’t have anything to fish with. This and the way I was being treated made me feel so uncomfortable so I left. Maybe other chapters treat people with dignity and respect but I would not recommend the Dallas HOW chapter. I’m going to give back home, the local chapter (New Jersey chapter) a try. Hopefully I’ll be treated better.

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No

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None

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I am a volunteer and also a disabled veteran. I have been involved in two chapters of HOW. One in California and now the one in North Dallas. My experiences volunteering and helping out my fellow veterans at every event I have attended has been great. We have great fellowship and can relate to one another about our unique circumstances in ways no one can imagine. I have been with HOW since 2010 and will always try and attend each event and lend a hand when time permits.

What is so great is to see the veterans who first come to the events leave relaxed and saying what fun they had.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If possible make a few trips to the ocean here in Texas

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I had been kayak fishing for several years when I was approached with volunteering at a HOW outing. I was not sure what assistance I could provide since I am not a vet, but signed up anyway. What an experience! I now volunteer whenever I can. There is no distinction on who is who. Everyone is there to have a good time and enjoy the outdoors. Most importantly, these have been all family events, meaning families can get out together and enjoy being together.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more people involved!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I recently volunteered for HOW for the first time. This experience was nothing short of amazing. Prior to the event, I had no kayak or fishing experience, but felt very comfortable within a matter of minutes on the water. Community connections were made on a personal level. I feel truly blessed to have met and fished with veterans from my area. I will continue to volunteer at any HOW event in the future!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a HOW for a couple of years now. It is a great Organization. The Soldiers and their Families really enjoy their time away fishing. It is especially nice to see the kids come out to an event and catch some fish.

I take every opportunity to talk about the HOW Organization. My employer also supports my volunteering efforts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Support/provide for the immediate families at the same level as we provide for our Soldiers. The immediate families are the front-line support and they need the same considerations that are afforded to the Soldiers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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