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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Sports, Swimming & Other Water Recreation

Mission: To promote sailing and to make Lake Michigan accessible to evreyone in the Milwaukee area through quality programs.

Results: In 2010 we opened a new educational building (with no debt) that allows us to expand our program offerings. We will host the 2013 US Disabled Sailing Championship.

Target demographics: Anyone in the greater Milwaukee area who wants to learn to sail.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 150 adults to learn to sail, 350 to improve their skills, over 230 children took lessons and almost 600 disabled adults got to sail.

Geographic areas served: Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Programs: Prams in the Park (ages 8-11), Youth Sailing (ages 9-17), Adult Sailing, Adpative Sail Program (for emotionally and physically disabled of all ages ). Our members actively help maintain the fleet, volunteering over 2,500 hours every year.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center is an excellent asset to the city. Using its wonderful facilities on the water, this nonprofit reaches out to the community to teach many life skills through the art of sailing. These skills include physical development,social interaction,intellectual challenges and appreciation of the natural environment.
Encouraging and helping members with these skills is a friendly and positive staff. The entire sailing community supports new students and provides social settings frequently to help new members become part of the community. Milwaukee is fortunate to have this wonderful sailing center.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great community to be part of. Both for learning to sail, as well as a gateway to a wider sailing community.

Glyn

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center 's mission is to bring the joy of Lake Michigan to all people. To that goal the Sailing Center provides affordable lessons and scholarships for children and teens, as well as a complete range of on-the-water and classroom learning experiences for adults. With the insistence on safety first, MCSC provides the boats, the docks, the staff and the programs to help ANYONE learn how to sail competently. All one needs is a willingness to learn and an aptitude to have a good time. The emphasis on Community means no one who wants to sail is left at the dock. Friendships abound. MCSC provides volunteer opportunities to share sailing with children and adults with disabilities and other challenges. A full schedule of classes, events, social gatherings and volunteer options is available all year round. One can learn about the history of sailing for exploration, commerce, military use, for travel and sport; one can learn about ghosts, legends and ship wrecks, about environmental and conservation concerns and much more. I knew nothing about sailing when I took my first class several years ago. Now I have a passion not only for sailing itself but for helping achieve the mission of the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center--to share the joy of Lake Michigan.

Dick7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MCSC is the best place on Lake Michigan to learn sailing and to learn about the lake. Their staff is top notch and the location is first rate. Probably the best thing is the cost. It is very reasonable for the services they offer and the access to their facility on Lake Michigan.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is absolutely the greatest place to learn to sail. The staff is excellent and the students you meet all have one thing in common - the love the water and want to learn to sail. It truly is "a great place on a great lake"!! Water is so good for your soul. I have been a member since 1984!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member and volunteer to learn and teach safe sailing and share the sailing experience with many non-sailors in the Milwaukee area for whom this is their best and maybe only way. Excellent programs, activities, classes and best of all staff. AND Boats, too! The new facility sets the tone for a first class experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great way to sail - Instructors are knowledgable, levelheaded and fun! I cant imagine any other way to get into sailing.

Teresa99

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center makes Lake Michigan accessible to anyone! I love that there are a variety of courses offered at different times, making it easy to learn to sail or improve one's sailing abilities. I also love the camaraderie: the community members and staff are welcoming, patient, and, importantly, love to sail themselves.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A real community a sailors excited about sharing the lake and lakefront. Youth lessons, rides for disabled sailors, group and individual sailing opportunities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly a community center! Anyone and everyone should learn to sail at MCSC! And all ages! There is a class for every ability and boats for every ability. Start easy and you'll be amazed at what you'll learn. MCSC is the best bargain around. No, you don't need own your own boat, MCSC has them. Many a lifelong friend has been made hanging around the MCSC docks and boats. I dare you to try it out!!!