DIVEHEART FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.98 stars   61 reviews

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Location: 900 Ogden Ave #274 Downers Grove IL 60515 USA

Mission: Diveheart helps build confidence and independence in children, adults and veterans with disabilities through the sport of scuba diving. The DIVEHEART VISION: It is our hope to bring the disabled dive industry up to the level of the disabled ski industry by 2020. For example: fifty or more years ago if an individual in a wheelchair rolled up to a ski resort in Colorado and wanted to downhill ski, there were no opportunities. Today, many ski resorts and operators around the world cater to skiers with disabilities, giving them the opportunity to experience the excitement of Alpine skiing. We believe that as individuals with disabilities discover that scuba diving is an activity that they can easily participate in, the tide will rise and the growing demand will necessitate that dive retailers, manufacturers, instructors, operators and resorts recognize and meet the need.
Programs: Diveheart has programs for children, adults and veterans with disabilities.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered and helped to support Diveheart after a close friend became involved as a volunteer. The dedication and enthusiasm I have seen in the people who are involved in this organization is amazing. Their efforts in this wonderful cause are truly a labor of love and they work tirelessly to help individuals and families who deserve assistance. I am very proud to contribute a small part to this effort and to call these fine people friends.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was trained by DiveHeart to be a Buddy Diver. It is the most wonderful experience to be confident in being able to help people with disabilities experience the underwater world.

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?

Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I would like to mention how wonderful this foundation is. NOT only to the divers, but for the volunteers. I had a wonderful time taking my sons on this trip and met wonderful people! I could never imagine what my disabled son would be able to do in the water. We look forward to next yrs trip and now my young 10 yr old wants to be a Jr. diver volunteer as well. My son has been in a wheelchair since birth...to see him WALK on the ocean floor, free as a bird, brought the most JOY a mother can ever have and NO words can express my gratitude. Jim is awsome and so is everyone in this organization....donate, give, and pay it forward to this foundation, please!!! ~The Gill Family :0)

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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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the privilege of meeting Jim Elliott and other Diveheart Volunteers while covering a training course at the Caldwell Community Center in Caldwell, NJ for the Caldwell Patch. Jim's enthusiasm for scuba diving was contagious, and to see the positive impact Diveheart has made in the lives of Wounded Warriors and other people with disabilities was both an amazing and humbling experience.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is the best organization I have ever had the pleasure doing business with. I had the please to shake the hand of Mr. Jim Elliott at one of their many, well organized fund raisers. God bless the men and women that make the DIVEHEART Foundation a success

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

What I like best about Diveheart is how it engages individuals of all ages and types of disabilities to experience the joy of scuba diving. When you are flying underwater, everyone is equal. Ocean critters are not known to practice discrimination against any particular group of scuba divers === be they able or disabled. One diver tastes just as good as another!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Anyone who has any questions about Diveheart and all the good they're doing should just review a few of the Diveheart videos. Diveheart volunteers are doing a wonderful thing by assisting disabled people to participate in scuba diving.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

When you talk about how one should evaluate whether or not a charity is successful, I think it should be measured in the amount of positive impact it has on the people involved. I have observed the wonderful outcomes that Diveheart has facilitated for a number of children and veterans first hand. When I have volunteered at events where people with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in a life changing experience it is truly fulfilling.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a divemaster who was trained by DiveHeart to be an adaptive buddy and now assist with a local organization with the same mission. I've worked with both "new" divers and people who were returning to the water the first time since an accident. I have been moved to tears every time I have been present to see a "differently abled" person experience the sensation of weightlessness. For each of them, getting underwater has greatly diminished, if not eliminated, for the moment, their feeling of being "different." Each of these individuals is much more than their perceived physical limitation, and diving really brings that home. Instead of "the person in the wheelchair" he or she can become "the diver with the yellow mask". I've even known one who got to be "the diver who got up close and personal with the turtle" No one wants to experience life-limiting illnesses or injuries, and many who have them yearn to be "normal" again. Diveheart helps them do this! What a gift!

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can't swim. I can't snorkel. I certainly can't scuba. BUT I can be amazed at the work done by Diveheart for people who are challenged in life, whether that be child, adult or vet. I do what I can to support the efforts of this great group because I see the results they create in the worlds of so many people. I can't make a change in a person's life by my own limited efforts, but I can provide what skills I have to move Diveheart forward. Just a poor video editor...

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 little

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?

2012

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