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November 13, 2012

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November 13, 2012

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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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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November 13, 2012

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.

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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

November 13, 2012

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November 13, 2012

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!

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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

November 13, 2012

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November 13, 2012

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...

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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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November 13, 2012

Working with Diveheart has been one of the most fulfilling experiences in my life. People with disabilities have limited opportunities for fun and excitement. Diveheart provides an experience for the disabled that has few equals. The thrill of swimming under water. The sense of accomplishment, doing something that even most able bodied people are unable to do, is beyond compare for participants and volunteers alike. An added bonus is many participants, with cognitive and physical disabilities, experience wonderful therapeutic benefits. The Diveheart crew is truly a family and each new participant becomes part of that family.

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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

November 13, 2012

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November 13, 2012

Watched as my college daughter helped a wounded warrior do his first dive in a pool. He was a paraylized in a car accident. To see his joy and freedom in the water, and to see her pride in sharing her love of diving was a wonderful experience for all.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

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?

2009

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

The Diveheart Instructors and Volunteers are bringing a whole new world to diving. My son with Autism was just certifed in Key Largo Florida on a Diveheart sponsored trip from Chicago. I went along as a long time diver (over 35 years) and was so moved by the experience that I signed up to be a certified buddy the next month. I now coordinate a SCUBA program at a local high school for children and adults with disabilities and disabled and wounded military. The smiles from the participants are moving.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I coordinate a scuba program at a local high school for children and adults with disabilities and disabled and wounded military. The smiles from the participants are are brighter than the sun.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand it to reach out to more and more people.

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

I had the privilege of working with Diveheart when they came to Key Largo this summer with 4 young men who were doing their first ocean dives with Rainbow Reef Dive Center. The staff at Diveheart and volunteers are extremely professional and dedicated, and the young men who dove with us had an amazing time. The sight of them underwater free from the confines of their mobility limitations is one I will never forget and I hope to see again and again. The beauty of the underwater world is amazing for everyone to see for the first time, but to see it when it seemed like an impossibility just months prior must have been life changing. I admire the Diveheart organization as well as everyone who works with them for their dedication to teaching people with disabilities to dive.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in showing me firsthand that people with disabilities are more than capable of enjoying scuba diving thanks to the dedicated volunteers at Diveheart.

Ways to make it better...

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

The only change I would make to Diveheart is that I wish they had more funding so that even more people with disabilities could learn to dive.

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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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I can't think of any changes they could make to improve my experience.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It really impacted me because I was able to see first hand the freeing experience the divers had when they were able to try scuba diving.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel glad to be able to assist and anxious to do it again.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 27, 2012

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October 13, 2010

I have been working in the disability field more than 10 years and Diveheart Foundation by far has done more for people with disabilities than any other group that I know. I first met Diveheart in 20... more

November 27, 2012

I was fortunate to learn about Diveheart and its mission to assist kids with disabilities in the exciting sport of scuba diving more than a decade ago. Because of my background as a Recreation Therapist and my passion for assisting people with disabilities, I became involved and got my students involved in the program. More than 10 years later the Diveheart mission has grown to include not only kids, but also adults and veterans with disabilities as well. Our mission is to increase a person's self-worth and self esteem through scuba.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 13, 2010

I have been working in the disability field more than 10 years and Diveheart Foundation by far has done more for people with disabilities than any other group that I know. I first met Diveheart in 2003 at a conference and was so intrigued by their zest for helping people that I brought them in to work with my students who have severe physical disabilities. Eight years later, some 30+ students served, and four life-changing SCUBA trips to the Florida Keys, Diveheart has made a tremendous impact on the lives of my students. They and I are forever grateful for the work they do and the compassion they have for working with others.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the difference that it has made in the life of my students. A few of them have done a complete 180 in their view on life. They have gone from "sitting on the sidelines" to being players in the game.

Ways to make it better...

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

N/A.

October 8, 2010

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October 8, 2010

This is a great organization, I started volunteering this last year and I was immediately welcomed and put to work to help. Everyone is friendly and it feels like one big family. Their enthusiasm and dedication to teaching people with disabilities how to scuba dive is contagious and the time spent is well worth it as you watch the people they help learn and experience the freedom that diving offers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being able to help others learn to scuba, watching the students learn and the joy on their faces as they accomplish their skills

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to help it expand and make it known to more people

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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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

none

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

refresh diving skills, new friends

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

good and excited to help others

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