DIVEHEART FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.98 stars   61 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services, Sports

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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first became a Diveheart volunteer in 2009 and it has become one of the most important parts of my life. Diveheart provides the opportunity to have a tangible and powerful impact on the lives of people with disabilities. By introducing them to the zero gravity environment of scuba diving, Diveheart broadens their horizons, dramatically improves their quality of life and, in many cases, frees them from physical pain that is an every day element of their lives topside. One of the greatest joys is seeing the reaction of children with disabilities when they first experience breathing underwater. For those of us who have had the privilege of being Diveheart volunteers, our lives have been enriched beyond measure.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help it continue to grow.

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Definitely

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Diveheart Scuba therapy is going to revolutionize rehabilitation for those with disabilities. it's an awesome organization.

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

get them more money

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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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Diveheart has changed my life and the lives of thousands around the world by building confidence, independence, and self esteem through scuba therapy. I hope to work as a volunteer for Diveheart for the rest of my life serving children, adults and veterans with disabilities.

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

Provide them with more money so that they can save the world.

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

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Diveheart is a innovative organization that opens the world of SCUBA diving to persons with disabilities, and provides opportunities for persons with disabilities to learn to live more independently and develop "the I can do it" approach. As a person with a disability, I wish Diveheart was around when I learned to scuba dive in 1998! I strongly urge people with disabilities to contact Diveheart and give scuba diving a try! Bill Bogdan

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

Establish a fully operational scuba diving training facility for Diveheart where people can learn to scuba diving.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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