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December 13, 2010

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December 13, 2010

This organization provides an experience that would probably be otherwise unobtainable for most of it's clients. Fishing and boating opportunities for the disadvantaged are few and far between in most states but Hopes Float has opened the door for these folks to be able to enjoy a day out on a boat in the beautiful Colorado outdoors. Volunteering with this organization has changed my life! Boating and fishing has been part of my life since I was a kid and to be honest, I've taken it for granted. Being able to help provide that experience for someone else has enriched my life more than I can possibly describe. Hopes Float is an organization like no other and being a part of it has truly been one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

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

watching the pure joy of a kid with special needs catch his or her first fish or seeing the eyes light up in a 90 year old senior who hasn't caught a fish in 60 years!

Ways to make it better...

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

Get a second boat and expand the coverage.

December 10, 2010

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December 10, 2010

volunteering for hopes float has been very rewarding. the smiles are the best. to see those anglers get excited, the way they do when they board the boat is awsome. the trip that we took to chatfield last spring is one that i think of . I will never forget the excitement that was there that day. It was one of the best fishing tripps that i've been apart of.

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

joy, having the oppertunity to take other people fishing is awsome

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

I would make no changes at this time.

December 10, 2010

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December 10, 2010

I love working with the elderly and disabled, they open my eyes to just how precious life really is. When you can not only spend time with them but be on a boat on Colorado waters...what more can you ask for. This is a great opportunity to do service in a way that my husband loves too. I don't have a favorite trip but the experiences are like none other, from rescued mtn goats, to kissing fish... especially since the group is headed up by a wonderful couple with more experience then I could ever imagine in fishing, boating and having fun safely, to the needs of the people on board while catching the "magics of the moments". Thank you Hopes float, other volunteers and clients(young and old) for the best memories every summer!!

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

all aspects of laughter, training, promoting/advertising and true friendship :-)

Ways to make it better...

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

have more volunteers, sponsors and clients.. as I know there are more people out there who would never even think of this kind of company existing.

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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?

nothing

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

yes it showed me just how everyday fun can become the most talked about event in the life of the client friends we have on board and as a result in our lives as well

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

blessed to find hopes float

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 9, 2010

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December 9, 2010

Hopes Float is a non-profit orginization that I volunteer with as a captain and as a helper on their specially outfitted boat. The boat is outfitted to access and carry wheel chair persons. I have been on trips as far away Farmington New Mexico. We take people out for a day of fishing or just to ride around the lake. My most recent trip was with soldiers and their family's for a fishing day at Lake Pueblo, Colorado.

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

Seeing joy on the face a child or handicapped child that has never caught fish or been on a boat. I usually try to have the child sit on my lap and steer the boat. I loved seeing the people just enjoy the outdoors experience.

Ways to make it better...

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

Add another boat so we could plan more trips for persons who have the desire to take a trip like this and expand our service area to another part of the state as well as other states.

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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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

More trips.

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

Introduced me to and expanded my appreciation for serving others. I have met many people that I would not have otherwise known.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I felt grateful for the chance to share my experiences with others who would not have otherwise had the chance to boat and or fish.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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serve as a Boat Captain or Boat Host on a trip with Hopes Float.