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April 17, 2010

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April 17, 2010

Our boat, Averisera, is moored at one of the moorings that Piers Park provides for local boaters and visitors to Boston Harbor. We interact with the youth and folk that Piers Park serves, whenever we go down to sail in our beautiful harbor. We have met young people doing sample collections and exploration activities on the dock, and invited them onto our boat, so they can see what a cruising/sailing vessel is like. When we dinghy out to our mooring, we observe the members who use the adaptive facilities, like the lift for wheelchair-bound people. It has been a humbling and uplifting experience, sharing the harbor with the population that Piers Park serves. This is an amazing place!

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

our daily interactions coming and going from our mooring.

Ways to make it better...

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

make sure it had sufficient funding to serve the maximum number of youth and folks in need of adaptive sailing equipment.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the impromptu nature of our interactions with people of all abilities.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic and committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world.

Ways to make it better...

more folk were able to participate. Probably a funding or budgeting constraint.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding and capacity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 16, 2010

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April 16, 2010

Last year I learned to sail at PPSC, and it was a great experience. Our sailing coach Santiago grew up sailing at Piers Park and is currently attending Mass Maritime, a true story of how a nonprofit can help children throughout their childhood and give them valuable skills - not just sailing, but discipline, responsibility and respect for our natural resources. PPSC not only serves the inner city youth of Boston, but also the disabled. It was a joy and pleasure visiting the sailing center and seeing how empowering sailing on your own can be for those who may not have full mobility on land. PPSC is truly a great nonprofit.

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

learning how to sail.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting people from the community - everyone - kids, disabled, young adults, seasoned sails.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 16, 2010

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April 16, 2010

Piers Park is one of the most beautiful waterfront parks I have ever traveled to, and the fact it is in the middle of an inner city urban area makes it even more remarkable. We learned about the program by one of their staff members who is a very inspiring woman who won a gold medal in sailing. Since she was a wheelchair user herself, it was very motivating for the disabled children at our facility. At the Piers Park site, our kids were able to get right on the dock and down to the water. They were having so much fun scooping up jellyfish and racing the crabs they didn't even realize how much they were learning! This place is great and we are very lucky to have such a resource in our city.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The most important part for our children with disabilities, because so many of the staff members themselves are living with physical and sensory disabilities. A truly unique organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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