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April 26, 2010

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April 26, 2010

Piers Park is an absolutely remarkable place. To me, Piers Park is all about accessibility. The design of the space and of the programs make it possible for a variety of non-traditional sailors to savor the harbor. Disabled sailors come to Piers Park to really sail, not just to be sailed around. Children and adolescents come to Piers Park to learn and grow, not just for a pleasant summer activity. The staff at Piers Park seems to be always growing themselves and are constantly looking out for ways to better serve their communities. It's a great place, worthy of support...don't miss out on any chance to be part of this!

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

watching the youth staff grow as leaders over the course of the summer.

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

dedicated, deeply caring and really fun to hang around with.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 20, 2010

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April 20, 2010

PPSCis different from other sailing programs due to the fact that it is all inclusive, its amazing to see kids with disabilities of all sorts sailing. My daughter has been involved with other sailing programs in the city and has learned more in two summer sessions at PPSC than any other program. They really teach, and the kids really learn. Amazing program !!!!

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

watching my daughter place in a sailing race week

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

any experience that gives my daughter the ability to grow

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

experienced, personable, and all inclusive

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 17, 2010

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April 17, 2010

I've sailed with Piers Park Sailing for several years and delight in the wonderful youth they serve. Piers Park Sailing does more than just introduce at-risk kids to a sport and a world out on the water that they might never experience otherwise - Piers Park Sailing creates young leaders. The kids who learn to sail at Piers Park come back to teach others. Often they progress to study maritime trades, ecology or the environment.

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

Knowing that my enjoyment of sailing in Boston Harbor and the Harbor Islands National Park supports the non-profit mission of Piers Park Sailing to bring sailing to at-risk Boston youth and to create stronger, smarter young people.

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

Bring sailing, sport, leadership and a love of the outdoors to every Boston youth.

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

I had 15 years of sailing experience prior to joining Piers Park Sailing Center in 2007. PPCS has proved to me that disabled people can sail. In my prior life, I was an Outward Bound Instructor. PPSC has brought out the confidence I have in my ability. I highly recommend sailing as a life-long sport. The boats and staff at PPSC are extraordinary. The boats are easy to sail and the staff find ways to help people have a great time.

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

buy new boats.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 16, 2010

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April 16, 2010

I have been living in East Boston for nearly two years, and I am convinced that there is no other community like this in the world. The success of the Piers Park Sailing Center is exemplified in the stories of many of its participants, but more importantly, its mere existence is a source of pride for the people of this neighborhood. For years, this organization has penetrated the hearts and souls of every person living in the region, and now for the first time, PPSC is gaining international recognition for its programs that provide access, recreation and therapy for people with disabilities. Many of us here in East Boston count down the days until the start of the season. Hundreds of children and adults of all abilities wait eagerly for the boats to hit the water each spring. Truthfully though, the profound impact of this program stretches far beyond sailing. It fosters hope, confidence and community in a neighborhood that would otherwise be lost. Thanks PPSC!

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

Knowledgeable, welcoming, and organized.

Ways to make it better...

Its not secret that an organization like PPSC has a significant amount of overhead. Maintaining a fleet of sailboats is an expensive task. However, further focus on facilities and equipment would be at the top of my list.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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