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Milwaukee Community Sailing Center Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Sports, Swimming & Other Water Recreation

Mission: To promote sailing and to make Lake Michigan accessible to evreyone in the Milwaukee area through quality programs.

Results: In 2010 we opened a new educational building (with no debt) that allows us to expand our program offerings. We will host the 2013 US Disabled Sailing Championship.

Target demographics: Anyone in the greater Milwaukee area who wants to learn to sail.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 150 adults to learn to sail, 350 to improve their skills, over 230 children took lessons and almost 600 disabled adults got to sail.

Geographic areas served: Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Programs: Prams in the Park (ages 8-11), Youth Sailing (ages 9-17), Adult Sailing, Adpative Sail Program (for emotionally and physically disabled of all ages ). Our members actively help maintain the fleet, volunteering over 2,500 hours every year.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ahoy, Mates! For 15 years Milwaukee Community Sailing Center (MCSC) has provided me witha beautiful and safe opportunity to enjoy Lake Michigan and to share that joy with other people. As an MCSC member I have access to a variety boats that I can sail with other members or with my non member guests. Throughout the year MCSC offers learning experiences and sailing opportunities to become an accomplished sailor and to become a stewart for the survival of the Lake. Members can enjoy pleasure sailing, racing challenges and learning to be a volunteer instructor. The MCSC Youth program means the entire family can be involved. Outreach programs bring the sailing experience to challenged populations. The STEM program introduces the concepts and skills of sailing to Middle School students. During the "off season" MCSC is busy with a wide array classes such as weather for sailors, boat repair, how to cruise around the world, tying knots, race techniques and many other topics. Also available to members and to the community at large are popular Lunch on the Lake lecture series and the monthly Book Club. Oh, lots of parties with delicious food and good times are scheduled throughout the year. I am now 71 years old. Before I joined MCSC I had no prior sailing experience. If I can learn to sail, so can you. Avast! I must stop here. The wind is a blowin' and the sails are set. See you on the water.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center is an excellent asset to the city. Using its wonderful facilities on the water, this nonprofit reaches out to the community to teach many life skills through the art of sailing. These skills include physical development,social interaction,intellectual challenges and appreciation of the natural environment.
Encouraging and helping members with these skills is a friendly and positive staff. The entire sailing community supports new students and provides social settings frequently to help new members become part of the community. Milwaukee is fortunate to have this wonderful sailing center.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great community to be part of. Both for learning to sail, as well as a gateway to a wider sailing community.

Glyn

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center 's mission is to bring the joy of Lake Michigan to all people. To that goal the Sailing Center provides affordable lessons and scholarships for children and teens, as well as a complete range of on-the-water and classroom learning experiences for adults. With the insistence on safety first, MCSC provides the boats, the docks, the staff and the programs to help ANYONE learn how to sail competently. All one needs is a willingness to learn and an aptitude to have a good time. The emphasis on Community means no one who wants to sail is left at the dock. Friendships abound. MCSC provides volunteer opportunities to share sailing with children and adults with disabilities and other challenges. A full schedule of classes, events, social gatherings and volunteer options is available all year round. One can learn about the history of sailing for exploration, commerce, military use, for travel and sport; one can learn about ghosts, legends and ship wrecks, about environmental and conservation concerns and much more. I knew nothing about sailing when I took my first class several years ago. Now I have a passion not only for sailing itself but for helping achieve the mission of the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center--to share the joy of Lake Michigan.

Dick7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MCSC is the best place on Lake Michigan to learn sailing and to learn about the lake. Their staff is top notch and the location is first rate. Probably the best thing is the cost. It is very reasonable for the services they offer and the access to their facility on Lake Michigan.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is absolutely the greatest place to learn to sail. The staff is excellent and the students you meet all have one thing in common - the love the water and want to learn to sail. It truly is "a great place on a great lake"!! Water is so good for your soul. I have been a member since 1984!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member and volunteer to learn and teach safe sailing and share the sailing experience with many non-sailors in the Milwaukee area for whom this is their best and maybe only way. Excellent programs, activities, classes and best of all staff. AND Boats, too! The new facility sets the tone for a first class experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great way to sail - Instructors are knowledgable, levelheaded and fun! I cant imagine any other way to get into sailing.

Teresa99

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center makes Lake Michigan accessible to anyone! I love that there are a variety of courses offered at different times, making it easy to learn to sail or improve one's sailing abilities. I also love the camaraderie: the community members and staff are welcoming, patient, and, importantly, love to sail themselves.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A real community a sailors excited about sharing the lake and lakefront. Youth lessons, rides for disabled sailors, group and individual sailing opportunities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly a community center! Anyone and everyone should learn to sail at MCSC! And all ages! There is a class for every ability and boats for every ability. Start easy and you'll be amazed at what you'll learn. MCSC is the best bargain around. No, you don't need own your own boat, MCSC has them. Many a lifelong friend has been made hanging around the MCSC docks and boats. I dare you to try it out!!!

Kristin47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great place to sail in every way. As someone who as raced my whole life, I find it has a place to enjoy racing. But there is a great number of recreational opportunities. But mostly is is a top notch teaching facility. I have been part of numerous sailing schools as a student and as an instructor. This sailing center is amazing in taking a person from new to the water and boats. To an independent sailor to even a instructor themselves. I have seen people fall in love with a new sport and share it with others. I highly recommend this place. Great staff, great opportunity and great community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The sailing center taught me how to sail four years ago. Since then I have seen that they are much more than a sailing school. They keep a fleet of boats for members to take out like library books, although not overnight. They also make Lake Michigan accesable to people that might not otherwise be able to get out on the water. Things like the kids program, and the help I have seen given to people with disabilities.

There is both a paid staff and a large group of volunteers that keep the many programs running. It is often hard to know if a person is paid or volunteer, the MCSC does such a good job of training the volunteers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

All aspects thorough professional and informative. Great staff

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The MCSC is a fantastic organization, expertly guided by a highly motivated core team, and supported by a large and dedicated group of volunteers. The organization's mission is to provide the opportunity to learn, experience, and actively participate in sailing activities, with services offered to anyone in the community that expresses an interest. I personally have started to volunteer in 2014, and find it a highly rewarding experience. The MCSC is a top-notch organization and I personally plan on supporting their mission for many years to come.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MCSC has kept an unwavering focus on maintaining a core staff and a widespread cast of volunteers who are absolutely driven to provide an accessible and enticing gateway into the world of sailing. There are so many opportunities for people in surrounding communities to go beyond learning basic sailing skills - ranging from advanced sail handling, racing, maintenance, coaching, outreach programs and more. As for myself, I was introduced to my first sailboat experience close to 20 years ago during a open house event- I was hooked! Shortly after I took my first basic sailing lessons where I was out on the water within the first two days. Without the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center I might have missed the opportunity to embrace an activity that still stimulates me to want to be out and active.
Thanks. Mike V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center (MCSC). Sailing is a truly enjoyable sport---one in which I would never be able to participate if the MCSC did not exist. The organization and the people involved provide the opportunity to learn and enjoy a part of life that would otherwise escape all those involved with it!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been active with the sailing center for over 20 years. In that time, I've seen many great changes all focused on educating the public about sailing. This sailing center is one of Milwaukee's greatest assests because it provides sailing to all levels of sailors, all disabilities of sailors and all ages of sailors. It's great being a part of this fantastic organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

A great way to get non-sailors sailing! The educational opportunities for people of all ages, with all types of prior experiences (or lack there-of), with all physical abilities (and dis-abilities), and from all economic backgrounds is fantastic.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center (MCSC), a world class nonprofit, is to my knowledge one of the finest community sailing centers anywhere and carefully follows U.S.Sail's stringent teaching and sailing standards.

The regular average individual (man, woman, teen, child & retired old salts) have an opportunity to learn to sail or continue to sail on The Great Lake Michigan at a resonable, mostly affordable cost. After graduation, a sailor may continue to develope skill sailing and learning as a graduate of the MCSC's U.S.Sail Certified Sailing School in the MCSC's Open Sailing Program.

All of the above advantages are made possible due to the MCSC's status as a well run and well organized Milwaukee community supported nonprofit.

Due to the well deserved credibility the MCSC has garnered over decades of community nonprofit service, the center has been placed on the most picturesque lakefront sailing venue in Milwaukee.

Come and enjoy a true gem in the world of sailing. Come and enjoy what a great nonprofit has created. Come and enjoy what people working and volunteering together with functional government have provided to this community transending physical challenge, transending sex (women are equal at the MCSC), transending race and transending financial socio economic limits.

Catch a wave and the wind and the spirit of a fine nonprofit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the shore of The Great Lake Michigan!

Sincerely,

Tom Treul
MCSC Skipper
U.S. Sail Certified Sailor