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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

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of MCSC for over 25 years. I have sailed in many facilities in the US over many years. I have served as a sailing instructor at several as well as at MCSC. MCSC is at the top of my list. It is very well run by a exceptionally friendly staff. It lives up to the title of "community" through outreach to the entire Milwaukee area from from providing sailing opportunities for those with disabilities, for children from the central city, and others as well as excellent sailing instruction at all levels for members on and off the water. MCSC has a large fleet of sailboats including Pearson Ensigns, J24s, Solings, and various dinghies available at no cost for members with appropriate sailing ratings. If you are a member, there is no reason to own your own sailboat. MCSC is a crown jewel of Milwaukee.