"When Ed took the tiller, the smile on his face was like few I had ever seen"
-Capt. Jim Jackson(Ret.), Mass. Maritime Academy & Sail Cape Cod Volunteer
'Ed' had sailed Lewis Bay as a teenager until disabilities took that
opportunity and joy away. Sail Cape
Cod provided Ed, now in his 50's, with his first chance to take the
helm in more than 30 years!
When Jim Jackson saw 'Ed', tiller in hand, with a beaming smile, Jim
tells us that it literally brought tears to his eyes. Not an uncommon reaction
among volunteers, it seems!
Sail Cape Cod's mission - "Access to all ...; without limitation" - became a reality
this past summer with the support and commitment of so many in the Cape Cod
community, enabling 150 individuals to experience the joy and happiness that
being on the beautiful waters of Nantucket Sound can bring.
help Sail Cape Cod put even more
smiles on more faces in 2014?
Our two goals this coming year are ambitious and
with your support we will succeed! In
2014, we plan to acquire and fully outfit an adaptive sailboat that will
serve physically challenged individuals and we also plan to at least double the
number of individuals who will learn to sail and experience the joy of salt
winds in their faces.
The demand for affordable, community access to the water is daunting. Thousands of Cape Codders live within miles of the water, including
some 25,000 individuals identified by the U.S. Census as having some form of
physical or developmental disability, but ironically these folks have no
practical boating access to our waters.
Yet, with great community partnerships, dedicated volunteers,
wonderful news articles and the support of so many of you, our programs this
summer were full. And we expect that
2014 will be even better! People want
to be on the water and Sail Cape Cod intends
to provide that opportunity. Will you
help us make this happen?
As you can imagine, launching and growing a community sailing program
is not inexpensive. Staffing, scarce dockage, equipment acquisition, maintenance,
training, certifications, insurance, and all else that goes into a successful
startup can easily produce sleepless nights.
But the sheer joy experienced by the participants and the smiles on
their faces made it all worthwhile for the small Sail Cape Cod staff and its volunteers.
Our plan for an expanded adaptive sailing program in 2014
includes acquiring a $35,000 fully and specially-fitted Independence 20
sailboat and a $5,000 dock-side Hoyer lift to assist the disabled with boarding
and disembarkation. Trained professional staff, updating existing equipment and
the myriad of other expenses will add another $30,000 to our 2014 budget.
With your help, our goal is to be fully funded by March 1, 2014,
allowing for timely hiring of trained, professional staff and acquisition of
We know that you value transparency about where your support is going.
That's why you'll find more detailed corporate information, news articles,
endorsements, photos, and stories on Sail
Cape Cod's website, www.SailCapeCod.org. And lots of smiles, too!
Please consider supporting Sail
Cape Cod with your holiday gift by check or online through our website. Your
donation to Sail Cape Cod, a 501
(c)(3) Massachusetts not-for-profit, is deductible to the fullest extent
allowed by law.
Thanks so much for your consideration. Happy Holidays!
P.S. Thank you for your support
of Sail Cape Cod so that hundreds of
people with disabilities can enjoy the water this coming summer!
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gift of appreciated securities, please contact us by phone and we will work
with your broker and ours to effectuate a transfer. And we would certainly
welcome gifts in kind after speaking with you.