Our Community Impact

Charitable sailing efforts at the USSCMC  serve our community by creating smiles, building character, and nuturing self-confidence in children who particiate with local nonprofit programs. A few of our partners inlcude:

  • ARC of Martin County: Advocates for Rights of the Challenged (ARC) is a national non-profit that serves children with special needs. The USSCMC partners with ARC ’s local Summer Camp to offer sailboat rides with the opportunity to learn about the wind, the waters and boating. The success stories are all about smiles, giggles and the opportunity to increase self-confidence and courage through sailing. When children return from a previous year, seeing their comfort level with the activity is rewarding. As a gift to the children, this program is funded entirely by the USSCMC. Private donations are needed so that the USSCMC is able to sustain this outreach.
  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters: Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. With the goal to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. The USSCMC offers free of charge activities and instruction to any Big who bring their Little for a day of recreation, education and fun on the water. As a gift to the children, this program is funded entirely by the USSCMC. Private donations are needed so that the USSCMC is able to sustain this outreach.
  • Hibiscus Sailing: Hibiscus Children’s Center is a local non-profit that serves children who have been removed from their homes by the courts and were unable to be placed with a family member or foster home. With a curriculum designed to teach sailing, the real goal for this program is to give the children a reason to smile and laugh while growing in self-confidence, courage and trust in others. Sailing instructors and volunteers give the children wonderful afternoons in sailboats. As a gift to the children, this program is funded entirely by the USSCMC. Private donations are needed so that the USSCMC is able to sustain this outreach.
  • Operation 300 (Gold Star Families): Operation 300 is a non-profit founded in memory of Aaron Vaughn, a navy SEAL from Martin County, FL who died in Afghanistan, leaving a wife and two young children. Operation 300 hosts adventure camps for children who have lost a parent to military service, and seeks to honor the families of the fallen. While being chaperoned and mentored by veterans, the children experience camping, fishing, horseback riding and SAILING! Annually, 100-150 children along with their mentors are welcomed to the US SAILING Center for a cook-out and sailing. As a gift to the children of fallen heroes, this program is funded entirely by the USSCMC. Private donations are needed so that the USSCMC can sustain this outreach.
  • Project L.I.F.T. Sailing: Project L.I.F.T. is a local/regional/national/non-profit that serves at-risk teens. Through vocational training and “play therapy”, Project L.I.F.T. therapists teach teens how to replace negative behaviors and addictions with healthy and productive lifestyles. The USSCMC is proud to collaborate with Project L.I.F.T by offering sailing as a healthy habit that serves as a recreational outlet stimulating exercise of the mind, body and spirit. This program was founded and funded by a grant that ran its course before sustainability could be attained. It is currently not funded and needs help to jumpstart once again. It is intended to be a life changing gift to the teens who are enrolled at Project L.I.F.T
  • Samaritan Sailing: Samaritan Center is a local Christian residential program designed to address and modify inappropriate behaviors in young boys. While teaching the skills of sailing, the greater goal is to develop teamwork, self-discipline and self-confidence. Sailing is so popular with the boys that it is used as a reward for cooperative behavior, dedicated effort and positive attitudes. The USSCMC instructors and volunteers develop strong personal bonds with the students. Each summer, Samaritan boys have an opportunity attend the USSCMC Sailing Camp on scholarship. As a gift to the children, this program is funded entirely by the USSCMC. Private donations are needed so that the USSCMC is able to sustain this outreach.
  • Scouting (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Sea Scouts): The USSCMC constantly creates affordable programs to make sailing accessible to these youth groups in our community. Private donations enable us to address community needs with program fees below their costs.
  • Stand Up For Autism: The USSCMC donates its facility, boats and personnel for Stand Up for Autism’s annual fundraising event. Private donations enable the Sailing Center to maintain the boats and facilities in order to provide this service to the community.
  • Willoughby Sailing Program: The USSCMC donates its facility, boats and personnel for Stand Up for Autism’s annual fundraising event. Private donations enable the Sailing Center to maintain the boats and facilities in order to provide this service to the community.

 Additional organizations include Sea Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Veterans, and local organizations who seek donations from us to assist in their fundraising and community outreach.

The USSCMC is constantly striving to create affordable programs and build partnerships to ensure sailing is, and will continue to be, accessible to all.

Scholarship Opportunities

To increase accessibility, registration fees are kept low and scholarships are available for any sailor for memberships, sailing programs, and camps. To apply for a scholarship, you can download our USSCMC Scholarship Application and return it to our office by email (office@usscmc.org), mail or in person.