Hey Hudson Sloop Club supporters!
We are so excited to announce that we have finally received our official non-profit status (501c3). We now qualify for local, state and government grants, and we can take tax deductible donations from individuals and foundations! This is a huge moment for the Sloop Club, our non profit status will enable us to grow as an organization in many ways. We are so grateful to Kristal Heinz for all her legal help! If you are interested in making a year-end, tax deductible donation, contact us at email@example.com or donate through our donate page!
In addition to our 501c3 application, we have had a busy year! We launched a community sailing program, continued our free after-school boat building program at the Hudson Intermediary School and hosted our third summer of Hudson Sloop Club Summer Camp.
This summer the HSC launched a series of community sailing programs at Hudson’s waterfront! We offered a variety of classes from “Free Community Sails on Sunday” to “Intro to the Navigating the Hudson River” and “2 and 4 Hour Sailing Classes.” All classes were either free or offered for a sliding scale fee. Through our sailing program we reached over 150 new and experienced sailors, young and old! We are excited to expand our sailing program in 2016! Stay tuned!
This year at HSC Summer Camp, Hudson children aged 8 to 15 built wonderful experimental watercraft: a bicycle powered catamaran, a fishing and trash collecting river barge, and a coro-plast, battery powered origami skiff all took to the river at our EXPO! We went to Oakdale to swim and fish, went aboard the Clearwater to learn from the crew and try our luck at casting off the deck, and collected trash 55 gallon barrels to reuse on Middle Ground Flats. We hope to continue to partner with local community organizations like Kite’s Nest, Perfect Ten, Oakdale, the Boys and Girls Club and others in future HSC summer camps!
Boat Building After-School Program at MCS Intermediary School:
Through an ongoing partnership with the Hudson Bluehawk Nation After School Program the HSC has taught woodworking, boat-building and design skills to over sixty 6th graders at Montgomery C. Smith Intermediary. We value this partnership so much and can’t wait to continue again in the Spring!