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Blog Post – A day at Alexandria Seaport Foundation with the Compass Team
Alexandria Seaport Foundation (ASF) helps at-risk youth turn their lives around by teaching job and life skills through building wooden boats. This year, a team of Compass volunteers is helping ASF develop a Funding Strategy for a sustainable future.
A Dory Boat, one that ASF apprentices have built!
Recently, some members of the Compass Team serving as consultants to ASF had the chance to participate in a team-building event at ASF. It was a great experience where everyone had a chance to work on the boats with volunteers and students of the program. The experience left an impact on the team as they saw the amazing impact this organization has on the lives of everyone who is connected to it.
Greg and Laura, Compass volunteers, stay focused on the task at hand!
The team had a chance to learn firsthand how important this organization is in the lives of both the volunteers and the students. While they expected to see it’s importance to the students, it became clear that ASF also has a very strong impact on the volunteers, who feel such a sense of pride for what they do.
Thomas (left), a proud ASF graduate, takes time to smile for a picture with ASF volunteer Larry (right)
One particular volunteer described how he came to be involved with the organization ten years ago. He explained that he had attended an event because he was looking to learn how to perform maintenance on his own boat, but he was struck by how the volunteers were making real connections with young people who were having problems in their lives. He made the decision to have that same impact and now volunteers with the organization three days a week.
Erich (right), a Compass volunteer, learns something new during the tour of ASF.
Guarev, a Compass volunteer on the ASF team, jumps right in!
Larry (left), a dedicated ASF volunteer, poses with a Compass volunteer and an ASF apprentice, Thomas (right).
A Compass team member for the ASF team, proudly signs the Dory that she and her team helped work on.
Guarev (right), a Compass volunteer, takes time to chat with Kent Barnekov (left), the Executive Director of ASF.
The whole Compass team poses with ASF staff, volunteers, and apprentices.
The ASF Compass team is comprised of volunteers who, in their professional lives, work in consulting and legal functions for various private and public sector organizations. They are volunteering their time and expertise to Compass and ASF because of they believe in the missions of both organizations. All of the team members reside in the greater Washington, DC area.
Another Compass Client, Stone Soup Films, has been filming the Compass project at ASF this past year. Stone Soup is dedicated to building the capacity of other nonprofits through the production and donation of films.
Their film crew caught an incredible moment at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation. To watch the video, click here: How to Flip a 3,000 lb boat!
It’s truly amazing!
To learn more about Alexandria Seaport Foundation, visit their website: http://www.alexandriaseaport.org/
To learn more about Stone Soup Films, visit their website: http://www.stonesoupfilms.org/
This post was submitted by the Compass volunteers on the Alexandria Seaport Foundation Team.