Donate/Get Involved

We are always looking for new ways to help youth in the Traverse City area. In fact, we hope to expand the sailing and therapeutic programs beyond Traverse City. Here are ways that you can get involved:


sailing charter Traverse City


Help fund the program

The cost of maintaining a sailboat, paying a licensed Captain, licensed professional counselor, and doing follow-up can add up. We try to utilize volunteers to reduce costs. In doing so, we run a very lean program, but there are always on-going needs. Here are some ways that you could help:

  • $10,000 will cover all boat maintenance and upkeep in an average year (assuming nothing unexpected breaks)
  • $3,600 will sponsor an entire week of services
  • $600 will sponsor a youth for one week
  • $250 will sponsor snacks and meals for one week
  • $50 will cover one student’s counseling for a day

Any donation will change a student’s life. If you feel more comfortable, please make checks out to “Maritime Heritage Alliance” and write “SAIL Champion” in the memo. Mail checks to:

Maritime Heritage Alliance
c/o SAIL Champion Program
13268 S. West Bayshore Dr.
Traverse City, MI 49684



Volunteer with the kids

Maritime Heritage Alliance members help to keep the sailboat, Champion, in ship shape. As well, they volunteer on-board and provide guidance. These volunteers are essential to making the program sustain and continue. To learn more about becoming a member, Click Here.

We have many on-going activities that we have planned and continue to develop. Over Spring Break 2012, our SAIL Champion participants helped build three stand up paddleboards (SUP). In doing this, they learned boat-building skills, how to complete a project, and also gave back to MHA.


Help bring this program to others

Each year we expand our partnerships. Do you know an agency or youth that would benefit from the program? We would love to talk with you more. Please email our program coordinator, Click Here to email.


Questions?  231.577.9463 (SAIL) or Click Here to email the program coordinator.