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As a charitable organization, DFAC provides two types of services. Our first service objective is to serve communites by supplying food, school supplies, sports equipment and community improvements at no cost. Our second service objective is to provide a means for spearfishermen to give back to those in need, using their unique skills. Since 2010, Diving For A Cause has hosted spearfishing trips across the globe.
Nutritional program: Diving For A Cause donates 70% of all harvested fish back to the communities where these resources are used to fill the freezers in food banks, orphanages or schools. We then give 30% back to each participant to bring home and share with their families and friends. With a team of spearfisherman, we can donate several hundred pounds of fish to the locals, harvested over several days of diving. By selectively choosing the right species of fish to share, we can avoid overfished species and that will help to ensure healthy sustainable fish stocks.
Literacy program: At every destination, at least two days will be devoted to the community. As part of our Literacy Program, DFAC participants give a precious gift to children at each destination. Individual backpacks full of English or bilingual early learning to read books are given to each child to enhance educational growth and learning. Notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, and crayons are also included to help develop their writing skills with tools of their very own. Divers and non-divers spend time writing and reading with the children, providing an opportunity for each one to use their new books and school supplies and ask questions.
Fitness Program: As part of our Fitness Program, the DFAC team promotes athleticism with the supply of sports equipment, soccer balls, basketballs and volleyballs to low-income schools. Along with the refurbishing of their playing fields, it has been effective in encouraging more youth participation in sports. In our one-on-one youth mentoring, DFAC participants coach young children in snorkeling and diving techniques. By opening their world to the ocean, these children learn about the aquatic wonders so close to their homes.
Community Service Projects: We might be planting trees, participating in group community projects, refurbishing the schools with a fresh coat of paint, or even repairing desks.
Charity Fundraisers supporting other non-profits:We also wanted to give back locally so DFAC hosts charity fundraisers every year.
We host one of our fundraising activities here on the west coast in July with a Spearfishing event to the Channel Islands. DFAC is donating the net proceeds to support Hope's Haven, Cancer Wellness Center in honor of Bonnie Row, an accomplished diver, who represented the USA at the World Spearfishing Championships in Chili.
In New Orleans, we support Second Harvest Food Bank. So many families are fed with the donation of freshly harvested fish that the DFAC team secures.
In Italy, we partner with Dynamo Camp, a subsidiary of the Paul Newman's camps in the US,providing an opportunity for children suffering from serious pathologies, mainly once-hematological, neurological and diabetic to enjoy an unbelievable week at camp, at no cost. A therapeutic experience for sick children.
The cost for each trip includes your lodging, boat fees and meals for the days you are participating with DFAC. DFAC also pays for the extra bags that the DFAC team brings on these trips loaded with donated school supplies that we can put right into the hands of the children.
Diving For A Cause has received international support.
Diving For A Cause is a humanitarian non-profit organization created to help children and communities in need all over the world. We are helping to make a difference in the lives of so many children through our passion for spearfishing.
Diving For A Cause is a a 501.(c)3 non profit organization.