There are several ways you can help Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.
§ You can make cash donations here on our website in the Donate page, or by mailing a check to PO Box 695, La Plata, MD 20646. You will receive a donation acknowledgment letter.
§ If you have fly fishing equipment or materials that are in good, serviceable condition, you can donate that as well. Simply contact the Regional Coordinator for your area via our website in the Contact Us page. Your Regional Coordinator will be able to put you in touch with the program closest to you or one in need of your equipment.
§ You can become a volunteer. Here again you would contact the Regional Coordinator for your area via our website to connect with the program closest to you.
§ If there isn’t a program in your area, start one. There are some very basic steps to this, which are outlined in the t section below.
§ If there is no club, military or VA hospital in your area, you could organize a fundraiser. We can provide support for that as well.
Starting a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Program
We’ll help you through the start-up process and beyond, but here are the basic steps involved in starting a program.
§ Contact the Regional Coordinator for your area who will provide you with the Program Guide and other documents related to getting started, as well as contact information, support and advice. A list of Regional Coordinators is available on the Contact Us page.
§ Confirm that your fishing club is willing to supply the volunteers.
§ Sign the Memorandum of Agreement to become part of the national organization.
§ Educate yourself and fellow volunteers about Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing so that you can make an effective presentation to the military or VA hospital/facility in your area.
§ Once the facility agrees to host your new PHWFF program, you next recruit participants and agree on a mutually acceptable schedule of classes and events.
Why join Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing?
It’s true that any group of fly fishermen or women can volunteer at a military or VA hospital and do good deeds. However, there are some distinct advantages to becoming a part of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.
§ PHWFF provides a great deal of name recognition. This really helps getting into a facility as well as gaining local support through fundraising and publicity.
§ Great discounts are offered to PHWFF programs by sponsoring companies. Orvis, Temple Fork Outfitters, Umpqua, Hook and Hackle, and others have given us very generous discounts on equipment and materials used to support our programs.
§ National fundraising. Despite a troubled economy, our fundraising has been very successful. This enables us to continue to expand our reach to more facilities serving injured military members and disabled veterans.
§ Financial support for local programs. Our successful national fundraising permits us to provide financial support for each local program. This isn’t unlimited, but it does help, particularly when coupled with the generous discounts available to us.
§ National destination trips. Every year, PHWFF has more than a dozen trips for our participants to great destinations.
Networking and training. As we grow and accumulate more years of experience, we have a national network of volunteers who are more than willing to share their knowledge and problem solving expertise. For example, one of our volunteers invented the Evergreen Hand Tool, which is being refined by another group of volunteers; this device enables a one-handed participant to tie flies! Chances are that someone somewhere has already dealt with just about any problem you might encounter, so just ask.
Donate to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing using your Pay Pal account.
During the Combined Federal Campaign each fall, federal employees are encouraged to make donations to approved non-profit organizations.
This is the largest employee giving campaign in the world. If you are a federal employee, you can pledge an amount to be withheld regularly from your pay beginning in January of each year or make a one-time gift.
For more information, ask the CFC representative at your agency for a copy of the CFC pamphlet that is available in the fall. In order to make a donation to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, you must use our CFC code #82526
Chevron employees worldwide can make a donation through the Chevron Humankind-Employee Community Involvement Program.
The transaction ID for a payroll deduction contribution is #1824669
If you sell on eBay, consider donating to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing through eBay Giving Works. Any eBay seller can donate 10-100% of the sale price to PHWFF and get a pro-rated fee credit for the Insertion Fee and Final Value Fee when the listing sells.
There are easy-to-follow directions for taking advantage of this opportunity on eBay Giving Works.
Click here for more information.