Why Compass?


VolunteerStudents, Teachers and Volunteers Make the Case

At Compass Project, each student is an individual; his/her success is measured solely in terms of his/her own journey. More than 1600 students have benefitted from our programs, finding success in the shop, on the water, in the classroom and in the community. Your donations are vital towards funding our work and demonstrate your commitment to creating positive academic and social opportunities for the young people who will become contributing adults in our communities and workplaces. But don’t take our word for it…

You actually get to start from scratch and build a whole boat, which is really cool. You have to precise on everything. After you’re done building it, you’re proud of what it looks like. And you feel pretty close to the adults at Compass Project after working with them all the time.

– Aaron Truman, Student, South Portland High School

The Pathways program at Falmouth High School was so fortunate to be a part of the Compass Project. We spent a few hours a week learning physics, the challenges of working with wood, and a spirit of cooperation and a “can do” attitude. Our class built the first Morbic 12 sailboat in the United States with the help of the Compass Project’s amazing, patient staff. As an educator, the biggest thrill for me was to see the students actually launch the boat at the Falmouth Town Landing. For our students building this boat was a challenge and the look on their faces when it actually floated was worth every hour of difficult work.

– Kathleen Duddy, Teacher, Falmouth High School

Although I don’t consider myself a “boat person” I do love to teach kids how to work with tools. Compass has provided an unmatched opportunity to do that. I’ve seen a middle schooler who could fairly be called a “frequent disruptor” become totally absorbed making the perfect stem cut with a pullsaw. And another cutting close “to the line” on the bandsaw, finishing right on with the block plane, proud as anything. And I’ve had the experience, years afterward, of encountering one of the students on the street: “Remember me? You taught me how to plane an oar!” I did. And I do.

– Allen Armstrong, Volunteer


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