Oceanside Senior Anglers Foundation
a 501(c)(3) Private Foundation
Our Charitable Programs
Our Anglers4Military Program serves to recognize and support our military, “Wounded Warriors” who have suffered injuries while serving our country, local active duty and veterans.
To accomplish our goals, we raise funds at the Fred Hall Show, Oceanside Harbor Days along with donations from many club members and local public support. Since 2007, we have taken over 400 wounded warriors & veterans out fishing for a day. Majority of our Heroes come from the Camp Pendleton Wounded Warrior Battalion, the 32nd Street Naval Medical Detachment in San Diego, and Balboa Naval Hospital. We have chartered boats from Helgren’s Sportfishing in Oceanside, Seaforth Landing and Point Loma Sportfishing Landing in San Diego, facilitated by the kindness of the boat owners/operators.
There are absolutely no costs for those who attend. They are furnished with everything that they need for the day, including food, water and sodas, fishing license, and equipment. Depending on donations, our goal each year is to offer three to four trips. The Oceanside Senior Anglers Foundation commitment is to show, in some small way, our thanks and appreciation for their sacrifices and to honor our country’s HEROES.
Our program also has a yearly food drive for Camp Pendleton and a drive to collect baby diapers for the families of Camp Pendleton as well. We also in December collect toys for Toys for Tots.
Jim Mauritz, Program Chairman
Our Anglers4Kids Fishing Trip program is in place to provide local area children an opportunity to go saltwater fishing on a boat and experience firsthand the joys of this type of fishing—something that some of these kids may never otherwise have the opportunity to do. Our program has been providing fishing trips for kids for over 20 years. The program has reached thousands of children over the years. Our foundation is dedicated to providing a safe, fun and educational experience for the kids.
We use the Seastar out of Oceanside Harbor landing. The day trips are fully sponsored and paid for by the foundation. Club members provide donations and volunteer their time so that kids ages 6 to 15 are able to have the opportunity and experience of ocean fishing. On the trips the kids are provided with information on proper boat procedures, ocean safety, rod & reel training, live bait handling, legal size fish (keepers) & limits, clean ocean environment protection, and very importantly ocean conservation education. On these trips we further provide meals, soft drinks, and a trophy to each kid which identifies all kids as winners and provides a remembrance of their trip experience.
The majority of kids we sponsor are from North County Boys & Girls Clubs located in Oceanside, Vista, San Dieguito, Carlsbad, Escondido, Poway and Ramona. Additionally we set aside trips for kids from Camp Pendleton YMCA along with summer camps from Escondido, San Marcos, and Vista. Many of these youngsters are from single parent households, and it is with pride that the foundation gives the opportunity to young children to realize the pleasure of open sea fishing, an appreciation of the marine environment, the value of conservation, and the great joy that nature presents.
Anglers4Kids motto is … "Old Kids Helping Young Kids"
Fred Kaczmarek, Program Chairman
John Dewitt, Co-Chairman
Our Anglers 4 Scouts program helps support the San Diego County Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Our program provides fresh & saltwater tackle that is used by the scouts at Camp Fiesta Island, Mataguay Scout Ranch and Camp Winacka. The summer fishing programs help the scouts earn merit badges... including “Hooked on Fishing”, cooking and conservation.
OSA members directly support the scouts by providing not only rods and reels... but instructional classes teaching the summer staff how to maintain the donated equipment, knot tying and casting techniques.
OSA began supporting the scout program in 2011.
Lynn Howell, Chairman
Paul Addison, Co-Chairman
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