Message in a Bottle
June 2019

As you know, our mentors and volunteers are an integral part of the entirety of the Tacoma Boat Builders.
Since January, these caring adults have already generously donated over 2,300 hours!
In this issue, we wanted to tell you about an important member of our community, who has enriched many lives since the beginning...
Dan enjoys a refreshing bottle of Diet Coke and shares weekly fair scones with Kayla, the Boat Shop Dog.  Dan has been a mentor and supporter to the Boat Builders since the day we moved into the community, and has worked closely with Chuck, Program Facilitator, for over 13 years.  It's not rare to see Dan in the shop four days a week.

As an integral part of program, Dan is a strategic thinker, observer of human behavior, and listens carefully to those who disclose to him.  Dan has developed and mastered these skills and competencies from 30 years in the U.S. Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant; he was an adviser for top military generals and directors during the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, and mentor to many troops.

Our community is grateful to have the presence of such a gifted craftsperson. As many mentors have noted, Dan is a mentor's mentor always willing to share his genuine and natural insights that help him connect with others, especially when it comes to welcoming our youth.  As with many of our volunteer mentors, Dan is highly respected role-model for everyone at Tacoma Boat Builders, and he serves as an important adviser to the staff, especially when sorting out complex challenges our youth are experiencing and thinking about how TCBB can continue to set the standard for running great youth programs.
Thank you, Dan!
(Self-portrait provided by Dan)
We are seeking caring adults that will assist with supporting our mission and breaking down barriers that inhibit the youth in Pierce County.
  • Youth Advocate/Coordinator, APPLY HERE
  • 2 Washington Service Corps positions, starting in the fall, LOOK HERE
  • Summer Mentoring Opportunities: If you're seeking new adventures, come on down to the Boat Shop for summer programming!
    • Young-womens' week-long pop-ups, in July and August
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays justice-involved-youth
    • Monday and Wednesday afternoon open sessions, July and August
For more information, please reach out to Jess at or (253) 720-8703.
Give Way...

Super Soaker Wars are in full effect as the temperatures rise this summer.

Stop on by, if you aren't scared to get a little wet.

By the way, our summer schedule has officially started!
Vérité ~ Tacoma, WA.
Tacoma Boat Builders is building and continuing a strong partnership with evidence by the work being done on Vérité, 38-foot wooden rowing captain's gig.  Vérité, based out of the Thea Foss Waterway, is operated by the local Sea Scouts, and cared for by the Women on the Water Organization.

Through your support, we continue to not only serve marginalized youth, but connect within the community.  Thank you for further breaking down barriers that inhibit youth from striving and restoring their values in Pierce County.
Click on any of the photos below to find out more how Tacoma Boat Builders and YOU are connecting within the community.
And always remember, Together, we are enriching lives through craftsmanship for Pierce County’s youth.

With much gratitude,
The Boat Shop Crew


Creating transformational opportunities for marginalized and underserved youth through boat building and positive mentorship.



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