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EASE Picnic 2013

EASE sailors and volunteers at the 12th Annual EASE Picnic. The EASE program is run entirely by volunteers.

Every ship needs a great crew, and the Bayfront Maritime Center is a success because of its great volunteers. BMC is always seeking volunteers who are passionate about our mission to provide hands-on, engaging programming that produces extraordinary results.

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BMC needs volunteers who:

  • Want to help out with Project SAIL, our after-school program for teens 15-18. Boat building, field trips, and sailing are just some of the ways Project SAIL apprentices learn. Many of our past apprentices did not speak English as their native language, so volunteers able to speak another language would be a major asset. Project SAIL has three sessions during the year, which run from 3:30-5:30 P.M., Monday-Thursday.
  • Are interested in working in the boat shop. Ideal volunteers have woodworking, boat building, and/or tool maintenance skills, and are willing to work with their hands. This would be a fantastic opportunity for a skilled volunteer to get experience and learn from our incredibly gifted Maritime Educators.
  • Enjoy working outdoors, gardening, and doing yard-work. BMC is located directly on Lake Erie’s gorgeous Bayfront, and keeping our waterfront campus shipshape is always a priority.
  • Spend their summer in Erie, and would want to help out with BMC’s summer programs. The Erie Adaptive Sailing (EASE) program is the only one of its kind in Pennsylvania and is entirely volunteer-run.
  • Whiz through office tasks, and enjoy being involved with the hustle-and-bustle of managing a non-profit. Current or retired business or grant-writing professionals would be able to assist BMC in pursuing and maintaining funding for BMC’s programming.
  • Revel in being part of BMC’s special events, e.g. Ales for Sails, BMC’s annual winter celebration that will be held on February 10, 2017, or the 8th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta, which will be held August 18, 2017. These are opportunities for BMC to give back to the community, and are always lively occasions. Special event volunteers do not need clearances to volunteer at events.
  • Think they can help out in a way not listed above!

Skilled volunteers assisting in activities allow BMC to expand and improve in ways it normally could not. If you’re interested in volunteering, please complete the online form or download the volunteer packet and email it to or mail it to BMC at 40 Holland St., Erie, PA,16507. We look forward to hearing from you.


Thank You Volunteers!

Boat Shop Volunteers

  • Jerry Bien
  • Frank Coskin
  • Andy Hornyak
  • Jack McKibben
  • Gene Polaski
  • Ken Phillips
  • Christopher Laird
  • Elaine Lesniewski
  • Joe Lesniewski

EASE Volunteers

  • Baniewicz, Cameron
    Boucher, Doug
    Buettner, Doug
    Buyer, Doug
    Donn, Morgan
    Eisenberg, Amy
    Eisenberg, Rich
    Eisert, Meg
    Eisert, Mike
    Frost, Emma
    Gannon Physical Therapy Students: Miranda, Rachel, Savannah, Michelle, Andrew and Brian
    Grab, Emily
    Guerrein, Eric
    Hartleb, Ben
    Heitzenrater, Deb
    Hirsch, Carol
    Hirsch, Mike
    Holdford, Ashleigh
    Kitcho, Emily
    Lindell, Bren
    Lindell, Kathy
    Nemenz, Elizabeth
    Niemic, Bridget
    Nientimp, Laura
    Oathart, Brandon
    Overmyer, Mike
    Perratto, Emily
    Reed, Jeremy
    Reynolds, Pam
    Runser, Samantha
    Rupp, Nicole
    Sceiford, Kate
    Schaaf, Bill
    Serafin, Nathan
    Stefanovski, Peg
    Thompson, Russ
    Wade, Kim
    Wagner, Michelle
    Wolford, John

Computer and Information Technology Assistance

  • Ross Ardillo

Professional Services

  • Matt Wolford

Other Volunteers

  • Jacob Barilla
  • Doug Boucher
  • Andy Boucher
  • Kathy Boucher
  • Lew Boucher
  • Fritz Curtze
  • Anna Lindell
  • Ben Loutzenhiser
  • Missy Monacella
  • Anne Sinopoli