Hooked on Fishing organization gets new boat for youth programs

>> A STORY UPDATE WE FIRST BROUGHT IN MAY. THAT’S WE INTRODUCED YOU TO THE ORGANIZATION HOOKED ON FISHING NOT ON VIOLENCE. ITS MISSION IS TO HELP KEEP CHILDREN AT RISK OFF THE STREET. >> TODAY, THE ORGANIZATION HAS A BRAND NEW TOOL TO HELP IT IN ITS FIGHT. KCRA 3’S JASON MARKS SHOWS US THIS WINNING TAKE. >> WE FIRST FEATURED HOOKE ON FISHING NOT ON VIOLENCE DURING OUR SAVING OUR CITIES STORIES SERIES IN MAY. HOOKED ON FISHING NOT ON VIOLENCE IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT TAKES CHILDREN AT RISK FISHING EVERY SATURDAY, FOUNDED BY TIM POOLE ABOUT A DECADE AGO. NOW ONE THING TIM POOLE DIDN’T HAVE WHILE WAS A BOAT. AND SO JUST AFTER THIS STORY WAS RELEASED IN MAY, OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL, SACRAMENTO BRANCH DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND DONATE $15,000 FOR A NEW PONTOON. THIS WILL CHANGE THINGS BECAUSE CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE TO GET OUT ON THE WATER AND FISH AND TIM POOLE WHO STARTED THIS ORGANIZATION IN 2012 IS AT THE WHEEL DRAWING HIS BRAND NEW BOAT. BIG DAY WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE? >> OH MAN IT’S WONDERFUL IT’S A DREAM COME TRUE FOR OUR ORGANIZATION AND OUR YOUTH. >> WHAT WILL THIS DO FOR YOU? >> IT WON’T DO NOTHING FOR ME IT WILL DO IT FOR OUR COMMUNITY OUR COMMUNITY HAS A LOT OF POVERTY AND MANY OF OUR CHILDREN DON’T EVEN GET OUT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD I WANT TO TAKE THEM ON THE WATER AND SHOW THEM SOMETHING NEW SOMETHING FUN THING. >> AND SOME OF THESE CHILDREN HAVE NEVER BEEN ON THE WATER BEFORE, THEY NEVER SEEN A PONTOON? >> EXACTLY >> AND WHAT YOU DO IS GET THE CHILDREN OFF THE STREET, GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO DO HOW IMPORTANT IS IT? >> IT’S AMAZING. EVERY TIME I RETURN HOME AFTER SERVING OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR YOUTH, I FEEL AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN. >> WHEN DOES THIS BOAT GO IN THE WATER? >> PROBABLY THIS WEEKEND. >> I HOPE TO RECEIVE AN INVITATION. >> YOU GO. >> TIM POOLE HE FOUNDED ADDICTED TO FISHING NOT VIOLENCE A DECADE AGO AND JUST AFTER OUR STORY WAS SPREAD WITH HIS ORGANIZATION HE RECEIVED A HUGE DONATION AND THERE IS THAT

Hooked on Fishing organization gets new boat for youth programs

A Sacramento organization that takes at-risk children fishing on weekends has received a new boat to expand its efforts. In May, KCRA 3 highlighted Tim Poole’s work with Hooked on Fishing, Not on Violence. Every Saturday morning, Poole has teenagers fishing in Southside Park. He had no boat. But after seeing the KCRA 3 report, the Sacramento branch of Optimist International paid $15,000 for a new pontoon to get the organization out on the water. “It’s wonderful,” Poole said. “It’s a dream come true for our organization and our young people.” Poole said many of the kids he works with don’t come out of the neighborhood. The new boat will allow him to take them out on the water and “show them something fun.” RELATED | See the entire Project CommUNITY: Saving Our Cities series.

A Sacramento organization that takes at-risk children fishing on weekends has received a new boat to expand its efforts.

In May, KCRA 3 highlighted Tim Poole’s work with Hooked on Fishing, Not on Violence. Every Saturday morning, Poole has teenagers fishing in Southside Park.

He had no boat. But after seeing the KCRA 3 report, the Sacramento branch of Optimist International paid $15,000 for a new pontoon to get the organization out on the water.

“It’s wonderful,” Poole said. “It’s a dream come true for our organization and our young people.”

Poole said many of the kids he works with don’t come out of the neighborhood.

The new boat will allow him to take them out on the water and “show them something fun”.

He said serving the community in this way made him feel “on top of the mountain”.

| RELATED | See the entire Project CommUNITY: Saving Our Cities series.

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