Klineline Kids Fishing Nonprofit
Klineline Kids Fishing Nonprofit introduces the next generation of Southwest Washington sportsmen to the sport of fishing. A two-day April event at Klineline Pond in Vancouver hosts 600 Special Needs fishermen of all ages and 2,500 kids from age 5 to 15. 5,000 to 7,000 family members and caregivers join Kids on their fishing day. Kids "showup" and all else is provided, from instruction to fish cleaning. 500 pounds of donated fish go to local food share programs. KKF supports seven 7 Clark-Skamania-Lewis County Kids Fishing events with gear, volunteers and experienced help. This 30-year program, the largest in Washington State, teaches water safety and need for clean water as home for fish that become our food. For $5 registration, Kids get a rod and reel of their own, to keep; 2 fish; on-water help from an adult Fishing Guide; KKF Tee Shirt and educational materials, including a Fish Cookbook; Big and Small Fish trophies; and entry into hourly drawings for bikes and other prizes. Over 20% of attendees are from single parent families and about 10% are from youth-development organizations. Emphasis is on affordable family activities to do on their own. 300 volunteers and 100 local sponsors fund operations and provide You Can Do It, on-site activities for Kids. Port of Vancouver provides year-round storage and a base for staging the event. Event participation grows at 5 to 10 percent per year.
All Klineline Kids Fishing support goes directly to on-water activities and events. No paid staff or recurrent overhead are involved. Even so, each year's operation depends on renewed funding so this appeal is about money to buy fish and gear and essential services (waste, security, permits, etc.). Registration is to establish some degree of control over number and scheduling or participants but those unable to pay (or registering 3 or more Kids) receive "scholarships". This campaign seeks community support for a community activity for many guests at a Vancouver Parks & Recreation facility. KKF also seeks to broaden awareness of fishing opportunities to more local youth.