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Shake-a-Leg Miami launches new initiative

Best known for its work with disabled and disadvantaged children and adults, Shake-A-Leg Miami (SALM) announces a new initiative called the "Ship Shape Project," which is designed to upgrade the non-profit organization's Bayshore Drive facility, and to revitalize the fleet of boats in its community sailing program during the next two months.

"Obviously, we will need a strong showing from our volunteer base," said SALM founder Harry Horgan, "and we are now actively recruiting new volunteers, particularly those with skills in the marine trades, and those who would like to learn those skills."

Additional volunteer jobs are available for people of all ages and abilities, with training sessions to begin with a workshop from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at SALM.

"As volunteers join this project, we will train them in boat maintenance, safety, and basic repair," said Horgan.

"Ideally, every boat in our fleet will have its own Ship Shape Team (SST) with a minimum of four members," he continued. "Some teams with more members and higher skill levels will be welcome to tackle large projects, while others can make a substantial contribution by cleaning our smaller boats or working on maintenance, repair, and beautification projects around the building or on the waterfront."

Ship Shape already has its own blog (, where potential volunteers can learn more about the project and register to help.

For information about the Shake-A-Leg Miami "Ship Shape" project, contact Barbara Jean Walsh at (561) 922-7220.