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The Auxiliary is composed of local Flotillas that serve the needs of the communities in which the members themselves live, work and enjoy marine activities, such as fishing, hunting, boating, swimming and diving.  However, Flotillas are limited in the ways they can raise money.

Since we are a governmental agency under the jurisdiction of the United States Coast Guard, we must follow strict fiscal guidelines that allow us to spend funds only on approved activities such as conducting Boating Safety Classes, Vessel Safety Checks and Recreational Boating Safety Visits to marine dealers, sporting goods stores and other businesses or agencies that cater to public education, such as libraries, local municipalities and civic organizations.

Why Contribute

We need to upgrade, replace and purchase new equipment that will allow us to expand our Boating Safety Classes to accommodate the increasing population on the Northshore that has increased dramatically since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Not even considering the normal amount of boaters who have never had a boating safety class, we are now faced with an additional 8,000± people in our area who need to take a state approved course to comply with the Louisiana law that will be enforced on July 1, 2010.

That law states:

“No person born after January 1, 1984, shall operate a motorboat powered by a motor in excess of ten horsepower unless he has successfully completed a boating safety class approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).  A person who has completed an approved boating safety class shall be in possession of evidence of such completion when operating such a boat.”

To handle the increased need for boater safety awareness and education, we need to spend more funds to promote the boating classes and to increase membership to attract instructors, vessel examiners and others who would like to qualify for water operations such as Search and Rescue (SAR), Safety Patrols, and other missions that the Coast Guard needs help with. Their budget has been greatly impacted by the economy and they need our help to supplement and replace the personnel they are not able to hire at this time.

How to Contribute (without becoming a member)

Many people would like to join us but simply do not have the time, due to family and/or business obligations. But they would like to help us and support us financially so we can carry out our mission(s) effectively and efficiently. You have an opportunity to be a part of making boating safer and helping us assist the Coast Guard by making a financial donation to Northlake Flotilla 42.

Because the Auxiliary is an all-volunteer organization, 100 percent of donated funds will be used to support the Flotilla. The members do not get paid and spend their own funds for uniforms, travel expenses etc, unless under direct orders from the Coast Guard to perform a specific mission. In that case, our travel expenses are paid, but our time is never paid (nor would we want it to be).

Contributions of $25.00 and above will be acknowledged with a Certificate of Appreciation as follows:

  • Contributor- $25
  • Supporter – $50
  • Lifesaver – $100
  • Mariner – $250
  • Navigator – $500

All contributors will have their names listed on a Supporters Wall page, unless they designate otherwise. Contributions of $50.00 or more per year will entitle you to become a member of the “family” and be invited to our open meetings, fellowship functions and activities.

Online contributions will be available shortly, but in the meantime, you can mail your check to:

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 42
P.O. Box 2302
Mandeville, LA 70470-2302

If you are considering anything above $500, please contact us so we can meet face to face and discuss some other methods of recognition and appreciation.

Thank you for helping to support the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 081-04-02 and it’s mission to increase Recreational Boating Safety here on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain.

Since each Flotilla is a 501(c)(3) organization, contributions are tax deductible (certain restrictions apply – please consult a tax professional), unless they involve the purchase of goods or services, in which case the fair market value of the goods and/or services must be subtracted from the total contribution. We will furnish you with a receipt showing the amount of your contribution and whether or not goods or services were provided. Contributors who desire may request to see our financial statements to verify that we are spending the money as we should.

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