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Robert Watson Named CEO of Nonprofit Project Independence

Robert Watson Named CEO of Nonprofit Project Independence

Stepping up from his role as associate director at PI, Watson will replace current CEO Debra Marsteller, who is retiring after 40 years. Posted Wed, Sep 22, 2021 at 12:13 pm PT| Dan Pittman The volunteer Board of Directors of nonprofit Project Independence (PI) has named Robert Watson, a seasoned professional with many years of experience working with adults with developmental disabilities, the Costa Mesa-based organization's new chief executive officer, effective October 29. Stepping up from his role as associate director at PI, he replaces current CEO Debra Marsteller, who is retiring after helming the organization for nearly 40 years. In 2007, after 26 years leadingRead More

Project Independence Clients Paddle An Outrigger For Independence

Project Independence Clients Paddle An Outrigger For Independence

Adults with developmental disabilities take to the water at Newport Aquatic Center via Project Independence's Access 2 Adventure program By Dan Pittman, Neighbor Nonprofit Project Independence's Access to Adventure (A2A) program for its clients with developmental disabilities has returned with outdoor adventures and activities. Recently, a group from the Costa Mesa-based organization gathered at Newport Aquatic Center to paddle an outrigger with the MAKAPO Aquatics Project, as the Polynesian sport of outrigger paddling can be enjoyed with no special adaptations needed to the equipment. The Project was founded in 2007 to meet the recreational needs of the blind community in Orange County and beyond. "WeRead More

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OC Marathon

May 3, 2020

Join us again this year at the Orange County Marathon. We will be cheering on all the runners including our teams from Project Independence at the award-winning Water Station Mile 23. Come join us for the fun!

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Walk for Independence

September 12, 2020

SAVE THE DATE! Walk for Independence 2020 will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Tewinkle in Costa Mesa, CA.Do not miss this wonderful event where the Project Independence family gathers with family, friends and community partners to celebrate a year of achievement through independent living, work and day programs and confidence building through fun with the Access 2 Adventure Program. Coffee and muffins at the ready as well as your free marathon t shirt.

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