Human Services

Freedom Waters Foundation


To improve the lives of individuals with special needs and veterans by providing therapeutic marine related experiences on the waters of south Florida.

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Principal Officer

Debra Frenkel

Main Address

895 10th Street S. #302-F

Naples, FL 34102 USA


Therapeutic Boating, Disabilities, life threatening illnesses, cancer, veterans, boats, adaptive sailing, parks and recreation, therapeutic recreation, special needs, youth at risk, all ages, life threatening illnesses, children, adults





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Swimming, Water Recreation (N67)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

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FWF Weller Days

Adaptive Sailing Program

Fishing and Fishing Tournaments for Fun!

Veterans Program

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To continue to enhance lives through boating and marine therapeutic activities for all of our participants - those with disabilities, life threatening illnesses, youth at risk, special needs, veterans and their family members.  For our participants lives to be enhanced by an experiential, life skill building, social and sport activity. The outcome is a day of therapy that offers a lifetime of memories to all involved and increased involvement in the community and new or improved sporting and life skills.   To enhance the lives of FWF volunteers and community partners through our programs - building a greater sense of community, understanding, tolerance of individuals with differences and special needs.  Creating and maintaining a welcoming, loving, caring, sharing family for all involved from Board members to volunteers, boat owners to participants and their family members.

Increase community outreach; improve on the FWF volunteer program that includes recruitment, training, retention and reward of each of (over 300) volunteers that assist each year; increase numbers of participants being served by reaching out to other community partners both commercial and social service agencies; increase awareness of FWF's programs in the community in order to increase fundraising efforts to support the programs; continue to host the FWF Kind Mariners Ball as the major fundraiser.

FWF was incorporated in 2006, so has a long history of success, providing over 800-2400 on the water experiences each year with just two full time and two part time employees in the years since inception.  FWF is successful in community partnerships with private and commercial vessel owners who generously partner to provide the FWF on the water experiences.  FWF has numerous referral social service agencies who seek FWF programs for their clients year after year.  FWF has a strong base structure and each year continues to make improvements while living safely and responsibly within its budget and continuously staying open to new opportunities as well.

Quantitatively, FWF tracks all individuals involved - participants, volunteers, boat owners and social service agency referrals.   FWF Board actively reviews budget to actual financials on an ongoing basis.   Qualitatively, all FWF volunteers and leads interact with our participants and listen carefully to how their experience was out on the water and then report that back to the main FWF office.  Also, FWF volunteers and leads observe and participate in nurturing the changes that occur in the participant individuals while out on the water.  Inevitably, the participants come aboard and stay to one's self but by the time they leave, there is much interaction and relaxation that is apparent.

FWF has successfully provided continuous programs since its inception. There has only been positive outcomes and feedback.  On average, FWF has provided over 1600 on the water experiences each year, with just one or two full time employees. Many of the FWF volunteers have stayed with FWF for over five years and continue to support the programs.  Many donors have continued to support FWF over the years and continue to today. Participants often ask to come back and go out on the water again and are always welcome, while providing programming for new participants as well.  In-office procedures and administrative improvements have continued to mature with the years and needs of the organization.  A strong reward program for volunteers is still an area that needs improvement and dedication and is being developed.

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