Freedom Waters Foundation

Sharing Freedom and Joy On and Off the Water

Mission

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

Ruling year info

2006

Principal Officer

Debra Frenkel

Main address

895 10th Street S. #302-F

Naples, FL 34102 USA

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EIN

20-4513735

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Swimming, Water Recreation (N67)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

FWF Weller Days

FWF Weller Days are boat outings for children and individuals with disabilities, life-threatening illnesses, youth at risk, others with special needs and veterans. Private and commercial boat owners donate their time and use of their vessels for a 1 1/2-3 hour boat outing that usually also includes lunch,    allowing participants to leave their worries on the docks while they go out and enjoy and relax and have a new memorable experience.

Population(s) Served
Health
Veterans
At-risk youth

The adaptive sailing programs allows individuals with various abilities and challenges to get out on the water and learn to sail to the best of their ability.  We also host a sailing regatta for all of the disabled sailors who participate throughout the season. The program operates four days a week at Sugden Regional Park, in partnership with Collier County Parks and Recreation.  This sailing program was developed and implemented by the Founder of Freedom Waters Foundation and the sailing program director at CCPR in 2003.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

FWF offers fishing for a variety of populations of individuals with special needs which includes: youth at risk, veterans, individuals with life threatening illnesses (cancer and others) and individuals with disabilities.  Private or commercial boat owners donate their time and use of their boats and FWF coordinates the fishing outings/tournaments and provides lunch and water and always has a FWF host aboard. Boats go out for 2-4 hours depending on the population being served.  Each year, FWF hosts two fishing tournaments for at risk teens. One is Buoys and Bait for the boys and male fishing mentors and the other is Heels and Reels for the teen girls and female fishing mentors.   Some of the fishing outings may be as small as one boat with two veterans and other times, we may have 14 boats with two to six on each boat or a commercial vessel that will take 20 participants.  Each trip is custom to the individuals being served.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

FWF Veterans program started because a Vet Center counselor asked if we could so something for Veterans.  And, because they have special needs as well, FWF started the program.  Only 2 out of 9 who were signed up came to the first outing and those two explained that it was even difficult for them to show up because of their PTSD and TBI's.  That day they went fishing and came back changed men for the good.  Smiles and talking and committed to helping FWF get more Veterans out. Since then (2003), FWF has served over 300 Veterans/their family members each year, both on private and commercial vessels.   FWF Veterans program includes veterans going out on the water in various ways; cruising, sailing, fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses, Veterans, At-risk youth

Related Program

FWF Weller Days

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of organizational partners

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses, Veterans, At-risk youth

Related Program

FWF Weller Days

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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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.

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.

Financials

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Freedom Waters Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Kevin Walsh

John Weller

Community Volunteer

Keith Perfect

Advantage Services

Debra Frenkel

Freedom Waters Foundation

Patricia Luppy

Board Member

Kevin Walsh

Board Member

Paul Stephan

Board Member

David Goebel

Board Member

Board leadership practices

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  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/24/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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