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Mission: Enhancing lives by providing boating opportunities and marine related activities for people with disabilities, life threatening illnesses, youth at risk and others with special needs.

Results: Since incorporation in March 2006, FWF has served well over 6000 individuals between the two south coasts of Florida. Accomplished by 99% volunteer efforts and one part time paid employee. Making smiles and memories that last a lifetime and building a family of belonging, caring and sharing!

Geographic areas served: South Florida

Programs: FWF Weller Day Boat Outings - Private and Commercial boat owners donate their time and vessels to provide an outing for FWF participants; Adaptive Sailing in Naples, Florida, in partnership with Collier County Parks and Recreation, teaching people with disabilities how to sail as independently as possible for each individual. Fishing outings and fun tournaments for FWF participants. Special events: Sailing Regattas, Boat Parade Parties; Fishing Tournaments for FWF participants

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Tracy87

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Freedom Waters Foundation, since it's inception, continues to allow participants to feel "normal" and happy by providing activities that they can enjoy and achieve "on their own" and also, offers all the wonderful caregivers moments of great solace to recharge.
This foundation inspires the BEST in everyone it touches and in every life it that it enriches.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm proud to know the people of this organization. The founder is an angel, truly gives her all, and cares deeply for each and every person she meets! They give smiles to so many children in peril, and their families, by taking them on a "dream trip", a day on a boat, cruising the ocean. I am sure this must help them to forget about their troubles, at least for a short while. Keep up the good work Freedom Waters Foundation as you're giving something to these people that may very well be the best day of their lives and memories that will last forever!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Freedom Waters Foundation programs bring relaxation and happiness to everyone who encounters them. From kids to veterans to the volunteers who make it happen- all around great organization

2 Lulu2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit...filled with heart! Debby is amazing and she lives with a purpose!!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with Freedom Waters Foundation for about three years now. I don't quite have the words to convey what a loving, giving organization this is. The many smiles, whether form children or adults, who we are fortunate enough to meet and spend time with, say more than any words could.

I think we volunteers are the truly lucky ones to have such wonderful participants to share our time with, whether fishing, kayaking, or enjoying a day on the water laughing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Freedom Waters Foundation is an awesome non-profit. It creates smiles for everyone. FWF creates a relaxing, enjoyable day for all of its participants, as well as its volunteers.This organization has the most caring and giving people.
I believe I get as much happiness and fulfilłment as the participants get. Our leader Deb Frenkel has made this organization what it is, she has more heart than anyone I've ever met .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome Organization, giving kids, families and veterans an opportunity to enjoy the waters of Florida - I love volunteering on and off the water. The rewards and smiles are Huge! - Thank you Freedom Waters Foundation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Even before Freedom Waters was a nonprofit I called Deb Frenkel to get information about Adapted Sailing because we wanted to start a program in Traverse City Michigan. I saw her passion and heart to reach out to those who needed that extra encouragement or adaptation to be successful. She worked with me endlessly, by phone, to help structure the program and get the boats we needed. She listened to me cry from discouragement, but NEVER gave up on me. Here we are 4 years later with 5 boats and a program that has helped hundreds of children and adults enjoy the water, and achieve independence through sailing. I've watched FWF grow and I am amazed at what the leadership and volunteers have accomplished. Our program is now reaching out to other communities, and passing the torch that Freedom Waters gave us. Barbara Hutchens, Traverse City Michigan

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dfrenkel 12/16/2012

Thank you, Barbara for such a great review of FWF! Congrats on all your accomplishments at your sailing center in Michigan!! And, thank you for your willingness and time to help so many!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered for FreedomWaters Foundation several times, and every outing or event runs smoothly and is well organized.It's usually "the smiles on the faces"of the participants that confirm the efficacy of something as simple as a couple of hours in a boat on the water. The enthusiasm of the founder, Debra Frenkel and the volunteers is truly contagious, and among the volunteers there is an almost reluctant admission that, in working with those labeled disabled, and the kids fighting cancer, it's the volunteers who feel the most blessed after an outing. One of my most memorable expeiences with FWF occurred at a disabled sailing event, watching a blind man sail. I wish FWF success and growth in the future.

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dfrenkel 12/16/2012

Thank you, Mike, for these very kind words. And, thank you for helping out as you do!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would personally like to thank Freedom Waters Foundation... They recently invited my family on a day of deep sea fishing with Captain Bill Wilson and Debby Fenkle..."WE HAD A BLAST". tHIS IS a wonderful foundation that helps childrens with all circumstances, and I am truly thankful to have been apart of it. Sincerely Denise, Shawn, Cody and Dillon Simmons

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dfrenkel 12/16/2012

Thank you, Denise. It was a pleasure being with your whole family too. Look forward to seeing you again soon. :-)