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Nonprofit Overview

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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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!


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

Comments ( 1 )


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!