News from the Water

  • Junior Wai Koa 2022 Recap

    Labor Day weekend is here, which officially means that summer — and our programmatic season — is ending. Since the summer closing also means  “back to school,” it seems fitting that as we relax this holiday weekend, we’re particularly reflective on the time we spent with some Annapolis youth for our Junior Wai Koa program. 

    If you’re unfamiliar, this Live Water Foundation pillar program allows us to provide an unforgettable summer camp experience for historically underserved children through a partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis (HACA). Twice a week for six weeks, we facilitate stand-up paddle board lessons and Chesapeake Bay restoration-centered educational experiences for children who live in HACA communities, both of which strengthen and solidify their connection to the watershed. This year, through the hard work of our outreach and development team, we were able to add a swim component to this program. We wrote an entire blog about why that is so important, and we hope you check it out, but to put it simply: we wanted to help kids conquer their fears and better enrich this whole experience.
  • Announcing: Swim Lessons Now Offered through Junior Wai Koa!

    As part of our ongoing effort to perfect our programs and offer the best services possible to our participants, we’re incredibly pleased to announce that this year, we are expanding our Junior Wai Koa program to include swim instruction. This expansion is the result of careful and extensive planning on behalf of our outreach and development committee. Sharing our goal to create a free swim program for under-resourced youth, we teamed up with former collegiate diver Erika Matheis.
  • Help HACA Find a Lifeguard

    It’s hard to believe, but our programmatic season will be upon us before we know it. 

    We are delighted to once again be partnering with the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis (HACA) to provide an unforgettable summer day camp experience for children who reside in housing authority properties through our Junior Wai Koa program, a stand up paddle board clinic for kids.

  • Live Water Luau Presented by Erika Baker Realtor & Proffitt Brothers Foundation

    If dreary winter weather, short days, and longer nights aren’t already reason enough to look forward to spring, we’ve got something else on the horizon — and it’s major. Our first ever Live Water Luau is taking place May 6th, and we could not be more excited! Get ready, because it’s going to be a night to be remembered. We’re making preparations to bring you the best of the best, from authentic Hawaiian cuisine and entertainment, to casino games, gift giveaways  — all to be enjoyed at the Historic Charles Carroll House (and its stunning view of Spa Creek).

  • Giving Tuesday

    Live Water Foundation is a 100% volunteer-based organization that relies entirely on charitable contributions. Our goal is to spend as much time as we can focused on the proper development and implementation of our programs, rather than organizing fundraisers. Giving Tuesday’s mission and reach extends to us an opportunity to elevate our story and broaden our donor base, two key contributors to providing the private funding without which our programs could not run. In 2017, 67% of the donations from Giving Tuesday were from first-time donors.[3] We hope to tap into that incredible potential to increase our ability to continue to provide free services to military veterans and underserved youth, as well as funds for our Chesapeake Bay restoration initiatives.
  • Reflecting on our 2021 Programmatic Season

    Each year, the coming of Thanksgiving and the Holidays signal a reminder to reflect on what we are grateful for and what we can do to spread that good feeling. Today, we look back on a season of programs packed with fun, adventure, and positive action. All to foster a community centered around a commitment to environmental stewardship, equitable access to water activity for youth in Annapolis, and serving the people who have so bravely served for us – our military Veterans.
  • We are pleased to welcome Tiffany Butler to Live Water Foundation’s board!

    Tiffany Butler is a homegrown Annapolitan from the community of Parole. She is a lover of all things outdoors, and a self-described ‘water baby’ -- a trait she affectionately says she inherited from her father. “I’m always water-adjacent in one way or another,” says Tiffany.

    She is also a career academic. Currently conquering both a post-master’s certificate in administration supervision at Loyola University and a PhD program in education from George Mason University, Tiffany is also in her fifth year as a biology teacher at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in upper Fells Point, Baltimore.

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    We have a lot happening this Summer & Fall and are looking for volunteers! Come paddle with our local Veteran groups and underserved youth. For those that want to stay on land, you can build oyster cages with us for our new Full-Service Marylanders Grow Oysters (MGO) Program.

    It is REQUIRED for the Wai Koa (Veteran programs) and Junior Wai Koa (underserved youth programs) you be a seasoned paddler as we will be paddling with those who require extra assistance. Paddling equipment will be provided for you at no cost.
  • Eastport Civic Association Grant Announcement!

    We are honored to be chosen by the Eastport Civic Association to receive a grant that will support our Junior Wai Koa program this summer! This specific program will focus on engaging the Eastport Terrace and Harbor House youth in water safety, swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking and environmental education.