News from the Water

  • 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.
  • Candles for a Cause: Thank You JNRG Healing Co.

    Live Water Foundation is incredibly pleased to be on the receiving end of a wonderful fundraising campaign created by our friends at JNRG Healing Co., an intentionally-crafted candle company. In honor of National Veterans and Military Families Month, JNRG (pronounced Jen-er-gy) Healing Co. is donating a portion of the proceeds from each candle sold this November to veteran-focused nonprofit organizations.
  • Join Our Board of Directors Team!

    As we enter the final quarter of our fifth year of operations, we’re proud to see our nonprofit organization reach the age where it is officially time to renew some of our board seats! This is an exciting achievement that is meaningful in a couple of ways. Not only does it mean that we’ve been doing something right and have been successfully running our operations for the benchmark we had established in our bylaws, it also signifies an opportunity to grow and evolve, and fill our board with members who are capable of providing new insight and ideas.
  • 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.
  • AACC Upholds Ongoing Water Monitoring of Spa and Back Creeks

    While our social programs may be our most visible, it's our environmental focus that connects everything we do. During the summer, you’ll easily spot us out on the water with the youth and veteran groups that we run, and that tends to be what draws the most attention. That said, water itself, and specifically our neck of the Chesapeake Bay, very much is the foundation upon which all of our other work is built. Which is why we are thrilled to have established an official partnership with Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) to maintain ongoing water quality monitoring of Back Creek, the flagship location of our parent company Capital SUP.
  • Criminal to Cameraman, Photographer Sura Sohna Talks with Live Water Foundation

    Recently, Live Water Foundation had the pleasure of hiring local photographer Sura Sohna as the exclusive cameraman for our Junior Wai Koa program. In addition to being an extremely gifted self-taught shutterbug, Sura has an inspiring and empowering story that immediately drew us to want to work with him. Though the circumstances that brought him national attention on the Ellen Degeneres Show were anything but ordinary, unfortunately the story of poverty and desperation that would ultimately lead to his incarceration is all too common in the Annapolis community where Sura grew up. After being sentenced to 13 years in prison for burglary, Sura was released 12 years early due to the tremendous work of his childhood friend and youth philanthropist, Brandon Harris.
  • A Look at our 2022 Programs

    Our favorite time of year has officially arrived! The warm weather and longer hours of sunshine are always a welcomed treat, but they’re extra special because they mark the beginning of our programmatic season. We’ve got a couple (exciting) additions and new followers since our Live Water Luau, so we thought this was an opportune moment to reintroduce our programs to you.
  • Volunteer with Live Water Foundation this Summer!

    Our programmatic season has officially begun! This is easily our favorite time of year, but we can’t do it without the help of our amazing volunteers. Live Water Foundation is 100% volunteer-run. Donations go right back into our programs. Thanks to our team and those who volunteer their time to join us, we can execute our Mission.

    There are many reasons to volunteer; it’s a great way to meet new people who share similar interests, it will get you outside and moving on these gorgeous summer days, you’ll get to try new things and even enjoy experiences that other people sometimes have to pay for. On top of that, giving back feels good! We’ve got lots of opportunities for you to join us on our Mission to Inspire and Empower the people and organizations we work with by facilitating watersports programs that improve our communities health, wellness, and environment.

  • 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.
  • Live Water Luau Recap

    It’s been just over a week since we hosted our first ever Live Water Luau, and we’re still glowing from the experience. Though the weather wasn’t quite in our favor, we were able to keep everyone dry under a large tent outside the grounds of the Historic Charles Carroll House in downtown Annapolis. We’re grateful to our wonderful sponsors, our hardworking volunteers and our gracious community. With your helpful feedback, we’re already planning how to make next year’s luau even better!
  • Live Water Luau - Wai Koa, Junior Wai Koa, & Oyster Growing Sponsors

    It’s time to say thank you to our sponsors for this year’s Live Water Luau. Each of our sponsors are businesses and individuals from around the greater Annapolis area that are exemplary of community leadership and commitment to service. We are so proud to have them as our sponsors for an event that we hope will encapsulate the collective mindset we are lauding in these folks.

    We’ve got several people to thank today: Our Wai Koa sponsors, Even Health, Annapolis eFoils, and Absolute Fire Protection; our Junior Wai Koa sponsor, Crest Wealth; and our Oyster Growing sponsors, Bay Paddle and the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel.

  • Live Water Luau After Party Sponsors

    It’s time to say thank you to our sponsors for this year’s Live Water Luau. Each of our sponsors are businesses and individuals from around the greater Annapolis area that are exemplary of community leadership and commitment to service. We are so proud to have them as our sponsors for an event that we hope will encapsulate the collective mindset we are lauding in these folks.

    Today we are saying thank you to our after-party sponsors, Dock Street Bar & Grill and Mana Supply Co.. Mana and Dock Street are our official after-party sponsors, meaning that not only does their generosity help to broadcast our Mission — to Inspire and Empower the people and organizations we work with by facilitating watersports programs that improve the health, wellness, and environment of our communities — they’re also the reason we’ll be dancing all night long!