Our Mission:


The African proverb, "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child", is as true today as it was hundreds of years ago. It is in this spirit that the Seafarers Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2008 as a 501 (c)(3) public charity, to provide scientific and educational programs to support our children, the elderly, and others in our community with special needs

Please plan to participate in our Annual Fish Fry on Saturday, 22 June 2019 at the Seafarers Yacht Club of Annapolis (301 Chester Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland 21403). Tickets are $40.00 per person and may be purchased here. The event will include fried fish, potato salad, baked beans, green beans, and dessert; as well as complimentary soft drinks, beer, and wine. The event will also feature swimming, dancing, and fun (adults only)! This annual event supports our Summer Youth Program. All contributions to the Seafarers Foundation, Inc. are tax deductible to the fullest extend allowed by the law. If you would like to make a separate donation to the Seafarers Summer Youth Program, please click here.


Our Mission

The mission of the Seafarers Foundation, Inc. is provide educational services for at-risk children, senior citizens, and others in the community with specific needs. Our programs include healthcare, finance, parenting, and other day-to-day activities that improve the quality of life of our community. However, our primary focus is on providing instruction and practical experiences for our children in water safety, swimming, fishing, boating, marine navigation, and meteorology.

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Our Impact

Each summer, at-risk children between the ages of 8 and 12, principally from Anne Arundel and Prince George's Counties in the State of Maryland, are identified to participate in the Seafarers Foundation Summer Program. Held in the clubhouse of the Seafarers Yacht Club, Inc. in Annapolis, Maryland, this program provides instruction and practical experiences in water safety, swimming, fishing, boating, marine navigation, information on career opportunities, entrepreneurship, and other life skills including dental hygiene, courtesy and etiquette, and respect for fellow human beings. In 2018, the Summer Program will span two-weeks in July, with a structured curriculum and lessons plans, designed to ensure the program goals.



Thousands of Dollars Raised

In support of the foundation goals, we have raised thousands of dollars in previous years, and are constantly looking for partners and new sponsors.


Years Serving communities

We have served the Annapolis and other Maryland and DC communities for over 12 years, with a focus on at-risk children, senior citizens, and others with special needs.


Hundreds of People

Our programs have had an impact on hundreds of children, senior citizens, and other adults. We look forward to continuing to serve our growing communities with new and innovative programs.


Our Programs

We have four types of programs, all designed to benefit the communities we serve. These programs are only possible through the generous support of our community, and through our fundraising activities, grant funding, and the tireless support of our Board Members.


summer Youth program

As described above, the Summer Youth Program is the flagship project of the Seafarers Foundation. Since 2008 the Foudation has led this important initiative, building on the previous work in this area of the Seafarers Yacht Club, Inc. The Summer Youth Program is designed to save the lives of our children through water safety.

Community lectures

The Seafarers Foundation regularly solicits experts in finance, healthcare and other topics to provide free community lectures at the Seafarers Yacht Club clubhouse. Previous topics have included: personal finance, social security benefits, medicare benefits, reverse mortgages, and long-term care insurance.

Thanksgiving for seniors

Each year, the Seafarers Foundation provides a complete Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens who may be away from their families, indigent, or persons with disabilities. The meal, held at the clubhouse of the Seafarers Yacht Club, has had great success, thanks to the heartfelt support of our community.

annual Health fair

Each year, the Seafarers Foundation sponsors an Annual Health Fair, that includes free screening for diseases that disproportionately affect the African American and Latino communities, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breast and prostate cancer, and others.


July 2016

Participating in the Summer Program of the Seafarers Foundation was one of the highlights of my sailing career. Being able to teach African American, Asian and Latino children about marine safety and watching them learn how to swim and/or improve their skills was amazing.

Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn



Get Involved

If you would like to get involved in the world of the Seafarers Foundation, we welcome the opportunity to explore your interests. There are opportunities to sign-up for one of our programs, including applying to be a part of our Summer Youth Program; to serve as a volunteer, or of course, to make a donation to support our work.


Sign Up For a Program

If you would like to apply for one of our programs, please click the sign-up button below. This includes applying to our Summer Youth Program, to attend our Thanksgiving Dinner, our Annual Health Fair, or one of our Community Lectures.

Volunteer opportunities

There are a number of opportunities to volunteer to contribute to the work of the Seafarers Foundation. There is an application and screening process, and afterwards, we look forward to matching you with volunteer opportunities.

Make a Donation

Welcome your financial contributions to support the work of the Seafarers Foundation. No amount is to large, or to small, and we have mechanisms in place to support and recognize your generosity at all levels.