Diversity Statement

Heroes on the Water believes in a world that is inclusive in approach and where equal opportunities and equitable outcomes exist for all members of our staff, contractors, volunteers, participants, vendors, and donors. We are dedicated to developing and supporting a highly diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where everyone creates and feels a sense of belonging.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all staff members, contractors, volunteers, participants, vendors, and donors. Heroes on the Water gathers only basic veteran/first responder status information to ensure we reach our intended populations.

Our programs are open to all who wish to participate. We include all generations without focusing on dates served (such as post-9/11 veterans, for example). According to the Department of Defense Board on Diversity and Inclusion Report, the active component of enlisted servicemembers is slightly more racially and ethnically diverse than its U.S. civilian counterparts. This population comprises many of our participants and volunteers, and we are proud to provide inclusionary programs to serve a diverse and distinguished population.

Our events are provided at no cost to participants and their families. We provide the kayak, safety gear, rods and reels, bait, non-alcoholic beverages, and often lunch. In our Therapeutic program, transportation is often provided. Through our Safety-First initiative, we can provide services to our physically disabled participants by utilizing carts to safely transport them from shore to the water inside a kayak and methods to accommodate those who may not be able to paddle. We also have volunteers experienced in kayak fishing to act as guides and safety officers, ensuring that everyone is safe while on the water.