Team Up to Tackle Thirst

Water. We know we need it to survive, to stay hydrated and cleanse our bodies, but still many of us don’t drink enough.

But what if you didn’t have access to any clean water? For 1 in 4 people throughout the world, that is the case. That’s 785 million people without access to clean drinking water. 

The most basic but most critical gift of daily access to clean water helps families and communities establish better healthcare, agriculture prosperity, economic growth, educational opportunities, and so many other integral aspects of life. Yet millions of people around the globe suffer.

Give Water, Save Millions of Lives

Waterboys, a nonprofit initiative to provide clean water to 1 million people, is committed to building clean water wells in Tanzania and beyond, providing life-giving water that will transform communities for generations to come.

Named for one of the most overlooked but important positions on any team, Waterboys unites professional athletes and fans in support of a single shared cause: providing clean, accessible drinking water to communities in need. 

Founded in 2015 by two-time Super Bowl Champion Chris Long, Waterboys brought NFL players together to meet an initial goal of funding 32 borehole wells to represent the 32 NFL teams. This was accomplished in February 2018 and Waterboys has since served 438,000 individuals clean water and inspired the start of similar programs across other leagues and locations.

Through EarthView®, our sustainable hospitality program, Waterboys completed the funding of one well for a community in Tanzania. Together, we plan to complete two more by the end of 2022. Help support a water project this GivingTuesday by giving back through one of the options below: 

Give Back with the Gift of Travel

Provide the gift of clean water by giving the gift of travel. Throughout the month of December, Independent Collection Hotels & Resorts will be donating a portion of the proceeds from hotel and resort gift cards to Waterboys.

Make a Direct Donation

Consider making a direct donation to Waterboys. No amount is too small — you can choose any amount, select the designation, and gift it in your name or someone else’s.

Purchase EarthView® Water

Purchase a bottle of EarthView® branded water during your stay at select Independent Collection Hotels & Resorts. For every bottle purchased, one dollar goes directly to Waterboys.

“It’s a place where the American dollar goes a long way. Most importantly, giving the gift of clean water makes a very tangible, measurable, and instant difference.”

– Chris Long

The Season of Giving

Created in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, GivingTuesday started as a simple idea: a day to encourage people to do good. Since then, it has turned into a global movement that inspires people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. 

Doing good feels good. It may sound cliche, but the do-good-feel-good phenomenon is real and backed by science. Studies have shown that performing good deeds releases endorphins, creating a sensation known as “helper’s high”. Regular acts of kindness have also been proven to decrease stress levels and increase life expectancy.  

Improve your well-being and soothe your soul with a dose of generosity. Your gift drastically changes the lives of the individuals, families, and communities who receive access to clean water. Every drop counts. 

Learn more about Waterboys and our other EarthView partners. Stay sustainably with Independent Collection Hotels & Resorts.