Lifetime Fitness Walk for Clean Water

Our Story

founder, James Leitner, wanted to help those without clean, drinking water. For one year, he completed a marathon a month while carrying 5 gallons of water to symbolize the distance women and children must walk every day to find water. He completed a 3,250 mile walk from New Jersey to California while pulling 10 gallons of water, representing the total distance a child walks in one year to get water. After collaborating, engaging, and consulting with international development organizations, he is working to ensure everyone has access to clean water.

With a $60,000 grant for the facility and an additional $165,000 to work with, doors opened to the first 11 original Members supported by three paid staff members and a 15-Member Board of Directors.

Since then, we have served more than 3,000 Members. The most common disorders our Members are faced with include bi-polar disorder, major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, and schizophrenia, or other psychotic disorders.

MissionCleanWater is working to bring clean water and sanitation to the most underserved communities in the world. We partner with communities to develop sustainable solutions using appropriate technology that is easily maintained and understandable to people who may not have specialized training. We want to make sure the work is done right. That is why we are part of every step of the process, from funding, project implementation, to follow up management.

Get Involved

You can impact MissionCleanWater by joining our Footprints journey and by becoming a fundraiser. Join a campaign and download the Charity Footprints' free mobile fitness application and #GetFitGiveBack.

Contact Information

2025 Washington St, Waukegan, Illinois 60085