Help Provide Swimming Lessons to those in Need!

CLICK HERE to participate in this GROUPON DEAL: $10 Donation to the American Red Cross

m6040248_241x164-learn-to-swimThe Issue: Lack of Swimming Skills

Every day, an average of 10 people die from unintentional drowning in the U.S.—two of those being children aged 14 or younger. For every child who dies from drowning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, another five received emergency care from water-related incidents. A 2014 Red Cross survey found that while 80 percent of Americans said they could swim, only 56 percent are self-described swimmers and 33 percent of African American respondents can perform all of the five basic swimming skills that are needed to be competent in the water.

The Campaign: Teaching Children to Swim

All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by the American Red Cross to support the Aquatics Centennial Campaign, a new initiative to cut the drowning rate by 50% in 50 cities in the next 3 to 5 years. For every $10 raised, the organization can help provide a swimming lessons for one child or adult from an at-risk community.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Red Cross’s water safety education program. To celebrate, through its Centennial Campaign, the organization aims to teach 50,000 more people in these cities how to swim and respond to emergency situations. The program targets families in high-risk areas, and includes teaching parents how to perform CPR as well as equipping older teens and young adults with the skills to become lifeguards and swim instructors. People are also encouraged to download the free Red Cross Swim App to track their or their children’s swim progress and learn about water safety with videos and quizzes.

In A Nutshell: 

Donations help prevent drowning accidents during the summer by providing swimming lessons for children in underserved communities

The Fine Print

100% of donations go directly to American Red Cross. Donations are automatically applied. See Grassroots FAQs that apply to this campaign. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Download the Red Cross Swim App!

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Learn more about water safety, including simple steps you can take to help ensure the safety of your family in a variety of environments, such as home pools and the ocean.

TEXT ‘SWIM’ to 90999 or download from the Apple App StoreGoogle Play or Amazon Marketplace.

United Way Kick Off Time

UWEach year, the United Way’s community campaign partners corporations and individuals alike to raise funds for local community programs. This fundraiser is so very important because for the American Red Cross it means we can:

  • We provide shelter and hope along with financial support for food, infant supplies & clothing for those who just lost everything in a fire
  • Educate children, elderly and civic groups alike simple-steps to better prepare for an emergency
  • Provide safe, reliable transportation to those 60 and old and/or with a disability get to their needed appointments.

The Brown County United Way kicked off their campaign Thursday, Sept 5 with their 6th Annual Glow Golf Campaign Kickoff event.

Brown County United Way Campaign Chair, Denis Hogan announced a 2013 Community Campaign goal of $4,050,000.

“This is a big goal, but very achievable in a compassionate community like ours,” said Hogan. “I’m honored to be a part of this effort. The funds raised will have a critical impact on program outcomes in Brown County.”

The American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin is proud to kick off our internal campaign on Tuesday, September 10.  Not only does the United Way support the Red Cross, but our employees support the United Way.

We are proud to be a charity partner of the following United Way Agencies: Green Lake County Area United Fund; Ripon United Way; United Way of New London; Waupaca Area United Way; United Way of Dickinson County; Fond du Lac Area United Way; Oshkosh Area United Way; United Way Fox Cities; Winneconne Area United Fund; United Fund of Marion; United Way of Shawano County; Brown County United Way; Manitowoc County United Way; New Holstein Community Chest; Oostburg Area United Fund; United Fund of Marion; United Fund of Kewaunee County; Valders Community Chest; Town of Chilton Community Fund; Greater Random Lake – Adell United Fund; Brillion Community Fund; Cedar Grove Area United Fund; Sheboygan and Plymouth Area United Way; United Fund of Chilton; Town of Chilton Community Fund

The REAL Story of the American Red Cross

Hundreds of cameras, No Scripts, No Crew! 

Stay tuned for one local family who took time to share their story with others!