Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Drowning is the number one cause of death in North Carolina and the second leading cause of unintentional deaths in young children in the country. Underprivileged populations’ risk of drowning is 2 to 3 times higher because they often do not have access to swim lessons.
Swim for Life at the Alexander Y offers a week of free swim lessons to children, teens and adults who could not otherwise afford them. We believe that everyone in our community should have access to these critical, lifesaving skills. Our goal is to teach safety and swimming skills to unprivileged children and adults so that we can change current statistics. Furthermore, by helping people master new skills, we are aiming to instill independence, confidence and self-worth in both adults and children.
Please take a few minutes to watch this Swim for Life Video!
When - Held four times during the year. Once you are on our email distribution list, you will receive notifications for each upcoming session. Lessons begin at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Volunteers are not required to participate in both lessons each night. As much time as you can give us is great!
Where - Oberlin Road Program Center Pool in the Interact Building, 1012 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC
Volunteer Requirements - Age 16 and up, with some aquatics experience.