Citizens For A Better Norwood

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

How Operation: Splash! gets needy kids swimming

Now that our public pools are open for the summer, Operation: Splash! is underway to fund $30 swim passes that will be provided free to our community’s neediest children. Annual fundraising for the program is conducted by Norwood Service League. Yesterday, Lupe Gonzales Hoyt, NSL’s Executive Director, filled us in on how Operation Splash! works:

Operation: Splash! was established by David Bientz when he was on the Recreation Commission about 7 or 8 years ago. Last year, Norwood Service League helped to raise funds for this account at Wright-Patt Credit Union for families that can not afford to purchase a $30 pass for their child. Once again, we are beating the drum to raise funds on behalf of our needy children.

Operation: Splash! works this way: A needy family contacts the Norwood Recreation Commission office requesting free swim passes. They are referred to Norwood Service League to screen household income, proof of residency, verify need with a signed form from NSL. They take the NSL form back to the NRC office and receive the requested swim pass. The dollars come from an account set up at Wright-Patt and every penny goes directly to helping our kids swim this summer.

My hope is Citizens for a Better Norwood’s blog readers will consider donating generously to Operation: Splash! If anyone has questions, please call Norwood Service League at 924-1200.

Norwood Service League is a 501 (3)(c) charity, and all donations are tax deductible. Wright-Patt is the fiscal agent working with Norwood Recreation Commission in overseeing donations received. Send your donation to:

C/o Wright-Patt Credit Union
4560 Lafayette Ave.
Norwood, OH 45212