GiveBIG and support Seattle Parks’ programs May 5

Be a champion! Join the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) and The Seattle Foundation in supporting our community on Tuesday, May 5.

GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations that make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.

By making a gift to ARC through The Seattle Foundation’s website on Tuesday, May 5, you will help deliver the high-quality programs and services that truly make a difference in the lives of Seattle residents. The Seattle Foundation will leverage your gift even further by providing ARC with additional matching funds.

ARC, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, serves Seattle by offering a variety of recreational and lifelong learning programs, classes and activities. ARC, incorporated in 1975 as an independent nonprofit organization, supports this work through the ARC Board of Director and a system of 37 advisory councils. Citizen volunteers on the board and advisory councils help to enhance the mission and vision of Seattle Parks by providing a connection to the community and advocating for the success of citywide recreation services.

Just click on the link below, go to “Donate Now” and GiveBIG Specify in the “Comments” field which of ARC’s programs you’d like your gift to support (for example, after-school care or RecTech).

Last year, ARC’s GiveBIG campaign raised $28,241 from 178 donors.

Make your donation here: www.seattlefoundation.org/npos/Pages/AssociatedRecreationCouncil.aspx

Be a superhero: Help children learn to swim and reduce drowning

You can be a superhero for local children; no masks, capes or gadgets required.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is accepting donations large and small for the Learn to Swim Scholarship Fund. The fund helps make swimming lessons affordable for all families, specifically those who meet low-income guidelines.

From 2008 to 2012, 122 drowning deaths were reported in King County; nine of these deaths were of children ages 17 years and younger. Seattle Parks and Recreation believes swimming lessons are vital to changing this statistic. In a city surrounded by water, swimming is an essential life skill.

It’s easy to contribute to the swimming lesson scholarship fund. Visit your local swimming pool to use cash, check, or VISA/MasterCard/American Express, or donate online at the Associated Recreation Council’s website at www.arcseattle.org/get-involved/ (select “donate now” and then select “Learn to Swim” from the drop-down menu).

Donors can set up recurring donations online and can designate donations on behalf of or in honor of someone. Donations are 100% tax-deductible, and Seattle Parks staff are happy to provide information to your Employer Matching Gift program. For more information, to donate, or to register for swim lessons please contact your local pool: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/pools.asp

The City of Seattle offers half-price swimming lessons to low-income children, but this is not enough for many families. The Learn to Swim Scholarship Fund helps to reduce the price to the same level offered for other programs such as child care scholarships. Every family still pays a portion of the fee for swimming in our pools, but the reduction makes it an affordable option. Without the reduction the price prevents children from learning this essential skill.

Help Seattle Parks give every child the opportunity to be a strong swimmer. It doesn’t take much to save a life.