JOSHUA COLLINGSWORTH MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid

Location: 9435 Hollow Tree Ct Lincoln NE 68512 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Joshua Collingsworth Foundation began with the tragic death of 2 year old Joshua Collingsworth as the result of a water mishap. Joshua's parents began the Foundation and the "Josh the Otter" program in the hope of preventing parents and families for having to bear the sadness that they have. As a result, the "josh the Otter" water safety program was developed. A book, signs, educational materials and events bring the water safety message to everyone reinforcing the idea that NO child goes near water without an adult. The program further educates parents to teach their toddlers to "float first". Teaching toddlers to float even before they are taught to swim will give them one more survival skill in the event that they do go near water.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the work being done by this Foundation by reading the book and watching children connect with this lifesaving message. I have seen toddlers really learn to float when parents enroll them in a floating class.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them really be able to expand this concept to all of the United States.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I was making a real difference in potentially saving the lives of small children.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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8 people found this review helpful

As a traffic safety professional that has worked with the not for profit community for many years, I can attest to the fact that the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation is a well run organization. With a primary mission of water safety for young children, I have seen first hand the benefits that toddlers are getting not only from the "Josh the Baby Otter" book, but the Float First classes that are being funded by the Foundation. The couple that began and run the organization after the loss of their own toddler, have shown remarkable dedication, commitment and passion in the hope of preventing any more tragic losses like theirs. As far as fiscal responsibility, it is excellent. Any donations or funding received is used to off- set production costs so that books can be given away to many communities that could not afford to purchase them. No funding is used for overhead or administrative fees, so 100% goes directly to services or educational purposes. I would recommend supporting this Foundation to anyone-it works!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how toddlers are taught to float in a very instinctive way, how water safety awareness has grown since the Foundation was started, and in the continued growth of the books that are being requested from all over the U.S.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Direct interaction with the parents of Joshua. They run every aspect of the Foundation and are present for classes, events etc. The fact that they tell their story one year after their toddler's death shows a level of commitment rarely seen.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm, fun and willing to do anything to advance the water safety awareness message started by Joshua's family.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Go a long way to eliminating toddler water mishaps and save many, many innocent young lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My children have benefited from the Float4Life swim classes this organization funds through the local YMCA. My 2 year old now rolls over onto his back & reaches for the side of the pool without prompting. My 4 year old is way ahead of other children in his swim classes thanks to taking part in this program first. The book is entertaining & provides a memorable message to children about water safety. My children can quote passages out of the book! The mascot is adorable & a great role model for children. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this organization! The founders suffered a tragic loss & have selflessly turned that grief into a crusade to save the lives of other children through this great educational program. I highly recommend supporting this cause!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

swimming classes for my children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep up the good work!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fun & educational way they get their message across.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly & passionate about the organization's message.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide all children infant/toddler survival swim lessons.

Ways to make it better...

everyone knew about Josh the Otter!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

keeping up with demand.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Josh the Otter would make a great educational cartoon!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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