Mission: The main purpose of this foundation is to educate children and parents of the importance of water safety and awareness.
Programs: The joshua collingsworth memorial foundation (jcmf) experienced many accomplishments during 2013. The foundation was honored to become an inaugural member of the usa swimming foundation's make a splash affiliate coalition. Additionally, on january 22nd the joshua collingsworth memorial foundation proudly partnered with the u. S. Army corps of engineers, omaha district with the signing of a memorandum of understanding to enhance the ongoing efforts of both parties to reduce drowning throughout the omaha district (montana, north dakota, south dakota, wyoming, nebraska and parts of colorado and iowa). This memorandum of understanding establishes a general framework of cooperation between the omaha district and the joshua collingsworth memorial foundation for the purpose of promoting general water safety, water safety training for children and adults, and water safety education. The third annual otter spotter day was a success with volunteers in over 24 u. S. States and 5 countries participating in the social media event to raise awareness for water safety and drowning prevention. Furthermore, the foundation continued to expand the rotary josh the otter water safety and literacy project with rotary international. 33,000 "josh the baby otter" books have been distributed to children worldwide through this partnership. Jcmf had developed an infant and toddler swimming program called "float4life" which by the end of 2013 had over 9,000 children successfully completing the program across the state of nebraska.
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.
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!