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.
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!