Provide Sweet Dreams & Stories with Goldfish Swim School

Now through December 21, Goldfish Swim School in Dublin and Westerville will be collecting pajamas and hard cover books for children working with two local organizations: Brightside Academy and Run The Race/Brian Muha Memorial Foundation. These organizations are serving at risk children on the near west side and inner city of Columbus.

If you would like to donate, you can bring any of the following items to either Goldfish Swim School location or to Trio Orthodontics or Legacy Dental:

– A new pair of kid’s pajamas size 3mos to 12 yrs.
– A hard cover or chapter book for kids ages 3 months to 10 years.

There are 50 children at Brightside Academy and the goal is to provide pajamas and books for each of them, plus some left over to donate to the Muha Foundation! Any help you can give is very appreciated!

Goldfish Swim School offers perpetual, year-round swim lessons for kids ages 4 months to 12 years old. Our pools are warm and inviting (90 degrees) and our class sizes are small (4:1) so kids receive the personalized attention from our Ellis-trained swim instructors. Our curriculum focuses on water safety so we teach kids at all levels how to be safe in and around water. Goldfish Swim School has two Central Ohio locations, in Dublin and Westerville, and for more information, visit http://westerville.goldfishswimschool.comand

Make a Difference in Columbus with the Give Her Hope Campaign

The YMCA of Central Ohio is in the middle of the Give Her Hope Campaign – an effort to raise $60,000 in 60 days to support 200 women experiencing homelessness in Columbus. I previously worked in a homelessness prevention program connected to the YMCA Family Shelter and I could personally tell you numerous stories of families who have worked so hard to fight and to overcome homelessness, so this cause is extra special to me!

Having personally talked with so many women and families who have experienced or on the verge of homelessness, I began to realize that there but for the grace of God go I. So many stories began with a combination of illness, lay offs, car trouble and/or lack of family support that swell into the perfect storm. We are fortunate in Columbus to have so many resources for families in need and one of those is the temporary shelter provided by the YMCA Family Center.

A few facts provided by the YMCA of Central Ohio:

  • Right now, on an average night, 250 women, including 30 expectant mothers, are spending the night in shelter at the YMCA’s Van Buren Center.
  • Over 227 children live in the shelter, and studies show even a small stay in a homeless shelter brands these children for the rest of their lives.
  • Infant mortality increases by 200% when a child is born in a shelter program.


For a donation of just $10, you will receive a Bracelet of Hope as a reminder of the difference you’re making for the women and families in the shelter. 100% of every dollar given goes toward helping women experiencing homelessness in our community!

If you’re looking to give to a cause that will make a difference locally:

Donate here to the Give Her Hope campaign!


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