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YWCA announces Save-a-Life Swim Sponsorship Program

Today, YWCA Central Maine announced its new “Save-a-Life” Swim Sponsorship Program to offer free beginner swim lessons to at-need individuals. By now, you may be too familiar with the sobering statistics: Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death of children ages 1-14. About 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day, and of these, two are children under the age of 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control. We also know there’s an easy way to help reduce tragic drowning incidents: Teach people to swim.

YWCA Central Maine recognizes that water safety skills are critical for all families, but not all families can afford to properly educate their children on swimming safely. The YWCA is teaming up with local businesses and individuals to sponsor free swim lessons for those in need in our community.

Please join our efforts by contributing to this Save-a-Life swim sponsorship program. Through this sponsorship and support, you can directly provide a lifesaving skill to a local child.

For more information on sponsoring a child, please download the Save-a-Life Sponsor Levels.

For more information on registering your child for sponsorship, please download the Swim Scholarship Application. You can print the application and turn it in to the YWCA or email it to Amanda Hatch, Director of Programs & Mission Impact, at

Questions? Call us at 795-4050 or email Amanda Hatch.

YWCA Central Maine is on a mission to give ALL children in our community a surviving chance. Will you join us?