project leader
Gloria B
French Creek YMCA
(Lorain County)
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the project

I Can Swim My Way is in memory of William Otis Jordan ( Billy) who passed away unexpectedly from acute myocardial infarction and coronary artery thrombosis on June 2, 2022, while swimming at The French Creek YMCA. Billy had been a lifelong swimmer. He first received his lessons at the Ashtabula YMCA in the 1960s with his sister Gloria J. Buxton.

According to Great Lakes SURF RESCUE PROJECT, 73 Great Lakes Drownings occurred in 2022, highlighting the need for increased water safety measures. This initiative addresses this by promoting water safety education and ensuring children learn to swim. 

 In Honor of Billy's love for swimming, the initiative will raise funds to provide free swim lessons for students through the Lorain County Metro Parks at Splash Zone in Oberlin and French Creek YMCA in Avon, Ohio

Details on swim lessons will be available soon.

the steps

 1. William Otis Jordan's (Billy) restricted fund will be established on August 12, 2022.

2. Collect donations from the community through this campaign.

3. Deposit donations into the restricted fund at the French Creek YMCA and Lorain County Metro Parks at Splash Zone.

why we're doing it

We are saving lives by providing funds for swim lessons for children.


Disbursed budget:

swim classes for 30 children at Swim Zone ($55 each):

remainder for swim classes at French Creek YMCA: $385.80

TOTAL RAISED = $2,190.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $109.50
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $44.70


Original budget:

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $109
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

A 4-week swim lesson course = $48.00 for one child. Two-Thousand dollars ($2,000.00) will cover swim lessons for forty-one (41) children primarily enrolled at the French Creek YMCA.


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