City of Mesa News Article
Southwest Ambulance donates to Mesa's Making Waves program
By: Lily King-Cisneros
06/4/13 12:41 PM

June 4, 2013
Mesa Parks and Recreation
Contact: Lily King-Cisneros
Tel. 480-644-4119

Mesa, AZ – Southwest Ambulance presented an $8,000 check to the City of Mesa Parks and Recreation Department for their Making Waves swim scholarship program.
“We believe one of the most impactful ways our community can reduce childhood drownings is through swimming lessons,” Southwest Ambulance Division General Manager, Edward Podol said.  “Since 2006, Southwest Ambulance has donated more than $70,000 to Mesa’s Making Waves program and together we have helped thousands of children learn to swim.”
Making Waves provides 100% fee assistant for free swim lessons to families in need.  The mission is to reduce the number of child drowning incidents through water safety education and swimming lessons.
“We wouldn’t be able to provide our community with free swim lessons if it wasn’t for community leaders like Southwest Ambulance.” District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh said.  “We know it’s tough for families to pay for multiple children when it comes to swim lessons.  Through our Making Waves scholarship program, we hope we reduce that risk for child drownings through education and lessons.”
Due to the popularity of the program, residents are limited to register for one session at a time and at the pool site location prior to the start of the program. Parents need proof that they are Mesa residents and their child is on the free (not reduced) Lunch Program, or they receive Federal Cash Assistance.
Scholarships are on a first come first serve basis. 
Making Waves participating pools are:

Carson Pool - 525 N. Westwood
Kino Pool - 848 N. Horne
Taylor Pool - 705 S. 32nd St.
To celebrate the importance of water safety, a free party in the pool or “Pachanga en la Piscina” will be held on Friday, June 7 at Carson Pool, 525 N. Westwood.  Water safety demonstrations, vendor booths, CPR classes and more will be provided.  Admission to the pool will be free from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
Making Waves is made possible through community supporters like Southwest Ambulance, SRP, Mesa HoHoKams, and the Foundation for Mesa Parks and Recreation.
For more information about Mesa’s Making Waves program visit: or call (480) 644-4951.

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