Sunday, August 14, 2011
Is this the time to be asking the public for money for a pool? In a time when safety net organizations are in danger of closing for lack of funding, how can we make an aquatic wellness center a priority?
Spence: When agencies like Easter Seals have closed, groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters fighting for survival and countless other non profits, that tend to the wellness of the less fortunate in our community, are struggling to provide services why on Earth would we want to give to the building of a pool? That's a tough sell in my opinion.
Kate: Who doesn't want a pool in their community (rhetorical question, no need for specific answers)? I want a pool, but the cost of maintaining a pool is so expensive that the pools we did have can't afford to stay open. The dream of a pool is easier to create than the reality of a pool. Is no one else concerned about the fundraising model SwimPossible is proposing? Do foundations exist locally that can even consider giving grants for building of an aquatic center when kids are going hungry, people are losing their homes and school budgets are being cut to the bone? I don't think there is a foundation in Humboldt County that can realistically give money to an aquatic center when Vector Rehabilitation is raising money to rehabilitate the old Easter Seals pool, St. Joe's is making a final push to finish paying for their new construction and several major non-profits are planning capital campaigns. Yikes. Someone with fundraising acumen needs to sit down with SwimPossible get them off the high dive.