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How the ALICE Enrichment Fund Got One Family Into the Pool

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A busy, working Stamford mom with three children under the age of 12, Kiysha was concerned that her children had not had the opportunity to learn how to swim.

She considered swimming an important skill, both for her children’s safety, and so they could enjoy water activities throughout their lives. Pool parties, trips to the beach, and outings to water parks—these were all things she wanted her children to be able to participate in. But if they didn’t know how to swim they wouldn’t be able to safely enjoy these activities.

The problem: how would she afford swimming lessons for three children on her salary?

Kiysha learned about swimming lessons available through the Stamford Italian Center, but she just didn’t think she could cover the cost, which would be more than $100 per child for a two-month session of swimming lessons.

After hearing about the ALICE Enrichment Fund in Stamford, Kiysha immediately applied for funding for her three children. They were approved, and all three children were able to attend lessons at the center.

“I was worried at first that they would be afraid of the water,” Kiysha said. “But they learned a lot. I was really proud of them.”

Now her children can join other children in water activities, and she can have peace of mind, thanks to the ALICE Enrichment Fund.

“United Way helped me so much. I’m so thankful, I can’t express by gratitude,” she says. “It definitely helped me. I wouldn’t have been able to afford it otherwise.”

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