Senator Brown Announces Grant Funding For Toledo Non-profit
Money to go toward water safety instruction and education
October 26, 2015
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Senator Brown (2nd from right) presents a check to the Josh Project

Columbus – Today, State Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) announced the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has released grant funding for The Josh Project, a charitable organization located in Toledo focused on raising awareness and educating youth and their families about water safety.  Senator Brown and ODNR Director James Zehringer presented a check to The Josh Project this morning during a press conference at the University of Toledo.

“This grant will help expand access to water safety education for children and families who wouldn’t otherwise receive it,” said Senator Brown. “I am very happy to see this investment in a project that will help prevent unnecessary drowning deaths.”

The Josh Project received a $45,054 appropriation through an amendment to Ohio’s Main Operating Budget (HB 64) sponsored by Senator Brown. The Josh Project will use the money to expand its drowning prevention program by securing additional swim instructors and access to pool facilities as well as expanding their outreach efforts in the community.

The Josh Project, Inc. was founded in 2007 by Wanda Butts following the drowning death of her 16 year old son John-Joshua D. Butts. The Josh Project has been the lead drowning prevention agency in Ohio—providing free and low cost swimming lessons to over 2,000 children and adults. Fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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