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Swimways Gives Back to the Community

Swimways volunteer team

Swimways is a company that understands the importance of giving back. Our employees are encouraged to participate in the annual United Way Day of Caring event every year, and they are also given 8 hours of paid time off to volunteer for an organization they are passionate about.

“We just encourage everyone to use the volunteer day,” said Sheri, Human Resource Specialist for Swimways.

Some employees will use this time the same way every year for a particular organization, and others wait for unique opportunities to give back. Community garden

At the end of September, seven Swimways employees took the day to participate in a local volunteer opportunity that involved helping prepare a garden for the fall season. This garden is located in a government funded housing community, and was originally created in order to offer healthier food options for those that live there. While canned vegetables are less expensive than fresh ones at the grocery store, they aren’t as healthy, and poor health can affect one’s success in the workforce. Our team helped pull weeds, till the ground and plant kale, collards and broccoli for the upcoming season.

From time to time, chefs volunteer their time to show those in the community tasty ways to cook with these vegetables, specifically recipes that will appeal to children.

In the past, Swimways has been involved with other United Way events like Habitat for Humanity, Food Drives, Meals-on-Wheels and more. Swimways is also a big supporter of Operation Smile.

Swimways Helps with Operation Smile Expedition

Our company is passionate about its corporate partnership with the not-for-profit organization, Operation Smile, because they share our vision for making children smile.

Operation Smile is a wonderful organization that provides free surgeries to children born with cleft lip or cleft palate. After having partnered with them for the past 11 years, our company has helped provide over 7,361 new smiles to children all over the world!

This year, our company was given an amazing opportunity to select a Swimways employee  to accompany their team on a trip to Puebla, Mexico to get a first-hand look at the amazing things Operation Smile does!

SwimWays joins Operation Smile in Puebla, MexicoSwimways employee, Monica Jones, and her daughter, went on this trip. During the first two days, 174 children were screened for surgery. There are certain requirements for a child to be selected for surgery, such as: needing to be at least 3 months old. They also consider first time patients to be their #1 priority. (There are cases where children may need to go through more than one surgery.)




On day 3, the parents of over 100 children, were notified that their children would be getting the surgery on this trip!

Monica and her daughter spent much of the trip playing with the children while they were waiting. They brought four suitcases of toys for the kids to play with. These suitcases included: bubbles, coloring books, Matchbox cars, Gund bears (Gund was recently acquired by Spin Master, SwimWays’ parent company), and a collection of soccer gear that Monica’s daughter, Natalie, collected through a donation drive.

SwimWays joins Operation Smile in Puebla, Mexico

SwimWays joins Operation Smile in Puebla, Mexico






SwimWays joins Operation Smile in Puebla, Mexico










On day 4, Monica and her daughter, along with some of the other Operation Smile guests, had the opportunity to get a tour of a neighboring town, where they got the chance to see some of Mexico’s amazing sights!

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SwimWays joins Operation Smile in Puebla, Mexico

Day 5 was the first day of surgeries. The doctors performed more than 100 surgeries over the course of five days. Monica was given the opportunity and privilege of handing one child back to his mother after surgery.

When asked about her experience on this trip in Mexico, Monica said, “You have a bigger perspective on the world.” She and her daughter will always remember this experience, where they got to see the lives of children changed. And now, every year a SwimWays employee will be given the opportunity to join Operation Smile on one of their trips. Along with Mexico, the organization travels to the Philippines, Ghana, Guatemala, China, and many others!

Pool Party with a Purpose - Cannonball!

How to Host a Pool Party with a Purpose

Have you heard about Summer Smile Splash? If not, it’s Operation Smile’s latest fundraising campaign and SwimWays is the sponsor! It’s a fun way to get your family and friends involved with a wonderful cause that’s close to your heart and the hearts of many more. Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults around the world. The organization has a mobilized force of more than 5,400 medical volunteers from more than 80 countries who donate their time and talents, providing safe and effective surgeries.

Did you know that just $240 can help provide a cleft lip or cleft palate surgery? Host a ‘Pool Party with a Purpose’ to spread awareness and raise surgery funds for Operation Smile so they can help even more children born with cleft lip or cleft palate. Simply visit the Summer Smile Splash web page to register your event and get started.

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Swimways Teams Up with Operation Smile for Summer Smile Splash

Summer Smile Splash Taps into the Power of Operation Smile’s Online Fundraising Tools

*Due to overwhelming response and limited supplies, we can no longer offer the free pool party package upon registration.

We’re excited to announce “Summer Smile Splash” our latest fundraising initiative with Operation Smile. We invite you to host a “Pool Party with a Purpose” for your friends, family, or community. By hosting a party, you will help spread awareness about Operation Smile’s crucial mission, plus you will have the opportunity to receive a free pool party package* for you and your guests.

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