Our FirstTrust For Kids program had a great first quarter supporting Autism Speaks! Our employees continued their commitment to donate and we participated in the Autism Speaks 14-Day Kindness Campaign. By participating in this campaign, we were able to educate our employees on Autism, lift them up through encouraging words, realize the importance of working together as a team, and commit to taking time to understand and celebrate each other’s strengths.
As we transitioned into the second quarter, we were excited to announce our next charitable organization partner. The Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation's vision is ."..the elimination of drowning through water safety education and awareness by fostering a generational change in the way children and adults perceive bodies of water.” - Mission & Vision Statements | Josh The Otter
Through our work with Autism Speaks in April, an initiative through JCMF, Autism Family Network, and “Float 4 Life” caught our attention. The JCMF efforts to specifically help children with Autism learn important water safety skills, made it the perfect choice for our second quarter charity. - Lincoln nonprofits host lessons for children who have autism (1011now.com)
As a part of our giving campaign, FirstTrust Home Loans provided copies of "Be Safe Around Water: Josh the Otter" books to Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade students in the local Sheridan School District. This literature will help raise water safety awareness amongst children in this age group. It is absolutely vital to know and understand water safety, especially for the coming summer months.
We were honored to learn more about JCMF and provide these books to our local school district. If you feel led to donate alongside us or find out more on a partnership with this organization you can visit - Josh The Otter | Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation.
Stay tuned for our Q3 FirstTrust for Kids announcement!