When most people think of Access, they immediately conjure up images of big “blowout” parties, social events and other special programs designed to help Jewish young professionals connect with one another. However, few people realize that through programs such as its ACTout volunteer initiative, Access is also helping YPs connect with other groups of people in very meaningful and impactful ways as well. In fact, for the past three years, Access participants have come out in force to help make a difference in the lives of people living in Over-the-Rhine (OTR), and on Sunday, August 5th, ACTout volunteers will mount their biggest effort to date by turning the Lincoln Community Center into a full-blown water park for the day to give children and their families a reprieve from the oppressive heat.
Splish Splash Beat the Heat Bash is a free event for children and their families living in OTR, many of whom do not have air conditioning or even fans to help them cool off.
“While we can’t solve the problem, we are going to do our best to offer a little relief from this record-breaking heat,” says Rachel Plowden, Access Event Coordinator. “We know that if most of the residents in the neighborhood can’t afford a window unit or room fan, then it’s doubtful they have the means to join a pool, let alone go to a water park,” she adds. “That’s why we’ll be bringing the water park to them, including the Niagara, a three-story inflatable water slide, as well as a smaller water slide, fire hoses and other water activities, a Fire Safety House, pool and carnival games with prizes, free frozen treats from an ice cream truck and tons of other goodies. We hope it will be a day they will never forget. I know it will be for our volunteers!”
The event is being sponsored by ACTout, a program of Access, in partnership with the Cincinnati Police and Fire Departments and the Cincinnati Recreation Commission.
“The Cincinnati Fire Department is honored to work with the Mayerson Foundation, the Cincinnati Police Department and the Cincinnati Recreation Commission on the First Annual Splish Splash event,” says Fire Chief, Richard Braun. “These types of public and private collaborations enrich the lives of children in our community, which is critical to our mission.”
The event will take place in a safe, fenced-in area behind the Lincoln Community Center where volunteers can also park their cars. More than 100 volunteers are expected to participate in this event.
“I’m really excited to be part of Access’ Splish Splash event,” says Monica Benedikt. “I only recently got involved with Access after starting Medical School at UC and it’s events like this one that get me pumped up. They offer a great way to take a break from studying and it’s always nice being able to meet new people while doing something genuinely good!”