Wednesday, March 30, 2011

UI&U Creates Challenge Grant to Help Save Community Pool

CINCINNATI, OH – In an effort to provide funding that will enable the Cincinnati Recreation Center to operate the Bush Recreation Center pool for the 2011 summer season, Union Institute & University (UI&U) has established a $10,000 matching challenge grant to encourage Walnut Hills residents and businesses to contribute to the cause.
UI&U President Dr. Roger H. Sublett, working with Kathy Atkinson, president of the Walnut Hills Area Council, made the first calls to action to Walnut Hills businesses and residents last week. Striving to procure the $38,000 needed, Sublett and Atkinson report that the response has been overwhelming, with generous donations from private residents and local area organizations including the United Way.

“Union Institute & University is committed to socially responsible leadership, is serious about being a good citizen, and is proud to be a part of this important collaborative effort to save such a vital part of our Walnut Hills neighborhood,” said Sublett. “The residents, particularly the children, need a place to gather this summer. The pools provide a safe place, a learning environment, and good fun.”

The Bush Recreation Center pool is integral to the Walnut Hills community. It serves as a refuge for many area children who come to the pool to interact with their friends, stay cool, and be supervised by caring adults while their parents are working. Atkinson has been spearheading the effort to get the pool funded for the 2011 summer and said that they need less than $7,000 to move forward.

“We would not have been able to do it without the leadership from Union Institute & University and other organizations,” said Atkinson. “This is an example of how a community can come together in support its neighbors and to ensure it has the resources necessary to support the lives of its residents.”

For more information or to donate to the Bush Recreation Center Pool contact Kathy Atkinson at 513.487.6197 or at

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