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Families-In-Need Receive Free Pool Fences from Child Crisis Arizona, SRP and United Phoenix Firefighters Charities

Media Opportunity: Final Installation Happens this Friday in Phoenix

Simply click on the photos to download and use. 
To interview a family in your coverage territory, contact kathleen.mascarenas@srpnet.com or Jodi.stoken@childcrisisaz.org.

Prior to the Labor Day holiday, when pool parties abound, Child Crisis Arizona, Salt River Project (SRP) and United Phoenix Firefighters Charities (UPFC) installed nine free pool fences for families in need in the cities of Avondale, Buckeye, Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix and Surprise. The not-for-profit organizations urgently remind families to keep little ones safe around water.

SRP and UPFC launched its Pool Fence Safety Program about 20 years, which provides funding for families that are financially unable to afford pool barriers and have young children. Child Crisis Arizona joined the effort this year as the program coordinator, which aligns with the organizations Safe Kids of Maricopa County program. At total of 33 families living in Maricopa County applied to be awarded a new pool fence at no cost.

“As a committee, we selected the winning recipients based on the number of young children in the household, financial need and special circumstances that could increase the dangers of an unfenced pool such as children with special needs and elderly relatives at home caring for young children,” said Caitlin Sageng, Family Resources manager of Child Crisis Arizona.

Each of the families awarded with free pool fences also will be participating in a virtual Water Safety Workshop led by a Safe Kids’ coordinator, which is offered throughout the year and open to anyone. For more information, visit childcrisisaz.org.

“As the largest provider of water in the Valley for the past century, water safety is paramount at SRP. Research shows that secure pool fencing can prevent about 75 percent of water-related drownings of unsupervised children,” said SRP Community Engagement Strategist Regina Lane. “SRP is committed to improving the quality of life for the people we serve. Through our various drowning-prevention outreach programs and contributions, we hope to help parents with the education and resources they need to keep their children safe around water.”

The total sponsorship was $35,000. Twenty-five thousand funded by SRP and the UPFC raised $10,000 to support the program.

“The installation of pool barriers continues to be a key factor in the prevention of child drownings, said David Ramirez with United Phoenix Firefighters Charities. “There is nothing more aggressive in preventing tragedies than putting in a pool fence. Child drownings are truly a community problem. We are encouraged to have organizations like SRP and Child Crisis Arizona step up and lead this effort.”

The Velazquez family’s new pool fence will be completed on Friday, September 2 from 8 to 10 a.m. 
Emy, who is the mother of seven children, is available for interviews.
(Live shots available earlier upon request.)

6434 W. Roma Ave. 
Phoenix AZ 85033

Applications are closed for this year, but if a family wants to apply early, please visit Child Crisis Arizona’s website at childcrisisaz.org/pool-fence-safety-program. English and Spanish applications available.

Must have a child six-years old or younger living in the home
Home must be owner-occupied, no renters
Family must reside within Maricopa County
Family must be income-qualified and participation in one of the following assistance programs will be used to verify income eligibility: Food stamps, Medicaid, WIC, Energy Assistance, Unemployment or a recipient of the 2021 Child Tax Credit.

About Child Crisis Arizona
Child Crisis Arizona is home to Safe Kids Maricopa County, the local chapter for a worldwide organization aiming to prevent childhood injury and death. Child Crisis Arizona’s vision is safe kids and strong families. We provide thousands of nights of safety and security for children in the foster care system from birth through age 21 in our Emergency Children’s Shelters, teenage group home and Independent Living homes. We also have one of the largest foster care and adoption programs to license, train and certify individuals and families interested in providing a home to a child in need. We create strong and successful families through our counseling programs, classes and workshops, and early education services. Learn more at childcrisisaz.org.

About United Phoenix Firefighters Charities 
The United Phoenix Firefighters Charities was organized in 1964 and consists of more than 2600 professional fire fighters across the Valley, in Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, Chandler and Peoria. Since becoming a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, relationships have been built and partnerships established with community leaders, private businesses, citizens, other nonprofits and for-profit organizations to improve the lives of the community we serve.  Along with our supporters, the UPFC has had life-changing impacts on the valley. To learn more, visit phxffcharities.org.

About SRP

SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest electricity provider in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving approximately 1.1 million customers. SRP provides water to about half of the Valley’s residents, delivering more than 244 billion gallons of water (750,000 acre-feet) each year, and manages a 13,000-square-mile watershed that includes an extensive system of reservoirs, wells, canals and irrigation laterals.