Posted by boston.com December 10, 2013 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by The Swampscott Yacht Club Polar Bear Plunge:
On January 1, 2014 the Swampscott Yacht Club will host its 8th annual Polar Bear Plunge. Participants start the New Year in an invigorating and charitable way by plunging into the chilly waters off Fisherman’s Beach at 11:00 am. This year hundreds of hardy, enthusiastic and brave souls will dash into the water to benefit our own Swampscott Public Library as well as the Haven Project, a Lynn organization serving youth.
The Swampscott Public Library is the busiest cultural and community center in Swampscott. It is an integral part of the community, providing the schools’ summer reading materials; collecting food for the local food bank and warm winter coats for the needy; providing drop off area for supplies for local students and foreign countries and books for early readers through Reach Out and Read. The library provides programs which include home delivery for housebound seniors, tax help through AARP, diverse book groups, knitting groups and reading circles for young children. It welcomes over 75,000 visitors a year, hosts more than 5,000 people of all ages for diverse programs and circulates 160,000 books.
Located in Lynn, The Haven Project’s mission is to equip and empower North Shore young adults aged 17-24 who are homeless or at risk of being homeless with the skills and support they need to be safe and independent. Their goals are accomplished by providing a safety net at their drop in center in downtown Lynn, and generating opportunities for housing, education, employment, and community involvement to meet the individual needs of the young people who make up the population they serve.
In the six months since opening in late November of 2012, they have met with and helped over 90 young adults significantly improve their life situations.
The Polar Bear Plunge has raised over $60,000 for local charities since it began. Past beneficiaries have included: The Friends of Swampscott Sailing, My Brother’s Table, The Jared Raymond and Jennifer Harris Scholarship Funds, The Legere Family Education Fund, Journeys of Hope, The Maureen Ingram Scholarship Fund, the Swampscott Education Foundation, and the Whelan Education Fund.
Come and join us for a brisk, energizing, fun start to 2014. Registration begins at 10:15 a.m. at the Fish House, 425 Humphrey Street with the plunge following promptly at 11. Complimentary hot refreshments will be available and T-shirts will be given to the first 150 participants to sign in. Sponsor sheets are available SYC website: swampscottyachtclub.org, or by emailing Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Recommended minimum donation is $25.
Anyone who is interested in making a donation without plunging can mail a check directly to the SYC at 425 Humphrey St, Swampscott, MA 01907.