Mark your calendars for
2024 Redlands Touch A Truck
Net proceeds over operating costs will be distributed to support the “Safety Around Water” program operated by the YMCA of the East Valley in the Redlands Unified School District, the Redlands Rotary Club Foundation, and the other non-profit partners of Touch-A-Truck.
A Special thank you
to our 2023 Bulldozer Sponsors
Time: 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM.
Quiet Hour 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Where: Ted Runner Stadium Parking Lot, University of Redlands
For more information or any questions about participating in 2023 as a partner, sponsor, or vehicle provider, email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the attendees, the benefit of our TATE is that it is good, clean fun for the family at a very affordable price, a chance for kids to meet with a variety of people from all walks of life working in many different vocations, and an opportunity to see and learn new and exciting things.
FOR ROTARY CLUB OF REDLANDS AND OUR NON-PROFIT “TOUCH-A-TRUCK” PARTNERS
This event helps us fulfill our mission to support local families and have a lot of fun while we do it! Furthermore, half of the funds remaining after expenses will be used to support the local and international public service and charitable activities of Rotary Club of Redlands, the Redlands Rotary Foundation, and any comparable entities affiliated with our non-profit partners. The other half will be given to the YMCA of the East Valley to help support their “Safety Around Water” (SAW) Program and bring this life-saving program to every 2nd-grade student in the Redlands Unified School District free of charge!
For the vehicle exhibitors, it is a chance to show everyone what they do, and “de-mystify” their activities and vocation for kids and the public at-large. Please download our Vehicle Commitment Form, fill it out, and email it back to us at “email@example.com” if you are interested in exhibiting your vehicle!
*There is no fee charged to those who bring a vehicle or vehicles to the event.
FOR THE SPONSORS, IT IS A CHANCE TO MARKET THEIR GOODS AND SERVICES TO ENTIRE FAMILIES, FROM BABIES TO GRANDPARENTS, IN A FUN AND POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT. NON-PROFITS HAVE A CHANCE TO FULFILL THEIR OWN CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES IN A NEW AND DIFFERENT WAY.
*In the great majority of instances, non-profits may participate without charge as well, and may also pre-sell tickets as a fundraiser or apply to become a partner and share any net proceeds which may be derived from this event. Sponsorships are available at many levels and are affordable for any business large or small. Those organizations who want to reach the primary demographic, families with children, are encouraged strongly to have a presence at this event as a sponsor or exhibitor or both.
Safety around water
(YMCA Drowning Prevention Program)
Half of the proceeds raised by RCOR from this event will be directed to teaching every 2nd grader in the RUSD how to be safe around water. This is why:
Across the United States, drowning remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for children under 14 years of age. In California, 95 children died due to drowning and 239 non-fatal incidents occurred in the last year. Many of these injuries and deaths can be prevented with accessible education and a small amount of training.
YUSA Safety Around Water Program
To solve this crisis, the Y developed an evidence-based drowning prevention program known as Safety Around Water. Safety Around Water (SAW) brings basic survival skills to non-swimmers. These skills include: how to float, how to swim ten feet, and how to safely get out of dangerous situations. SAW also includes lessons on reducing risks around bodies of water.
YMCA of the East Valley Initial Program Results
The YMCA of the East Valley conducted two pilot programs in 2016-2017 and both two pilots produced tremendous results. Over 1,000 youth have participated in a S.A.W. program and over 96% have demonstrated that they can safely exit a potential drowning situation. One of these pilots was conducted in partnership with Redlands Unified School District. It involved all the 2nd graders at two elementary schools. The success of this program has encouraged us to involve all elementary schools in the future.
Program Implementation for 2017-2018
The pilot program this past year was successful and gave the YMCA a better perspective on scope of program and budgetary considerations. This program provides an effective program at a reasonable expense. It is our hope to provide this program to ten (of 16) elementary schools in 2017-2018 and then reach all sixteen schools in 2018-2019. The Y’s goal is for Safety Around Water to become an annual program and will impact thousands of youth each year. If successful, this will have a great impact on preventing accidental drownings in our community.
A session of lessons has a direct cost of approximately $20 per student (with transportation). RUSD has approximately 1,600 students in 2nd grade. Sessions can be taught at either the Redlands YMCA or the Highland YMCA. The total estimate cost to provide this program to local youth is $32,000.
Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death in children under 14 years of age. With proper instruction, drowning deaths and injuries can be prevented. The Y’s evidence-based program, Safety Around Water, makes water safety education accessible. The YMCA of the East Valley has successfully implemented this model across San Bernardino and Redlands. The YMCA seeks to implement a sustainable annual program that will eventually reach all youth in RUSD. The cost of the program is reasonable and the YMCA is seeking partnerships that will provide this annual program.