Members of the Swim-In Program, a community service project the Bergen County Section of the National Council for Jewish Women offers to people with multiple sclerosis, shared an end-of-summer afternoon together. Dedicated volunteers and swimmers with MS got to socialize and have a pizza lunch.
Since 1976, the local NCJW section, in collaboration with the NJ Metro chapter of the National MS Society, has provided a once-a-week water program where people with MS have an opportunity for therapeutic exercise.
Swim-In resumed on September 14 at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly. The free therapeutic program runs through May on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. and is supervised by a licensed physical therapist. Volunteers assist clients in the locker room and with wheelchairs in the pool area. Clients are fitted with a buoyancy belt and helped into the pool, where they swim or exercise with a trained volunteer.
Volunteers are sought for the program and a short training program is provided. For information, call (201) 385-4847 or go to www.ncjwbcs.org.