Sam Simonds, an active 13-year old from Amherst has been preparing for a swim across the Vineyard Sound.
Sam set a second goal for his swim to Martha's Vineyard from Cape Cod - he raised funds to help the people of Haiti. Sam is a member of the 2011 Coming of Age class at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, and decided to dedicate his swim to fund micro-credit work in Haiti as part of his Coming of Age community service project. With the money that was donated, Sam established a Rent-to-Own Tool program in the village of Bellabe, Haiti which will allow people to get a fresh start, renting tools to help them get work, start their own business, and get the money they need to support their families and themselves. His reached his goal and raised over $2,000.
Sam was part of the August course/trip to Haiti - and was able to get the Rent-to-Own Tool program started.