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MINNEAPOLIS--Hannah Lieder is a woman who is passionate about swimming and believes all children should have access to learning this important, life saving skill.

The city of Minneapolis has only one public indoor pool. This pool is located in the Phillips Community Center in Minneapolis and was scheduled to be demolished almost three years ago. It was at this point that Hannah founded Minneapolis Swims and started to work to save this pool. Hannah could see the potential this pool had to serve kids and families living in the Phillips neighborhood by giving them the opportunity to learn to swim.

Hannah and the Minneapolis Swims team were able to save the pool from demolition and continue to work with various public entities to create a fundraising schedule that would allow the pool to be renovated so that it can be used safely and successfully by the Phillips community. This isn't the first time that the Phillips Community Pool has been saved by a grass roots community effort. In 1984, Signe Anderson, another Eleven Who Care honoree, also fought to save this pool alongside the Phillips Neighborhood Improvement Association.

To learn more about the efforts that are being made to renovate this pool visit Minneapolis Swims.

To learn about volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood visit HandsOn Twin Cities.

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