Warwick Playground Dreams announces it has received a $15,000 Direct Effect Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports non-profit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis.
Warwick Playground Dreams will use the grant for the new wheelchair accessible merry-go-round and two of the ramps leading up to the main playground structure, which will be installed as part of the new playground build at Stanley-Deming park, taking place Apr. 22-28, 2019. WPD is honored for this acknowledgment from the Reeve Foundation, and extremely grateful for this generous contribution to our new community playground. The vision of this non-profit organization, comprised solely of volunteers from the community, is to create a truly inclusive playground, ensuring that children of all ages and abilities are able to enjoy the crucial physical and emotional health benefits associated with outdoor play among their peers. This contribution from the Reeve Foundation has played an important role in making the dream a reality.
About the Direct Effects Grants
The Direct Effects Grants fund organizations up to $25,000 to support a wide range of projects and activities that will clearly impact individuals living with paralysis, and their families. The projects and programs funded within these grants are for short-to-mid-term impact within local communities. Since the program’s inception, 3,064 grants totaling over $24 million have been awarded. Funding for this new cycle of grants was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administrations from Community Living (ACL grant #90PRRC0002-01-01).
The Reeve Foundation funded a wide variety of projects from employment programs to adaptive sports programs, to accessible playground projects like Warwick Playground Dreams.
“In the spirit of Dana Reeve’s legacy, and our ongoing partnership with ACL, this diverse cohort of grantees promises far-reaching outcomes and addresses deeply important issues of our day, such as sexual abuse prevention, LGBTQ inclusion, and adaptive technology to enhance independence,” said Mark Bogosian, Director, Quality of Life Grants Program. “We firmly believe that these projects will make a difference and positively change the lives of those individuals, families, and communities served by the work of these important and dedicated organizations.”
About the Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy. They meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBS’s Charity Seal. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a program of the Reeve Foundation and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreements number 90PRRC0002-01-01.) For more information, please visit their website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.
About Warwick Playground Dreams
Warwick Playground Dreams is a non-profit made up of a committee of volunteers from all across the town of Warwick who want to rejuvenate the aging playground in Stanley Deming Park. Working together with the Village of Warwick, schools, and the playground designers and building consultants from Play By Design, their plan is to bring a community-designed, community-built ADA-accessible playground to Warwick – one that will stretch the imaginations of all of Warwick’s children while they get the exercise they need to be happy and healthy.
Warwick Playground Dreams is currently seeking volunteers and artists for Build Week, Apr. 22-28 (no construction experience necessary,) lunch and dinner service donations or sponsorships, and the loan or donation of tools needed for the community build.
Individuals or organizations interested in helping to volunteer to build, or send a team of volunteers, please sign up for your shift today at http://warwickplaygrounddreams.com/sign-up-to-volunteer/.
For a complete list of tools needed, please email email@example.com.
Artists wishing to contribute their talents by painting a playground mural, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional questions, call 646-775-5176.