PARTNERS, VOLUNTEERS PROVIDE NEW PLACE FOR KIDS TO STAY ACTIVE & SAFE

Date: October 26, 2015

The children of Sandtown-Winchester in west Baltimore now have a safe place to stay active, socialize and do what kids do best – play. The neighborhood was in dire need of a new playground to keep its kids active and healthy. Thanks to more than 200 volunteers and a partnership between Play More B’More and KaBOOM!, nearly 500 children will now benefit from the new playground.

On Saturday, October 24 – National Make a Difference Day – the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the City of Baltimore, OneBaltimore, University of Maryland Promise Heights team, Baltimore City Public Schools, United Way of Central Maryland and Playworld Systems came together to help create the new play space. Volunteers represented several local organizations as well, including T. Rowe Price, BGE, Under Armour, Student United Way of Central Maryland and Morgan State University.

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More than a third of homes in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood are abandoned and nearly a third of families live below the poverty line. A portion of the funding for the new playground came from United Way’s Maryland Unites fund, aimed at stabilizing area families and helping youth affected by the Baltimore unrest in April. Learn more about how Maryland Unites funding is benefiting our community.

A huge thank you goes out to all of our volunteers who spent their Saturday making a difference for local children.

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