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New England Engagement Opportunities

Engage your team. Playworks wants to help you turn your employees into community game-changers. We facilitate custom volunteer engagements ranging from Play Days in local schools, Playground Beautifications, Corporate Recesses at your office, Corporate Coach engagements with Junior Coaches at your office. Our expert and energetic staff will train, support, and empower your employees to make an impact in our community while also having a great time together.

Group Engagements

  • Play Days provide employees the opportunity to engage directly with local kids in Playworks New England partner schools, energizing education by modeling and facilitating healthy, active, inclusive play.
  • Playground Beautifications allow employees to create dramatic visual and practical changes in our region’s schools through activities such as playground overhaul and beautifications, mural paintings, and indoor playspace refurbishments.
  • Corporate Recess is an hour-long workshop that promote office wellness by getting your employees in the game in your very own office. We'll lead your team through a fun series of activities designed to get employees moving, competing in teams, and having fun.
  • Corporate Coaches is an opportunity for a group of colleagues to lead 15 fourth and fifth graders as they serve as Junior Coaches for an entire school year. Volunteers will be able to teach the Junior Coaches critical 21st century skills through Playworks-led field trips held in their own office building.

Want to get your employees engaged with Playworks New England?

For more information, contact Karleen Herbst, Development Manager, at

Play Days

Get back on the playground and be a role model for low-income elementary school children! 

Play Days include a fast, fun, hands-on immersion in Playworks techniques and games, followed by volunteer time with children (supported by Playworks staff) during one or more school recesses, and a closing debrief for volunteers. 

Kids are thrilled to have adults playing with them and they learn valuable social skills from adult role models.

  • Number of participants: 5 to 25 adults per partner-school playground
  • When: Morning or afternoon recess (2 to 3 hours total)
  • Prerequisite: All volunteers pre-register with Playworks; returning volunteers may be subject to a background check
  • Lead Time: 4 weeks
  • Cost: Dependent on group size and location
  • Kids Present? Yes!​

Interested in booking a Play Day? Contact us. 

Playground Beautifications

Revive a playspace, beautify recess, and help kids dream big with motivating murals! 

We provide the paint and the fun. Your employees provide the energy and hands to brighten low-income school playgrounds by painting four-square courts, murals, peace paths and game boundaries.

The best part is seeing the children's faces when they see a tranformed playspace.

  • Participants: 15 to 75 adult volunteers per playground
  • When: Dependent on school schedules; 
  • Lead Time: 10 weeks
  • Cost: Dependent on group size and location
  • Kids Present? Yes

Corporate Recess

Corporate Recess is a way for companies to improve engagement and wellness within their organization by using the power of play. Through a selection of different targeted workshops we infuse playfulness and fun into the corporate environment in order to help our partners increase creativity, productivity, teamwork, and workplace health. 

This NPR story highlights how playfulness, fun, and games at work can improve office climate and productivity. This leads to happier employees with stronger connections to their organizations.

Wellness Recess: Move your Body – 20-60 min

In this hour-long workshop, we’ll help promote office wellness by getting your employees in the game! We'll lead your team through a fun series of activities designed to get employees moving, competing in teams, and having fun while improving their strength, coordination, and flexibility.

Creativity Recess: Build your Brain – 20-60 min

Out of fresh ideas? We'll lead games that shake up the neural networks to inspire creative problem-solving, which you can bring back to the boardroom to inspire out-of-the-box brainstorming and avoid future brain blocks.

Service Oriented Recess: Impact the Community – 60 min

Engage in a short corporate recess that will help promote office wellness. Once the games are done, it is time to bring your team together in service. We will work with your team to create a service project that will help the students served by Playworks and will also provide your team with high-impact community service.


  • Number of participants: 10 to 100 adults per office
  • When: At any point during the day that works for your team
  • Prerequisite: All volunteers pre-register with Playworks
  • Lead Time: 6 weeks
  • Cost: Dependent on group size and location
  • Kids Present? No

Corporate Coaches

The Playworks Junior Coach Leadership Program, is uniquely positioned to give 500 fourth and fifth graders one hundred hours of training with their Playworks coach during the critical hours after-school. Training topics include anti-bullying and conflict resolution strategies, 21st century skill development, study skills for the middle school learner, self-advocacy and resiliency. Junior Coaches then leverage these skills to help lead recess activities and resolve conflicts at recess and throughout the school day.

By connecting corporate coaches to Playworks Junior Coaches through an innovative and impactful skills-based volunteer program we can accomplish this goal. Playworks will connect one group of Junior Coaches from one low-income Boston elementary school to a group of volunteers to serve as corporate coaches. Playworks will work with each unique volunteer group to develop a volunteer curriculum that aligns with a company's core values to the Playworks Junior Coach program. There will be anywhere between 2-8 volunteer engagements throughout the year ensuring volunteers have the ability to build meaningful relationships with the students they support.

  • Number of participants: 3 to 10 adults per partner-school 
  • When: Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons
  • Prerequisite: All volunteers pre-register with Playworks; returning volunteers may be subject to a background check
  • Lead Time: 10 weeks
  • Cost: Dependent on group size
  • Kids Present? Yes