Engagement Opportunities

Want to join us in our efforts to create a place for every kid on the playground a place where every kid belongs, has fun and is part of the game? Play partners and corporate partners play a critical part in helping us achieve this goal.

Play Partners

Given the expansive nature of our vision, Playworks will need to engage other like-minded organizations to contribute toward our goals over the coming years. Our play partners align with our mission and values and are ready to jump in to help achieve safe and healthy play. Learn more about our play partners.



Corporate Partners

Playworks offers a unique opportunity to showcase your corporate values and directly impact kids through recess and play. Playworks creates an infrastructure for cooperation, teamwork, and academic success that will resonate with your stakeholders and customers. Learn more about our corporate partnerships.

Local 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 to playspace transformations. 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.


Play Days

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

Play Days provide employees the opportunity to engage directly with local kids in Playworks partner schools, energizing education by modeling and facilitating healthy, active, inclusive play.

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: 10 to 25 adults per partner-school playground
  • When: Early 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: 3-4 weeks
  • Kids Present? Yes!

Interested in booking a Play Day? Contact us by completing this short form.


Playspace Transformations

Playspace transformations allow employees to create dramatic visual and practical changes in our region’s schools through activities such as playground overhaul and beautification, mural paintings, and indoor playspace refurbishments.

Revive a playspace and beautify recess!

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, peace paths and game boundaries.

The best part is seeing photos of the children’s faces when they return to school and see a transformed playspace.

  • Participants: 15 to 75 adult volunteers per playground
  • When: Dependent on school schedules; usually when school is not in session.
  • Lead Time: 6 weeks
  • Cost: Dependent on group size and location
  • Kids Present? No
Help kids dream big with motivating murals!

Your team will create beautiful murals to be placed at one or several of our partner schools.

The murals serve as reminders of our core values and motivate children to dream big and persevere.

  • Participants: 5 to 50 adult volunteers per partner school
  • When: Dependent on school schedules (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 upon group size and location
  • Kids Present? Optional but recommended

Interested in learning more?  Contact us by completing this short form.


Corporate Kickball

Your corporate group can field a winning team, or individual employees can be winners as tournament-day volunteers.

By participating in Corporate Kickball, your company can:

  • Increase Employee Engagement: Corporate Kickball offers a team-building opportunity outside the office that is inclusive, collaborative and fun!
  • Raise Visibility: Title sponsors are recognized with logo placement on the Playworks website, annual report, newsletter, and other collateral.
  • Support the Local Community: Money raised from Corporate Kickball sponsorships goes back to our community to support our efforts to bring safe and inclusive play to more kids. The majority of your sponsorship fee is tax deductible.

Interested in learning more?  Contact us by completing this short form.


Corporate Recess

Bring Playworks experts to your office to lead engaging team-building activities on-site; for groups of any size.

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.

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

Interested in learning more?  Contact us by completing this short form.

We also offer Virtual Corporate Recess! This virtual, active, team-building workshop fosters rapport building, teamwork, and trust, all through the power of play. To learn more, email info@playworks.org and tell us about your organization and goals.

Corporate Coach

Introducing a new kind of Playworks Coach: the Corporate Coach. Corporate Coach is an opportunity for a group of colleagues to lead 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 a pre-set curriculum during Playworks-led field trips held in their own office building.

The Impact

The Corporate Coach program provides a unique opportunity for our Junior Coaches to interact with and learn from our corporate partners. Not many of our Junior Coaches have the chance to meet experts from various professional fields, let alone the chance to learn directly from those experts. Junior Coaches will learn about financial literacy, leadership, goal-setting, and other fields from these experts, expanding their knowledge base and helping to address the opportunity gap faced by low-income youth.

Employee “coaches” impact the Junior Coaches beyond what they teach—by serving as positive role models we can future engrain our core values of respect, inclusion, healthy play, and healthy community.

Financially, Playworks also benefits from sustaining support that not only offsets the cost of the Corporate Coach program, but also provides funds to cover the cost of our operations and growth. With more corporate support, we will be able to expand our program even more than we have in our first five years.

How It Works

Playworks is actively seeking corporate partners to join our Corporate Coach program. Our partners will:

  • Identify internal “coaches” to meet at least two times per year with Junior Coaches from a specific school at their offices (8-24 employees).
  • Mentor Junior Coaches—following either a pre-existing curriculum or one developed in partnership with Playworks.
  • Host Junior Coaches, volunteers, and their families for an end-of-year celebration.
  • Contribute annually to Playworks.

Our partner organizations benefit from providing a unique volunteer opportunity for their employees. Unlike many volunteer opportunities, being a Corporate Coach is a chance to impart knowledge and expertise to a group of youth. Employees benefit from feeling like their experience and knowledge are being put to good use, which provides a deeper level of engagement in the program.