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Thanks to our incredible group of champions and supporters, Playworks has impacted the lives of millions of children. Like many other nonprofits in our community, we are adjusting to the new reality caused by the coronavirus pandemic and we are hopeful that despite the current challenges, we will be stronger in the future and able to serve even more children.

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Our commitment to supporting children, families, and schools during these turbulent times continues. Because every school we serve around the country is currently closed, Playworks saw an immediate need to ensure kids could experience safe and healthy play while following CDC guidelines related to COVID-19. So we created and launched Play at Home to ensure kids get to continue experiencing the benefits of play until schools reopen. And our goal is that Playworks will be there the very first day children return to schools, no matter when that may be.

Due to the financial strain and uncertainty, we have had to temporarily reduce 87% of our Playworks team, including staff and AmeriCorps members, impacting every community we serve. While we are hoping to rebuild as quickly as possible, we will only be able to do so with the immediate support of people like you.

This is a pivotal moment.

During these challenging times, here is how you can help immediately:

  • Donate today or become a monthly donor. Your donation today will help Playworks get through these tough financial times. 
  • Create your own fundraiser online today and invite your community to give.
  • Support Playworks with a grant recommendation from your donor-advised fund.
  • Introduce us to a family foundation or other organizations who are distributing emergency funding.
  • Support legislation for federal nonprofit emergency relief funding.

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Playworks has been working to ensure every child feels included, is active, and builds valuable social and emotional skills through play. Please, help us be there for kids for the years to come.

 

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November 29, 2022

Welcome back to the Joy Series ›

As we enter the last month of the year, we are thrilled to bring back the Joy Series. After a year full of transitions, growth, and exciting new changes for us, we’re looking forward to spending the next five weeks focused on joy. Here’s how you can follow along with the Joy Series:    …

November 16, 2022

Meet Renee, our new Executive Director! ›

Born and raised in Watertown, Massachusetts, Renee Gaudette has worked for youth development organizations in New England since graduating college and now joins us as New England’s new Executive Director. Her favorite recess game is 4-square (“I get really competitive… I can’t help it,” she admits), and she has a dog named California Sunshine Epps…

November 15, 2022

Building skills through play: developing youth leaders on the playground ›

What does youth empowerment look like at recess and why is it important? Every kid deserves the opportunity to shine. The playground is the perfect place to empower students and build their confidence by giving them opportunities to lead, whether it be with their own classmates or students in younger grades. Play is such a…