Building Upwards

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Playworks Durham is building upwards…literally as they participated in roofing for a Habitat for Humanity of Durham build when our AmeriCorps members,  along with the office staff and other program coordinators, completed their first service project.

From 8:30 in the morning until 2:30 pm Playworks Durham was roofing, caulking, weathering, hammering, nail gunning and so much more to help make the dream of homeownership a reality.

“Working with Habitat for Humanity was an awesome opportunity for us to give back to our own community,” said AmeriCorps Program Coordinator Crystal Massenburg.  “We were able to bond and help a family in need at the same time.  Learning how to build a roof was super exciting and a new opportunity for us all.”

Are you interested in giving back to the community? Come volunteer with Playworks Durham. We have multiple opportunities with flexible hours including, day, night and weekends. Click here for more information.

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January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…