Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Through Serving our Community

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our staff and AmeriCorps members spent the day giving back to our community.

We partnered with Urban Farm Collective to help plant and landscape community garden spaces across Portland.

The Urban Farm Collective brings neighbors together to transform vacant lots into neighborhood food gardens for the purposes of education, community building, and improving food security.

We learned all about social permaculture, which is the idea that we can attempt to create conditions that favor nurturing and empowering relationships. Healthy community is a Playworks core value, and we loving taking the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of our community and appreciate Urban Farm Collective doing their part!

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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…

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February 4, 2022

Believe in Me Foundation Visits with Playworks ›

Julie Wukelic, from the Believe in Me Foundation for Kids, visited with our ED Asia Wisecarver and SC Paige Evans last week. Playworks PacNW was recently rewarded with a $5,000 grant from the foundation. This grant will allow us to continue our work with schools in the Spokane area. We look forward to working with…

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…