YMCA Playground to Strengthen Community and Benefit Children

More than 200 volunteers from The Home Depot, the West Broad Street YMCA, and organizers from the nonprofit organization KaBOOM! will join together to build a state-of-the-art, 3,000 square foot playground in one day. The playground will provide a safe, fun environment for the children in the community.

The playground is funded through a $61,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation along with a $7,500 contribution from the City of Savannah. As a founding partner of KaBOOM!, The Home Depot provides financial support, materials and numerous volunteers for play space projects across North America as part of its ongoing commitment to give back to the communities its stores serve. In 2009, The Home Depot became the official Sustainability Partner of KaBOOM!. Both organizations will work together to make sure each playground project is as environmentally friendly as possible as well as educate children and communities about this important issue.

For this project, all materials will be recycled and any unused materials remaining after the completion of the build will be donated to other organizations. In addition, volunteers plan to plant several gardens surrounding the playground.

The Y also announces that an anonymous gift to the West Broad Street YMCA will provide full and partial scholarships for qualifying families for its early learning for children 6 weeks to 5 years.

The gift will cover registration fees for all families and others will receive scholarships based on family size and income. The target is for families who are trying to find work or continue their education and need childcare to do so. These funds, anticipated to only last a short time, will help families get back to work and school so that they can move ahead.

For more information contact Peter Doliber at 233 1951 or stop by the West Broad Street YMCA at 1110 May Street.

Founded in 1947, the West Broad Street YMCA was formed to serve Blacks in then legally segregated Savannah. While this is no longer its purpose, the West Broad Street YMCA is located between two Housing Authority Neighborhoods, and it continues to serve by building strong kids, strong families, and a strong community.

One of the key programs offered by the West Broad Street YMCA is an early learning center for children from six weeks to five years, as well as a before and after school program for children Pre-K to middle and high school.

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