Los Angeles, CA, July 28, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- More More than 200 volunteers from The Home Depot, New Economics for Women, the Child Care Resource Center and organizers from the nonprofit organization KaBOOM! will join together to build a state-of-the-art, 2,500 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 $65,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation, a $7,500 contribution from New Economics for Women and additional funding for safety surfacing and shade structures from the Child Care Resource Center. As a founding partner of KaBOOM!, The Home Depot provides financial support, materials and numerous volunteers for playground projects across North America as part of its ongoing commitment to give back to the communities its stores serve. As official Sustainability Partners, The Home Depot and KaBOOM! work to make sure each playground project is as environmentally friendly as possible as well as educating 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.
The playground will be built in NEW’s Tierra del Sol, an award winning mixed-use master planned community of affordable housing in Canoga Park. Located in one of the poorest areas in the San Fernando Valley, the project was built on an abandoned five-acre site that was once a city-owned maintenance facility. Tierra del Sol comprises 119 apartments, an adjacent state-of-the-art charter elementary school, and the Dennis P. Zine Community Center which provides a comprehensive Head Start Preschool program run by Child Care Resource Center as well as other educational and supportive services that help families build assets and become economically self-sufficient.
Where: Zine Community Center
21400 W. Saticoy Street
Canoga Park, CA 91303
When: Thursday, July 29
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Project Kick-Off
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Best viewing of playground construction
11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Councilmember Zine presenting cert
Controller Wendy Greuel speaking
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Final construction phase/adjustments
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. “Board-Cutting" closing ceremony
Attending: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
LAPD Topanga Station
More to be confirmed
About The Home Depot Foundation
Created in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating and preserving healthy, affordable homes as the cornerstone of sustainable communities. The Foundation’s goal is for all families to have the opportunity to live in healthy, efficient homes they can afford over the long-term; to have access to safe, vibrant parks and green spaces; and to receive the economic, social and environmental benefits of living in a sustainable community. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $190 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 95,000 homes, planted more than 1.2 million trees, and built or refurbished more than 1875 playgrounds, parks and green spaces. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter homedepotfdn.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play. Through community building, the organization is focused on giving every child in America a great place to play within walking distance. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct more than 1,700 new playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also offers a variety of resources, including an online community, free online trainings, grants, publications and the KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play, which includes Playful City USA and Playmakers – a national network of individual advocates for play. KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.
About New Economics for Women
Founded in 1985 as the first Latina-operated nonprofit community economic development organization in the United States, NEW’s vision is to reduce poverty by creating and building wealth opportunities. Its mission is to “create economic and educational opportunities for single parents, families, and disinvested communities as a pathway for dreams to come true.” NEW currently owns and operates 651 units consisting of a transitional living center for young single mothers and eight affordable multi-family housing developments. In addition, through its financial literacy, homebuyer education, foreclosure prevention and matched savings programs, NEW enables families to become first-time homeowners, start businesses and attend college.
About Child Care Resource Center
The Child Care Resource Center is a private non-profit agency dedicated to the promotion of higher standards in child care and early education. Since 1976, CCRC’s mission has been guided by the belief that our social and economic future depends on the quality of a young child’s experiences. CCRC now encourages the growth and development of over 100,000 children and their families each month through a variety of comprehensive, creative, informative and supportive programs and services. For more information, visit us at www.ccrcla.org.