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Giving Programs

Our employees help bring our mission and values to life by participating in our Employee Giving Program, which includes a variety of initiatives and fundraisers. Among them are the PlayCore Days of Caring, spearheaded by employees at all of our locations.

Each year PlayCore receives many requests for product donations and sponsorships. We are currently promoting play and supporting our communities through the Employee Giving Program, industry associations and select children’s charities.

   

OUR EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERS AT WORK


 
 

Mendota Heights, MN

Everlast Climbing held their Day of Caring on August 7, 2015, staff from Everlast Climbing installed a Traverse Climbing Wall in the gymnasium of Kaposia Education Center. The climbing wall is 8-feet high and 20-feet long and challenges students to climb horizontally across the surface, rather than strictly up. It features a magnet-accepting surface that allows the wall to be used for activities that integrate math, language and other subjects through the use of magnets, in addition to physical activities. A Mat-Locking System was also installed which provides a padded landing surface for climbers and covers and closes the climbing wall when it is not in use.

 

 

Red Bud, IL

UltraPlay held their Day of Caring, Saturday June 20th, 2015, participating in the Relay for Life in memory of Linda Nagel. This was their 2nd annual relay with approximately 65 participants and raising $1,191.35 going to the American Cancer Society. Their motto this year was “We Play Hard To Fight Cancer”.

 

 

Chattanooga, TN

PlayCore sponsored a Dragon Boat team for the 4th year in a row, as part of the Erlanger Children's Hospital's Dragon Boat Festival fundraising event. The team contributed nearly $7,000 through their various fundraising events, personal donations, and company match. PlayCore's team, Big Kids with Sticks, finished 3rd in the Business Division, and 5th overall out of 29 teams.

 

   

Plant City, FL

On February 21 and 22, employees form GT Grandstands worked together to construct Learn Tampa Bay Inc.'s new playground. A note from Learn Tampa Bay stated "the parents and children were delighted when they say [the new playground]. They had the biggest smiles on their faces. They are enjoying it tremendously!"

 

 

Phoenix, AZ

December 2, 2014 was Robertson Recreational Surfaces’ Day of Caring project at Ronald McDonald House Charities adjacent to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. The employees who volunteered provided maintenance and a roll-coat to the facility’s existing playground surfacing.

 

 

Fort Payne, AL

Gary Holder, a Pipe Bender at the Southern Fulfillment Center, participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up fundraising event in October. As part of the event, Gary was "arrested and jailed" until his bail money - donations to the MDA - could be raised. Gary's participation raised over $600 for the organization.

 

 

Fort Wayne, IN

On October 4, 2014, National Recreation Systems' employees donated their time to their local area of Fort Wayne, IN in a Day of Caring event to assist with landscaping at War Memorial Park Museum in the cannon and playground areas. As a measure of gratitude, the employees were invited to tour the museum that day, and really enjoyed it.

 

 

Mendota Heights, MN

On October 2, 2014 Everlast Climbing staff and family members put together specially formulated food packages to help feed starving and malnourished children in Africa. Rice, soy, vegetables, vitamins and minerals were boxed and sent to children in Liberia. In total, 9,288 food packages – enough to feed 26 children for one year – were put together by the Everlast group, and other volunteers in attendance.

 

 

Chattanooga, TN

Employees from PlayCore along with their friends and families spent a day and a half starting September 20, 2014, to accomplish two vital projects at the Ronald McDonald House in Chattanooga, TN. The team upgraded the playground surfacing, and took charge in cleaning and organizing residents’ community areas. “Work projects such as these makes it possible for Ronald McDonald House to accomplish the many tasks needed to keep our facility in tip top shape and allows the families of sick children to concentrate only on getting their child well,” said Jane Kaylor, President and CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga.

 

 

Missoula, MT

Employees from Spectrum collected several hundred pounds of donations to aid the mission of a local homeless shelter. The Poverello Center serves the homeless and underserved in Missoula. Donations included toiletries and cleaning products, as well as cash gifts to help support the shelter.

 

 

Missoula, MT

Spectrum employees helped to revitalize a Missoula, MT park under guidance of local park and recreation managers. The employees worked the grounds of Whitaker Park, weeding and painting, to give the community destination a delightful make-over.

 

 

Minneapolis, MN

On August 1, 2014, Dero employees gathered at the Greenway to pick up litter and pull weeds. Dero is glad to be part of keeping one of the premier urban bike trails in the US a shining example of why Minneapolis was named the #1 bike friendly city in the country. The Dero Clean Team is one of 35 organizations who donate their time to caring after Greenway Bike Trail in Minneapolis, MN.

 

 

Red Bud, IL

On June 27, 2014 a group from UltraPlay participated in Randolph County’s Relay for Life; an event designed to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, and to keep up the fight against it. In total, around 175 people gathered at the UltraPlay facility where the event was held. Over $2,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society through the event.

 

 

Chattanooga, TN

In May 2014, "Big Kids with Sticks," a group of paddlers from PlayCore participated in the Children's Hospital Dragon Boat Festival. The fundraising event goes toward hospital equipment, building upgrades, and medical services for patients of the hospital. The PlayCore team donated $8000 to the cause. At the end of the day the team went away with the Business Division Chamionship, and placed 6th overall out of 36 teams.

 

 

Fort Wayne, IN

Employees from National Recreation Systems served those at St. Mary's Soup Kitchen by chopping vegetables, dishing out soup, and packaging meals. This effort contributed to the 300,000 meals served at the facility each year, which has been in operation since 1975.

 

 

Red Bud, IL

On June 22, 2013, employees from UltraPlay volunteered their time to install a playground unit for the Village of Ruma, located 5 miles away from the plant in Red Bud. The product of their contribution was quickly realized as children form the community were using the new playground equipment that same day.

 

 

Chattanooga, TN

June 15, 2013 - a group of PlayCore volunteers and other community members joined the Chambilss Center for Children to perform some much needed upgrades to the Newton Child Development Center. The group cleaned the entire play area, spread new playground surfacing, and they also installed a new playground and swing set!

 

 

Loveland, CO

On June 8, 2013, employees from Colorado Time Systems gathered at a Habitat for Humanity community in Loveland, CO. The day was spent laying sod, prepping yards for landscaping, and painting. It was a lot of hard work, but they were honored to be working side by side with the future families and residents of the neighborhood.

 

 

Fort Payne, AL

Employees from the Souther Fulfillment Center spect Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Fort Payne's Douglas Park for a Day of Caring. They worked on the revitalization of the park, repurposing existing equipment and adding new equipment.

 

 

Chattanooga, TN

On September 8, 2012 employees and their families from the corporate office, led by David Hill (GT), worked to enhance the play area for the child care program at Chattanooga Human Services. This group of volunteers erected swing bays donated by PlayCore along with a GeoDome, Balance Beam and Overhead Ladder, which were donated by Recreation Brands. By the end of the day this group had also pressure washed brick walls, sidewalks and awnings, refreshed mulch, and removed a stump within the play area. The child care staff sent a thank you letter with drawings by the children depicting their favorite part of the playground. Thanks to the Chattanooga team, for making a difference in these children's lives.

 

 

Chattanooga, TN

PlayCore's Chattanooga and Fort Payne offices assembled a team of 23 paddlers in May to compete in the 2012 Children's Hospital Foundation annual Dragon Boat Festival. The Erlanger Medical Center Children's Hospital serves more than 36,000 children each year, and we were thrilled to be able to support this wonderful cause. With a goal of $7,200, the PlayCore "SURVIVOARS" team organized several fundraising events which, along with PlayCore's corporate matching funds, allowed us to surpass our goal, with total funds raised coming in at $7,564!!
 

 

Fort Payne, AL

During the April 27, 2011 tornadoes in the Southeast, Stamp Baptist Church sustained extensive damage. The church was rebuilt but the playground was still damaged, and the Southern Fulfullment Center volunteered to rebuild it. Several employees came out on Saturday May 19, 2012 to help make this revitalization happen.

 

 

Chandler, AZ

TotTurf Surfacing employee volunteers gathered at the Foundation for Blind Children on October 5, to roll coat an existing playground surface, providing children with a renewed and rejuvenated play environment. A picnic table was donated to add to the outdoor play area as well. The Foundation for Blind Children gives individuals access to opportunities such as learning, playing sports, and participating fully in the world around them that might otherwise be impossible for them to experience.

 

 

Mendota Heights, MN

Everlast Climbing held two service events this year in support of hunger relief. The kick-off event was a food drive held December 3-17, in which 72 pounds of food was collected for Second Harvest Heartland, the Upper Midwest's largest hunger-relief organization. This was enough to feed 60 people. On the evening of December 18, another team of volunteers distributed groceries at a nearby elementary school through the Meal for Minds program, a mobile food pantry which delivers fresh food and staples to schools for K– 12 students and families in need. The Everlast Climbing team enjoyed making a difference during this hands on event by sorting food, setting up stations, greeting families and putting food directly into the hands of hungry people in their own community. Each child left with 30-40 pounds of food.

 

 

Loveland, CO

Employees from Colorado Time Systems volunteered at the Fort Collins Senior Center for the Sundance Family Festival and Chili Cookoff. They spent the day at various stations (including, carriage rides, face painting, O'Dell's beer tasting, chili cook off, and a silent auction) throughout the facility. The senior center is ranked in the top ten seniors centers in the U.S. and their goal is to rank at number one. Funds were being raised to expand their building. The CTS team was a welcome addition and the coordinators of the event were most appreciative of their participation.

 

 

Fort Wayne, IN

In November employees from National Recreation Systems volunteered their time to install a walkway for the children as they enter and exit Imagine Master Academy. They made a concrete walkway to replace the dirt path and placed mulch in the area next to walkway and on the side of the school. In the small playground they also placed fresh mulch. Volunteers removed the old wood telescoping bleachers and installed five tip 'n roll bleachers. Everyone really enjoyed giving back to the community.

 

 

Plant City, FL

GT Grandstands held their Day of Caring in October at The MacDonald Training Center, which empowers people with disabilities. Employees of GT Grandstands sponsored an ice cream social for everyone at the center, where eighty members were served ice cream. GT Grandstands also provided the center with four Thanksgiving Day food baskets for families in need.

 

 

Minneapolis, MN

The Minneapolis Greenway is the centerpiece of the City of Minneapolis biking infrastructure and one of the reasons that Minneapolis was named "Most Bike Friendly City" by Bicycling Magazine in 2011. Dero has adopted a stretch of the railway-turned-bike-superhighway and volunteers two times a year to do clean up, weeding and planting of native species along the route.

 

 

Missoula, MT

Spectrum Aquatics joined the Missoula Parks and Recreation and other organizations to refurbish the pedestrian walkways at the Orange Street Tunnel on July 11. Over 40 volunteers spent the morning cleaning debris from the walkways, painting the walls and tunnel roof, and repairing the light fixtures. Thank you for giving back to the community where you live, work and play.

 

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