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Volunteers Urgently Needed to Build Childrens' Dream Playground

by on June 18, 2013 2:00 AM

Local kids put their creative talents to the test when they designed their "dream playground." But it's going to take lots of volunteers to make this dream a reality. At least 200 volunteers are needed to help put together the playground in Orchard Park on June 25.

After months of planning and a partnership with the national non-profit organization KaBOOM!, the Pennsylvania Municipal League and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, local leaders are hoping everyone pitches in to help out.

The playground will benefit at least 1,500 children, according to State College Borough officials.

Courtney Hayden, Communications and Special Project Coordinator for the borough says volunteers are needed in specific areas. The planning team needs people who are willing to work as "build captains," man the registration table, help with lunch, work with kids or help out at the first aid station.

Specific position descriptions are below:

  • Build Captains: Build captains will be trained on June 22 or 24 (it will take about 45 minutes) and will be in charge of a team of 10-15. Build captains will be required to be on-site from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Build Day.
  • Registration Table: Three to four people are needed to work the registration table during Build Day. These volunteers do not need to be present the entire day.
  • Lunch: About five volunteers are needed to work between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to help serve lunch to the volunteers.
  • Discovery Museum Pop-Up Museum: Discovery Space is looking for five volunteers to help with the pop-up museum between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • First Aid Table: Volunteers to staff the first aid table during the day are needed. These people should be trained in first aid and preferably also in CPR.
  • General help: On June 22, 24 and June 25 volunteers are needed to cut lumber, build benches, and landscaping. No specific skill level is required. There are some restrictions on work projects for those under 18. All children should be supervised by an adult volunteer.

Volunteers must pre-register by calling Hayden at (814) 278-4723 or click HERE to register online

KaBoom! is a national non-profit that has thelped build playgrounds across the country. 

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Laura Nichols is a StateCollege.com news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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