Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) and the national non-profit KaBOOM! have awarded a Let’s Play Community Construction Grant to build a new playground at Cromwell Court Apartments a 124-unit family affordable housing development in downtown Hyannis, MA owned by Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH). The playground build is made possible by Let’s Play, an initiative of KDP that provides funding, equipment and play spaces to help families and children make active play a daily priority. Through Let’s Play, KDP and its partners are committed to helping create safe and inspiring “PLAYces” for Cromwell Court kids to learn, explore, grow and just be kids.
“The grant will be used to replace an older playground with a brand new play structure designed to suit the needs of the 100+ children who call the community home,” said Julianna Stuart, Director of Community Impact at POAH Communities, POAH’s property management affiliate. “The new playground will enhance the existing community’s amenities by inspiring the children at Cromwell Court to play imaginatively. Research shows that play also has an important role in supporting families. A survey conducted by ForestersTM showed that 77% of parents felt that spending more time at a playground increases a family’s sense of well-being.”
KDP has committed $38.5 million to Let’s Play through 2019 that will benefit organizations that serve youth across the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Through Let’s Play, KDP collaborates with two non-profit organizations, KaBOOM! and Good Sports, to build and improve playgrounds in underserved communities and provide grants for sports equipment. In this way, KDP is doing its part to help eliminate the play deficit by making active play possible for more kids. Visit Let’s Play at www.LetsPlay.com to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants to make communities more active and playful.
Preservation of Affordable Housing is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that owns and operates more than 10,000 affordable homes at more than 100 properties in 11 states and the District of Columbia. POAH has rescued and restored some of America’s most “at risk’’ rental housing for seniors, individuals with disabilities and families priced out of the housing market. POAH owns 3,118 affordable rental apartments in Massachusetts, including 480 on Cape Cod.
About Let’s Play
Let’s Play is an initiative by Keurig Dr Pepper to provide the funding, equipment and play spaces to help kids and families make active play a daily priority. KDP partners with KaBOOM! to build and improve playgrounds and with Good Sports to provide sports equipment grants to kids that would otherwise not have access. Let’s Play has already provided more than 11 million kids new opportunities to play. With year-round grants available for new or improved playgrounds and sports equipment, Let’s Play helps kids achieve balanced, well-rounded lifestyles. For more information, please visit LetsPlay.com or Facebook.com/LetsPlay.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 9 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom, facebook.com/kaboom and Instagram.com/kaboom. #playmatters #PLAYceforKids