Abingdon, VA (September 15, 2016) – On September 12, United Way of Southwest Virginia celebrated the opening of the playground at the Whippoorwill Hills Public Housing Community in Duffield, VA.  Before the playground was installed, the only play option was a single basketball goal at the dead end of the development.

United Way’s partners in this project were Appalachian Community Action Agency, Scott County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the LENOWISCO Planning District.  The playground has turned this area into an inviting neighborhood park/playground area and help 108 low-income children in the neighborhood be active.

The project included prepping the site, installing a border, putting down six inches of mulch, and installing the playground equipment.  The children at the ribbon cutting could hardly wait to try out their new play place.

The Appalachian Community Action Agency provided $5,000 in cash and $5,000 of in-kind services to match the grant of $5,000 from United Way of Southwest Virginia.  AppCAA recruited more than 40 volunteers who used 100% of their head, heart and hands to improve the happiness, learning and well-being of the children who now have a playground.   The volunteers spent more than 10 hours prepping the site and installing the equipment.

At the ceremony, Tyler Starnes a sophomore at Rye Cove High School, played the National Anthem.  Veterans who served as volunteer leaders were honored including Thomas Bowen, Jesse Whitt, Kent Russell and Bobby Burke.

United Way is grateful to Tim Kitts and Vickie Andrews from the Scott County Redevelopment & Housing Authority and Freda Starnes, the Executive Director of AppCAA.
United Way of Southwest Virginia is currently accepting applications for other Uniting for Play projects in their service area (the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wise, and the cities of Galax and Norton).  For more information on how to apply, visit netnswvarelief.wpengine.com/grants or email grants@unitedwayswva.org.

 

ABOUT UNITED WAY OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

United Way of Southwest Virginia is a volunteer organization providing support and visibility through tools, partners, advocacy, and other resources to advance the common good.  United Way mobilizes thousands of people to give, advocate and volunteer to improve education, help people achieve financial stability and promote healthy lives across Southwest Virginia.  United Way of Southwest Virginia covers over 5,860 square miles, approximately 15% of the state of Virginia, and more than 350,000 residents in the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and the cities of Galax and Norton. For more information on United Way of Southwest Virginia, visit netnswvarelief.wpengine.com.

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