As a part of the foundation’s My Playground initiative, grant funding used to infuse play into the lives of underprivileged children
Six New Playgrounds Opening in the City of Flint Thanks to Make An Impact Foundation, Partner Organizations
FLINT, MI – Today, the Make an Impact Foundation, the North Carolina-based non-profit dedicated to promoting the education and well-being of underserved children nationwide, confirmed that six new playgrounds will soon be opened at City of Flint locations.
Each playground debut features grand opening festivities, including food and music, and the community is encouraged to attend. Children will be able to play on the equipment after the unveiling. Upcoming locations and ribbon-cutting ceremonies are as follows:
Saturday, July 28th – Farnumwood Park – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, August 1st – Eldorado Vista Park – 4 p.m.
Saturday, August 4th – Cook Park – 2 p.m.
Monday, August 6th – Clara Hilborn Park – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, August 8th – Dewey Park – 4 p.m.
Saturday, August 11th – Whaley Park – 2 p.m.
“Our goal is for ALL kids to grow up happy, healthy, and secure, particularly those who are often overlooked,” explains Flint native Dale Gillmore, founder of the Make An Impact Foundation. “We can’t solve every problem facing Flint, but we can send a message to the children and families here that they are valued and that we believe they can reach their full potential. These playgrounds will serve as places where all kids can play freely, unencumbered by barriers to dreams and imagination. Our partnerships with local project and donor champions in the community — neighborhood leaders, philanthropists, business and civic leaders, local government — they allow us to bring the community together to serve children in this amazing way. We can’t wait for each community celebration.”
Make An Impact Foundation partners in these playground builds are the Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF), Flint Kids Fund of the Foundation for Flint, and the United Way of Genesee County.
“With these six playgrounds, Flint children will have the opportunity to once again have safe, quality, and fun places to play, which is a key aspect of early childhood development,” said Isaiah Oliver, President and CEO of CFGF. “Hundreds of youth will be able to experience the great outdoors in a beautiful playground in their neighborhood.”
Major project funding came from a $330,000 grant from the Flint Kids Fund of the Foundation for Flint and a donor advised fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF).
The project is supported by Black Tie Productions, C.S. Mott Foundation, City of Flint, Diplomat, Flint City T-Shirts, Fox66 – NBC25 – CW46, Genesys Association, Goyette Mechanical Co., Hurley Foundation, Keep Genesee County Beautiful, MacAllister Rentals, McLaren Flint, Meijer, Miracle Midwest Recreation Co., Ruth Mott Foundation, Sylvester Broom Empowerment Village, and The Loft.
Since its inception, the Make An Impact Foundation has constructed four playgrounds in areas where they are needed most. 3 of those playgrounds have been in Flint.
Those interested in becoming a donor or sponsor should visit www.makeanimpactnow.org, email Tina@MakeAnImpactNow.org, or call Tina Muschket, Impact Manager at Make An Impact Foundation, at 980.579.7426.
About the Make An Impact Foundation
The mission of Make An Impact Foundation is to promote the education and well-being of children by identifying those in severe need (homeless, poverty, etc.) as well as those with learning needs, emotional needs, disabilities, or disease, and creating an opportunity to produce change in their lives. The vision at MAIF is to meet the needs of children by identifying worthwhile projects and finding donor partners to help meet each need.
About the United Way of Genesee County
Founded in 1922, United Way of Genesee County currently supports more than 150 programs with direct grants, helping more than 75,000 people in Genesee County. The agency’s investment model is based on Education, Health, Financial Stability and Basic Needs
About The Community Foundation for Greater Flint
The Community Foundation of Greater Flint serves the common good in Genesee County—building a strong community by engaging people in philanthropy and developing the community’s permanent endowment—now and for generations to come. CFGF helps donors support the causes they care about, today or through their estates. Since 1988 the Community Foundation has granted more than $124 million to nonprofit organizations to build a thriving community. CFGF serves Flint and all of Genesee County including its community funds in Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flushing and Grand Blanc. Its supporting organization, the Foundation for Flint, stewards the Flint Child Health and Development Fund (aka Flint Kids Fund) in response to the Flint Water Crisis.