Volunteers Build Playground at Woodruff Family YMCA in Milford

August 22, 2015
  • Milford residents and local UnitedHealthcare employees build 3,000-square-foot playground in six hours

Today more than 200 Milford-area residents and local UnitedHealthcare employees built a new playground at the Woodruff Family YMCA, a Branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA.

The new 3,000-square-foot playground includes a playdozer, cozy cocoon, rocky ridge climber and more. The playground’s design is based on drawings created by children from the Woodruff Family YMCA who participated in a “design day” event in July. The new playground will give more than 17,000 kids in Milford a modern and safe place to play.      

The volunteers worked with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing play to all kids. The Milford YMCA playground is the 2,649th KaBOOM!-organized build since 1996, and the 18th created by KaBOOM! and UnitedHealthcare.

“The Woodruff Family Y is excited to be part of such an amazing team,” said Charlie Clifford, Woodruff Family Y District Executive Director.  “The Y, United Healthcare, KaBOOM! and the City of Milford – all striving to keep our youth healthy and active – that’s Community!” 

“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to help build a playground at the Woodruff Family YMCA,” said Stephen Farrell, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of New England. “We believe the new playground will help inspire children to participate in healthy activities by playing and exercising outdoors.”

This playground build is part of UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” program, an employee-volunteer initiative to help prevent obesity. For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local opportunities to get involved, visit Follow @DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter or "like" Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook.

UnitedHealthcare serves more than 470,000 million people in Connecticut through its commercial, Medicare and TRICARE businesses, with a network of 50 hospitals and other health facilities and more than 14,000 physicians and other care providers statewide.

About the Woodruff Family YMCA, a Branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA
The Woodruff Family YMCA, a Branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, is a charitable, not-for-profit, community service organization dedicated to putting Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The Y strengthens the foundations of communities and families through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility in twenty-four towns and cities in the Greater Bridgeport and New Haven areas. Additionally, programs and services are offered through YMCA Camp Hi-Rock located in Mount Washington, MA. The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA has a passion for serving people of all ages, races and religions. With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.

About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters: visit or join the conversation at or

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at or follow @myUHC on Twitter.