Today more than 200 Alpharetta residents and UnitedHealthcare employees will build a new playground at Dream Weavers of Georgia's Kalen Center.
The new 2,538-square-foot playground will include a Cozy Cocoon, Spiral Slide, Tic-Tac-Toe Activity Wall and more. The playground's design is based on drawings created by children from Dream Weavers who participated in a "design day" event in May. The new playground will help give more than 3,600 kids in Alpharetta the play-filled childhood they deserve.
Dream Weavers of Georgia, Inc., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of foster children, with a goal to create opportunities and provide resources that promote educational, emotional and social well-being of Georgia's foster children. The new playground will serve as a "live lab" to teach parents how to engage with their children and to assist in reuniting families. It will offer a safe space where treatment team members can observe the children in play in a natural environment.
The volunteers will work with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization that helps bring balanced and active play into the daily lives of children. The Alpharetta playground is the 2,785th KaBOOM!-organized build since 1996, and the 20th to be created by KaBOOM! and UnitedHealthcare.
"We're incredibly grateful to UnitedHealthcare, KaBOOM! and all the volunteers for their help in bringing the joy of play to the children and families Dream Weavers serves," said Fred Moeller, founder, Dream Weavers. "We're thrilled to have this awesome, new playground that will benefit hundreds of children for years to come."
"UnitedHealthcare is honored to help build a playground with a nonprofit partner who works hard to serve children in the foster care system and their families," said Garland Scott, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Georgia. "We believe the new playground at Dream Weavers 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 dedicated to decreasing hunger and obesity, inspiring service and encouraging volunteerism. For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local opportunities to get involved, visit DoGoodLiveWell.org. Follow @DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter or "like" Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook.
UnitedHealthcare serves more than 1.2 million Georgians with a network of 168 hospitals and nearly 25,000 physicians and other care providers statewide.
About Dream Weavers
Dream Weavers of Georgia, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of foster children. The goal of Dream Weavers is to create opportunities and provide resources that promote educational, emotional and social well-being of Georgia's foster children. Please join them in this mission to lift up foster children to be all they can be.
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 and why cities are embracing #playability: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.
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 1 million 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 www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.