Almost 3 years ago, my family approached some of the leaders in our community with the vision to build a playground for our community. It was a vision for an inclusive playground where kids of all abilities can plan together. That vision now has a name, Aven’s Village, and–with your help–can be one step closer to becoming a reality.
Here’s a post explaining Aven’s Village in more detail: Our Great Work.
Well, today we are a finalist (out of over 4,000 nominees!) for a $25,000 grant from State Farm Insurance!!!!
This is a press release on this exciting opportunity.
Votes Needed to Help Greeley’s All-Inclusive Playground
Aven’s Village win $25,000
Greeley, Colorado – Aven’s Village All Inclusive Playground and Journey Church Pastor Arron Chambers were recently notified that the Aven’s Village cause made it to the nationwide 200 causes selected to be in the running for a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist® grant. Only the top voting 40 causes will each win a $25,000 prize in this exciting community challenge. The 200 causes have until June 3rd to rally votes for their cause and anyone voting is allowed up to ten votes per day starting today. On June 16, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced on the Facebook app and each of those top 40 will receive a $25,000 grant.
Voting for Aven’s Village is easy. Starting today, visit Vote for Aven’s Village and vote. Use your 10 daily votes to help Aven’s Village. Then, share, tweet and post for friends to vote too!
Visit again each day until June 3 and vote for Aven’s Village. If Aven’s Village wins, money raised through this grant will be applied toward an amazing sensory garden in the playground.
Aven’s Village is an all-inclusive playground planned for Island Grove Regional Park. It will be the first of its kind in this area and will serve people of all abilities. Its namesake, Aven Mondy, is just 6 years old and confined to a wheelchair. Currently, her family drives more than an hour to the nearest all-inclusive playground.
“Receiving $25,000 will get us even closer to our financial goals and bring the dream of amazing playground to our area,” said Arron Chambers, pastor of Journey Christian Church and local project champion. “We need everyone’s votes and everyone asking friends to vote using the State Farm® Facebook app. With your votes, we can win.”
Almost 4,000 submissions were received through State Farm Neighborhood Assist®, a youth-led philanthropic program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a group of 30 students who are passionate about social responsibility, reviewed the submissions and selected the top 200 finalists based on criteria they created: the Aven’s Village project being one of the 200 finalists.
According to Chambers, “Every dollar raised for this project goes right into its construction—helping area people with disabilities have access to an amazing universally accessible playground.”
Thanks for helping us to make the dream of Aven’s Village a reality.
To vote for Aven’s Village: Vote for Aven’s Village
To donate to Aven’s Village: GoFundMe for Aven’s Village