Hope Lives on a Playground in a City

[October 31 | 0 Comments | 3861 views]

Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

There’s a playground in a city, where troubles are forgotten; where laughter can be heard, and where hope is alive. I saw it on a recent video. The playground is bright and vibrant and magnificent! It’s there because of one man’s vision; a vision that was shared by other great doers who helped bring this vision into reality.

HomeFront is a non-profit that provides support and hope. Hope is the one human emotion that we all need in our lives. It’s an optimism that enables us to move forward in our most difficult times. It’s a sense that tomorrow can be better. It’s something that everyone needs…especially children.

The Rotary Club of Montgomery and Rocky Hill along with several other local Rotary clubs were instrumental in getting this children's playground built at HomeFront. It was Art Martin’s vision and steadfast drive; Dick Ragsdale's leadership and support as President; Ed Zimmerman and George Jarvis’ hard work and determination along with many others who made this playground possible.

Beginning in 2014 and culminating in 2016, the Rotary Clubs of Central New Jersey, including the Montgomery/Rocky Hill, Trenton, Princeton Corridor, Princeton, Robbinsville and Hamilton, came together for a single cause: to raise money needed to build a playground for the homeless children at the HomeFront Family Campus.

The project includes grading and surfacing the property. The equipment itself has a $150,000 price tag, a goal the Rotarians embraced. “We have made this a Rotary project, with financial assistance from area Rotary clubs, “ says Art Martin, longtime Home Front supporter and a Rotarian Paul Harris Fellow. “Helping homeless families offers many benefits not only to the individuals in need, but to our community. It’s a win-win for everyone and exemplifies Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self.”

The HomeFront playground celebrated its ribbon cutting on June 17th, 2016, because a man with a vision, along with some other great Rotarians, chose to make a difference….

“We can talk about making a difference or we can make a difference.” – Anonymous

Yours in Rotary,