Finlay Foundation Awards Nashua’s Legacy Playground Project $25,000 Grant
Aug. 08, 2013
(Nashua, NH)- The Finlay Foundation, a New Hampshire 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to improving the quality of life for Granite State residents by assisting children and families in need has awarded the Leadership Greater Nashua Organization a $25,000 grant in support of the Legacy Playground Project.
Leadership Greater Nashua’s barrier-free playground project aims to develop a playground that allows all children and families in the Nashua community to come together in a “relaxing, outdoor setting to enjoy the company of others whether they are able-bodied or disabled”. Playground equipment will include “configurations that are fun, rigorous and challenging for children and/or adults of different abilities”.
“We are delighted to support this wonderful project within the Nashua community and look forward to seeing the playground reach completion,” says Finlay Foundation President Karin Finlay. “No child should be without inclusive places to play and dream. We congratulate the fundraising efforts of the Leadership Greater Nashua team, who successfully raised $100,000 in response to our challenge”.
Created by businessman Robert J. Finlay and his wife Karin, The Finlay Foundation is committed to offering future generations opportunities to succeed and to sparking a renewed commitment statewide to cultural, civic and community involvement. In its handful of years of operation, The Finlay Foundation has awarded more than $1,000,000 to local charities.
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Leadership Greater Nashua, Class of 2012 Announces Community Project
At its graduation ceremony, the Leadership Greater Nashua, Class of 2012 (LGN 2012), revealed its community project to an audience of guests including family, friends, employers, area business leaders, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and representatives of several agencies including United Way of Greater Nashua, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nashua, and the Plus Company. LGN 2012’s project is the construction of a universally accessible playground to be built at a park in the City of Nashua.
Universally accessible playgrounds offer children and adults of all abilities a place to play, learn and develop. A universal design concept ensures that each part of the structure provides equitable use for all people, flexibility to accommodate a wide range of individual abilities and opportunities for comfortable use by all people by maximizing the size and space for all to use, regardless of mobility level.
9.1% of New Hampshire’s population lives with a disability and, according to 2000 U.S. Census figures, 16.4% of the population of Nashua has some form of disability. Nashua has just one playground classified as handicapped accessible (Roby Park) and only the Nashua River Trail is wheelchair accessible. Although both playgrounds are considered accessible and meet ADA standards, they do not meet all of the needs of most individuals in the Greater Nashua community.
Speaking to the need for the project, LGN 2012 participant and Legacy Playground project leader Eric Brand stated “Our family enjoys spending time doing things outdoors but, as my son has grown it has become increasingly difficult to take him out of his wheelchair. This makes it very challenging to engage in outdoor activities such as using playgrounds together as a family. An accessible playground would enable not just my wife and I, but our other children as well, to interact with our son as they would with any other typical child while simply at play.”
With a price tag of about $250,000, the members of LGN 2012 have begun fundraising efforts in earnest and early sponsorships have been confirmed from The Nashua Telegraph (media sponsor), Oracle, and Centrix Bank as well as a 100% commitment by the members of the class. Funds will be raised through grant proposals, corporate sponsorships, and individual gifts from throughout the community. United Way of Greater Nashua has agreed to serve as fiscal agent for the playground project, making it possible for the project to accept tax-deductible contributions.
Partnerships through special events and projects in the community will benefit the Legacy Playground project such as a collaboration with MESH Interactive Agency of Nashua. MESH has launched a new lead gen product for small businesses, MESH LiveBuild. 20% of the proceeds from each LiveBuild sale through December 15 where the buyer references Legacy Playground will be contributed to the LGN 2012 project. “We are very excited and honored to take part in supporting the fundraising efforts in raising $250,000 for the Legacy Playground project,” said Bill Schick, principal and founder of MESH Interactive Agency. “As a Nashua-based business, we believe in supporting hyper-local community projects and the team at MESH is 100% committed to reaching our goal to raise $50,000 towards the project.
As a part of the project design and development process, LGN 2012 is seeking community input through participation in an online survey. Participants may access the survey at survey.legacyplayground.org through October 31, 2012.
About MESH Interactive Agency and LiveBuild
MESH Interactive Agency is a full-service inbound marketing and creative agency that provides its clients with multi-channel branding, web development, social media marketing, integrated marketing, identity and graphic design that enable superior customer engagement and interaction. MESH helps companies, from local, community-focused brands to international conglomerates, reach business goals faster and more efficiently by consistently developing relationships and staying connected with their communities.
MESH recently launched LiveBuild, a powerful integrated lead generation and marketing platform–with a gorgeous cutting-edge mobile site–designed to help small business achieve sales and marketing success with little time and investment and built within only 10 business days. LiveBuild is built to deeply integrate within marketing programs, empowering small businesses to leverage each online channel–Email, Social Media, SEO, Mobile…to facilitate superior engagement, driving high-quality leads resulting in measurable revenue.
About Leadership Greater Nashua
Leadership Greater Nashua (LGN) is a year-long professional development program for community leaders, sponsored by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce. The goal of the program is to promote the economic, social and civic viability of Greater Nashua. For information about LGN, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 603-881-8333 or visit www.nashuachamber.org. For information about or to support the Legacy Playground project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.legacyplayground.org.