Mission: KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child. We passionately believe that play has purpose, and that unstructured play in particular helps make children happier, fitter, smarter, and more socially adept and creative.
Results: At the end of 2008:
Over 1,500 KaBOOM!-led playspaces
Over 2,000 playspaces built through KaBOOM! do-it-yourself resources (such as trainings, grants, publications and online tools)
Over 5,600 registered KaBOOM! Playmakers
67 Playful Cities USA recognized in 2008!
Almost 4 MILLION children served!
KaBOOM!-led builds: playground construction projects that pair community leaders with funding partners who support the mission of KaBOOM!. These playgrounds are our hallmark, all-volunteer, done-in-a-day builds that serve as an achievable win for communities that need them most.
Do-It-Yourself Tools: online resources, including webinar trainings and publications for communities who are planning and building playspaces on their own.
National Campaign for Play: rallies individuals and communities to advocate for better public policy, funding and play awareness for increased play opportunities. The Playmaker Network helps individuals achieve results at the grassroots level, and the Playful City USA recognition program honors cities who create an agenda on play.
Target demographics: We inspire mass action in support of the belief that play has purpose. We activate communities in order to increase the quality, quantity and access to play for local children.
Geographic areas served: Through the participation and leadership of communities across the country, all 50 states now have KaBOOM! playgrounds.
Kaboom comes to cities and towns like a traveling circus. Does NOT distribute information as suggested on its website. Fails to follow up on its projects as suggested on its website. Travels from community to community and forgets the last community in its wake. #KaboomFlatLeaves
KaBOOM! brings the joy of play to children and families all over the country. Not only do they lead volunteers in building playgrounds in just one day, they help groups to organize on their own and advocate for more play for kids everywhere.
Did a one day build--well organized, great community participation along side us corporate folks, all the tools and materials where on site and 300 volunteers where put to work seamlessly. I volunteer a lot and this was the best experience I've had and can't wait to do it again. Other non profits who manage volunteers should take note.