By Linda Bird
University Place — Playground volunteers have won $30,000 in grants in the Pepsi Refresh Contest in December. The money will be used to purchase building materials and architectural plans for the Playground by the Sound, a regional “community built” playground. Volunteers will build the Playground over a period of one week, in September 2011, on the North Meadow of the Chambers Creek Properties.
The group hopes to win an additional $30,000 in grants to pay for swings, multiple slides, rock climbing wall and other components for the Playground this month. Three other local groups will be joining them in the internet contest in January. A partnership called Refresh U.P. is working together in an effort to win a total of $65,000 in grants to benefit kids and families in West Pierce County.
The University Place Library Campaign is competing for $25,000 to purchase items to enhance the children’s area of the new University Place Library. This fun and interactive early learning area will include play and learn panels (flexible furnishings that incorporate letters, colors and shapes) and books for babies and emergent readers.
The Parks & Recreation Scholarship Project is competing for $5,000 to help increase access to recreation programs for kids, teens and seniors in the community.
The University Place Volunteer Center is competing for $5,000 to fund staffing, and to update their computers. The center recruits and coordinates volunteers for over 20 local non-profit community groups.
January is the final month Pepsi will give away over 1 million dollars to “refresh” local communities across the United States. Everyone in the United States can vote in the Pepsi Refresh Project. It’s FREE, EASY, and can help do a lot of good in local communities.
For additional information on how to sign up and vote daily through the month of January for all of these projects please visit www. refreshup.org