It takes a community!

IMG_1206It’s true. It takes a village to accomplish many things, in the case of building Jessica’s Boundless Playground in Belchertown, Mass., it takes a community.

Team Jessica is overwhelmed with gratitude to the many volunteers who came out to help build Jessica’s Boundless Playground Sept. 13 and 14. There were over 200 people who signed up and even more who showed up that weekend.

In addition, we had many donations of food, goods and services from local establishments that helped make the weekend build possible. Without the support of our community, Jessica’s Boundless Playground would not be possible. Each contribution is equally needed and appreciated!

Please patron the community businesses that continue to support community projects like Jessica’s Boundless Playground!

Team Jessica wishes to thank:  the Roadhouse Cafe for the breakfast breads, Kristina’s Kafe and Bakery for the cookie platters, Subway Belchertown for day one lunch of sandwiches and chips plus food safety servers and a visit from Subman, Almeida’s Country Café for baked goods, Cold Spring Orchard for the apples, McDonalds Belchertown for the may coolers full of ice, Checkers for ice, CVS Belchertown for 25 cases of bottled water, Tractor Supply for bottled water, Antonio’s Pizza by the Slice for day two lunch of gourmet pizza, Coca-Cola Northampton for 10 cases of beverages, Stop & Shop Belchertown for $100 gift card, McCarthy’s Pub for our day one post-build celebration with a bountiful cheese, crackers and meat platter, Ed Parker of Parker’s Portables LLC for the port-a-potties, and Rock Nietupski of Nietupski Complete Disposal for trash removal. Others who donated time to our weekend build were Belchertown EMS and Chestnut Hill Community School Custodians.

In addition, over the weekend build we had invaluable help from:

  • Taylor Davis Landscaping, Amherst
  • Fran & Nelson Garrow, Garrow and Sons Landscaping and Excavating, Belchertown
  • Steve Hulmes, ST Hulmes & Sons Excavating, Belchertown
  • Steve Williams, Belchertown DPW Director
  • Aaron Oldenberg, Mountainview Landscape, Chicopee
  • Brian Anderson, BA Builders, Belchertown

Site work continued after the weekend build with the volunteer help of:

  • Fran & Nelson Garrow, Garrow and Sons Landscaping and Excavating, Belchertown
  • Steve Hulmes, ST Hulmes & Sons Excavating, Belchertown
  • Steve Williams, Belchertown DPW Director
  • Aaron Oldenberg, Mountainview Landscape, Chicopee
  • Brian Anderson, BA Builders, Belchertown

Where is Jessica’s Boundless Playground?

locationIt just occurred to us that volunteers not familiar with our town may not know where to show up for this weekend’s Community Build!

The site is located on Route 202 in Belchertown (AKA State Street), across from the Police Station. If you want to plug an address into your GPS, use the school’s: 59 State Street, Belchertown, MA 01007. Look for the entrance to Chestnut Hill Community School and drive right into the driveway. You won’t miss all the happy commotion going on!

Once you arrive at the site, please park away from the action. There’s plenty of space in the upper lots near the school building.

We’ll see you there!

Volunteer Letter & Waiver Form

Volunteer_PowerAre you volunteering to help build Jessica’s Boundless Playground this weekend? Well then, A. you’re awesome, and B. please do these two things!

1. Please read THIS LETTER to volunteers before you arrive. It has valuable information. You may have already won $1,000,000,000. You won’t know until you read it.

2. Print THIS WAIVER, sign it and bring it with you. Due to insurance regulations, all volunteers must sign a waiver or they will not be permitted to volunteer. There are two pages in the document – one for 18 years and older and one for under 18 years old. Printing it now is especially handy for volunteers ages 16-17, as your release form needs to be signed by a parent. Please be prepared.

We’ll also have waiver forms at the site.

In case you want to brush up on the facts…here’s the FACT SHEET.

Thank you for volunteering. We can’t wait to see you!