Grant Awarded – Family Building Blocks

The Rotary Club of Salem has awarded a grant to Family Buildings Blocks (FBB) to assist in the development of two therapeutic playgrounds for infants/toddlers enrolled in therapeutic education at Helen’s Place, FBB’s newest satellite location in central Salem.
FBB is a non-profit that serves children ages birth to six years and their families with home visits, therapeutic classrooms, parent-child playgroups, and other important services. They are considered to be a “relief nursery” that strengthens children and families who are struggling in our community, and helps them gain important skills and access resources in order to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Children’s natural curiosity and imagination will be stimulated by an environment where they can explore and experiment. Rotary funds will specifically be used to purchase colored rubber surface tiles to cover the existing concrete floor surrounding the playgrounds. These tiles will provide a safe place for children to crawl, walk and play.
The playgrounds will directly benefit the approximately 25 children who are enrolled in the therapeutic classrooms at Helen’s Place. The children enrolled in this program are some of the highest-risk in the Salem area. They are born into families who are living in chaotic home environments, experiencing the stress and strain of living in poverty, and are being raised by parents who are struggling with anxiety and depression, often due to their own history of abuse. The playgrounds will provide a safe and engaging outdoor experience where children can run, bike, explore, create and practice important social skills such as sharing and cooperation.
FBB will work closely with Rotary Club of Salem members to identify hands-on service projects appropriate for Rotarian groups and individuals interested in helping with the playground installation. FBB will schedule a work day this spring to install components in the playground, and Rotary will invite all Club members to participate in the project as they are able.
You can find out more at FBB’s website by Clicking Here!