Big-Littles Holiday Giving Campaign

Help us reach our fundraising goal by the end of the year!

COVID-19 is Hurting our Families

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit children with disabilities and their families extraordinarily hard. Our families are not receiving the education, socialization and therapy support they need to thrive. The PlayGarden’s revenue is down over 30% but we are committed to serving our families, through preschool, open play and summer camp. The added safety precautions required are costly. 

But you can help.

Make your gift today!

Your gift ensures that we can offer inclusive programing for children and their families during these challenging times.

Every year makes a difference.

Every year for the last fifteen years, the PlayGarden has been able to provide life-changing inclusive programming families of children with and without disabilities in our community. We have watched young children grow up from little four year old preschoolers to eighteen year old camp counselors. We have watched as some of our PlayGardener’s have gone into the workforce as therapists, teachers, program directors and even rocket scientists.  

Hi! I'm Gabriel.

I have spent 14 years at the PlayGarden!

Hi I'm Jack!

Little Jack harvested from our first vegetable and flower garden in 2005. Now, he loves water play at Teen Camp.

Hi I'm Leiney!

Leiney started coming to Camp when she was just 4 years old with her Mother, our first Camp Director, Jenny and her little sister Abby as 1.5 years old! Leiney came to the PlayGarden every summer until she was old enough to work. She is now one of our all-star camp counselors! 

Hi, we are Violet and Conor!

Siblings Violet and Conor have been coming together to the PlayGarden since they were young. Listen to their story. 

Hi, I'm Samantha!

As a toddler, Samantha explored every inch of the PlayGarden. She helped the construction workers build the Garden House, planted our first vegetable gardens, and sang in our PlayGarden Choir. She took care of the animals and grew a special bond with our chicken Skip. As Samantha got older, she became a Junior Counselor and has been able to share what she has learned about inclusion with other campers. She is well on her way to becoming a full-fledged Camp Counselor.

 

At nearly 17, Samantha is a strong disability rights advocate and leader in our community.We have Samantha to thank for helping to secure the PlayGarden’s lease renewal with the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation!

Hi I'm Annie!

“The PlayGarden has given me a job, which has impacted my life so much. Because, it’s really hard to get a job when you have a disability. Being able to work here, now I can build up my resume up for getting a future job. Going from a camper to a counselor made me really nervous. Like, what if I can’t help this camper or what if something happens? But, all the staff here makes me feel really supported. I don’t feel bad asking for help. They are always willing to help me.”

Annie Jones
Camp Counselor and Preschool Assistant

Hi I'm Eli!

“Growing up with Autism I had a hard time socializing and I didn’t have many friends. The PlayGarden taught me many things: How to handle chickens,  an appreciation for the outdoors. but most importantly, it taught me how to play with children my own age. Now I am a grad student and I have plenty of friends.”

Eli
Camp Counselor

Growing Up PlayGarden

Jack at age 4 harvesting from the garden
Jack when he was four-years-old when he started coming to the PlayGarden.
Many years later, Jack now comes to Teen Camp.
Many years later, Jack now comes to Teen Camp.
Gabe years later at Teen Camp.
Gabe years later at Teen Camp.
Gabe at 4 on a pony at the PlayGarden
Gabe at 4 on a pony at the PlayGarden
Annie at 4 years old swinging in the swing.
Annie at 4 years old swinging in the swing.
Little Ronni harvests from the garden.
Little Ronni harvests from the garden.
Leiney as a four-year-old playing with her friend Annie
Leiney as a four-year-old playing with her friend Annie.
Annie as a teenager plays with a camper at Teen Camp.
Annie now works as a camp counselor.
Ronni as a Junior Counselor
Ronni as a Junior Counselor
Leiney as a camp counselor
Leiney as a camp counselor

Help us reach our fundraising goal by the end of the year!

Your gift of any size ensures that we can offer in-person and virtual inclusive programing for children and their families during these challenging times. You can also make your donation by check. Please mail checks to the PlayGarden at  1745 24th Ave S Seattle, WA 98144. As a 501 c(3) organization, all donations to the PlayGarden are tax deductible as allowable by law. Our Tax ID number #06-1652679. 

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