• Rotary Year: 2017-2018
  • Application Date: 5/31/2017
  • Club Name: Johnson City, TN Morning
  • Project Name: Family Promise Playground
  • Project Total Expenditures: $8,000.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $4,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: Family Promise is an organization that supports homeless families in Johnson City, TN and surrounding areas. The agency recently purchased and moved to a new building located at 215 W. Watauga Ave. This site has no outdoor play space. Before moving to this new location the Operations Director expressed the importance of having space outdoors to play. The organization supports multiple families at a time with children ranging in age from infant to teenager. The families spend nights at host churches and days either enrolled in school or at the agency center receiving services, including childcare, case management and job search assistance. The building contains a computer lab, toys and other resources. One of the things missing is an outdoor play ground. The children in this program are going through a difficult time and a normal childhood is what they truly want. The goal of this playground is to bring a little more normalcy into their lives. The project will include repaving and padding the uneven part of the parking lot, putting up a chain link fence to ensure safety, and building a custom play structure to best utilize the space. The play structure will include a platform, tube slide, tire swing, baby swing and climbing wall. Benches will be provided for family members as well as a sail for shade. This project will promote family playtime, exercise, imagination and appreciation for the outdoors.
  • This is the Club’s: Primary Project Application
  • Expected Start Date: 7/1/2017
  • Expected End Date: 9/30/2017
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 600
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: A major part of every childhood is playtime, especially outdoors. Outdoor play encourages exercise, discovery, creativity and proper physical development. Not only does outdoor play have individual benefits, but it also nurtures a sense of community among children. Right now the only outdoor space that Family Promise has available is a sidewalk and parking lot. Stability is hard to come by when a family is homeless. A playground allows outdoor play to be a constant for all the children who come through the Family Promise program. These children are part of family systems who are experiencing the extreme stress of homelessness. Johnson City has always made community service a priority, and one of the greatest services of all is giving children the opportunity to grow up with imagination through outdoor play, despite the vulnerable economic circumstances they find themselves in. A playground allows for this as well as a chance to relax, bond with family and socialize with other children. A playground is necessary to the support of Family Promise clients.
  • Estimated Total Project Volunteer Hours: 200
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Members of the JC Morning Rotary club will be involved from the beginning to the end of this project: initial planning; inspecting and evaluating the site; developing drawings; determining construction methods, identifying the building materials; preparing a budget; assisting with obtaining the materials; supervising construction; building the play structure; developing and executing a publicity plan; and hosting a "grand opening" celebration.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: Publicity will include: public service announcements; articles in local newspapers; social media mentions; the installation of a permanent club plaque on site; and a "grand opening" dedication and celebration.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Family Promise of Johnson City
    Girl Scouts
    St. John’s Episcopal Church Youth Group
  • Letter(s) of Participation: JCM Family Promise Particpation Letter.jpeg, JCM Girl Scout Participation Letter.jpeg, JCM St. Johns Letter of Support.docx
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadProject Expenditure Budget

    Asphalt (remove uneven areas & replace, 575 sq. ft.) 3,500.00
    Chain-link Fence (6 foot) 1,500.00
    Playground surface tiles 1,500.00
    Play structure lumber 500.00
    Sail for shade 50.00
    Benches 120.00
    Ladder hardware 100.00
    Rockwall pieces (Backyard City or Amazon) 75.00
    Tire swing kit (Backyard City) 170.00
    Turbo slide (Home Depot) 350.00
    Infant to toddler swing (Amazon) 50.00
    Misc hardware 85.00


  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadProject Income Budget

    JC Morning Rotary Budget 4,000.00
    Rotary District Grant 4,000.00

    TOTAL INCOME 8,000.00
  • Primary Contact Name: Mina McVeigh
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: President Nominee
  • Primary Contact Email: mina.jarrell.mcveigh@gmail.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 423-360-2521
  • Financial Contact Name: Larry Grogan
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Co-Treasurer
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    PO Box 3886
    Johnson City, TN 37602
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  • Financial Contact Email: larry.grogan@groganwealth.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 423-926-6862
  • District Grant Project Authorization LetterJCM Rotary Prjoect Auth. Letter 2017.pdf
  • Project Supporting Uploads:JCM drawing.jpg
  • Grant Number: 1718-20
  • Grant Award: $4,000.00