Call Us
(434) 529-6552
Donate Now

Look here for information on our work with local K-12 schools and universities, and other community outreach events! Bennett’s Village is engaging students and making a difference from the middle school level to graduate classes at UVa.

 

2020 Roundup

Dear Friends of Bennett’s Village, What a year 2020 has been. Full of uncertainty, new ways of living and working, and much of our routines upended. But it has also been a time of appreciation—for our families, for outdoor spaces, for new ways of connecting. As many of you may remember, we had hoped to have a big celebration…

Read More

October 2020 update

It’s an exciting time for Bennett’s Village! Bennett’s Village A Place for All to MOVE Challenge was a success! We had almost 80 participants and raised over $3,500. Cosmo the Sheepdog joined us and brought smiles to everyone at the park. We moved through our future home and took photos in front of the “big sign.” Most of all,…

Read More

BENNETT’S VILLAGE ANNOUNCES FIRST RUN/WALK/ROLL/DANCE MOVE CHALLENGE

Bennett's Village Move challenge event logo with yellow sun in the background

FUNDRAISING EVENT INVITES ALL TO SUPPORT AREA’S FIRST MULTI-GENERATIONAL, ALL-ABILITIES PLAYGROUND BY SAFELY MAKING WAY THROUGH ONE-MILE COURSE AROUND ITS FUTURE HOME AT PEN PARK OR TO PARTICIPATE VIRTUALLY Two-Week Challenge to Take Place from September 19 Through October 3 andWill Welcome Individuals as Well as Teams to Participate CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – September 14, 2020 – This Fall, Bennett’s Village…

Read More

Let’s talk about bathrooms

How often have you or someone you cared about struggled to use a bathroom due its small size, heavy door, or lack of accessible features?  Maybe it is because you were trying to use the bathroom and you had a young one in your arms (or the stroller wouldn’t fit in the stall).  Maybe you broke a foot and…

Read More

Diagnosis Day

picture of Bennett and his family about to hike at Chris Greene Lake

May 23rd.  Since 2013 I have struggled with this day on the calendar.  Diagnosis Day.  It was the day everything changed.  Every SMA family (or any other family that receives a serious medical diagnosis) remembers the moment that forever changed the trajectory of their family’s life. I spent the first half of 2013 scared.  Bennett wasn’t meeting some physical…

Read More

Paint a rock for Bennett’s birthday

Bennett loved rocks—all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. He loved polished beautiful stones from the rock store. He loved fossils. He loved sparkly gems. But he also loved the ordinary rock, found in a mud puddle. He spent many a recess asking kids and adults to pick up rocks he spied on the ground. He stopped us on the…

Read More

Calling all artists!

Drawing of Greer Elementary School

Bennett’s Village is looking for artists, young and not-so-young, to send us drawings, paintings, photographs of your favorite place to play. All of us have places we love to explore, learn, relax, and reconnect. And we may be missing them right now. So why not share your favorite place with the rest of us so that we can see…

Read More

Hallowheels comes to Charlottesville

Bennett’s Village is exciting to be partnering with Children’s Adaptive Technology Services to bring Hallowheels to Charlottesville. Hallowheels partners kids ages 4-6 who have wheelchairs with teams to design awesome Halloween costumes. Hallowheels has become CATS annual FUNdraiser, and will be expanded this year. With the help of Bennett’s Village in Charlottesville, and Attendants4You LLC in Richmond, the event will be conducted simultaneously in…

Read More

Spatial Audit of Charlottesville Parks

map showing percent of people under 18 with a disability 2012-2016 in the Charlottesville area

Last fall, students in UVA’s Urban and Environmental class PLAN 6020, Methods of Community Research and Engagement, partnered with Bennett’s Village to conduct a spatial audit of the Charlottesville parks. One of the focuses of the study was to rate the inclusivity of Charlottesville parks, particularly towards those who have limited mobility. As the report describes, ” Accessibility to…

Read More

A Call to Action

Tomorrow, February 28, 2019, marks the one year anniversary of Bennett’s death. Please read (and share!) the following call to action in his memory: Dear Friends,We’re writing this with heavy hearts, appreciation, and hope. This week is hard for us. This Thursday, February 28th will be the one-year anniversary of Bennett McClurken-Gibney’s death, a 5-year-old who lived in our…

Read More

css.php