Call to Action

Dear friends of Bennett’s Village,  

We need your help! There are budget amendments in both the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate that would provide funding for Bennett’s Village. We need your help to make sure that the Bennett’s Village amendments are included in both the House and Senate budgets. In order to do that, members of the Health and Human Resources Committees in both the Senate and the House need to hear from us and know that you support this funding. (See below the sample script for contact information.) We need you to call, email, or visit in person between now and January 27th. If you don’t have time to contact all on this list, be sure to at least contact the chairs and your own legislators. If you are a constituent of the individual you are contacting, be sure to make that clear in your message.  

You may email or call and cut and paste from the following script or personalize it to your situation–How will Bennett’s Village help you, your family and friends?    

Dear [Delegate/Senator _____],

My name is [_______] and I am writing in support of the [House Budget Amendment 313 #4h /Senate Budget Amendment 311 #15s] to provide funding for Bennett’s Village. Inspired by a little boy who wanted to play independently with his friends, Bennett’s Village is building a multi-generational, all-abilities play space in Pen Park in Charlottesville, Virginia. This is a one-of-a-kind, innovative regional play space where people of all abilities and ages can play, explore, and learn together.  

[Optional personal message here:  Having a space for all to play will help me/my family/my friends/my community by ….]

Bennett’s Village has worked with community members and experts to design a space that will remove barriers that prevent Virginians from safely and completely accessing public spaces – including: safe, enclosed spaces; equipment and surfacing for those who use strollers, walkers, mobility aids, cochlear implants, or canes, seating opportunities for a variety of body types, shading for those who have trouble regulating temperature, and creating spaces that create different sensory opportunities to explore in outdoor spaces. Bennett’s Village is mindfully being designed for people of ALL ages and all abilities and is changing the way our community views inclusion. 

Please support [House Amendment 313 #4h or Senate Amendment 311 #15s] because everyone deserves a place to play.

Contact info:

Who’s My Legislator –

Virginia Senate Health and Human Resources subcommittee

Please refer to Senate Amendment 311 #15s  when reaching out to these legislators

Janet D. Howell, Co-Chair 

Represents: Fairfax County (Part), Arlington County (Part)


Phone: (804) 698-7532 

Emmett W. Hanger, Jr., Co-Chair

Represents: Rockingham County (Part), Augusta County (All), Greene County (All), Staunton City (All), Waynesboro City (All), Madison County (All), Culpeper County (Part)]


Phone: (804) 698-7524 

Jill H. Vogel

Represents: Clarke County (All), Frederick County (All), Winchester City (All), Fauquier County (All), Culpeper County (Part), Loudoun County (Part), Stafford County (Part)]


Phone: (804) 698-7527

George L. Barker

Represents: Fairfax County (Part), Prince William County (Part), Alexandria City (Part)


Phone: (804) 698-7539 

R. Creigh Deeds

Represents: Albemarle County (Part), Alleghany County (All), Bath County (All), Buena Vista City (All), Charlottesville City (All), Covington City (All), Nelson County (All), Highland County (All), Rockbridge County (All), Lexington City (All)


Phone: (804) 698-7525

Adam P. Ebbin

Represents: Alexandria City (Part), Arlington County (Part), Fairfax County (Part)


Phone: (804) 698-7530 

Jennifer L. McClellan

Represents: Charles City County (All), Henrico County (Part), Richmond City (Part), Hanover County (Part)


Phone: (804) 698-7509

Virginia House of Delegates Health and Human Resources Subcommittee:

Please refer to House Budget Amendment 313 #4h when contacting these legislators

Matthew Fariss, Chair 

Represents: Counties of Albemarle (part), Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell (part), and Nelson (part)


Phone: (804) 698-1059

Emily Brewer

Represents: Counties of Isle of Wight, Prince George (part), and Surry; City of Suffolk (part) Email:

Phone: (804) 698-1064

Keith Hodges

Represents: Counties of Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William (part), Mathews, and Middlesex  


Phone: (804) 698-1098

Carrie Coyner

Represents: Counties of Chesterfield (part) and Prince George (part); City of Hopewell Email: 

Phone: (804) 698-1062

William Wampler III

Represents: Counties of Dickenson, Russell (part), Washington (part), and Wise (part) Email:

Phone: (804) 698-1004

Mark Sickles

Represents: County of Fairfax (part)


Phone: (804) 698-1043

Betsy Carr

Represents: City of Richmond (part)


Phone: (804) 698-1069

Sam Rasoul 

Represents: City of Roanoke (part)


Phone: (804) 698-1011

Barry Knight

Represents: Chesapeake (part), Virginia Beach (part)


  Phone: (804) 698-1081