June 2020 update

small Bennett's Village logo, children playing

Dear Friends of Bennett’s Village,

Bennett’s Birthday fundraiser

Thank you, thank you! Thanks to all of you, we raised $5,311.72 from the Bennett’s Birthday fundraiser. What an amazing success! Although his birthday can be a difficult reminder of how much we miss him, you all turned it into a celebration of Bennett’s dream of having a place in Charlottesville where he and his family and his friends could celebrate. Bennett loved to play, and he would have loved the park you are helping to build! 

The board of Bennett’s Village is growing

We are delighted that Lisa Torres has joined the Bennett’s Village Board. Lisa has been a member of the Charlottesville community since 1999 and is a parent of a CHS 2020 graduate. She is a physical therapist and has worked with all age ranges, but predominantly adults in the home health setting. She has also been a member of the Charlottesville City Schools Special Education Advisory Committee for the last 10 years and is a Charlottesville City Schools board member. Lisa says, “I am so excited about Bennett’s Village and feel it vital that our community has a multigenerational all-abilities playground and space. I am excited to offer my voice and energy to this project and community.” We are so excited to have Lisa’s energy and expertise on the board.

Bennett’s Village needs you!

Although we might not be able to meet together in large groups right now, there is still much that each of us can do to make Bennett’s Village a reality. For more information, you can email us at bennettsvillage@gmail.com or fill out our volunteer form:

  • Have you come across a great article or heard about another all-abilities playground that we might want to check out? Please feel free to send the articles and ideas along.
  • We are looking for a few folks to get creative and help us run some virtual fundraisers. If you’re interested in planning one of our summer or fall events, please let us know.
  • Do you like to take pictures? When we can get back together in person, we’d love to have a few volunteer photographers to document our events.
  • Spread the word! We want everyone in our community to know about Bennett’s dream. Have you liked us on Facebook? Do you follow us on Instagram? Have you talked to your neighbors or kids about Bennett’s Village? There are lots of ways to share Bennett’s story. 

One of the rocks painted in honor of Bennett’s birthday last month. This one sits on the front step to help tell all visitors the story of Bennett and his dream of a playground where all can play.