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Committee to help build playground at Home of the Innocents

Tuesday June 8, 2004

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin
Patrick H. Neely

Instead of meeting about community needs at 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Human Services

Committee is going to be rolling up its sleeves and doing something about it. Committee members will help the Home of the Innocents in its initiative to build a new playground.

“We want to do everything we can to support groups such as the Home of the Innocents, which provides important services to families in this community,” said Denise Bentley, D-1, who chairs the committee. “There is such tremendous need in our community, and we hope everyone will take a few hours to help out – whether it is helping build this playground or volunteering at a shelter or other nonprofit agency.”

The new playground will have wide walkways, special lifts on the slides, swings that will hold wheelchairs in place and 700 square yards of rubberized surface to allow wheelchairs to move around easily.

“Volunteers will make this dream a reality for the children who live here,” said Julie Raque Adams, R-18, who is vice chairwoman of the committee. “It is the cooperation of government and volunteers that make our community a success. This is another example of that important partnership.”

The other members of the Human Services Committee are James Peden, R-23; Ellen Call, R-26; Barbara Shanklin, D-2; George Unseld, D-6; and Bob Henderson, D-14.

Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, also will be volunteering earlier in the day, and Councilman Glen Stuckel, R-17, will volunteer from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The Home of the Innocents is located at 1100 E. Market St.

  • Julie Raque Adams (R) 18
  • Denise Bentley (D) 1
  • Ellen Call (R) 26
  • Robert Henderson (D) 14
  • James Peden (R) 23
  • Barbara Shanklin (D) 2
  • Glen Stuckel (R) 17
  • George Unseld (D) 6
  • Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9