Our Dream Playground
Our new step-by-step project planner offers the money and know-how to make your playground dreams come true.
Tools and Resources
Get funding, learn the nuts and bolts of building a great place to play, and improve your local playground.
Become a Community Partner
Build a great place to play for your community with the help of your neighbors, friends, KaBOOM! and our Funding Partners.
Save Play in Your Community
Get tips, ideas, and inspiration for making your community more playful.
Playful City USA
Our Playful City USA program recognizes cities and towns that embrace play as a priority.
Our collection of books will inspire you to bring more play to your family, neighborhood, and community at large.
What We Do
KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America’s children.
Who We Are
We are peppy, purple-adorned people who passionately promote the power of play!
Partner With Us
Our partners help us to create new playgrounds and to spread the word about the importance of PLAY.
MetLife Foundation has a longstanding commitment to empowering individuals and building healthy communities. Today, this tradition is evident in our business practices, the volunteer activities of MetLife associates, and our community investments, all of which make a positive difference in communities around the world and across the United States. We are proud of our history of working with nonprofit organizations, including KaBOOM!
MetLife Foundation recognizes that playgrounds are essential building blocks for healthy communities. As early as 1924, MetLife partnered with the Playground and Recreation Association of America, bringing community playgrounds to cities across the country. Today, that legacy continues with our national partnership with KaBOOM!. Together, MetLife Foundation and KaBOOM! are helping to build fun, safe places for kids of all ages to play.
Video footage from MetLife Foundation playground build in Mexico City on November 13th, 2010
Did You Know?
- MetLife Foundation has been a partner of KaBOOM! since 2008.
- MetLife Foundation has provided KaBOOM! with more than $1.7 million in support of its playground builds.
- Over the last four years, MetLife employees have contributed more than 14,000 volunteer hours to help build playgrounds across the U.S. and Mexico.
- Please visit our 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report for more information about how MetLife and MetLife Foundation are making a positive difference in communities around the world.
MetLife Foundation Builds
- Bridgeport, CT
- Mexico City, MX
- Tampa, FL
- NJ (location TBD)
Message from the CEO
“MetLife Foundation is proud to partner with KaBOOM!. Our longstanding commitment to helping people live healthier lives is a cornerstone of our work and helping build safe and fun spaces for kids to play is a great way to achieve that goal,” said Dennis White, president and CEO, MetLife Foundation. “KaBOOM! playgrounds make an impact in the community and provide an opportunity for MetLife associates to roll up their sleeves and give back to their communities.”
—Dennis White, President and CEO of MetLife Foundation
Quotes from MetLife Employees
“During Build Day one of the people I was working with was a member of the neighborhood, and I saw his eyes were a little misty. I asked him what was up, and he was just thrilled to be part of the build team and soon to be able to take his own two kids to this new play area and spend quality time with them and his wife in a clean, safe, playground. For me, that was all this was about - something great for kids.”
“This type of activity lets me know that MetLife is dedicated to helping people, whether through the products we sell or through community service. I'm really proud to work for such a company!”
About MetLife Foundation
MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to continue MetLife's longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. The Foundation's commitment to building a secure future for individuals and communities worldwide is reflected in its dedication to empowering older adults, preparing young people and building livable communities. Since it was established, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $530 million in grants and $70 million in program-related investments to nonprofit organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. For more information visit www.metlife.org.