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Here are some of the top reasons we love working for KaBOOM!.
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Not everyone has what it takes to be a Boomer. Our extensive, selective hiring process helps ensure that all Boomers have a “can do, will do” spirit and are always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. While Boomers are an incredibly diverse bunch, we all share a commitment to service, a passion for children and communities, and we believe that play matters for all kids!
Each month, Boomers are designated as Culture Captains and are charged with planning a fun team- building activity that everyone can participate in. Past events have included finger painting, cardboard box recess, pumpkin decorating contests, scavenger hunts, and costume contests. Each month, Boomers also get a chance to take a break from their busy schedules and enjoy lunch together. The kitchen, also known as the Recess Ka-FE! is turned into an elementary-school cafeteria feast! And of course, we don’t skimp on the PB&J—because there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich to reawaken your inner child. In addition to playing together and eating together, we also celebrate birthdays together! Each month Boomers get together to enjoy some cake, ice cream and good company in celebration of Boomer birthdays.
Each year all KaBOOM! staff get together for a multi-day retreat, where we do a lot of learning, a lot of planning, and a lot of playing! We hear inspiring stories from the communities we’ve worked with during the past year, learn from leading play experts, and see talented Boomers present and perform. Play Academy team-bonding activities often include Family Night, recess, and karaoke!
We not only take the time to appreciate and recognize other Boomers for a job well done—we do it playfully! When Boomers start at KaBOOM!, they get a sand pail and a shovel notepad. The notepad is to write notes of appreciation for coworkers (called “giving sand”) and the pail is to collect notes from others. Our deliberate sandbox practice ensures that 100% of Boomers are given credit where credit is due.
Forget the drab grays and browns that define most office spaces. Our offices are painted in our signature colors—purple and orange—and the walls themselves are enough to brighten even the gloomiest of days. We adorn our workspaces with colorful name tags that we draw ourselves on chalkboards, and we hold meetings in conference rooms with names like “Sandbox,” “Re(a)d Rover,” “Treehouse,” and “The Neighborhood.” The first thing to greet Boomers in our D.C. headquarters is a tire swing and caricatures of our Boomers who have dedicated their time and talent. In our offices, you can find: Imagination Playground blocks, Rigamajig, a foosball table, a ping pong table, kazoos, and an abundance of arts and crafts materials. We all know children need to play, but that doesn’t mean that adults can’t play, too!
At KaBOOM! we believe a diverse and inclusive environment is an integral part of our culture and is key in ensuring that the organizational capacity and resources are in place to achieve our mission. In valuing the unique experiences and perspectives of our employees, supporting partners, and other stakeholders, KaBOOM! is committed to building and maintaining a more diverse and inclusive organization. We are deliberate in developing and sustaining a culture that embraces all areas of diversity including, but not limited to, people of any: age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, citizenship, political ideology, ethnicity, marital and/or parental status, veteran status, and disability.
At KaBOOM! we get results. Whether we’re calling clients, answering web queries or wielding a sledge hammer, all of us know that we are part of a collective effort with a measurable, positive impact on society. With over 2,300 playground builds under our belt, a vibrant and growing online community, and support from a long list of celebrities and sponsors, we can come to work each day knowing that we’re doing our part to strengthen communities and restore play in the lives of our nation’s children.