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KaBOOM! National Partner JetBlue is looking for your help to decide where they should build one of their next KaBOOM! playgrounds! The Vote Where We Play Sweepstakes offers Facebook fans the ability to help pick the next city for a playground as well as a chance to win a weekend getaway to any JetBlue travel destination.

JetBlue is celebrating our partnership with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to saving play, that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Together, JetBlue and KaBOOM! have moved 16 tractor trailers full of mulch and brought together 2,830 volunteers to build 11 playgrounds, which serve 5,680 children every year.

In 2012 we look forward to building five more KaBOOM! playgrounds in JetBlue cities! We are jetting off to build playgrounds Long Beach, CA in February, San Juan, PR in March, Boston, MA in June and New York, NY in September; and we want YOU to vote on the lucky city that will receive our 15th playground!

You can learn more about the sweepstakes and vote here!

UPDATE: The voting period has ended, and we would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to residents of the San Francisco Bay Area! You'll be getting a new playground in August 2012!


George Mohacsi is the President and CEO of Foresters, a life insurance provider committed to the well-being of families. Foresters and KaBOOM! began their partnership in 2006 when the organizations built four playgrounds across the U.S.

Since then, the partnership has grown tremendously - Foresters has committed more than $7 million to KaBOOM!, with nearly 100 playgrounds being built across the U.S. and Canada by 2013. Foresters has also become a KaBOOM! National Partner and a founding member of the KaBOOM! Leadership Circlea group of organizations providing long-term guidance and support to KaBOOM!.

Mohacsi and KaBOOM! Founder and CEO Darell Hammond sat down to talk about Foresters commitment to KaBOOM! and why Foresters believes in creating opportunities for families to spend quality time together. Below is a snippet from the interview. The full version can be read here.

Darell: George, I’d like to start by letting you know that everyone at KaBOOM! is so pleased with our partnership, to say nothing of the many children and families our playgrounds will eventually serve. I’m curious to know what first motivated you and your team to support KaBOOM.

George: Thanks Darell—we are excited as well. Foresters is all about families. Everything we do – from our valuable member benefits, to our support for charitable partners like KaBOOM!, right down to the financial security provided by our insurance products – ties directly to our purpose of enhancing the well-being of families and communities.

An important element of well-being is family time. So, it’s important for us to create opportunities for families to spend time together, to play and to be active – which is exactly what we’re doing in our partnership with KaBOOM! Plus, we invite our members – Foresters customers – out to volunteer at the builds, allowing them to enjoy family time while making a difference.

 

Darell: I’ve been struck by the commitment of Foresters volunteers and their spirit and enthusiasm at playground buildsit’s absolutely contagious. As you know, KaBOOM! has worked hard  to continually innovate our community-build process. I enjoyed mixing cement with you at our build in Toronto and would love to hear about your impressions on building a playground with us.

 

George: I have loved attending builds! The build site just comes alive with everyone shoveling mulch, building benches and putting together the playground. And with our fun, family activities, it’s great that kids can get involved too. This allows families to spend the day together.

I must also say that I am continuously amazed by how KaBOOM! is able to coordinate bringing hundreds of volunteers together to work in unison to build an amazing place to play in less than eight hours. It truly provides such as sense of accomplishment for me, as well for our volunteers.