Photo by Laura Robertson
“A successful man has to start somewhere.”
By Laura Robertson
Each month we highlight a community program that aligns with the values of SoulVision Magazine. We believe engaging with one’s community is critical to fostering positive change in the world.
Boys Home of Virginia is a nonprofit organization in Covington, Virginia, that serves young men ages 6-17 who need a second chance at success. Tucked away off Route 60, the 1,400-acre property has offered a welcoming home to young men in need since 1906. Families and guardians trust Boys Home to educate their children in a safe environment, made possible by a supportive and enthusiastic staff. The on-campus school offers K-12 education with a focus on trades as a viable option after departure from Boys Home.
Boys Home of Virginia’s playground has been in place since 1958. Boys Home of Virginia is currently raising funds for a new playground that will feature two swings, a stand-up merry-go-round, and a strength training set that will accommodate twenty boys at a time. Photos courtesy of Boys Home of Virginia (b&w/present photo).
Outside of the classroom, students are encouraged to enjoy as much outdoor play as possible. For children who have been traumatized, providing a place where they can play can also heal wounds and give them a sense of well-being and safety. The present playground has been in place since 1958, consisting of a swing set and a climbing apparatus. Playground equipment and installation is an expensive adventure, but one that Boys Home feels strongly about for the boys. A playground offers not only opportunities for physical exercise but is also a place where friendships can be deepened.
Photo by Laura Robertson
The updated playground will feature two swings, a stand-up merry-go-round, and a strength training set that will accommodate twenty boys at a time. The strength training set comes with a curriculum and can be used in physical education classes. The new pieces will then be bordered and made safe by proper surfacing. Ultimately, Boys Home wants students to recognize the importance of being a child. Boys Home desires for fellow students, staff and all visitors to see a new playground filled with laughter, joy, and hope for a brighter future.
To make an online donation, please click here and select ‘Playground Project’ for the type of donation. For a donation via a check, send a check to Boys Home of Virginia, 414 Boys Home Road, Covington, VA 24426. Be sure to write “Playground” on the memo line. To learn more about Boys Home of Virginia, visit our website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.