SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the winners of the 32nd Annual Governor’s Hometown Awards. The awards are presented to recognize volunteers across the state for their work in improving their communities and recipients were honored during a ceremony at the Illinois State Library in Springfield.
The Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, along with Edwardsville Township, was selected as the 2014 Governor’s Cup award winner, recognizing the state’s top community volunteer effort. The Governor’s Cup is a traveling silver trophy presented to the group whose efforts are deemed most representative of the spirit of Illinois volunteerism.
Just over one year ago, more than 400 volunteers from the communities of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon came together to help build the Boundless Playground in Township Park.
Now, the Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon is planning a birthday party to celebrate this gift to the community, according to a press release.
The celebration will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. May 10 at Township Park, which is located at 6364 Center Grove Road, in Edwardsville. The free event is open to the public and will include face painting, balloon animals, a DJ, snacks and more.
The JSC Boundless Playground is 80 percent accessible to persons with disabilities and is the first public playground of its kind in the St. Louis area. It was a signature project of thew JSC and funds were raised three years prior to completion.
The JSC is also announcing plans to fund a new playground at Ray M. Schon Park in Glen Carbon. The club voted to fund up to $75,000 for the purchase of playground equipment.
"We are honored and blessed as a club to be able to provide yet another playground to this community," JSC President Julie Smith said in the press release. "The support to the Junior Service Club by so many individuals and businesses in the area has made a project like this possible."
The playground will be built as work on Phase II of Ray M. Schon Park gets underway.
"The Junior Service Club continues to do wonderful things for our Glen Carbon and Edwardsville communities," Glen Carbon Mayor Rob Jackstadt said in the press release. "On behalf of all village residents, I want to thank the JSC members for donating the playground equipment that will be enjoyed by so many."
Those interested in learning more about the Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon can visit edglenjuniorservice.org or go to their Facebook page at facebook.com/EdGlenJuniorService.
Original article by Suburban Journal's.
It’s not going to the typical birthday party at Township Park, but there will still be quite the celebration for the community.
The Junior Service Club’s Boundless Program turned one year old midway through April and a party is planned from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The event is open and free to the public. Face painting, balloon animals, a DJ, snacks and more will be part of the festivities. There is also a $500 check presentation from JSC to Township Park.
It was the weekend of April 19-20 that the Edwardsville and Glen Carbon communities teamed up to begin work on the Junior Service Club’s Boundless Playground. A month later, on May 19, the ribbon cutting officially opened the park.
“We kind of surprised ourselves,” Junior Service Club President Julie Smith said. “This was the first major project that we had ever undertaken in 75 years. It’s amazing that 85 women can come together and make the Boundless Playground possible. We couldn’t have made it without the community support, the individual support and the businesses. It is just kind of overwhelming to grasp that there was that much support in a community of this size.”
More than 400 volunteers helped begin construction on the playground last year.
Once finished, the playground was one of a kind. It is 80 percent accessible to persons with disabilities and is the first public playground like that in the St. Louis area.
Now, a year later, Smith and the JSC have received positive feedback about the project.
“We are getting feedback from families constantly on Facebook and our website. It’s even surprising how many families will travel just to go to that playground, specifically because it’s boundless. It has all been very positive,” Smith said.
Before and during construction, the Junior Service Club raised fund for three years.
With the success of the Boundless Park, the JSC is ready to move to its next project.
The organization recently announced it will fund a new playground at Ray M. Schon Park in Glen Carbon. It will not be boundless. The club voted to fund up to $75,000 for the purchase of playground equipment.
Smith explained the timing was right for Schon Park to add a playground.
“At the time of the Boundless Program, Schon Park wasn’t developed. There really wasn’t a design plan in place,” Smith said. “Since the completion of the Boundless Playground, Schon Park has really started to become developed. That lends itself for a perfect fit for another playground.”
While the effort for the two playgrounds has been led by the Junior Service Club, the support of both communities was needed.
“They have all been very helpful and supportive in our fundraising efforts,” Smith said.
The Junior Service Club is a philanthropic, non-profit organization comprised of women dedicated to making a difference in the community by enriching the lives of others.
For more information about the Junior Service Club, visit www.edglenjuniorservice.org or visit its Facebook page.
Original article by The Intelligencer.
Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon
Junior Service Club of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon strives to foster volunteerism by developing our member's talents and interests through a variety of fundraising and philanthropic project, while building valued relationships.