12/3/2011 12:45 AM
Have you ever pushed a stranger on a swing? Probably not, but Swings Tampa Bay believes it will build better communities! Co-founders Reuben Pressman and Hunter Payne, along with their team of volunteers, have hung 91 hand-made, hand-painted swings on trees, random structures, inside buildings, and off of bridges.
They've noticed the incredible power a simple swing has had on their community, with people being immediately drawn to the familiar symbol of carefree childhood. Strangers began sharing stories while pushing each other high up into the air. (Watch the video below!)
The organization hosts "Let's Paint Swings" events to involve people of all ages, sparking creativity throughout the community. They've been awarded several local grants and have even been contacted by other cities who want to help support the effort and start their own swing thing.
After all, "a community focused on pushing past personal comfort zones in favor of meeting new people is a community with a strong future in deep relationships, connections, and engagement," according to Swings' Vision Statement.
They are always looking for more volunteers and other non-profits to partner with and help promote this community-building cause. Since swings don't make money, Swings always welcomes donations as well. Visit Swings Tampa Bay to learn how you can help, and watch this video right now!
Posted by Michelle
12/3/2011 12:45 AM |