Woodbridge Community Playground
PO Box 3634
New Haven CT 06515
Contact Information
Address PO Box 3634
New Haven, CT 06515-
Telephone (203) 6056005 x
Fax 203-3893550
E-mail wcplayground@gmail.com
Mission
Our mission is to create a safe and accessible all-inclusive outdoor playground that fosters imaginative play and developmental learning where all children can play side-by-side in an environment of acceptance and understanding of differences.  
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2012
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Charity Type I Supporting Organization
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Colleen Inclima
Board Chair Colleen Inclima
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission Our mission is to create a safe and accessible all-inclusive outdoor playground that fosters imaginative play and developmental learning where all children can play side-by-side in an environment of acceptance and understanding of differences.  
Background

 The Woodbridge Community Playground Committee was originally formed in 2008 by Colleen Inclima and Teri Schatz of Woodbridge, CT,  upon learning of the families with disabilities in Woodbridge who were not able to use the town's "Tot-Lot" playground. The "Tot-Lot" playground is only designed for children ages 2-5 and cannot accommodate any children with mobility or sensory disabilities.  

 Colleen and Teri went to the town's Recreation Department to find out how to update that playground to provide accessible structures that were safe for children utilizing special equipment such as crutches or wheelchairs, and that would enable children ages 2-12 with and without disabilities to play alongside one another. Like other parents, they felt that all children should have the opportunity to play and explore together, no matter their abilities.
The Recreation Department agreed with Colleen and Teri, however had no money in their budget that would allow upgrades to the current "Tot Lot", and directed them to the Town's Board of Selectment to apply for a STEAP grant from the state. The women then went before the Board of Selectmen on August 6, 2009 and their request to build a new all-inclusive playground was approved, pending approval from the Commission on the Use of Publicly Owned Property ("CUPOP"). Per the advice of the Recreation Department, Colleen and Teri researched 3 parcels of land where a new playground could be built and determined that the best location was the Alegi Property on the Woodbridge Athletic Fields because it was already zoned for recreation, was currently being maintained by the public works department, and had ample space for a new playground with handicap ramps. The CUPOP approved of the playground after the November 17, 2009 meeting. On December 10, 2009, the Board of Selectment voted unanimously to authorize the construction of the "ADA compliant community playground" on the Town owned property located at 52 Center Road with the understanding that the town would not be able to use any town funds towards the playground and the Woodbridge Community Playground Committee would need to raise all of the funds for the playground. However, upon completion of the playground, the Town will own the improvements and will be responsible for all maintenance and repairs of the playground. 

 

Impact
The Woodbridge Community Playground plans on enlisting the support of the Woodbridge Garden Club, the local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scout troops of Woodbridge, and Amity High School's program for Community Service to help with the playground's gardens and related horticultural projects.
In building a barrier-free playground within the Town of Woodbridge in order to enhance recreational opportunities for all members of the public, Woodbridge Community Playground, Inc. will provide the “service” of giving individuals with and without special needs (including those with physical, developmental, cognitive, and sensory disabilities) the opportunity to make use of playground equipment. 
Needs

*****UPDATE 1/12/2015******

Thanks to a $200,000 state bond issued to the town of Woodbridge, the Woodbridge Community Playground is moving ahead with its plan to build an all-accessible playground “Pease Place” at the Woodbridge Athletic Fields on Pease Road. In addition to the grant, the Woodbridge Community Playground Committee raised over $65,800 in fundraising efforts through sponsorships, a brick campaign and general donations. This enabled the town to purchase the equipment for Pease Place, complete the site work and install drainage, as well as provide safety features such as safety netting by the lacrosse field and fencing on the south side of the playground.
The volunteers have raised 90% of their fundraising goal and are in the process of raising the last 20% for the picnic pavilion, playground signage and walkway to the playground.
  
 
Woodbridge Community Playground, Inc. intends to plan and build a universally accessible playground within Woodbridge, CT in order to enhance recreational opportunities for all members of the public.  The playground will provide individuals with special needs (including those with physical, developmental, cognitive, and sensory disabilities) the opportunity to make use of playground equipment.  In order to accomplish this goal, the Corporation will need to raise funds totaling $315,000 for equipment, landscaping, construction costs, and operational expenses in conjunction with the planning and building of the playground.
 
The Corporation intends to raise these funds for the purchase of playground equipment and construction of the playground through a combination of fundraising activities.  These activities will include grant-writing (seeking grants from both governmental and private foundation sources), solicitation of neighborhood corporations and individuals, and fundraising events.
 
Solicitation of neighborhood corporations and individuals will be through a combination of mail, email, telephone and personal means.  
CEO Statement
Colleen Inclima, co-founder of Woodbridge Community Playground Committee explains, “An all-inclusive and accessible playground is an asset to the community, and to the health and well-being of all children. This playground will accommodate children ages 2-12. All children should have the opportunity to play and explore together, no matter their abilities.”  
Board Chair Statement
Woodbridge Community Playground Committee co-founder Teri Schatz describes the benefits of having an up-to-date playground with age zones in town are numerous.  “Despite the obvious increased value to our properties, the playground will provide a cost-effective recreation area for families with children as well as a safe environment for children to play when they are attending their sibling's soccer/baseball games.”
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Areas Served
Ansonia
Bethany
Cheshire
Hamden
Milford
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
West Haven
Woodbridge
Derby
East Haven
New Haven
North Haven
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge, CT 06525 
Programs
Description The Woodbridge Community Playground will work with the Garden Club of Woodbridge to allow the Garden Club to create and maintain the gardens and shrubs of the Playground. Committee members will use the Playground's gardens for demonstrations of gardening techniques to anyone who would like to attend their demonstrations and learn more about gardening in New England.
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
CEO/Executive Director
Colleen Inclima
Term Start June 2008
Email cinclima@optonline.net
Experience
Cub Scout Den Leader & Committee Member - Pack 902; Girl Scout Leader - Troop 60865; Garden Club Of Woodbridge, 2nd Vice President & Jr. Program Director; Homemaker; BS Industrial Management, Carnegie Mellon University, 1990; BS Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, 1990
Co-CEO
Teri Schatz
Term Start June 2008
Email teri_schatz@yahoo.com
Experience Teri is a resident of Woodbridge and mother of three. With over fifteen years of experience in Human Resource management, Teri provide Human Resources solutions to help her clients achieve their strategic business objectives. Teri also serves on the Board of Directors for Congregation B'nai Jacob as the Chair of Gan Hayeled Early Childhood Center.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 6
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Comments
CEO Comments All individuals are volunteers. 
Board Chair
Colleen Inclima
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term June 2008 to June 2016
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Rich Pavano Community Volunteer
Teri Schatz Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 10
Board Term Limits 10
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Co-Chair
Teri Schatz
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term June 2008 to June 2016
Email teri_schatz@yahoo.com
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
Form 990-EZ2014
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS letter
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Brick Campaign Order Form2013View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,536----
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses25.80----
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$39,600----
Current Assets$39,600----
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$39,600----
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ------
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign PurposeHelpCapital Campaigns are defined as a fundraising efforts over-and-above an organization's annual operating budget. Campaigns might include the purchase of land or a building, major renovations, and major equipment purchases. Endowment campaigns may also be included if the funds are legally restricted. The Pave the Way Brick Campaign is a fundraising campaign that includes 3 different types of commemorative bricks which will be installed at Pease Place. Bricks can be purchased by families, individuals, businesses, groups, religious organizations, etc. To date, we have sold over 180 bricks!
Goal $10,000.00
Dates Oct 2013 to May 2014
Amount Raised To Date 20580 as of Dec 2014
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments We are thrilled to announce that the Woodbridge Community Playground received a $200,000 bond from the State! This has enabled us to purchase all of our playground equipment.
Foundation Staff Comments
The Woodbridge Community Playground was just recently incorporated.

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by The Community Foundation.  Financial information is input by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation requires three years of financial information from the nonprofit organization; however, this requirement may not be available for some organizations due to their more recent incorporation or formation. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address PO Box 3634
New Haven, CT 06515
Primary Phone 203 6056005
Contact Email wcplayground@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Colleen Inclima
Board Chair Colleen Inclima
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer

 

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