Phoenixville day care non-profit dedicates playground to longtime volunteer

PHOENIXVILLE — A non-profit providing childcare to single mothers pursuing schooling dedicated its brand-new, 800 square-foot playground to a long-time volunteer and borough resident Friday.

Member’s of Mom’s House of Greater Philadelphia, which is based in Phoenixville, and beneficiaries of its program gathered Friday evening for the naming of the playground in honor of Dorothy Claudy, who has volunteered for almost a decade, according to Dotty Frey, the program director of the non-profit.

“She spends 12 hours every week in our classrooms and has done so for nearly 10 years. She has also been an active participant in our fundraisers,” Frey said. “We have other volunteers but none of them have given this amount of time to us. Dorothy is also a licensed nurse practitioner and has provided valuable medical advice to clients and to staff, too.”

Claudy was on hand for the Sept. 6 dedication.

“She has also served as board treasurer and a board member and has contributed approximately 4,300 hours of volunteerism to the organization,” a press release put out by Frey said.

Mom’s House provides free day care for single, low-income parents continuing their education at high school, technical and vocational schools or colleges in the area. Sixteen parents now use Mom’s House to allow them to continue schooling.

In addition to being dedicated to Claudy, those interested may memorialize a person by purchasing one of the pickets in the fence surrounding the playground. All the pickets are made with 90 percent recycled lumber, the press release said.

They can be purchased through the organization’s website or through members, clients or board members.

The playground is located behind First Presbyterian Church, whose church hall was used to run the daycare from after a move last year.

“When we moved to this location, we were unable to afford the construction of an outdoor playground,” Frey said.

Volunteers constructed the playground with assistance from Hetrick Gardens and engraving on the memorial fence will be provided by Phoenixville Memorial Works.

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