The Independent Order of Odd Fellows stands for caring for their community through love and friendship. One way they do this is by caring for children that are in need of homes and families. On Saturday, July 8, we were grateful to celebrate their generosity and faithfulness to their mission through the dedication of our new Zimmer Home playground, which was funded through the Odd Fellows Legacy Project.
The Odd Fellows Lodge #207 has been supporting the children at Coyote Hill for several years in order to help end the cycles of abuse and neglect. By donating the new playground, they are helping children at Coyote Hill receive physical and emotional healing. Research has shown that playing outdoors has something more to offer than just physical benefits. Although children play only to have fun, they’re also learning: communication skills and vocabulary; number relationships, and social customs. (Pica, Rae, Early Childhood News) Many life lessons can be learned on a playground!
Creating a “Safe Place to Be a Child” is Coyote Hill’s number one priority. Partnership with the Odd Fellows Legacy Project plays a part in making this possible, and will impact generations to come.