Since the pandemic of 2020, we were advised to get outdoors more, but we have done very little more for our great outdoors, in terms of a safer and more beneficial environment.
Since April of 2020, FANS 4 HELP (my new nonprofit, for Health, Environment, Learning and Play), has been designing, building and teaching about raised bed gardens and safety barriers, to anyone interested in our regional area. I have written (3) LSA grant requests, (2) Remake Learning Grant requests, (1) Pittsburgh Foundation Grant requests and a proposal at the request of my hometown council for an American Rescue Act Plan grant.
However, none of my grant writing efforts were successfully approved, due to little interest or help from people in charge of chambers of commerce, political parties, larger nonprofits, local schools or councils. Some of these questionable stewards of our children's futures, seem to be more interested in "pay for play" or their own personal and collective interests, with our taxpayer funds.
This I know to be true, from my extensive experience as a PA Child Care Health and Safety Inspector, US Certified Playground Safety Inspector, PA Playground Safety Trainer, Playground Safety Expert Witness, PA Recreation Therapist and PA Child Care Specialist.
Unfortunately, "it is not what you know, it's what you can prove." Rest assured though, for I will not rest until we all have a safer, healthier, equitable, just and fair environment for more fun, learning and play and especially for our children's future.
This day will come. Please join FANS 4 HELP (for free) at www.fansofplay.com Just go to - Sign-Up & Join FANS 4 HELP.
Thank you, Dennis Smiddle - Founder and Executive Director of FANS 4 HELP