What We Offer
Through the generous funding of our donors and our hundreds of volunteers, we're able to give the children of Park Place the same access to arts and cultural activities that children in more affluent neighborhoods have.
We also provide the children with free:
Who We Are
For decades, the Park Place neighborhood in Norfolk, Virginia has been challenged by poverty. Many families who live there often have to choose between food and medicine, rent and heat.
So, imagine being a child growing up there.
In 2004, a few people with a heart for those children opened Park Place Child Life Center. Today, the center has a track record of transforming the lives of Park Place children through arts-based programming designed to advance literacy and encourage a lifetime love of learning.
Since then, more than 600 children have taken part in the center’s after-school and Saturday programs. Each year some 200 volunteers donate 2,500 hours of service to the center.
For most of these children, the difference has been profound.
"I think the staff and the spirit of the people is what brings me back. I love coming here. I love spending time with the kids. That's what makes me keep coming here all the time"
-Shantel Jones (8th grader)