BCBSND Caring Foundation Grant Supports Local Playground Project

New playground in Michigan, North Dakota

MICHIGAN, N.D. – Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation awarded Nelson County Health System a grant to help support the City of Michigan in creating a compliant playground for the children. The new ADA compliant playground set features a baby swing, slides, climbing wall, big double swing that multiple kids can use at a time and much more; bringing a much needed facelift and upgrade.

Executive Director of Nelson County Health Services Foundation, Kenzie Engen states, “The previous playground equipment was 40 years old, was in rough shape and structurally unsafe for children. We are excited for the new playground equipment and all the fun it will offer various youth age groups from 8 months and up.”

Sarah Anderson, Michigan Park Board Member exclaims, “We are so grateful for the support from the community and BCBSND Caring Foundation. The fundraising efforts and this grant have been key in making this playground possible. In the coming years, we hope to continue to keep adding things to the playground.”

BCBSND Caring Foundation Manager, Amber Blomberg states, “Playgrounds are essential for communities as they provide children with a safe place to be themselves, learn through play, enjoy the outdoors and develop physical and social benefits. They also attract young families to the community. Kids are our future. We were proud to be a part of this playground project to ensure kids in rural communities get the opportunity to seek adventure, promote their imagination and make memories they’ll cherish forever.”

About the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation
Established in 1989, the BCBSND Caring Foundation (www.BCBSND.com/Caring-Foundation) is a private 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Through giving and investing, the Caring Foundation focuses on key health issues that help improve the health and well-being of North Dakotans and their communities. Caring Foundation staff work with grantees to support nonprofit sustainability, collaborate on shared outcomes and create lasting change.