KENOSHA, Wis., 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer, the new Wisconsin one-stop shopping supercenter, announced a $10,000 donation to the Dream Playground, the first fully accessible playground in Kenosha. The Kenosha Achievement Center, Inc (KAC) and the city of Kenosha, two of the driving forces behind the Dream Playground, will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at Penske Park, 2900 14th Ave.
“Our support for the Dream Playground is a continuation of an early partnership Meijer formed with the Kenosha Achievement Center in 2013 to recruit, screen and hire persons with disabilities at the Meijer Pleasant Prairie Distribution Center,” Meijer Milwaukee Market Director Chris Hoffmann said. “The community’s passion for the Dream Playground is inspiring and Meijer is excited to play a role in helping to make this vision a reality for Wisconsin children and families to enjoy.”
The KAC provides early childhood and adult services to people with disabilities. Local volunteers approached the KAC in 2012 to help raise $1 million to fund the Dream Playground Project and the city donated land to build the 15,000-square-foot playground. The structure’s safety surfacing is wheelchair-accessible and includes ramping so that children and adults can engage with elevated components. The playground incorporates elements for individuals with visual, hearing, developmental, emotional and social impairments. The Dream Playground also includes a permanent Meijer storefront for kids and families to enjoy year-round.
“We appreciate the work Meijer is doing to make a difference in the quality of life for persons with disabilities,” said Chris Weyker, chief executive officer for the KAC. “Their commitment to working with partners such as the Kenosha Achievement Center is truly admirable and serves as a model for meaningful community engagement.”
As an equal opportunity employer, Meijer fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace. The retailer is committed to treating all applicants for employment and team members equally, and providing applicants and team members with reasonable accommodations for their disabilities or religion.
Meijer is a family-owned and privately-held company committed to meeting the needs of families in the communities of each of its 222 stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Please follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at http://www.facebook.com/Meijer.
About the Kenosha Achievement Center:
The Kenosha Achievement Center, Inc. (KAC) is a Community Service Organization committed to creating opportunities for the personal growth and success of persons with special needs. The KAC does this by removing barriers and changing perceptions. To learn more about the KAC and the Dream Playground Project visit http://thekac.com.
Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968 or Chris Weyker, 262-658-9650, firstname.lastname@example.org