UHY Volunteers And Their Families Turned Detroit School Parking Lot Into Playground

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On Saturday, September 27, UHY LLP and UHY Cares Michigan teamed up with Playworks, a 501(c)(3) organization that believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. Over 30 volunteers including UHY employees, their families and friends spent the day at Academy of the Americas School, a Detroit Public School to help create a safe and welcoming place for every child on the playground.

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Saturday, September 27, UHY LLP and UHY Cares Michigan teamed up with Playworks, a 501(c)(3) organization that believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. Playworks creates a safe and welcoming place for every kid on the playground and teaches them how to take positive recreational experiences back to the classroom and their communities.

Over 30 volunteers including UHY employees, their families and friends spent the day at Academy of the Americas School, a Detroit Public School, helping draw and paint the playground with games and graphics. The kids were taught to play in a safe environment and learned how to resolve disagreements by using tactics like rock, paper, scissors.    

The day turned out to be beautiful as did the playground.

“It is very obvious to me that UHY truly cares about the community”, said Jeannine Grant, executive officer of Playworks. “To have over 30 volunteers come downtown on a beautiful Saturday and take on our largest project to date was amazing. We look forward to partnering with them again in the future and truly want to thank them for their outstanding work.”

Everyone who participated made comments on what an amazing event it was and how great it was to take part in such an experience with their families. Many brought their children along. Debra Ritter, Director of Human Resources, shared with us a quote from her seven-year-old son that summed it up perfectly, “Mom, it sure does make my heart feel good to help others!”

UHY LLP, a certified public accounting firm, operates its charitable giving activities through UHY Cares, an independent nonprofit 501c3 organization. Cares, which was incorporated over five years ago, was an idea inspired by employees and is volunteer based. Through UHY Cares, employees are able to give back to the community, including helping individuals going through personal emergencies or hardships. UHY Cares Michigan has provided assistance to over 150 local charities and families and continues to grow this list every year.

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About Playworks
Playworks is the only nonprofit organization in the country providing trained, full-time coaches focused on recess to hundreds of low-income schools in major urban areas. They also provide training and technical assistance to schools, districts and youth organizations that want to ensure that every kid plays - safely, inclusively and with joy.

At Playworks, they create a place for every kid on the playground and a place where every kid belongs, has fun, and is part of the game. On Playworks playgrounds, kids feel safe, included, and a part of the action. Games are safe and organized. Any kid is welcome and able to play in any game. Ultimately, their unique brand of play fosters greater independence and leadership among children.

The Detroit Lions announced Living for the City, a new philanthropic initiative, with Playworks Detroit as one of only five formal partners. Playworks will serve as the official Detroit Lions Play 60 partner, promoting physical activity and safe, meaningful play at Detroit area schools and throughout the community.

About UHY LLP
UHY LLP, a licensed CPA firm, provides audit and other attest services to public and private companies. UHY Advisors provides tax and consulting services to a variety of sectors. UHY Advisors FLVS provides forensic, valuation, intellectual property, electronic discovery and international arbitration services to law firms and their clients. Many of these services grew from client business needs and their requests for assistance in a variety of areas of expertise.

UHY LLP, operating in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, forms one of the largest professional services firms in the US. While that scale might provide confidence for some clients, others tell us our greatest value is the way we bring these resources to bear to help address today’s evolving business challenges. It’s a philosophy we call “The Next Level of Service”. To learn more visit http://www.uhy-us.com.

All of the above entities are members of UHY International, a global network of independent professional services firms that provide audit, tax and consulting services around the world. UHY International member firms comprise one of the top international accounting networks in the world. As a member firm, we provide our clients with resources in business centers strategically located around the globe. We are an active member in this organization with significant participation that brings the power of an international network to bear for our clients.

UHY LLP is a licensed independent CPA firm that performs attest services in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities. UHY Advisors, Inc. provides tax and business consulting services through wholly owned subsidiary entities that operate under the name of “UHY Advisors.” UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities are not licensed CPA firms. UHY LLP and UHY Advisors, Inc. are U.S. members of Urbach Hacker Young International Limited, a UK company, and form part of the international UHY network of legally independent accounting and consulting firms. “UHY” is the brand name for the UHY international network. Any services described herein are provided by UHY LLP and/or UHY Advisors (as the case may be) and not by UHY or any other member firm of UHY. Neither UHY nor any member of UHY has any liability for services provided by other members.

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Jessica Dalessandro
jdalessandro(at)uhy-us(dot)com
586 843 2507

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