Share Our Dream for All to Play Julie’s Jungle is a not-for-profit organization located in the southern-most tip of Dutchess County in the Town of East Fishkill, N.Y., population 29,000 and growing. We are building a playground for all children, no matter their abilities, ages, or interests. The nearest adaptive playground is in the northern-most tip of the county, approximately 50 miles from East Fishkill. Statistics from the most recent census reveal that there are more than 2,500 disabled children in Dutchess County. There is a definite need for a place where all children can play and interact with friends and family.
Thank you to all of our contributors for your continued support as we are nearing our goal. With sincere thanks to Dutchess County for awarding Julie's Jungle the Dutchess County Community Development Block Grant totaling
$ 200,000! The grant is part of the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and it is wonderful that they too recognize the importance of our work. Together, with all of you, we are making a difference. Let's make this happen and help us reach the last $100,000 of fundraising we need to finish this playground. Thank you!
Janet McHugh Founder/President
Share a Dream for ALL to Play! I'm helping to raise money to build an ADAPTIVE PLAYGROUND for kids of ALL abilities.
My name is Lucas Jeanneret, and I am a junior in high school. In the summer, I went to the fund-raising launch of Julie's Jungle in East Fishkill, NY, a project to build an adaptive playground for kids of all abilities to play together. At the ceremony, my brother Paul could be heard swinging in the background with all his might, as the old, rusted metal swings went "errr--ahr, errr--ahrr, errr-ahr," drowning out the speeches by Eric Trump and others.
The fact is, Paul always makes us smile. But, because of his Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder, we had a difficult time staying at playgrounds when I was young. You see, Paul didn't walk until after he was 2, but then he wasn't very steady. Also, he was what my mom called a "wanderer." My mom tells me she would drive an hour away to find a playground that was fenced in so that she could let me play, take care of my baby sister Sofia, and not worry that Paul would be running away into traffic. Still, the surfaces were hard for him to walk on and there wasn't much climbing that he could do to use the equipment.
Julie's Jungle is the vision of Janet McHugh and a young girl in town, Natalie Keating, whose sister, Julie, used a wheelchair and could not play at all. This playground is dedicated to Julie's memory.