2019 Project Playhouse Blitz Build

Hands, Hearts, & Hammers fill Fifth Third Field

Published Thursday, May 30, 2019

Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity with the help of 30 partnering organizations built blessings in lives of families and their children by building 31 playhouses on May 23, 2019 for a second year in a row at Fifth Third Field.

 “The Toledo Mud Hen's organization is happy to have Project Playhouse back at Fifth Third Field. It was a lot of fun last year and made a huge impact for our community. Through this partnership, our organization could help build homes for families and give children their own place to play. Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity’s staff and volunteers were great to work with and the entire experience was so rewarding. This is a great event and we look forward to building again this year!” Frank Kristie, Director of Sales, Mud Hens and Hensville.

31 volunteer teams built 31 custom playhouses designed with each child's wishes in mind. Participants built five hours before families arrived at 3:30 in the afternoon to attend a special send-off ceremony, in which families met the sponsor group who built their playhouse. Playhouses were gifted to each family.

 The Project Playhouse initiative provides an imaginary world where kids can dream inspiring their development, leadership, creativity and more. Playing house is often the first-time children begin to think about what home means to them.

"We know, when children play house they are learning what having a home means to them,” said McIntyre. “Project Playhouse plants the seed of homeownership in young children.”

 The Blitz Build began 11:00 am with a group blessing; teams will then begin building little houses block party style culminating later that afternoon in a parade of playhouses stretching the main concourse of Mud Hens stadium. 

 Proceeds from these little houses will help to build and repair big houses in Lucas County.

 Project Playhouse Blitz Build is proudly presented by Owens Corning. The Toledo-based organization will be sponsoring two playhouses as part of their partnership. The Walter E. Terhune Memorial Fund of KeyBank is the Family Fun Area sponsor. Tool shed sponsor Romanoff Electric is providing over a hundred tools to support the construction of each playhouse and volunteers will also be building a playhouse.

 Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity’s Project Playhouse builds offer a fun, dynamic, meaningful construction/team building experience for any group that wants to partner with Habitat, but cannot commit to a traditional full day home build project. These mini-builds take place year-round and can be brought to a sponsor’s location. Any group that did not get a chance to build as part of this one day event Blitz Build, can participate at any other time that works for them.