GiveNOLA Wrap-Up + Summer @ PlayBuild

We’re excited to announce that we closed out this year’s GiveNOLA just above our goal with combined donations and pledge amounts totaling $25,356. Thanks for everyone for bearing with us through the process.

To all who donated, you have made a massive and immediate contribution, and we’re now moving forward full-steam ahead with our plans for the summer.

We’ve got a mix of activities from Free Play Sessions for younger PlayBuilders in June to our enrollment-based 2-Week Design Discovery Program in July. We’re also thrilled to be teaming up with FirstLine Schools and YEP, two ongoing partners of PlayBuild as a program partner to enable us to reach a wider audience of kids.

Here’s the scoop!

First Up: WE’RE HIRING Funding and support that you provided through your GiveNOLA contributions has enabled us to recruit instructors for our summer activities.

Our Camp Instructor job description will be posted shortly. You can also email to request a copy of the description.

June @ Thalia Street

Breakfast Building Series- FREE: Join us at Thalia Street for morning drop-in camp sessions from 8:30 – noon. Parents are invited to bring PlayBuilders aged 4-8 for morning building sessions at Thalia Street.

Dates: June 7th – July 1st

July @ Thalia Street

Design Discovery NOLA- $$; Limited enrollment of 15 students; with some scholarship slots available: Design Discovery NOLA is PlayBuild’s stand-alone camp. Hosted at our space on 2828 Thalia the two-week program will immerse PlayBuilders Multiple cultural influences contribute to the unique design history of New Orleans. Beyond architecture we will look at the City’s evolution and the multiple colorful strands that contribute to New Orleans rich tapestry.

Dates: July 18th– 29th
Morning sessions: 8 am – noon
Afternoon sessions: 1 pm – 5 pm

We are currently inviting pre-registrations from interested families and parents from our mailing list. Registration for Design Discovery NOLA will officially open on June 1st.

camp photoSummer Camp Program Partnerships

Summer Camp X: Designing the Future | New Orleans 2030 We’re thrilled to partner with FirstLine to bring Designing The Future: New Orleans 2030. Timed to coincide with the process of the City of New Orleans’ Master Plan revision, Summer Camp X students will get a window into the live process of City Planning. With a one-week crash course in City Planning followed by a three-week Design Sprint students will learn planning basics and then develop a set of recommendations to be integrated into the public participation process and presented to the CPC.

Dates: June 7th – June 29th

Youth Empowerment Project: We are excited to partner with Youth Empowerment Project to provide open play sessions and activities to their summer campers. Sessions will take place on OC Haley and at PlayBuild’s 2828 Thalia Street location and will feature PlayBuild activities and lessons built around the Imagination Playground and the Rig-a-ma-Jig.

Dates: June 7th – July 8th


GiveNOLA 2016 Update

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for sticking with us through the roller coaster ride that we’ve been on over the past 72 hours!

What happened?

This year, the GiveNOLA website started experiencing technical difficulties around 9 am Tuesday.  All in all, our GiveNOLA donation page was down for 10+ hours.

Thank you for an INCREDIBLE show of support!

In the past 24 hours with confirmation emails and pledges coming in from friends and family, we are now thrilled to report that

we are just over the $20,000 mark with gifts from 70 individuals!!!!

Please note that we are still processing information manually, and the final GiveNOLA transaction report is still not accessible.   If you made a donation, but have not received an email confirmation from PlayBuild please reach out immediately at

Help us cross the finish line!

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Our goal for this year’s GiveNOLA was $25,000.  Miraculously and thanks to all of you, it is now within reach!

With only $5,000 to go, we are keeping the flame alive until the end of today.  Point your browser at before 5 pm and your contribution will still count towards our GiveNOLA total.

Donor List

Thank you to the following donors who have confirmed their gifts since our last count on Wednesday:

Michelle & Mike Fries
Jack Harris
Carline Watson
Jamie Harris
Eileen Cannon
Gillian Gutenberg
Jennifer Barnes
David McPherson
Chanel Fischette
Tricia Nelson
Susan Champion
Leslie Davol
Katherine McKitterick
Lauren Liao
Caroline Wong
Lauren Bierbaum
Priscell Prillman
Kaatherine Stebbins McCaffrey
Douglas Thomas
Jackie DeHuff
Robert DeHuff
Karla Melendez
Veronica Chambers
Jolene Bastas
Jason Marsalis
Debroah Glupczynski
Shauna Sampson
Amy Hill
Sunah Park
Sherri McConnell
Kristen Sullivan
Matt Ouimets
Kevin Dehuff
Dennis Aeling