goodness all around
Powerhouse and ProjectPlaydate were started in 2009 by university students at NYU, Columbia, and other local campuses with a vision of a diverse urban community taking care of itself. Newly transplanted to the city, our founders were floored by how much it had to offer, but also how much was going to waste.
We wondered if there was a way to match up the city’s resources so everyone benefitted. We approached a local daycare whose space wasn’t being used in the evenings and asked if we could host a childcare event there. We asked our friends to babysit, which they were happy to do because playing with kids for a few hours makes a great excuse to take a break from the library. We asked local restaurants to donate food, pointing out that if kids liked the food, the whole family might show up one day.
Our goal was always to only ask for contributions that people would be happy to give. And it worked. In the years since we have grown enormously, adding volunteer services of professional childcare organizations and running events all over the city at public venues and private events. But our “everyone wins” model hasn’t changed and that extends more than anything to the families who by attending our events provide the funding that allows us to help other families, struggling with homelessness, to get on their feet and fully realize their ability to be active participants in the community themselves.
New York, we’ve concluded, is a fabulous city. We continue to be impressed by its world class venues, and world-even-classier citizens. We’re honored to be part of this urban ecosystem and are committed to continue bringing its many people and resources together to help the city thrive.