Destination Exploration: Delta Air Lines Outdoor Exploration Area Takes Off With the Help of Delta Volunteers

At the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, we recognize the value of our volunteers — they bring talents and skills that improve our community in so many ways. In fact, the Y was an organization made up exclusively of volunteers for many years after our founding. Today, we continue that legacy of volunteerism through opportunities like serving on advisory boards, packing weekend bags of food for low-income families, tutoring children at risk of falling behind at school, and mentoring teens as they prepare for college or career. We also work with our corporate partners to offer volunteer events to their employees — events that foster teamwork and comradery while giving back to their community.

As a committed partner to and supporter of the work the Y does across metro Atlanta, Delta’s most recent support included the HERE FOR GOOD comprehensive capital campaign. It’s through this campaign that we built the new YMCA Leadership & Learning Center in Vine City — a state-of-the-art early learning center, training center, and support center for the YMCA of Metro Atlanta association. On Saturday, June 29, we welcomed 15 volunteers from Delta Air Lines to put the finishing touches on the Delta Air Lines Outdoor Exploration Area of the Leadership & Learning Center.

In place of a traditional playground, the Delta Air Lines Outdoor Exploration Area is a unique interactive environment that incorporates tunnels, mounds, water play areas, music, an outdoor play kitchen, and more, giving children the opportunity for immersive play in nature. The original Jordan Hall, preserved as a pavilion, provides a covered space for STEAM activities for early learners as well as community gathering opportunities and outdoor learning activities for older children, teens, and adults.

Volunteers spent the day planting vines that will cover the vine tunnel, painting activity boards for children to express their creativity, and building a tepee that fosters imaginative play, among other projects that will make the outdoor space fun and engaging for 90 children at the beginning of the school year. The day wrapped up with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, celebrating the volunteers and their work to bring innovative early learning to an area of our community that needs it most.

By Laura Kahn 
Development Manager, Grants and Capital Campaigns