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Building a Stronger Community

For 130 years, our Attic Angels have shown that many hearts and hands can make a big impact. During our 130th birthday year in 2019, we invited the community to join us in raising money to build a playground that will serve homeless children and others enrolled at The Playing Field early learning center in Madison. Nearly $75,000 was raised, and the special playground begins making a difference in 2020.

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and the children it will serve

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What's an Attic Angel?

Attic Angel Association got its name in 1889 from clearing an attic of goods no longer needed by one family but very useful to another. This group of women remains very resourceful in using similar methods (for the annual Attic Sale, Classic Clothing Sale and Holidays Galore & More Sale) to raise funds that will serve identified community needs. Madison’s Attic Angels were instrumental in raising money to build the city’s first hospital and bringing to life other notable places and services that helped develop the Madison we know today.

For more about their impressive history, click here.


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Children affected by trauma such as homelessness and those with special needs such as autism spectrum disorders have different sensory needs for emotional support that helps them learn to manage behaviors. Our dream is to create a play space that allows children to be successful while ... being kids! Some of our plans:

  • A large open space for running (crowded spaces are often a behavior trigger for children)
  • High fencing and an appropriate climbing structure (children impacted by trauma or those on the autism spectrum often take bigger risks and climb higher)
  • Sensory panels that welcome independent play when children are agitated
  • A maze for children to walk through (this helps the brain to organize)
  • Small structures where children can feel safe
  • Specially designed pieces to work large muscle groups

By helping children at this critical point in their development, your gift will be helping the future of our community!

 Visit The Playing Field Website