Revive SJ Johnson Reeves Playground

KaBoom! has awarded Revive South Jersey a grant for $15,000 to install this structure at the Johnson Reeves playground (East Ave and Wood St. Bridgeton, NJ).
Local businesses and organizations are coming together to provide the remaining $9,000 needed.
We need your help the weekend of May 29 and 30, 2015 to install this playground and help with general site work.
We also need community members who will be willing to be part of the long-term care of the park.
Interested? Please call 856-391-9110 for more information.



Revive SJ Winter 2015 Update

Bridgeton Villas:

Revive is very thankful for the service of Melissa Manske in heading up the ministry at the Bridgeton Villas. She has done a fabulous job working together with the various churches to provide the Sunday afternoon activities for the children. We are looking forward to another summer of programming and relationship development with the children and their families. It is our prayer that we will be able to have a month-long summer program this year. We are looking for an intern from one of our local churches to help us this summer to coordinate things and be an on-site help to the churches each week. We are also looking at the possibility of starting a small soccer league for the children there. We would be looking for churches to sponsor a team by providing for the cost of T-shirts and then helping to provide coaches as well. We would love to engage parents through this as well! Please let us know if you are interested!

Johnson Reeves:

Things continue to progress with this project. In January, we received the great news that a national organization, KaBoom!, awarded RSJ with a grant for $15,000 for playground equipment. We are currently working to raise the $9,000 in local support needed to trigger that grant and are about half-way to that goal. We plan to have a community build to install the playground equipment on May 29 and 30 and are looking for volunteers to help this weekend with the effort. We will need laborers to help with construction and others to help with activities that will be done with the children from the community and their families. We are also working to finish the community building located on-site and will hopefully be finishing that around the same time as the equipment install. We are working to find local churches who will be willing to come provide a similar ministry to what we already are doing at the Bridgeton Villas at this location once construction is complete.

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Grant to Restore Johnson Reeves Playground








Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded Revive South Jersey a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to revitalize the Johnson Reeves playground located at the corner of East Avenue and Wood Street in Bridgeton.

The grant is part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple to get kids and families active nationwide. According to the press release, unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually.

“We are excited for the possibilities that this grant will bring to the neighborhood and the families who live near the playground,” said Jonathan Cummings, executive director of Revive South Jersey.  “This grant is going to help make the dream of revitalizing this park a reality and provide a great place for families to gather and children to play.  We couldn’t be more grateful to the KaBOOM! and Dr Pepper Snapple team for choosing to invest here.”

Through this grant, the Johnson Reeves playground, which has sat unused and underutilized for years, will be given an overhaul with brand new playground equipment that will allow the park to once again be a great place for community.

Created in 2011, Let’s Play provides the tools, places and inspiration to make play a daily priority. The initiative began with a three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get the joyful childhood filled with play they need to thrive.

To learn more about Let’s Play visit them at

This article is from SNJ Today.

Iconic Bridgeton playground gets $15,000 revival grant

Johnson Reeves playground update.

This article is by Jack Hummel of the South Jersey Times.

16917124-largeBRIDGETON — At one time, all the kids in Bridgeton lived at the Johnson Reeves playground at the corner of East Avenue and Wood Street.

Sometimes, you went home for lunch.

But you came right back.
It had the tallest sliding board in the state.

But then bullying became fashionable, the neighborhood changed, the clubhouse was graffitied and it was considered too dangerous to keep open.

Then came Jonathan Cummings and a program called ReviveSJ that has been cutting an inspirational swath through Bridgeton.

Revive South Jersey has worked together closely with Mayor Albert Kelly and the City of Bridgeton on various projects in the community: Facilitating a summer program at the Bridgeton Villas in partnership with eight area churches and year-long programs for children there and the Johnson Reeves playground renovation project which began about one and a half years ago.

In addition to these, RSJ works in collaboration with Pathstone Corporation, Family Strengthening Network, Mexican-American Association of South Jersey and the Pascale Sykes Foundation to serve families through Unidos para la Familia, a program designed to partner with families to achieve their goals in all aspects of life.

Area businesses joined ReviveSJ to bring back Johnson Reeves, fixing up the clubhouse.

And now comes a $15,000 grant from Dr. Pepper/Snapple (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM!

Read the whole article here.

Johnson Reeves project

Pics from the latest Johnson Reeves project – Bethany Grace Community Service Day
New siding was applied to the Club House.

Back to School Event sponsored by Unidos para la Familia

A note from Jonathan Cummings:

Thank you all for your continued interest in volunteering with Revive South Jersey and the time you have already invested in the lives of individuals in Bridgeton.  I wanted to let you know that we will be hosting a Back to School event for families to help promote the ESL and GED classes and to try to gain awareness for Unidos para la Familia (United for the Family).  We would love to have you at the event, which happens this coming Thursday, August 28. and if you are able to come and are interested in volunteering there, we do have some things we could use help with.  I am attaching a flyer for the event with some more information.
Please contact Jonathan if you are interested in helping with this event.

Jonathan Cummings
Executive Director
Revive South Jersey
“Working Together to Change Lives”

Phone: 856-391-9110


Upcoming Volunteer Training

We are pleased to announce that Revive South Jersey will expand the class offerings at the Community Center, located at 136 E. Commerce St, Bridgeton through a collaboration titled, “Unidos para la Familia – United for the Family.”

Revive South Jersey will be holding volunteer training on Tuesday August 19 from 6pm-8pm. We strongly encourage you to attend the volunteer training, as we will cover many of the changes to come this fall with our expanded services.

We appreciate all you’ve already done to support the local Bridgeton community, and we invite you to return this fall as we seek to better serve those around us. Attending the training is not a commitment to volunteer, so if you’re not sure or if you’d like to bring someone along, you are more than welcome to join us to hear more details.

Thanks again for your interest. Hope to see you on August 19, 2014!
Elena Sauceda-Peeples.

Summer 2014 Update

Bridgeton Villas:

Since RSJ was given the apartment by the site management, churches have enjoyed the ongoing time they have been able to spend with the kids. We are looking forward to seeing how we can continue the relationships built this summer through the Sunday programs that will start up again in August. The summer program this year is running from July 7 through August 1 and will be supported by eight different churches. An addition to our spring/summer events at the Villas this year is a community garden that is being run by individuals from New Hope, Bethany Grace and Carll’s Corner Community Fellowship churches. The kids have had a blast coming out to help and it has been great for relationships. We are looking forward to offering some additional programs this fall if we can get enough volunteers to staff the apartment. We hope to offer some tutoring and classes to meet other basic needs. Please let us know if you are interested!

See more Summer updates here:

Work at Johnson Reeves Playground

Johnson Reeves:

Revive South Jersey has been working together with the City of Bridgeton to renovate the Johnson Reeves playground (located on East Avenue and Wood Streets). In early June, the Lowes Home Improvement Store of Millville and R and S Construction tore off and rebuilt the roof of a community building located at the playground. The hope is that this building will be completed and a new playground installed. Once this is ready, we will be able to bring in churches and non-profit organizations to run programs for the families and children in the community and have a base of operations through the community building there.

On June 6, 2014  a group of volunteers helped replace the roof of the club house at the Johnson Reeves Playground.