Building hope

More than a dozen volunteers spent all day turning a parking lot into a playground for homeless children.

Our Baltimore and Washington, D.C. colleagues joined more than 200 other volunteers from local organizations and the community to build and install the playground equipment; assemble benches, picnic tables, and planters; mix and pour several pallets of concrete; and load and haul tons of mulch. We went from a dirt lot to a massive, completed play structure in a single day. Erin Drenning, a member of the Hogan Lovells team and a mother of two preschoolers, said it was one of the coolest playgrounds she's ever seen.

The playground was built on the site of Sarah’s Hope Mount Street in Baltimore. Sarah’s Hope recently expanded to provide shelter and support to more than 150 families each year. The playground will be open to children who live at the shelter, as well as those in the surrounding neighborhoods.

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