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Vare Recreation Center, located at 2600 Morris St. in South Philadelphia. The recreation center contains roughly 3.6 acres, a pool, a sports field, two ball fields, and two basketball courts. Kids who attend Vare Recreation Center on a regular basis range from elementary to high school, with as many as two hundred spending time at the Vare Recreation Center per day.
As part of Helping Hands Philadelphia’s mission to bring financial relief to established community and educational institutions, HHP approached Vare Recreation Center with the purpose of providing such assistance. On March 26, 2015, in partnership with Dranoff Properties, HHP was able to donate a number of gently-used bicycles, sports equipment, and electronic entertainment to the recreation center.
As one of its primary goals is to operate as an after-school program for many kids throughout South Philadelphia, providing usuable sports equipment and other means of entertainment is essential to keeping kids engaged.