2015 Playhouse Volunteer Spotlight: Jeff Boggs

For the past two months, a group of volunteers have sawed, hammered, sanded, painted and primed the playhouse of every child’s dreams: a 60-square-foot mini home complete with a red tin roof, wood floors, windows, electricity and optional air conditioning. The playhouse will soon become one child’s reality once the playhouse is raffled off at the 2015 downtown Franklin Pumpkinfest as part of the Williamson County CASA (WCCASA) Third Annual Twice Daily Playhouse Raffle, which helps raise awareness for the nonprofit and secure funds to further advocate for abused or neglected children in the court system.

The majority of volunteers who’ve constructed the playhouse are part of the Franklin Firefighters Charities, a local group of fire men and women in Franklin, Tenn., who came together in 2008 to help put on the Williamson County Boys & Girls Club’s annual toy drive after learning the organization was short on volunteers and supplies.

“The toy drive was such a success that first year that we made the group official, and we’ve continued to work with the Boys & Girls Club each year since,” says Jeff Boggs, a Franklin firefighter of 11 and a half years and member of Franklin Firefighters Charities. “Through that event, we got connected with WCCASA.

“When they approached us this year about helping build the playhouse, we thought it was a great idea, and it’s been a lot of fun to work on.”

Franklin Firefighters Charities have had some help from Southern Quality Electric to wire the home for electricity and Ford Roofing to install a new roof.

And for Jeff and several other volunteers, the project has been a family affair.

“My daughter’s been coming in and helping paint the house and put together the finishing touches,” he says. “She’s enjoyed it and it’s great that she wants to help out.”

Jeff has seen firsthand the time and work that has gone into building this playhouse from start to finish, and says it is truly a one-of-a-kind project.

“I’ve been so impressed by the craftsmanship and the attention to detail that’s gone into the playhouse,” he says. “The volunteers who’ve donated their time to help build it really care about the project and they want to do a top-notch job. There are so many things that went into framing and putting it together that you can’t see looking at the house that are so impressive.

“It’s been a great thing for the Franklin Firefighters Charities to get involved with and everything came together great. There are so many wins with this.”

The playhouse will be on display on WCCASA’s front lawn on Columbia Avenue for most of September and October and will be moved to Pumpkinfest October 24 on 3rd Ave S. in the Church of the City’s children’s area where it will be raffled off.

Raffle tickets are on sale now for $20 a ticket, and can be purchased online here, through the WCCASA offices at 615-591-2699 x 2, by emailing Danielle McMorran at danielle@williamsoncountycasa.org, or on location at the 2015 Pumpkinfest in downtown Franklin.

NewsKat Caire