How Community-Focused Municipal Bond Investments Can Drive Social Impact


by Emily E. Robare, head of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) research on the municipal credit research team at Gurtin Municipal Bond Management 

Morgan Stanley Expands Partnership With KaBOOM! Through a New Grant, Creating Additional Innovative Play Spaces for Children in 21 Cities

Partnership with Over 800 Empoloyee Volunteers Continues to Provide Thousands of Children with Safe Play Spaces, Strengthening Their Healthy Start to Life
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NEW YORK, April 30, 2019 /3BL Media/– Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) today announced a new grant to KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive. The two-year Morgan Stanley Foundation grant is a continuation of Morgan Stanley’s long-standing partnership with KaBOOM!, which has already led to the creation of 20 playgrounds, serving more than 9,500 kids around the country.

JetBlue For Good Month Kicks-Off By Restoring Play for More Than 2,200 Children

#PlayMatters: JetBlue customers, crewmembers and local communities bring play back to underserved areas in Boston, Los Angeles and New York

Over the past 12 years, JetBlue and KaBOOM! have partnered to build 27 playgrounds, providing safe play spaces for more than 60,000 children and their families

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Over the past 12 years, JetBlue and KaBOOM! have partnered to build 27 playgrounds, providing safe play spaces for more than 60,000 children and their families

Major League Baseball Players to Make Playground Dreams Come True in Opa-Locka, FL

In honor of upcoming 2017 All Star Game in Miami, the Players Trust and KaBOOM! team up to build new playground at Room2Bloom daycare center in Opa-Locka

Tucked away neatly in an Opa-Locka, FL neighborhood sits Room2Bloom, a daycare center unlike most others. 

Spread out across an area that takes up nearly an entire city block, Room2Bloom resembles a mini college campus, with a main administration building and several separate classroom buildings.  All of the rooms are bright, colorful and full of energy (with the exception of nap time, of course!).

JetBlue and KaBOOM! Places to Play for 50,000 Kids in Need

Caring Stories, from JetBlue's 2016 Environmental and Responsibility Report
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Having fun is crucial to personal and social well-being. Since 2006, passionate crewmember volunteers have partnered with KaBOOM! to help children get the active play they need to thrive, particularly those who are growing up in poverty.

#NationalParkWeek: Cox Conserves Heroes Creating and Preserving Parks

Volunteers protecting our parks for future generations

For many people, their happiest childhood memories were experienced at a community park or local playground. Parks and outdoor recreation play a significant role in early childhood development as well as the overall well-being of our eco-system. However, park care and maintenance is an ongoing effort that relies heavily on the involvement of community stewards.

JetBlue Partners with KaBOOM! and the City of Bellflower to Reintroduce Play to More Than 1,200 Children and Families in Southern California

Nearly 200 customers and crewmembers joined the city of Bellflower to build a new play space at Simms Park
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August 13, 2015 /3BL Media/ - JetBlue recently helped to breathe new life into a local play space in Bellflower, CA. Now that the paint has dried and the mulch has been placed, the airline welcomes Southern California residents to enjoy this updated playground located at Simms Park. On July 16, more than 200 of the airline’s customers and crewmembers joined Bellflower residents to restore the preexisting, decaying playground.

JetBlue with KaBOOM!, the Irie Foundation and the City of Miami Beach Build 21st Playground

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On March 19, in partnership with KaBOOM!, the Irie Foundation and the City of Miami Beach, JetBlue built its 21st playground! With more than 200 volunteers, it’s safe to say we worked hard – and played even harder.

KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Powered by Disney Parks Brings Playtime to Families Across the United States

Multi-city tour underscores value of quality family time in child’s success
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WASHINGTON, D.C./BURBANK, CA., July 31, 2014 /3BL Media/ - From coast to coast and points in between, the KaBOOM! Play Together Tour powered by Disney Parks will travel to six cities across America for fun-filled family play events that encourage meaningful connections between children and the influential adults in their lives.

JetBlue Builds Playgrounds in Areas Impacted By Hurricane Sandy

-- New York's Hometown Airline ™ continues its longstanding partnership with KaBOOM! to create new playgrounds and safe play spaces for children --
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NEW YORK, May 14, 2013 / 3BL Media /PRNewswire/ -- JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU), New York's Hometown Airline™, today announced a commitment to build three playgrounds in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  Dozens of cities in New York and New Jersey are still struggling to rebuild. With essential infrastructure such as hospitals, schools and roads being the primary focus, playgrounds and play spaces take a lower priority. Following natural disasters, play becomes even more critical as it creates a sense of normalcy and provides an emotional outlet for kids.

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