The Pilot Club of Monroe recently had a ribbon cutting for the second handicap swing that it installed at a Monroe city park, with the help of the Walton EMC Roundup program. The first one was installed at Hammond Park, which already has a special needs focus with the Special Needs softball team that it hosts, and the second swing was installed at the Pilot Park.
Several members of the Pilot Club were on hand for the official reveal of the second swing at the Pilot Park. Founded in Monroe in 1954, the Pilot Club is a volunteer organization that is a member of Pilot International that has been around since 1921. The mission is to influence positive change in communities worldwide by coming together in friendship and giving people an outlet for service.
In Monroe, the Pilot Club volunteers at the Monroe’s Farmers Market, partners with Uniting Hope 4 Children – a faith-based non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and encourages foster families. The mission with foster families includes donating car safety seats to safely transport foster children, providing frozen meals for foster families, and volunteering at various events. Other projects the Pilot Club is involved with include support of Faith in Serving Humanity, the Empty Stocking Fund, partnering in education with Monroe Elementary School and supporting the LEAP program at Walker Park Elementary and sponsoring the Anchor Club at Monroe Area High School.
The handicap swings were a fitting project for the club since the signature program of Pilot International is Brainminders, a program designed to help prevent brain injuries in children with a recent expansion to include older children as well as youth and seniors. The swings that have been installed at the two Monroe parks accommodate wheelchairs. Hammond Park is at 705 Hammond Drive and the Pilot Park is at the corner of East Church Street High School Avenue in Monroe.