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Apr-27-2009

Hands On New York Day, New Yorkers Help Out

 

Hands On New York Day Begins

Hands On New York Day Begins

Saturday April 25th was Hands on New York Day for New York Cares. Thousands of volunteers worked on revitalizing parks and schools throughout New York City.

I was privileged to be a site captain for a project of 70 volunteers representing three teams, American Express led by Allan Sih, EquiLend led by Lisette Martin and Barclays Capital led by Sean Gordon.  We were assigned to the Hudson River Park Trust’s stretch of newly opened park which runs along the Hudson River waterfront from Watts Street to Debrosses Street. We pruned, raked, weeded and bundled from 9:30am until 2pm. The HRPT staff told me that we used over 300 bags for the debris we collected and saved them perhaps two weeks worth of work.

The Hudson River Trust’s most capable and professional Director of Horticulture, Lee White, was our “real” leader for the day. Lee and his staff worked long and hard helping us complete our tasks. They were caring, appreciative and very knowledgeable about all things pertaining to this gem of a park.

Though the HRPT and New York Cares Volunteers were not responsible for the glorious weather and fantastic setting, they were responsible for, in the true sense of citizenship and volunteerism, bringing together people with the purpose of improving the lives of our fellow New Yorkers. New York can be very proud.

 

Registration with the perfect setting

Registration with the perfect setting

 

Work begins

Work begins

 

Raking and Bundling

Raking and Bundling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a Back Drop!

What a Back Drop!

 

300 Bags, Job Well Done

300 Bags, Job Well Done

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Apr-20-2009

Time to Step Up and Volunteer

 

Start by being part of National Volunteer Week 2009: April 16 -25. Checkout http://www.nyc.gov/volunteer and http://www.volunternyc.org. You can also receive a monthly newsletter from the NYC Government listing all available volunteer opportunities.

I volunteer on a regular basis with NY Cares. This week they are offering special orientations to be part of New York Hands on Day, which takes place on April 25th.  Thousands of volunteers will participate throughout the city to revitalize parks and schools.

To find out when and where these orientations will take place go to http://www.nycares.org/volunteer/national_volunteer_week/ and sign up.

I am the New York Cares site captain for Hands On New York Day at the Hudson River Park Trust. On April 25 I will join about 75 other volunteers prune, rake and bundle a section of the park on the Hudson River, running from Watts Street until about Vestry Street. Join me and sign up through New York Cares.

The Hudson River waterfront is still in the works, with new sections of the park opening every year! When completed, the waterfront park will run a five-mile course from the Battery to the West 50′s. The Hudson River Park Trust is a unique city-state partnership created in 1998 under New York State legislation. The Trust designs, builds and operates the entire area, including boathouses, soccer fields, basketball courts, 13 rebuilt piers and so much more!

And don’t forget to bring good music and a camera. I just downloaded the new Leonard Cohen Live in London and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz for the occasion.

 

Hudson River Park at Watts Street

Hudson River Park at Watts Street

 

 

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Mar-19-2009

Volunteering is good for the soul

Painting Fences at PS 282 in Park Slope, Brooklyn

 Every fall New York Magazine  runs an article about volunteer opportunities. You would be amazed at how many organizations put an age limit on volunteers. Our own city government is the worse example. New York City publishes volunteer opportunities monthly, most do not allow for anybody over 54. New York Magazine listed New York Cares, you know it as the coat drive people, but actually it provides over 5 thousand hands on opportunities monthly. They also love having 50+. I have looked at the listing every year but for some reason I finally acted on my impulse to do something different and helpful. It is easy to participate, seamless and you feel so exhilarated when you have finished. I have tutored computer, delivered meals to homebound elderly, painted paper Mache giraffes in Harlem and beautified playgrounds on the upper Westside.

Hands on opportunities are really good for the soul. It feels great to give back.

 

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