Partnerships For Parks Coordinates Volunteers To Aid In Hurricane Sandy Recovery
Beginning immediately after the storm, Partnerships for Parks, working with Deputy Commissioner Blackmon, Kate Spellman and NYC Service, began to assess volunteer supplies and identify potential volunteer sites. Centrally, Partnerships staff coordinated supply needs, tallied volunteer accomplishments at multiple sites, and coordinated with borough and Arsenal staff to ensure that all sites were supported.
From Friday to Sunday, more than 3,800 volunteers turned out at 24 parks and playgrounds to support the clean-up effort. And they came ready to work! In three days, volunteers collected more than 14,000 bags of debris, filled dozens of truck beds, front end loaders and dump trucks, cut up broken tree limbs and large trees, removed debris from trees and raked up leaves and compost. By all reports, the spirit and dedication of these volunteers has been amazing, and they have really boosted the morale of parks staff who have been working around the clock for days.
Partnerships staff are continuing to identify new volunteer sites, secure supplies, and work with NYC Service and local partners to bring volunteers to help restore parks throughout. To find out about future volunteer opportunities, and to join a Parks clean up or another recovery effort near you, please go to www.nyc.gov/service.
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