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Record Number of Volunteers Turned Out for Annual Earth Day Clean-Up

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Syracuse, NY - A record 328 volunteers turned out to give Downtown Syracuse and University Hill a spring cleaning this Earth Day weekend. Keeping with Earth Day tradition, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. hosted a community clean-up Saturday morning to make sure the gateways to the center of the city are attractive, accessible and ready to welcome visitors now that the weather has broken.

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Starting at 8:30 am, throughout the morning, Downtown Committee staff met volunteers at four different locations spread across Downtown Syracuse. Upon meeting at their designated locations, volunteers also received breakfast treats, an extra incentive for getting up early, and energy drinks donated by Monster.

Meanwhile, another group of volunteers from the University United Methodist Church helped give our friends on University Hill a "spring cleaning." They worked east of Downtown Syracuse, in the Fayette Street area, from University Avenue to Almond Streets. They were so successful, they collected 15 bags of trash, even under I-81 and neighbors say they really made a difference in the neighbhorhood.

The Downtown Committee and the University Hill Corporation provided gloves, trash bags, t-shirts and lunch vouchers to all volunteers. 

“Our Earth Day Clean-Up is traditionally one of our biggest volunteer events, but we are blown away by the enthusiasm surrounding the event this year,” Said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. “We appreciate the time and dedication of our faithful volunteers, their families and children. It’s incredible to experience the pride they feel for their Downtown community, and see how that positive energy transforms the streetscape.”

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Volunteers who wished to stay for lunch were treated to lunch provided by the Downtown Committee through partnerships with J. Ryan’s  Pub, located at 253 East Water Street (map), and Varsity Pizza, located at 802 South Crouse Avenue (map) in the University Hill neighborhood.

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