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April Showers Bring May Flowers . . . But Not Without Help from Volunteers!

Written by Lexie Kwiek  • April 17, 2017

Lexie2_for webEditor’s Note: Lexie is a proud AmeriCorps VISTA alum with a master’s degree in Communications & New Media Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University. She currently works as the Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator for the Syracuse Northeast Community Center and NEHDA. We’ve asked her to write guest posts for us, taking a deeper look into the Northside, its businesses, organizations, and residents. All of her posts can be found under the “Syracuse Northeast Community Center” and the NEHDA categories.


On Saturday, April 22 the Syracuse Northeast Community Center (SNCC) will be hosting a Community Garden Day to prep for another successful growing season. From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, volunteers will help with spreading wood chips, clearing garden beds, transporting fresh soil, and more. Green thumbs are not required!




Located at 716 Hawley Avenue, the SNCC community garden supplies fresh produce to Northside neighbors; whether it is through a home-cooked lunch in our Senior Program, or as fresh veggies distributed through our Basic Needs Pantry. The garden is also the perfect tool to bring community members together. Age, ability, and background don’t matter in the garden – there are jobs for all of our neighbors.

You can register as an individual or as a group for the Community Garden Day by sending me an email at: lkwiek@snccsyr.org.

If getting dirty isn’t your ideal weekend activity, there are still ways that you can support SNCC’s programming. On Friday, April 21, consider doing some spring cleaning of your kitchen cabinets and donating nonperishable food items to SNCC’s pantry. The Basic Needs Pantry distributes over 60,000 meals annually to nearby residents, and is in constant need of canned goods to fill the shelves. SNCC will be collecting nonperishable items on April 21 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and will also have a collection bin on-site during the Community Garden Day on April 22.




Does reading the date April 22 trigger something in your memory? There are multiple Earth Day Cleanups happening throughout the city on that day. In a true collaborative effort, each of the NEHDA organized Clean Up sites will also have a collection bin to support the Basic Needs Pantry at SNCC. Just bring your canned goods to any of the three locations, and the registration table will accept your donation.




This year, NEHDA is organizing cleanups at the Hawley-Green triangle, the North Salina Street corridor, and Rose Hill. This event is a great way to enjoy some fresh air while beautifying our city. To register as a volunteer, or for more information, visit NEHDA’s website or contact Rachel at Rachel@nehda.org.

No matter which option you choose, I hope you will join our efforts to get the Northside ready for a healthy and thriving spring!

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