Editor’s Note: Rachel is serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) at NEHDA for the year. Her roll involves a variety of tasks, such as recruiting volunteers and applying for funding opportunities to plan really cool, really fun events that benefit the community. Rachel graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a BFA in Sculpture and a minor in psychology. She spent the past year serving in another AmeriCorps program where she traveled the state of New York to help out with various environmental projects. As part of Rachel’s work with NEHDA, she is writing some posts for us to share. All of her posts can be found under the “NEHDA” category. To learn more about NEHDA, visit their website and Facebook.
Syracuse, NY—Every ‘Cuse resident is familiar with the infamous lingering winter. It shapes our city’s culture and affects our daily lives. We have those that embrace the weather and those that resign themselves to constant misery from mid-October until late May. However, pro- or anti-winter folks alike get excited when the days begin to lengthen and the hesitant sun returns. This excitement is with good cause, too. We’ve survived another snowy season and have a few months of heat and growth and maybe even some swimming ahead of us! Ice cream stores re-open, bars and restaurants have outdoor seating, and the whole world seems to come out of hibernation and swarm the public parks.
Sadly, not every part of the springtime is so cheery. As the remnants of the tired yellow, brown, black, and grey snow banks melt away, the horrors underneath are revealed. Bottles, bags, wrappers, newspapers, cigarette butts, tires, Styrofoam—it’s almost enough to make a person long for snow to cover up all the litter! Almost. Fortunately, there’s a better option. Every year, neighborhoods all over Syracuse host litter clean up events on or near Earth Day.
The Northeast Hawley Development Association (NEHDA) is organizing three such events—one in a neighborhood near you! Or so we hope. The meet-up locations are the following:
— In front of the Flat Iron building on 536 N. Salina Street for the N. Salina Street corridor cleanup
— In front of the YWCA on 401 Douglas Street for the Rose Hill cleanup
— In the parking lot of Laci’s Tapas Bar on 304 Hawley Avenue for the Hawley Green triangle cleanup
If you want to participate or provide donations, please email Rachel (@) nehda.org or call (315) 425-1032. Special thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts and Home Depot for providing donations to make the event a success.
TOP 10 REASONS YOU SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN CLEAN UP ‘CUSE: NORTHSIDE
1. Free donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts
Say, that sweetens the deal!
2. Feeling proud of your community
You can see the tangible difference that you made!
3. Spending quality time outdoors
When’s the last time you were outside? No, walking from your car into your home doesn’t count.
4. Everyone can participate: all generations are welcome!
No age limits here.
5. You can go out for lunch!
You’re already out and you’ve done some good work, so you might as well treat yourself to lunch at a fabulous Northside restaurant. There’s so many delectable options!
Sandwiches by Thanos Import Market.
6. Spend quality time with friends
Come stag and make cool new friends, or bring an old buddy and catch up over clean-up.
7. Soak in the beauty
The Northside is already beautiful. You get to make it even more beautiful while enjoying the beauty. SO MUCH BEAUTY.
8. Get the most out of your Saturday
You’re going to get a jump start on the day because you have to be at the Clean Up by 10 am. Then you will be done in the early afternoon with lots of Saturday ahead of you to enjoy! You can spend the rest of the day being productive, or perhaps napping.
9. Bragging rights
While we hope that you are bringing everyone you know to this event, you can brag to those of your friends who fail to participate.
10. Spending time with the awesome people that work at NEHDA
We’re so fun to be around that we really are providing you with a free service. Plus, we bring our friends.