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NY Cares looking for park volunteers

Clean-up day focuses on Sandy damage and 11 sites around boro

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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:30 am

New York Cares is seeking 4,000 volunteers to take part in New York Cares Day Spring on April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Now in its 19th year, the day of spring greening hopes to revitalize about 70 parks, gardens, playgrounds, and community centers across the city, with a special focus on areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Individuals can sign up to volunteer until April 18.

This year, volunteers will spruce up 11 green spaces in Queens, including Gantry State Plaza Park, where volunteers will restore ornamental planting beds that were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.

“New York City’s parks benefit greatly from the thousands of volunteers who help to plant, paint, and clean up throughout the year,” said the city’s Parks and Recreation Commissioner Veronica White. “NYC Parks and its partners have found that one of the most important measures of how well a park is doing is how many volunteers it has and how dedicated they are. We thank New York Cares for helping to bring a new generation of volunteers into the parks, especially this year, as we work to restore facilities across the city damaged by Hurricane Sandy.”

New Yorkers (12 years old and up) can register to work at newyorkcaresday.org, with a registration fee of $20 per person. In Queens, volunteers can work at Astoria Park, Little Bay Park, Kissena Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park and more.

The website provides details including how to participate and how to make a donation in honor of a team or a volunteer. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

New York Cares Day Spring is a serve-a-thon, similar to a walk-a-thon, where participants raise money in honor of the time they spend volunteering to support the cost of the event and New York Cares’ year-round volunteer programs. Each year, New York Cares mobilizes 56,000 volunteers to help 400,000 New Yorkers in need.

— Joseph Orovic

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