Working to Clean our Watershed on the MLK Day of Service

Julie Slavet
Jan 19, 2012

This Martin Luther King Day, hundreds of volunteers rallied together to beautify the streets of Germantown around the Awbury Arboretum. The event was organized by Rev. Chester Williams of the Chew and Belfield Neighbors Club. The group of over 160 volunteers included members of Enon Tabernacle, TTF, Earth Force, and Awbury Arboretum. After meeting up, enthusiastic groups of volunteers dispersed over the surrounding neighborhood, picking up bags of trash and sweeping sidewalks along Chew Avenue, Washington Lane, Stenton Avenue, Haines Street, and Clearview Street. One group focused on Clearview Community Park at the intersection of Washington Lane and Clearview Street.

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TTF’s Steph Clymer poses for a picture with some of the volunteers. Photo courtesy of Enon Tabernacle Photography Ministry.

Meanwhile, other members of the TTF team worked with volunteers from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Friends of Vernon Park and Villanova University to clean and green Vernon Park: raking leaves, picking up trash, building protective fences around young trees, and cleaning debris out of storm drains.

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Volunteers build a fence around a young tree in Vernon Park.

TTF also worked with Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Habitat for Humanity and local residents to clean up trash and debris in Southeast Germantown. We removed over two dozen bags of trash and recycling and talked with local community members about the importance of clean streets and how they relate to our water quality.

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Volunteers pose for a picture at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.

Learn more about the day of service here. Thanks to all of the great volunteers who came out to help clean up our watershed!

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