Police Officer Lauretha Vaird Boys & Girls Club is located on Whitaker Avenue across from one of Tacony Creek Park’s gateways.
Two years ago, 24 young campers came to travel along the Tacony Creek Trail to engage in a green stormwater infrastructure program, taught in partnership with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. They learned the importance of plants along stream banks and how it slows and filters stormwater runoff, while also reducing pollution and erosion.
This past fall, children from the club participated in a Watershed STEM program that included 8 lessons from the World of Water curriculum. These sessions engaged the kids with hands-on activities to explore water and learn how they are connected to our watershed. They also identified ways to better conserve the water and protect the environment.
The Lauretha Vaird Boys & Girls Club has been a wonderful TTF partner by providing meeting space and sharing our events with their community. They are actively educating young minds about environmental health and safety. The Boys & Girls Club is truly a watershed hero!
The AstraZeneca Philadelphia Community Impact Committee reaches out to us every year to organize an event for Earth Day. Over the last several years, the team of volunteers has cleaned up trash along Tacony Creek multiple times, planted shrubs to improve the park gateway at Roosevelt Boulevard, erected fencing and cleared invasive plants along Rock Creek in Cheltenham. AstraZeneca also purchases materials and donates supplies for these volunteer days.
The AstraZeneca team is incredibly hard-working and always has fun while volunteering. We have grown to count on them and fondly look forward to working with them every year!
The Philadelphia Insurance Companies has been a long-time supporter of TTF work in a hands-on way. Employees have joined in for work days at numerous locations across our watershed over the past few years, enthusiastically cleaning up trash and removing invasive plants.
The company also hosted us at a well-attended lunch and learn at their office in Bala Cynwyd. Finally, their financial support has been critical in providing much needed unrestricted income for our efforts.
Astra Zeneca and Philadelphia Insurance Companies are inspiring models of corporate environmental partnership and investment!
Join us to celebrate these watershed heroes at our annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony & Reception on Wednesday, May 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at our home at the Globe Dye Works in Frankford.