Every year, we work with enthusiastic, hard-working volunteers who lend a hand to collect trash (a short-term but never ending challenge) and plant trees (a long-term investment in the future of our neighborhoods and planet). Individuals and groups from schools and businesses join us to get this work done!
In 2022, we hosted 53 volunteer clean-up, maintenance and planting events across our watershed with the help of a little over 500 volunteers! These folks of all ages picked up trash and tires, cut back invasive vines, repaired deer fencing, and planted native trees, shrubs, flowers and even live stakes.
A cool fact: The live stakes were harvested by students at Abington Friends School, the site of our first buffer, planted in 2014. Students learned about the purpose of live stakes and how to to harvest them. This work will lead to healthier creeks from the Jenkintown Creek to a tiny tributary of the Tacony Creek on the Friends Hospital campus.
Thank you to the following groups:
- Abington Friends School
- American Society of Civil Engineers Younger Member Forum
- Drexel EcoReps
- Garfield Refining
- Force of Nature® Natural Lands
- Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
- Manor College
- Marianna Bracetti Academy Charter School
- Temple University Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists
- Temple University Biology Society
- Tree Tenders
- United By Blue
- Ya Fav Trashman
Of course, we couldn’t do any of this work without our major partners: CLIP, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia Streets Department, and Philadelphia Water Department and our municipalities: Abington, Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Rockledge, and Springfield.
We have lots of volunteer activities planned for 2023., if you are looking for fun, educational, fulfilling volunteer opportunities Contact us at 215-744-1853 or visit Become a Volunteer.
To learn more, join us at our online Annual Community Service Get-Together on February 16. Visit our Events Calendar here.