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Cynthia Orellana

Cynthia Orellana

Director, Commonwealth Corps

One of my favorite times of the year is upon us. It is none other than Park Serve Day, where service meets Spring. After such a brutal winter what better way to usher in the spring and summer seasons than being on the front lines of getting parks and beaches across Massachusetts ready for the great weather. This year’s event features more than 60 parks, from the Berkshires to Cape Cod, giving you a wide range of volunteer opportunities to choose from. You can help by cleaning coastlines, clearing trails, planting flowers, painting picnic tables, and much more.

Governor Deval Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan, and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Edward Lambert invite you to join us for Park Serve Day 2011. During this annual statewide day of volunteer service, residents will work together to, “act as environmental stewards of the public beaches, parks, and open spaces in Massachusetts that belong to all of us,” as Governor Patrick reiterated last year. Last year, more than 4,100 volunteers answered that call and participated in Park Serve Day. By day’s end, those volunteers had planted 81,800 flowers and trees and had collected 51 tons of trash. This year will surely prove to be a record breaking year.

DCR will provide work gloves and equipment needed for the various projects, though participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes and work clothes, and consider bringing sunscreen and insect repellent. So please, take a moment to check your calendar and sign up to volunteer. Sign up today.

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