The County of Union welcomed the participation of 40 AmeriCorps volunteers in a litter cleanup of Rahway River Park on Sunday, September 11th. The volunteers collected 22 bags of litter from the park while working in damp, rainy conditions. The AmeriCorps program took place in partnership with the Union County Clean Communities Program.
“If you are looking for a way to make a real difference in our local environment, efforts led by our Union County Clean Communities Program provide a great place to start. I want to thank the AmeriCorps volunteers for taking the time to make a meaningful difference in cleaning up litter from Rahway River Park, as well as remind all residents to be conscious of the harm caused by pollution from littering,” said Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams.
The cleanup was in partnership with two AmeriCorps Programs – the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program and the Jewish Renaissance Foundation – as their 9/11 Day of Service activity.
The AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is a community-oriented AmeriCorps program designed to raise awareness about water issues in New Jersey. The program works with all sectors of society to improve the quality of New Jersey’s waterways, nurturing community-based environmental activities and empowering residents to make responsible and informed decisions regarding their watershed. For more information about the program, please visit https://www.nj.gov/dep/wms/bears/americorps.htm.
The AmeriCorps Jewish Renaissance Foundation Program focuses on improving the quality of education and community assistance programs throughout Middlesex County, and is committed to helping individuals and families become healthier and stronger. For more information about the program, please visit https://www.jrfnj.org/.
For more information about cleanup programs in Union County, please contact Heather Miara, Environmental Specialist at the Union County Bureau of Recycling & Planning at Heather.firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-789-3689.
For more information about the Union County parks system, visit ucnj.org/parks-recreation.
Quick links to all environmental activities and programs hosted by Union County are available at The Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connection.