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City Green, Inc.
March 29, 2011

Before we even began work for the day, the representatives for City Green took the time to explain the organization and the value that it gives local communities. As a resident of New Jersey, I see firsthand the need that City Green provides. We have soooooo many communities that would benefit from City Green programs! Not only do they help to beautify blighted areas, but they help install a sense of pride in the members of those communities. The educational resources geared towards kids goes a long way in helping to them to build self esteem. Not to mention the health benefits of working outside and eating hearty vegetables grow locally!
For my day of volunteering, we had a few tasks at hand but I chose to focus on helping paint a new barn. I'm freakishly tall and was quick to realize that I was the only one who could reach the upper ends of things. It was a beautiful Spring day and I was happy to oblige. The barn was to be used for storing gardening equipment and such for the kids. By the end of the day, we turned an ordinary unpainted structure into one of character. We all felt a sense of accomplishment and were happy to help. Looking forward to doing it again.

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I'm a resident in New Jersey and have seen firsthand the work of City Green in Paterson, NJ. I look forward to their continued expansion in the state. So many towns could benefit from their programs!

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City Green is not expanding too far, too fast. They are careful to make sure that they are focused in the communities in which they are currently active. At the same time, I would like to see them "get the word out" more somehow as further expansion has to be a priority.

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Volunteer & Helped prepare barn for Spring planting.