December 1st, 2012, Ascend’s Baruch chapter hosted a volunteer event from 10AM
to 1PM at Riverside Park Conservancy’s "Green Street Island” located on 139th
street in Manhattan to help with the park’s cleanup and preservation.
Riverside Park Conservancy nurtures Riverside Park’s well-being, helps preserve
its historic nature and leads the community in developing active stewardship.
Founded in 1986 by a small group of community activists, today Riverside park
Fund is a strong nonprofit partner with both the City and the community in conserving,
improving, and beautifying Riverside Park’s 330 acres.
During the community service event, volunteers helped with the cleanup of tree
debris and leaves that was caused by Hurricane Sandy. In addition, members
helped spread mulch on the grass and trees throughout the park’s "Green Street
Island” to help the soil retain its moisture and nutrition throughout the
Despite the cold and windy weather, and having to wake up early on a Saturday
morning, the community service event resulted in much success with over 25
Ascend members from Baruch College and Hunter College attending and helping
out. The positive outcome of this event has resulted in potential plans for
volunteering again during the spring season!