Volunteer365: April

The volunteer work I’ve participated in this month focuses on several environmental cleanups, and includes projects with the Rotary Club of Waterdown and the Burlington Braves. In total, I’ve volunteered 27.5 hours this month.

Escarpment Project: Kenilworth Stairs/Rail Trail

Escarpment Project: Kenilworth Stairs/Rail Trail

The first environmental cleanup I participated in was the Escarpment Project. Started by Greg Lenko, it’s become the largest cleanup of its kind in Hamilton, Ontario. The concept evolved from a single cleanup of the Devil’s Punchbowl to several cleanups throughout Hamilton. This year’s sites included the Devil’s Punchbowl, Red Hill Valley Trail, Chedoke Radial Trail, Ancaster Creek, Kenilworth Stairs/Rail Trail, and Davis Creek. I volunteered at the newest addition to the Escarpment Project, the Kenilworth Stairs/Rail Trail.

2013 Tim Hortons Team Up to Clean Up - Durand Park

2013 Tim Hortons Team Up to Clean Up – Durand Park

I also participated in the 2013 Tim Hortons Team Up to Clean Up event at Durand Park in Hamilton. This annual city-wide event see residents come together to help clean municipal properties, community parks, trails, alleyways, and streets. The Durand Neighbourhood Association (DNA) organized the cleanup. It was a pleasure to help out with the beautification of this historic neighbourhood.

Princess Point

The final cleanup I participated in this month took place at Princess Point. This trail hub is located at the bend between Longwood Road and Macklin Street. Popular with both visitors and locals, it connects to Hamilton’s Waterfront Trail. As someone that enjoys the natural beauty of this city, I was excited to help the Stewards of Cootes Watershed with their cleanup of Princess Point.

I’ve also volunteered with two other organizations this month. First, I created a Facebook page for the Rotary Club of Waterdown. The second organization I’ve volunteered with is the Burlington Braves. They’re a minor football team that plays in the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL). I’ll be helping out with their alumni programming and communications strategies on an on-going basis.