Volunteers gather to clean up Rahway River Park – Union County

Union County hosted 40 AmeriCorps volunteers in a Rahway River Park litter cleanup on Sunday, September 11e. Volunteers collected 22 bags of trash from the park while working in wet and rainy conditions. The AmeriCorps program was held in partnership with the Union County Clean Communities program.

“If you’re looking for a way to make a real difference in our local environment, the efforts led by our Union County Clean Communities program are a great place to start. I want to thank AmeriCorps volunteers for taking the time to do a meaningful difference in cleaning up litter from Rahway River Park, as well as reminding all residents to be aware of the pollution damage caused by litter,” said Commissioner President Rebecca Williams.

The cleanup was in partnership with two AmeriCorps programs – the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program and the Jewish Renaissance Foundation – as part of their 9/11 Day of Service activity.

The AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is a community-driven AmeriCorps program designed to raise awareness of water issues in New Jersey. The program works with all sectors of society to improve the quality of New Jersey’s waterways, fostering community environmental activities and empowering residents to make responsible and informed decisions about their watershed. For more information on the program, 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 outreach programs throughout Middlesex County, and is committed to helping individuals and families become healthier and stronger. . For more information on the program, visit https://www.jrfnj.org/.

For more information about cleanup programs in Union County, please contact Heather Miara, Environmental Specialist in the Union County Office of Recycling and Planning at [email protected] or 908-789-3689.

For more information on the Union County Parks System, visit ucnj.org/parks-recreation.

Quick links to all Union County-hosted environmental programs and activities are available at The Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connection.

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