NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and the city of North Adams will celebrate a Community Day of Service this Saturday, May 1, with improvements and social events across the college campus, local neighborhoods and streets of the city.
Residents will donate time and services to make North Adams a better place to live. Eighteen years ago MCLA and the community at large came together to begin what became an annual process of cleaning up trash from roadsides.
As the backbone of the effort, over 100 MCLA students have pre-registered for the cleanup event and will work in neighborhoods, on roadways and in support of local organizations. MCLA volunteers will also participate in cleaning and renovation at the Louison House and at Western Gateway Heritage State Park.
As an increasing number of ideas and city improvement suggestions were received on Web sites such as www.northadamsideas.com , it became apparent to organizers that even the simplest collaboration by citizens, neighbors and friends make a big difference in how North Adams progresses as a community.
Participation in the Community Day of Service includes the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition Neighborhood Watch team who will walk through neighborhoods passing out informational flyers. The NBCC UNITY group will rake and help to refurbish several city parks and playgrounds.
Boy Scout Troop 88 will patrol the Notch/Reservoir road area for trash along with help from neighbors in the area; a large group representing North Adams Open Studios plan on scouring the Route 2/Union Street corridor. Members of the North Adams Rotary Club will clean the area around the city tourist booth in front of the Windsor Mill at 121 Union Street. A work crew, supplied by Ariel Sutain of the NoAMA Mill with support from local contractor Mark Farrington, will repair the outside of the building.
Other volunteer groups will police areas in the west end, and trestle areas on Church and Ashland streets and Demond Avenue. The North Adams Public Library made plans to have college student volunteers read to children in the youth services department on the second floor.
As part of the festivities, the United Neighborhood Organization celebrates their 20th anniversary with the Spring Fling tag, craft and food fair at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall, 515 Curran Highway, from 9 - 3 p.m. Events will include shopping, visiting and lunch. The Greylock Valley Apartments will mark this day by opening a new neighborhood playground, and North Adams Little League will begin their season at Alcombright Field.
Special recognition for this effort goes to MCLA, the Public Services and Highway Department of the city of North Adams, Sutain, members of the North Adams Rotary Club, Allied Waste Disposal, the United Neighborhood Organization and Shirley Davis, the Pillars Club at MCLA, Aramark Dining Services, Bona Marketing and the Marafanyi Song, Dance and Drum Group.
Please join us on Saturday May 1, at the MCLA Church Street Center on the corner of Porter and Church streets. Walk-ins are welcome. Registration and continental breakfast begin in the basement of the Church Street Center at 9:30 a.m., followed by an official welcome and assignments to work teams.
Although many of the teams will use their own transportation, many of the volunteers will be transported to sites in vehicles provided by North Adams Public Schools, MCLA, BerkshireRides, the city of North Adams and McAndrews-King Pontiac, Buick and GMC Trucks. The vehicles and volunteers return to the Center at approximately 12:30 p.m. for pizza and other refreshments.
To register in advance or for those that need more information about individual or group participation please contact Spencer Moser at Spencer.Moser@mcla.edu or 413.662.5251 or Rod Bunt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.664.6180.