MCLA Announces 21st Day of Community Service
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - The North Adams Chamber of Commerce and the City of North Adams have announced the 21st Annual Community Day of Service will take place on Saturday, April 27. Registration will begin in the lower level of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Church Street Center at 9:30 a.m.., followed by an official welcome and assignments to work teams and projects.
For more than 20 years MCLA and the local community have come together to clean-up and improve our community. ~The scope and type of projects have evolved over the years, as well as a significant increase in the number of people who come out for the day to make North Adams a better place to live.~
In an effort to grow the Day of Service, we will work closely with MCLA's Green Living seminars in support of the Eagle Street Rising project, which will take place alongside the Day of Service. We also will return to Hillside Cemetary to continue restoration work there.
MCLA student volunteers -either as individual volunteers, members of clubs, groups or athletic teams - will join community volunteers, local leaders, civic organizations including: Art About Town, Brayton School and PTA, Brayton Hills neighbors, YMCA, Drury High School students, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Boy Scout Troop 88, Greylock School Art Program, Price Chopper, Big Y, Roger Eurbin and the Hillside Cemetary project, Windsor Lake Commission, Mayor Richard Alcombright, State Representative Gail Carridi, former State Representative Dan Bosley, The Steeplecats, MCLA faculty and staff, City Councilors, City of North Adams DPW, Allied Waste, North Adams Chamber of Commerce Board members and many individual community members.
Although many of the teams will use their own transportation, some of the volunteers will be transported to sites in vehicles provided by Dufor Bus, MCLA, North Adams Public Schools, BerkshireRides and the City of North Adams.
The work day wrap-up will take on new look this year, as participants end the day in downtown North Adams. In conjunction with Day of Service, MCLA's Green Living seminar series is undertaking Eagle Street Rising, a project to help rejuvenate the Eagle Street business district. We will end our day with lunch on Eagle Street and enjoy the beautiful downtown and the vision of a vibrant Eagle Street.
Special thanks to Mayor Alcombright and MCLA President Mary Grant for their support, The North Adams Chamber of Commerce, Tom Lennon and Allied Waste, Paul Markland and the North Adams DPW and McAndrews-King Buick GMC.