350 Volunteers Transform Fort Totten Park
This Saturday SCA teamed up with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 350 volunteers to Fort Totten Park in Washington, DC. This event followed another successful partnership event with American Express in New York City last weekend, and concluded a month of SCA Earth Day celebrations in 16 cities nationwide.
In DC, hundreds of students and community members came together at Fort Totten Park (managed by the National Park Service) to strengthen a popular hiking trail with a brand new set of check steps and move mountains of brush to close an unauthorized trail that was causing severe erosion. Volunteers also built new picnic tables and removed hundreds of pounds of trash, old tires, and other debris from the park’s forests and streamsides.
SCA’s President & CEO Jaime Matyas joined volunteers at the work site along with AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl. “SCA has been one of our strongest partners right from the beginning,” Director Basl said, as SCA AmeriCorps members worked side-by-side with members of AmeriCorps NCCC and FEMA Corps to heft a heavy log off the trail. “It’s great to see our members thinking creatively to solve conservation challenges.”
Other participants included volunteers from Camp Rising Sun, Capital Guardian Youth Challenge Academy, DC EnvironMentors, DC Youth Advisory Council, General Services Administration (GSA), Graduate Theological Union (GTU), H&M, Interfaith Youth for Climate Justice (IYCJ), Kappa Lambda Chi Military Fraternity, National City Christian Church, Playworks DC, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington DC, School Without Walls, Southwest Airlines, The Washington Center, and Youth Service America.
Big thanks to our sponsor American Express and to National Park Service staff at Rock Creek Park for hosting this event. And bravo to the 350 volunteers who gave their time to serve the planet for Earth Day!
See more photos from SCA’s Earth Day event at Fort Totten Park.
See video from the Washington, DC event here
Stay tuned for details on the next event at www.thesca.org/events.