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Posted on: May 2, 2022

250 Local Volunteers Rally to Beautify 12 New Rochelle Parks in City-wide Earth Day Clean-up Weekend

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Volunteer New York! and the City of New Rochelle Parks and Recreation department teamed up once again for Earth Day to host their annual Volunteer New Rochelle! Day of Service Clean-up on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24

Over the clean-up weekend, 250 volunteers worked together across 12 park sites to accomplish the following:

  • 319 bags of trash were removed from 12 parks
  • 3.5 yards of dangerous debris were removed from trails and playgrounds
  • Over 500 volunteer hours of service were committed to the City of New Rochelle! 

“Once again our annual Parks Cleanup Weekend, in conjunction with Volunteer New York!, was a tremendous success. Our volunteer numbers, as well as our cleanup locations, continue to grow and this has easily become one of the most popular days of service for families in New Rochelle and beyond,” said Vincent Parise, Commissioner of the New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Department. “We appreciate all of the support from our volunteers and are elated at the fact that residents are discovering new parks within our City.”

The 2022 New Rochelle Parks Clean-Up Day is just one of a number of volunteer opportunities showcased through Volunteer New Rochelle!, a program partnership with Volunteer New York! which began in 2016 and offers residents year-round opportunities to support New Rochelle nonprofits and take action locally. 

Details can be found on the Volunteer New Rochelle! page of Volunteer New York!’s website at or by calling 914-948-4452. Those interested in becoming volunteers can also reach out to speak with a free volunteer placement specialist at any time.

"As we continue to emerge from this pandemic I am thankful for the strong, ongoing partnership Volunteer New York! has had with the City of New Rochelle to connect volunteers to opportunities to keep their community spaces green, clean and accessible for all to continue to enjoy," Volunteer New York! Executive Director Jeanette Gisbert said.


New Rochelle Parks Clean-up Weekend is an annual day of service that brings together neighbors, businesses, and community leaders in a solidified effort to beautify New Rochelle’s parks and foster civic pride. It is one of several volunteer opportunities showcased through Volunteer New York! and the City of New Rochelle’s Volunteer New Rochelle program, which was founded in 2016 to provide residents with year-round opportunities to volunteer where they live and support local nonprofits.  

Details can be found on the Volunteer New Rochelle page of the Volunteer New York! website Everyone is invited to search local volunteer opportunities or to connect with a volunteer placement specialist by calling 914-948-4452.


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