In Schenectady, volunteers have helped beautify Central Park for the past 14 years by helping maintain the park’s beautiful rose garden as members of the Central Park Rose Garden Restoration Committee. The group marked the 60th anniversary of the Rose Garden on Friday with a fund-raiser. Some of the longest-serving volunteers responded to a call for help back in 1995 when the city could no longer afford to maintain the garden and helped restore the deteriorating gardens. The garden was created with 400 rose bushes in 1959 by Charles Brown Jr. on the grounds of some old tennis courts. It now features 4,000 rose bushes, a tiered center fountain and a babbling brook, For more information, visit; https://schenectadyrose.org/.
In Schenectady, Julio Santana, co-founder of the 518 Cycle Squad group, is helping local kids learn to pay it forward while also cleaning up the area and buying bikes for neighborhood children. Santana recently brought together kids from 518 Cycle Squad and Maid Men Junk Removal to help clear out trash from a home in Schenectady. He hopes to have the kids clean up various spots around the area once a month. To donate to the 518 Cycle Squad’s “Get Kids on Bikes” GoFundMe campaign, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/8kb4r-get-kids-on-bikes.
In Schenectady, Soroptimist International of Schenectady is helping a local mom “live her dream” of becoming a nurse practitioner by awarding her $2,000 toward her educational efforts. The organization’s “Live Your Dream” award was presented recently to Danika Huggins, a mother of two who works full-time while studying to become an RN at Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Troy, The organization also presented its Community Service Award to the Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady and recognized Hemwattie Ramnauth as its 2018 winner of the Beatrice Hocking Scholarship. Soroptimist International of Schenectady, chartered in 1954, seeks to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. For more information, visit: soroptimistofschenectady.org.
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