Once again this year, Elmira youth ages 12-15 will be cleaning up Brand Park as part of a Community Service Project. Approximately 45 Elmira youth enrolled in the Chemung County Youth Bureau's summer parks program, 'The Spot' will take part in the Fourth Annual Spot - Summer Community Service Day on Thursday, August 2nd. Trees in Brand Park sustained significant damage due to last week's tornado.
"The Community Service Project is a key component to "The Spot" program," said Kevin Adams, Youth Program Coordinator for the Chemung County Youth Bureau. "It is important for today's youth to be involved in their community; to be a productive member of their community. It is our hope they will realize the personal satisfaction which volunteering can bring and, will in turn, become adults that also give back to their community."
"This year the Project takes on special significance to the youth participants. In one week, the youth have witnessed an amazing recovery from a truly horrific event. With such devastating damage, especially focused around Brand Park, the Spot Program is proud to be part of that recovery effort. Brand Park is one of two locations for the Spot-Summer program, the other being Pulaski Park on the north side. It is very special that we can give back in such a time of need," added Adams.
"The Spot" is a free drop-in program for Elmira teens age 12-15 that provides daily recreational activities and numerous events from noon to 6pm Monday through Friday at the two parks. The program is sponsored in part by the County, the City of Elmira, and New York State.
For more information on "The Spot" contact the Chemung County Youth Bureau at 737-2907 or visit the website at www.ElmiraSpot.com.