M&T Bank Hands-On Jamestown Set for May 17

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Courtesy photo. Volunteers sweep  round freshly planted flowers along E. Third street in downtown  Jamestown during 2013 Hands-On Jamestown.
Courtesy photo.
Volunteers sweep round freshly planted flowers along E. Third street in downtown Jamestown during 2013 Hands-On Jamestown.

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Jamestown Renaissance Corp.

Efforts to spruce-up Jamestown have received a boost, with M&T Bank once again teaming up with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation for the annual Hands-On Jamestown Community Cleanup. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. -12 p.m.

Hands-On Jamestown is a planned, comprehensive cleanup involving hundreds of community volunteers who plant flowers, sweep, rake, mulch, weed, and engage in other activities to improve the city’s downtown and neighborhoods. With volunteer interest growing every year, the JRC encourages new and returning volunteers to be a part of this year’s efforts.

“We are grateful for the continuous support of M&T Bank, which is sponsoring the event for the fifth straight year,” said Tiffani Conti, JRC’s Event and Programming Associate. “Not only do they provide financial support but they also send volunteers to assist with the actual clean-up. We encourage more businesses to organize a group of volunteers and participate in the event.”

Pre-registration is encouraged to assist with location assignment prior to the event. Volunteers can register online at www.jamestownrenaissance.org or download and mail their registration form. While registering, an individual or group can indicate a specific project or location where they wish to work. Neighborhood groups, especially, are encouraged to sign-up for targeted work in their part of the city.

Check-in and on-site registration will begin at 8am at Tracy Plaza on May 17. Morning refreshments will be donated by local businesses. Upon checking-in, volunteers will receive directions and their location assignments. All participating volunteers are encouraged to return to Tracy Plaza once they are finished to enjoy a light lunch also provided by donations from local businesses.

A small quantity of cleaning tools will be available, but it is recommended that individuals bring their own gloves, brooms, rakes, weed eaters, and other supplies. Garbage bags and pick-up will be furnished.

As a community-wide event, Hands-On Jamestown encourages all local businesses and residents to clean-up around their own establishments and homes to demonstrate pride in the community. “Working together to plant flowers or clean a street is a powerful act of stewardship that serves as the basis for all other downtown and neighborhood revitalization efforts in Jamestown,” said Greg Lindquist, JRC Executive Director.

“M&T Bank takes pride in the community involvement it provides through its charitable foundation as well as the daily contributions of M&T employees,” said Wendy Wilcox Assistant Branch Manager of the Sixth Street Branch. “Partnering with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation for Hands-On Jamestown is very important for us, as we continue to strive to make our downtown and surrounding areas welcoming to visitors and to those who call Jamestown home.”

Hands-On Jamestown is also sponsored by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Rotary Club of Jamestown, with additional support from the Gebbie Foundation, Board of Public Utilities, and the City of Jamestown, including the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Public Works.

For more information visit www.jamestownrenaissance.org, call 664-2477 x231, or like the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation on Facebook.