Young people from New Canaan and Stamford Team Up for Spring Clean Up
Better Together, a group comprising more than 100 young people from the youth groups of New Canaan’s Christian churches is partnering with the West Side Neighborhood Revitalization Zone’s Take Back Carwin Park Committee, young people from the Yerwood Center and the Boys & Girls Club, the City of Stamford Parks & Recreation Department and Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County which recently completed an 8-unit condo complex on the corner of Spruce St. and West Main St., to clean up one of the neighborhood’s important resources, Carwin Park. During the spring and summer neighborhood children and adults enjoy using the park for recreation and relaxation. As well, Carwin Park hosts a series of concerts over the summer months which the entire neighborhood enjoys. However it had fallen into some disrepair and these community groups joined forces to give the park a face lift. Whole Foods of Darien provided snacks and water for the day.
“We were seeking a project that would engage the young people we work with into a project that would have immediate, tangible results,” said Josh Hill the leader of Better Together. “But we knew that we needed to reach out to the folks who lived in the neighborhood to make sure that they were interested in the project too.”
“This group was so well organized and efficient. It was impressive to see more than 100 young people from all different backgrounds working together on the park clean-up. As the day went on more and more people from the neighborhood joined and made it a true grassroots community effort. Our Habitat families, who recently moved into their new homes on the corner were excited to participate in a community effort to show their commitment to their new neighborhood,” said Lisa Cannella, Habitat for Humanity’s Chief Development Officer.
About Better Together
“The mission of Better Together is to help Christian teens from all the New Canaan churches and other Christian organizations see that, in the end, they’re all on the same team.”
See what the group accomplished by clicking here for photos.