Alcoa Teams Up With City Year To Clean Up

by Aaron Benson, Service Leader at City Year New York

On Monday, City Year joined forces with the Central Park Conservancy and Alcoa to beautify Central Park.  We were able to remove debris from Sheep’s Meadow, a much needed project that will enable park visitors to fully utilize the park.  Alcoa brought out 38 volunteers to serve alongside the 25 Corps Members they sponsor at PS 48 and MS 424. This was a unique day, providing a space and time for the Alcoans and their corps members to not only serve together, but to get to know one another through meaningful conversation and team building activities.

(c) Michael Simon

“Working with motivated and caring professionals to do service is an opportunity I may not have again until after college. It’s really inspiring to see that Alcoa not only sponsors us in our school service, but is willing to get their hands dirty and demonstrate their true commitment to service and the betterment of the community.”  – Lindsay Korsen, Alcoa Corps Member at PS 48

After the service was complete, we gathered to dedicate 20 new recycling bins to the park. We were joined by Carl the Can Man for a lively recycling competition. We are incredibly grateful to Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, who joined us on the day alongside Doug Blonsky, the president of the Central Park Conservatory. Thank you Alcoa for another inspiring day!

(c) Michael Simon