Worcester’s REC Leads the Way on Earth Day

by | Apr 27, 2019 | Headlines, Events, News

WORCESTER – The Worcester Regional Environmental Council led the way on Earth Day.

On Saturday, the Regional Environmental Council (REC), a grassroots nonprofit organization founded in Worcester, hosted their 30th annual Earth Day Cleanup — leading dozens of programs in Worcester and offering eco-friendly and earth-loving events to celebrate the national holiday.

Over one hundred sites in the city blossomed with coordinators and volunteers to pick up litter and take care of the planet.

Geared with gloves, bright yellow trash bags, and warm clothes, the volunteers at the Worcester Common and Union Station started the community cleanup at 8 AM. The coordinators who arranged the event for this area were grateful for the participants and emphasized that the greatest gift that people could give the organization is their time.

More than twenty volunteers assembled at the Worcester Common — a humble contribution that added to the 1,200 volunteers across Worcester. The volunteers at the Worcester Common agreed that they were excited to join this great cause since they felt like they were giving back to the community and their work was not simply beneficial for Worcester, but for the planet, too.

The Earth Day Cleanup ended at noon, followed by a fun celebration. REC welcomed all participants to attend a cookout at Fuller Family Park where they were rewarded with food, music, games, and a bouncy house for children.

REC’s efforts to nurture the city’s land and people do not stop after Earth Day. REC’s next major event will be held on Saturday, May 18. REC will be arranging their 10th Annual Spring Garden Festival and Plant sale on the Worcester Common. The public is invited to browse and purchase from a selection of seedlings while enjoying a day full of live music, food trucks, children’s activities, and even a petting zoo.

In addition to the May 18 event, REC will be sponsoring a mobile food market that will be making stops throughout Worcester every Saturday from June to October. The food market will be selling locally grown products and they will be bringing healthy and affordable goods to food insecure and low-income neighborhoods in the city. Everyone is invited to attend these events and all are encouraged to make a difference by volunteering and taking part in a rewarding and inspiring program in Worcester.

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Heather Cameron is a graduate of Worcester State University with a Bachelor's degree in English and Education and a Master's degree in English. She is an adaptable writer and has worked with multiple genres including literary analyses, book critiques, ethnographies, how-to-guides, and an extensive Master's thesis that focused on the field of journalism. She is excited to contribute to a news source that concentrates on a city that holds many wonderful memories for her.