Volunteer Program Receives Grant from REI

July 1, 2013

We are happy to announce that we have received a grant from REI to expand our successful volunteer program!

The SCRGP Neighborhood Partners Environmental Team (NPET) works in Commerce City, Denver, and Aurora along the Sand Creek Regional Greenway Trail.  In 2012, nearly 600 volunteers worked for over 2800 hours, resulting in over $62,000 in labor and maintenance saved for the community.  The grant will expand this very successful program in 2013-2014 by recruiting even more volunteers to participate in over 20 volunteer events throughout the year.

“REI has been very generous in supporting our volunteer program, which allows us to organize and support the best team of neighborhood volunteers in the region.  We and our volunteers love REI because REI generously supports community stewardship events and because trail users can ride their bicycles directly to the REI Flagship Store at Denver’s Confluence Park on safe, off-road trails” says Kate Kramer, the executive director of SCRGP.

The grant will allow SCRGP to translate materials into Spanish for expanded outreach and will increase the number of volunteer events where community members plant native species, clean up trash, repair trails, and remove invasive weeds.

As a nonprofit organization, SCRGP relies heavily on our volunteers to help maintain the Greenway.  The grant from REI will guarantee the continued success of SCRGP’s volunteer program, as well as ensure that the Sand Creek Regional Greenway remains in good condition for the thousands of trail users who take advantage of it each year for recreation, exercise, and commuting.

Thank you REI!

If you would like to participate in SCRGP’s volunteer program, please contact Katie Lampe at klampe@sandcreekgreenway.org or 303.468.3262, or visit www.sandcreekgreenway.org

 

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Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership

About the Greenway

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a jewel in the necklace of trails that has made Denver a national model for linked trail systems.

This 14-mile public greenway connects the High Line Canal in Aurora, Colorado with the South Platte River Greenway in Commerce City. Along the way, it passes through northeast Denver and the new Stapleton community.

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is open every day from dawn until dusk. Runners, walkers, nature viewers, horseback riders, and leashed dogs are encouraged to enjoy the trail. We invite you to become acquainted with our wilderness in the city.

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