40 Cedar Heights Volunteers Power Community Clean-Up Day
Growing core of resident volunteers at Cedar Heights help make community more active and engaged.
On Saturday, October 15, dozens of residents at CPDC’s Southeast D.C. Cedar Heights community volunteered more than 140 hours and removed over 12 bags of trash on a mission to clean up the entire Cedar Heights grounds and the road leading into the property.
“The recent Community Clean-up Day is a great example of the impact even a small group of volunteers can have, when working together,” said CPDC Director of Volunteer Engagement Jennifer Fauss, who remembers a time when things were very different at Cedar Heights.
When CPDC Community Impact Strategies Manager Cynthia Wynn first started at Cedar Heights in 2014, there were no registered CPDC Volunteers there and volunteer activity was low, if non-existent.
That winter, however, things began to change when Cedar Heights was chosen to receive a playground through KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.
KaBOOM! brought together more than 200 residents, CPDC staff and local partners to complete the large scale, one-day service event to build a new playground for the community.
Since the KaBOOM! build, volunteerism has steadily grown at Cedar Heights, with volunteers supporting the community’s summer camps, after school programs and other events. Today there is a growing core of CPDC Volunteers helping to make the community more active and engaged.
Through Wynn’s belief in the “power of people to take action” and her support and guidance of the volunteers to grow in their experience, today, Cedar Heights thrives from the dedication of a small but strong volunteer team.