Wednesday, February 24, 2010

NOLS NYC Alumni Service Project

Six alumni of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) observed NOLS Leadership Week by volunteering to help clean and paint Concrete Safaris’ new environs. Concrete Safaris, founded by New York City native and NOLS grad Mac Levine (photo to the right), “empowers youth to become healthy leaders through green exercise programs that enrich the mind, body, community, & environment.” It recently acquired new indoor office and storage space for its gardening and camping gear and is gearing up for spring activities and needed our help.

Gathering on a cold and rainy Tuesday evening, February 23rd at the home of Concrete Safaris in the Washington Community Center near the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 98th Street in New York City, we quickly mixed and poured paint, rolling and brushing it on bathroom and storage space walls. We cleaned light fixtures, countertops, and swept floors. The muscle job of the evening that required at least four to complete was removing an old air conditioner from high between two walls. All work was donated as we gave our time to this local service project.
In addition to Concrete Safaris founder Mac Levine, other NOLS Alumni helping out and in the photo to the left, appearing left to right, were Scott, Amanda, Gint, Toby and (kneeling) me.
After a couple hours of painting and cleaning we called it a night by relocating to El Paso Restaurante Mexicano for a late evening dinner and socializing. When it came time to ante up for the bill, five of us raised enough money to treat Mac, our evening’s host and supervisor.
More photos from the evening’s service project can be seen at my picassa album.

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