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Give Back Day: Good for the community, good for volunteers

By Caitlin Gibbons

The focus of Give Back Day was on water, in celebration of Metro State’s new One World, One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship.
Close to 200 volunteers left metro Denver looking good and feeling good themselves after participating in the third annual Roadrunner Give Back Day April 21.

This year’s focus was on water, in celebration of Metro State’s new One World, One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship. Volunteers planted trees, spread mulch in flower beds and picked up trash on campus and along waterways in surrounding communities.

Once again, Comcast volunteers partnered with Metro State and worked on campus as part of the annual Comcast Cares Day.

Herleen Sethi, a senior studying health care management, helped pick up trash along and in the South Platte River. “Keeping our parks and rivers clean is important for the future and for conservation,” she says.

One student said volunteering is "like hanging out with friends while giving back to the community.”
The volunteers along the South Platte in Englewood also documented the debris they collected, says Analicia Baer, a senior studying health care management. The data will be used in a marketing campaign to promote clean parks.

Another team scoured Confluence Park along the South Platte’s banks for trash.

Chan Ngo, a senior majoring in management, pitched in along with other members of Metro State’s Urban Leadership Program.

“I love to volunteer,” she says. “It’s like hanging out with friends while giving back to the community.”

On campus, volunteers spread new mulch and rocks in flower beds. Auraria grounds supervisor Mike Nichols says 64 cubic yards of mulch was donated by Comcast and Auraria purchased 40 tons of rock for the day.

Newlywed Comcast employees Christine and Tony DiAnne said they saw the day as a good way to give back and work out on a Saturday.

Christine joked, “Tony volunteering with me is one of my wedding presents.”

Volunteers planted trees, spread mulch and picked up trash on campus and along waterways in surrounding communities.
Many volunteers remarked about how good they felt giving back to the community and working outside.

Julian Castro, a junior studying history, said he met someone from Kansas who came to participate in the volunteer day.

“It’s amazing to see all the people out here working together,” he says.

Volunteer Mayra Turrubiates was the winner of the drawing for an iPad. She spent the morning at the Greenway Water Inventory.

As volunteers came together to eat lunch in Confluence Park, one thing was clear—they were proud of their work and eager to see their areas kept clean.

“Don’t you dare litter,” was an admonition that echoed through the park.


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