Record number of volunteers come out for neighborhood revitalization

Over 1,000 people volunteered to help clean up on Alden Street in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 1,000 volunteers donated their time and skill to help upgrade a Springfield neighborhood on Saturday.

House by house, neighborhood by neighborhood, Revitalize CDC is working to clean up some of Springfield’s most in need neighborhoods. Volunteers were on Alden Street Saturday morning, working to clean up the neighborhood.

One particular resident, Betty Borders, an Air Force veteran, was the chosen recipient of some much needed repairs. She told 22News, “It’s overwhelming first of all, and I’m very grateful that all these people have come to help work on my home. It’s my home, and my siblings’ as well. We grew up in this house, my mother and father bought this house back in 1962.”

The volunteers do more than just clean up the neighborhood. Fran Beaulieu, from Phil Beaulieu and Sons, helps to do needed carpentry work in and outside of the home.

Beaulieu told 22News, “People are usually in shock. You want to what? I usually go out and try to get my sponsors and distributors to donate material to me and then we go out and donate our time, its always for a great cause.”

Each year Revitalize CDC does a cleanup project like this one, but this year more volunteers came out than ever before.

Colleen Loveless, the president of Revitalize CDC, told 22News, “This year is the largest number of volunteers, over 1,000. It’s amazing, there’s so many good people in the world and they just want to help out and make a difference and help their neighbor so it’s a really great feeling there’s nothing like it when we’re all together.”

This project is part of Revitalize CDC’s plan to cleanup ten blocks in ten years. They already have plans to be on Manhattan Street in Springfield on the last Saturday of April next year.