WESTFIELD, NJ — Volunteers of all ages helped beautify Westfield’s parks and green spaces Saturday for the town’s annual Earth Day cleanup. At Mindowaskin Park alone, more than 150 people contributed, including Boy Scouts, members of the Tuesday Club of Westfield, members of the town council and Comcast workers with their families, according to Debby Burslem, president of the Friends of Mindowaskin Park.
“People always talk about the buildings being such a wonderful part of Westfield, and they are,” said Burslem. “But when volunteers, residents, former residents — we have former residents here — come out to help, that is what really makes Westfield Westfield.”
The 40 Comcast volunteers were taking part in the 14th Comcast Cares Day. More than 95,000 Comcast workers and their families helped out all over the country Saturday, according to Stacey Smith, sales manager for North Jersey and his group’s coordinator at Mindowaskin.
“This is a big day for Comcast. It’s part of our DNA to give back,” said Smith. “We really appreciate the opportunity to come and serve in Westfield. We’re glad to be part of the 700 community service projects that are all-volunteer. We really want to be a part of the community that we serve.”
Breakfast was provided by the Friends of Mindowaskin Park, with a generous donation from Anthony and Tammy D’Amore of NATC Donuts. Comcast supplied 150 sub sandwich lunches from Hershey’s Subs of Westfield. Mulch was supplied by Craig Stock Landscaping and Associated Tree Service.