For several years, hundreds of volunteers donated hours fixing up the Harris Garden in Harlem on W153rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. This prompted me, as a volunteer, to take my volunteer efforts further and fix up the trees in my neighborhood. I had noticed, glass, cigarette butts, debris and canine waste, and it sickened me. WHEN I MET HELEN CLARK, who lived in my building, I discovered she was an herbalist. I told her about the Harris Garden and asked if she would like to help fix the Garden up. I introduced her to the Harris Sisters. They were responsible for the Harris Garden since the passing of their father, the founder, William H. Harris. The union of Helen and I inspired me to take on the challenge of cleaning up our block. Now we call ourselves Lewis and Clark, like the discoverers. We are attempting to save our block, our trees, and next the community. By planting urbs, bulbs, vegetables, we can influence the youth to join in and possibly the adults. What is our goal? Green roofs. I see a healthier living in Harlem, and we can start by teaching people to dig in the dirt and discover better ways to eat. We can do this, one tree at a time
Types of Volunteer Positions . Planting . Painting
Hours to Volunteer Thursdays and Fridays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
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You must be 16 or older to volunteer at Harris Garden and on the trees we are fixing up. You can volunteer with your parent or guardian, if you are between the ages of 8 and 15.
Darlene Lewis and Helen Clark
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