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SEPTA Joins Mayor's Third Annual Spring Clean-Up Campaign

SEPTA employees and community members armed with brooms, bags, and shovels, started their day sprucing-up neighborhoods during Mayor Nutter's third annual "Philly Spring Clean-Up".

For the third year, SEPTA was the leading corporate partner with the largest contingent of employees fanning out across the city to promote pride in Philadelphia and support Mayor Nutter's community improvement initiative. Working side by side with employee volunteers were City Year youth volunteers. For more than ten years SEPTA has partnered with City Year at many community-related events.

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell helped General Manager Joseph Casey kick-off the effort in West Philadelphia as his team spruced up the area of 52nd & Market Streets (near the 52nd Street El Station). City Year and employee volunteers were also spring cleaning in neighborhoods around the city. From Germantown to Olney, from Frankford to South and West Philly, volunteers 'swept' through neighborhoods with a vengeance, determined to help beautify the city one block at a time.

"It means so much to us to be able to work with our neighbors to help improve the communities we serve," said Casey.

Like a well oiled machine, employees, City Year volunteers, and members of the community swept pavements, curbs, vacant lots and other areas in need of attention.

"This feels real good," said Donna-Jean Christopher of the Customer Service Department. "It's just really nice to be able to give back this way. I hope that this encourages residents to continue to take pride in their neighborhood - knowing that people care."

Dan Nealis is a first-year member of a City Year team lending support in West Philly. "We come here everyday on the El or trolley. It's nice to be able to help keep this area clean."

"It's great to be able to give back," said Cynthia Griffin from the Customized Community Transportation Department. "For the past two years I've helped out at Callowhill Depot (59th & Callowhill Street) but I decided this year to come here to 52nd & Market Streets. I really love helping the community; you can see it making a difference."

Later in the afternoon, nearly 200 City Year and over 500 employee volunteers, family and friends were treated to an afternoon 'thank-you' lunch replete with music, raffles and clowns for the kids at Festival Pier on Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street. Mayor Nutter stopped by to personally thank everyone for their hard work and support. "We are so excited about this partnership which goes beyond the one-day clean-up between the City and SEPTA [and it] is growing each and every day," said Nutter. "No matter how you look at it we are all public servants and SEPTA provides a very important service being able to move people around. We are very proud of you. SEPTA - Here to Help."

Councilwoman Blackwell and GM Casey (center), pose with employee and City Year volunteers

Volunteers took to the sidewalks - and streets - helping to clean and beautify neighborhoods

Mayor Nutter joined the feastivities with GM Casey and volunteers at the Feastival Pier

SEPTA participation in the annual event exceeded 500 volunteers