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Spring Cleaning with SEPTA

Heather Redfern
SEPTA Press Officer

SEPTA employees take pride in the communities they serve. That's why, for the fifth consecutive year, hundreds of the Authority's staff members, their families, friends and City Year Corps members headed to stations, depots and transportation centers across Philadelphia to participate in Mayor Michael Nutter's annual "Philly Spring Clean-Up".

With brooms, rakes and shovels in hand, more than 600 employees and their family and friends volunteered their time on Saturday, April 14, to clean 13 SEPTA locations, including Frankford and 69th Street Transportation Centers, 2nd and Wyoming and Broad and Lehigh.

"The Clean-Up gives us the chance to get out into our communities and work with our neighbors," said SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey, who spent the morning at Wister Station in Germantown. "When residents see SEPTA employees cleaning our property, they understand SEPTA is truly connected to the people and communities we serve. The sense of neighborhood pride an event like the Clean-Up creates is infectious."

Joining Casey at Wister Station were Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass, City Year volunteers and Germantown residents. The extra help provided at the station was appreciated by Ed Wallace, Deputy Director of Station Operations and Customer Service in SEPTA's Engineering Department and a Clean-Up site coordinator. "When residents on Baynton Street, Rubicam and Ruffe saw the SEPTA crowd, they came out and joined us," Wallace said. "What an inspirational morning. I was glad I could share it with my daughter Anna Marie."

After the hundreds of trash bags were collected and the cleaning supplies were put away, SEPTA's volunteers headed to Festival Pier for a picnic. "This is a great way to celebrate the hard work of our employees and their families and to thank them for donating their time on a Saturday,"said Casey. "We are fortunate to have so many staff members who want to make a difference."

SEPTA and City Year volunteers worked side-by-side in the area surrounding Margaret-Orthodox Station.

69th Street Site Cordinator Leslie Hickman gives directions to the volunteers.

Councilwoman Cindy Bass (center) joined General Manager Joe Casey and volunteers at Wister Station.

Volunteers of all ages helped clean SEPTA sites, including Frankford Transportation Center.

Following the Clean-Up, General Manager Casey and volunteers celebrated with a party at Festival Pier.