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Breaking Out the Brooms for a Beautiful City

Jerri Williams, Heather Redfern and Manuel McDonnell Smith
SEPTA Media Relations

After a long, cold, snowy winter, spring fever has hit the Philadelphia region. What better way to welcome the pending warmer weather than by getting out and clearing away a winter's worth of dust, dirt and debris? On April 5, almost 700 SEPTA employees, their families and friends did just that at 14 of the Authority's sites throughout the city when they volunteered for Mayor Michael Nutter's seventh annual Philly Spring Clean-Up.

With rakes, shovels, brooms and trash bags in their gloved hands, SEPTA operators and mechanical, maintenance and management staff worked together at locations including Fern Rock Transportation Center, Southern District, Margaret-Orthodox and Broad and Lehigh - filling hundreds of bags with litter and leaves and tossing items ranging from worn-out tires to an old golf club. Many SEPTA volunteers made it a family affair, bringing spouses, children, grandchildren and neighbors to make a difference in the community.

"SEPTA's participation in Mayor Nutter's Clean-Up is the perfect example of how much our employees care about our city and customers," said General Manager Joe Casey, who spent his morning at Fern Rock and Olney Transportation Centers. "Our staff is willing to give up a beautiful Saturday to improve our stations, facilities and transportation centers for our passengers and neighbors."

As in years past, SEPTA staff was joined by the City Year Corps during the event. Nearly 100 City Year members in their bright red jackets helped at Elmwood, Callowhill and Woodland Districts. "City Year has been a great partner on the Mayor's Clean-Up and other station beautification projects," said Casey. "We look forward to having the enthusiastic Corps members pitch in."

Following the morning of hard work, Mayor Nutter joined the SEPTA and City Year Corps volunteers at a thank you luncheon at XFINITY Live! in South Philadelphia. "The dedication and commitment of SEPTA employees and City Year is outstanding," said Nutter, who noted that he can always count on the organizations' support of the Clean-Up.

Not only did Mayor Nutter applaud the volunteers for their community service, he also presented a few prizes to several lucky participants - tickets to sit in the Mayor's Box at Citizens Bank Park for a Phillies game.

SEPTA employee volunteers and their families took to Frankford Avenue, cleaning the area near Margaret-Orthodox Station.

Volunteers at Southern District gathered for a group shot before grabbing their brooms, rakes, shovels and bags.

Deputy General Manager Jeff Knueppel lent a hand at Wister Station.

Employee Eugenia Henderson brought her niece Haniyyah Simms to spruce up Frankford Transportation Center.

General Manager Joe Casey and Mayor Michael Nutter presented raffle prizes to lucky volunteers at the thank you luncheon at XFINITY Live!.