Celebrating Dream Foundation Day, Green Up Day a Success

Over the weekend, the Washington Nationals hosted Foundation Day Presented by Waste Management to celebrate the efforts of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and its community initiatives. 

As part of the pregame ceremonies, dedicated volunteers who participated in the Foundation’s third annual Green Up Day were recognized after spending the previous Friday morning removing trash and debris from wetland areas close to Nationals Park and further up the Anacostia River.

Kevin Garrett, a biology student at the University of the District of Columbia and aspiring conservationist, says he volunteered at the Kenilworth Park site because he recognized the need for restoring the Anacostia River and D.C.’s green spaces and wetlands.

“Green Up Day is an excellent opportunity for people to come out and make D.C. greener,” Garrett said. “The Anacostia and many of D.C.’s environmental spaces have been neglected for a very long time. It’s good to see so many people taking part in a project that helps revitalize these areas.”

Native Washingtonian and Morehouse College student Barry Benson agreed.

“I volunteered because I know how important it is to take care of the Anacostia River,” Benson said.  “Keeping the river and green spaces around the city clean can be done, but it first starts with awareness. This event makes me feel good about the future of the river.”

The Nationals teamed up with the Earth Conservation Corps and Rebuilding Together DC to host this year’s event, which was held at sites directly across the street from Nationals Park in Diamond Teague Park, and at Kenilworth Recreation Park in northeast D.C.  

According to Earth Conservation Corps Director Kellie Bolinder, the support of an organization like the Washington Nationals is important to local conservation projects. 
“It’s exciting to see the Washington Nationals play such a big role in conservation efforts,” Bolinder said. “When a popular organization like the Nationals lends their support to such a cause, it attracts young people. Young people are the key to insuring this type of work continues into the future.”

The Nationals would like to thank all those who gave their time in making the 2011 Green Up Day a success.

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