The day began at 9AM with volunteers from Bike & Build. Founded in 2002, Bike & Build is an organization that benefits affordable housing and empowers young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement. During their first 13 years, Bike & Build's eight cross-country trips have engaged 3,000 young adults in service.
The volunteers helped to clear out a large section of Sherman Forest that has been taken over by invasive plant species and weeds. Clearing out the plants allows for a clear trail to become visible while also helping to make the park easy to maintain.
Around 1PM, Sherman Forest was filled with another group of volunteers -- this time from Hamden's Burt Processing. Burt Processing is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of high purity and corrosion equipment, systems, and services.
The employees of Burt Processing, who came to volunteer to us through the United Way of Greater New Haven, were an immense help in clearing out large tree branches, leaves, and debris that covered a large portion of the site (closer to West Division Street). NHS staff were shocked at the speed in which these amazing volunteers cleared out the site and we are grateful for their service and hard work!