Sand Creek Greenway volunteer program gets boost from REI grant

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COMMERCE CITY — The volunteer program for the Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership got a boost earlier this month by way of a $10,000 grant from REI.
    The money will be used to expand the SCRGP Neighborhood Partners Environmental Team, which works in Commerce City, Denver and Aurora along the Sand Creek Regional Greenway Trail.
    In 2012, nearly 600 volunteers worked more than 2,800 hours, resulting in more than $62,000 in labor and maintenance saved for the community. Specifically, the grant will aid in recruiting even more volunteers to participate in more than 20 volunteer events throughout the year.
    “REI has been very generous in supporting our volunteer program, which allows us to organize and support the best team of neighborhood volunteers in the region,” said SCRGP executive director Kate Kramer. “We and our volunteers love REI because REI generously supports community stewardship events and because trail users can ride their bicycles directly to the REI Flagship Store at Denver’s Confluence Park on safe, off-road trails.”
    The grant will allow SCRGP to translate materials into Spanish for expanded outreach and will increase the number of volunteer events where community members plant native species, clean up trash, repair trails, and remove invasive weeds. 
    If you would like to participate in SCRGP’s volunteer program, please contact Katie Lampe at klampe@sandcreekgreenway.org or 303.468.3262, or visit www.sandcreekgreenway.org