Volunteers go green

April 2012 │ New York

Two major service events engaged Deutsche Bank volunteers in helping to create and improve vibrant green spaces in unlikely parts of New York City. Fittingly, both events took place around the commemoration of Earth Day.

For the third year, a team of Deutsche Bank employees participated alongside other company teams in the “Root for New York” Corporate Challenge service event, organized by the New York Restoration Project (NYRP). This annual event engages corporate volunteers in a large-scale tree planting to beautify targeted neighborhoods throughout the city. NYRP is the nonprofit partner in MillionTreesNYC, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout the five boroughs by 2017.

This year’s event resulted in 200 new trees planted in a low- to middle-income housing complex not far from LaGuardia Airport. Certain parts of the western Queens community were adversely affected by a July 2006 electric power outage. As a result, a multimillion dollar initiative was launched to invest in energy-efficiency and environmental projects in western Queens, which lacks significant green space. A total of 125 volunteers from 7 companies participated in the planting event.

Additionally, Deutsche Bank employees volunteered for New York Cares Day Spring. Organized by New York Cares, this annual service day mobilizes thousands of volunteers to help beautify and enhance parks, community gardens and green spaces throughout the city. It is consistently one of the bank’s most popular one-time employee volunteer events. 

Over 70 volunteers spent the day weeding, mulching, working with compost and doing general clean-up at the Red Hook Community Farm in Brooklyn. The working farm operates on the site of an abandoned baseball field in an old industrial neighborhood along the south Brooklyn waterfront. It is operated by Added Value, a nonprofit that promotes the sustainable development of Red Hook through youth empowerment and farm-based learning programs and by growing a just food system. The volunteers’ work helped the farmers make important preparations for the spring growing season.

Tree planting and farming may be uncommon urban pursuits, but as employee volunteers learned firsthand, both are viable activities that are bringing real and sustainable benefits to the quality of life in New York City.

To learn more about New York Restoration Project, please click here.

For information about New York Cares, please click here.

Deutsche Bank employees volunteer at Red Hook Community Farm in Brooklyn. enlarge

Deutsche Bank employees volunteer at Red Hook Community Farm in Brooklyn.

Deutsche Bank employees volunteer at Red Hook Community Farm in Brooklyn.

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