The Arc Westchester was a proud recipient of a Special Recognition Award at The Westchester Parks Foundation 44th Anniversary “Parks Are Essential” Gala on September 15 at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, NY.
Tibi Guzman, Executive Director/CEO accepted the award on behalf of the staff and individuals who spend countless hours supporting many of our county’s parks. We have partnered with Westchester County Parks since 2016 in providing an inclusive volunteer experience to build a variety of skills and experiences for young adults as they participate in the preservation and protection of our county parks.
In 2021 alone, 93 Arc Westchester participants contributed 950 hours of voluntary service with the Westchester County Parks.
The wide variety of skill-building opportunities include:
- Maintaining 13 parks weekly and removal of 679 pounds of litter
- Distributing signs and flyers for park volunteer events
- Caring for 159 native saplings
- Painting 750 square feet of park structures
- Packing 10,000 Ned & Albert Snack Bags for the park’s Winter Wonderland event.
These impressive accomplishments represent an essential service to our community that aligns with our mission of inclusion, and it contributes to the preservation of our environment.
Other award recipients at the gala were FUJIFILM who received the Community Partner Award and Robinson Oil who received the Business Impact Award. We are grateful to The Westchester County Parks Foundation for this recognition, and we look forward to a continued partnership in preserving and beautifying our county parks.