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Area youth take part in Intergenerational Clean-Up Day to help local seniors

New Hartford Boys Baseball Team among many youth groups taking part this weekend in the annual Intergenerational Clean-Up Day project.

Posted: May 5, 2019 3:02 PM
Updated: May 5, 2019 3:05 PM

New Hartford, N.Y. - Intergenerational Clean-Up Day events have been happening all weekend throughout the Mohawk Valley.

On Sunday, the Oneida County Office for the Aging and Continuing Care organized multiple cleanup efforts in Oneida County, including one in New Hartford.

The program is designed for young people to volunteer their time to help area seniors with things they need a little help with, like yard work.

Players and coaches of the New Hartford High School Boys Baseball Team helped cleanup some yards on Sunday.

Team member Bobby Nole says he and his teammates look forward to this event each spring, "Always want to try to help people out the best way you can.  And these are people they probably can’t do it themselves or can’t hire someone so we can come out here and help them out.  It’s a good feeling you know."

Head Coach Kevin Green says this is an important thing for kids to do, "You get a chance to kind of interact with that senior citizen.  It’s the young kids getting together with an older person in your community and the engagement and keeping that alive is very important and it brings life to the youth, and also to the seniors that we lend a hand to."

Oneida County Office for the Aging and Continuing Care Executive Director Michael Romano says it's nice to see the mix of generations come together, "Yard cleanup is really something that’s important to the homeowners and many are unable to continue to do that type of work for themselves, and this also gives an opportunity for the youth to give back to the community and get involved with all the residents and interact and socialize and so it’s really a win-win for both age groups."

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