Volunteers Clean Up Broome County To Remember 9/11

By WBNG News

September 10, 2010 Updated Sep 11, 2010 at 12:05 AM EDT

Greater Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - The United Way of Broome County has always done more than its part to support the community.

But for the last 8 years, around this time, they have gone above and beyond.

Action News reporter Natalie Jenereski takes us to the Day of Caring.

More than 1200 volunteers bust out their buckets and brushes to spruce up 50 sites in Broome County.

"I know the agencies where the projects are being completed couldn't be happier, it gives them a way of getting some things done that they might not be able to afford, plus it helps them tell more people a little more about their agency and the programs they provide," said Alan Hertel, Executive Director of Broome County United Way.

The event was started one year after the September 11th attacks in 2001 as a way of honoring the people who lost their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

Volunteers came out from businesses like Endicott Interconnect, BAE Systems, and IBM.

"Everybody is pretty dedicated. They're all having fun, they all have different experience levels, and they're very concerned to do the best job they can do," said Tom Scheibner, team captain for IBM.

More than 100 Binghamton University students and faculty members also helped out.

A few students spent their day at the Handicapped Children's Association in Johnson City.

They painted this mural in the space where the kids spend recess.

"The kids are going to love it. It's going to be like their playground. They're going to have a sense of pride, and a sense of space and place here for them," said muralist, Kady Perry.

"This is a great opportunity to come and leave something for the community. Being a student from BU, it's great to connect with the community around the campus, not just stay closed in there. It's a great opportunity and I couldn't let it pass me by," said Miguel Mateo, a senior at BU.

24 hours of caring, for an impact that lasts much longer.

In Johnson City, Natalie Jenereski, WBNG-TV Action News.

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