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Suddenly our volunteer group looks younger!
Thanks to a grant received by Mercy College encouraging students to take volunteer jobs with non- profit groups like ours, we have had a fresh new presence of youthful enthusiasts on the trail and at events like Ferry Festa in Dobbs Ferry. The grant pays the students a reasonable wage – and we profit.
Camila Gerard and Niesha Pena, Vet-Tech students, and Michael Kerrigan, who is studying Criminal Justice have been manning tables on the trail, talking to walkers and bikers, selling our maps and encouraging participation in our bike raffle. Mavis Cain keeps track of their assignments and time spent working for the Friends. Gary Ricci, our Park Manager, and Tony and Jeff have enjoyed their company at the trailer and seeing them on the trail. Many of our members have commented that they enjoy having a chat with these enthusiastic young people who really enjoy this outreach program.
Mercy College student coordinator, Kathleen Finneran, is our College contact. It has been a pleasure to work with her on this new relationship between Mercy and the Friends.