M&T Bank Continues Involvement With Annual Hands-On Jamestown Cleanup

For the fourth year in a row, M&T Bank has teamed up with the annual Hands-On Jamestown Community Clean-up.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18.

“M&T Bank takes pride in the community involvement it provides through its charitable foundation as well as the daily contributions of M&T employees,” said Wendy Wilcox, assistant branch manager of the Sixth Street M&T Branch. “Partnering with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation for Hands-On Jamestown is very important for us, as we continue to strive to make our downtown and surrounding areas welcoming to visitors and to those who call Jamestown home.”

Hands-On Jamestown is a planned, comprehensive clean-up involving hundreds of community volunteers from the city of Jamestown and surrounding region. With volunteer interest growing every year, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation encourages new and returning volunteers to be a part of this year’s efforts.

“We are so grateful for the continuous support of M&T Bank,” said Tiffani Conti, JRC event and marketing associate. “They are a wonderful group to work with, and we truly appreciate their community support. Not only do they provide financial support but also send volunteers to assist with the actual clean-up. We encourage more businesses to organize a group and participate during the event.”

Pre-registration is highly encouraged to assist with location assignment prior to the event. New this year, volunteers can register online at www.jrconline.org or visit the website and print out a registration form to mail in.

Registration and check-in will begin at 8 a.m. on Tracy Plaza at City Hall. A continental breakfast with be provided by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and donations provided by local businesses. Upon checking in, volunteers will receive directions and their location assignments. All participating volunteers are encouraged to return to Tracy Plaza once they are finished for a light lunch also provided by donations from local businesses.

Some cleaning tools will be available, but it is recommended individuals bring their own gloves, brooms, rakes, weed eaters and other supplies. Garbage bags and pick-up will be furnished.

As a communitywide event, Hands-On Jamestown encourages all local businesses and residents to clean-up around their own establishments and homes to demonstrate pride in the community.

“Working together to plant flowers or clean a street is a powerful act of stewardship that serves as the basis for all other downtown and neighborhood revitalization efforts in Jamestown,” said Peter Lombardi, JRC executive director. “If we can work together to get the small things right, it’s a good sign that we can tackle more complex problems.”

Many new projects and locations are being incorporated into this year’s clean-up, including several neighborhood locations outside the downtown core, according to Conti. In 2012, a special clean-up at Lillian Dickson Park on Falconer Street attracted many new volunteers and spurred additional interest in projects at the neighborhood level.

Hands-On Jamestown is sponsored in part by M&T Bank, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Jamestown, Gebbie Foundation, Board of Public Utilities and the city of Jamestown, including the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Public Works.

For more information visit www.jrconline.org, call 664-2477, ext. 226, or “like” the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation on Facebook.