Chicago’s parks have been heavily used as a source of respite and recreation during the coronavirus pandemic. Now it’s time to give back in the form of a little volunteer TLC.
The nonprofit Chicago Parks Foundation has created a citywide volunteer program, “Pitch in for the Parks!” as a way for people to help keep the parks clean in the absence of seasonal employees who typically undertake ongoing maintenance.
Ways to get involved include:
— Organizing a volunteer group. Either adopt a park or let the Parks Foundation play matchmaker. The foundation will supply your crew with trash bags, gloves and water.
— Joining a prescheduled park cleanup event. Check the Parks Foundation website for dates and times.
— Taking matters into your own hands and picking up litter safely whenever you visit a park.
All participating volunteers are required to wear face masks and to practice social distancing. Volunteer groups are capped at 50 people.
“When you invest in a park you are investing in the communities who love and use them,” said Willa Iglitzen Lang, executive director of the Chicago Parks Foundation. “And for that we say thank you!”