Hundreds of volunteers donned their masks and gloves to help better the city of Hoboken last month during an annual day of service.
The mission was part of 1Day Hoboken, a day of volunteering hosted by Hoboken Grace Community Church for the 10th year in a row.
This year, extra safety precautions were taken as volunteers met virtually and at various outdoor launch spots throughout the city before taking up service projects in various areas of Hoboken for two hours and assisting various organizations that serve the city and its residents.
More than 370 participants completed 37 projects throughout Hoboken. and many participated in multiple projects.
Projects included painting thousands of railings, refurbishing benches, gardening, planting thousands of flowers and bulbs, and picking up litter in the city’s parks, beaches, and fields.
Locations included Church Square Park, Steven’s Park, Sinatra Park, Elysian Park, Mama Johnson Field, Jefferson Park, Maxwell and Sinatra Beach, and Weehawken Cove.
Tons of sandwiches
Mayor Ravi Bhalla and his family took part by beautifying a city park.
“Very thankful to the many volunteers from across Hoboken who came together for Hoboken Grace’s annual community cleanup event!” the mayor tweeted. “My family joined their team to help repaint some of the railings in Church Square Park.”
Participants painted and gardened at the Hoboken Boys & Girls Club and the Hoboken Housing Authority(HHA), and cleaned and organized The Hoboken Shelter and St. Matthew Lutheran Church Lunchtime Ministry.
“HHA appreciates the many volunteers that supported Hoboken Grace 1Day cleanup and painting beautification projects at the Hoboken Housing Authority this past Saturday,” tweeted the Hoboken Housing Authority.
This year there were three virtual projects so people could continue to make an impact while inside their homes during the ongoing pandemic.
They included making and packaging hundreds of lunches for The Hoboken Shelter and St. Matthew Trinity Lunchtime Ministry for families struggling with hunger in Hudson County, and working with The Open Door to assist ESL students in a practice conversation.
Stevens Institute of Technology students got in on the action; members of the wrestling team made 440 sandwiches in their apartments for Lunch Time Ministry and the Hoboken Homeless Shelter.
“Always great giving back to the city of Hoboken,” tweeted Stevens Wrestling.
“It was amazing to see over 370 people come out in a safe way and serve all over Hoboken,” said James Sproule, engagement director for Hoboken Grace. “Teams tackled huge projects with smiles, and people all over town can see the impact in new flowers and fresh paint. For the 10th year in a row, we were able to love our community in a significant way.”
After the completion of the projects, the volunteers enjoyed boxed lunches while celebrating what was accomplished in just one day.
To learn more about Hoboken Grace visit hobokengrace.com.