Last week, a group of twenty Tiffany & Co. employees removed their jewelry and donned gardening gloves to clean up trash on the rail yards section of the High Line in anticipation of our High Line sketching classes which starts this weekend. The employees are all part of TIffany ‘s TeamBuilders Manhattan, a group of staffers that get together for volunteer projects and social activities. Departments from across the company were represented, including the corporate office and the Wall Street and Fifth Avenue retail stores. The all-female crew broke up into three smaller groups and tackled different sections of the High Line between 30th-34th Street, filling nearly 25 bags with trash in just an hour and a half. The bags were then removed by a Parks Department sanitation team.
Working with our volunteers is one of my favorite parts of my job. Friends of the High Line has about 115 active volunteers, all of them dynamic individuals who care about the future of New York City.
Last month, we held a volunteer orientation for current and prospective volunteers at the General Theological Seminary in Chelsea. The beginning of the year is a good time to bring everyone together for an update on where we are in the construction process, as well as give a heads-up as to what events and projects are coming down the pike in 2008. There are lots of ways to get involved, including staffing special events, working in our office helping to get out big mailings, or serving as a volunteer docent on the High Line during openhousenewyork. And with the High Line’s opening scheduled to take place before the end of the year, there will be a huge need for volunteer support going forward.
If you’re interested in becoming a Friends of the High Line volunteer, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
More photos of our awesome volunteers in action after the jump.