Dozens of volunteers from Deloitte, a Boston tax and accounting firm, descended on the Condor Street Urban Wild and the Our Garden Open Space on Border Street last week to help beautify and transform those public places during the company’s annual IMPACT Day.
“The group arrived with plants, mulch, compost and an incredible work ethic,” said Neighborhood of Affordable Housing’s (NOAH) Director of Community Building and Environment Chris Marchi. “In just a few hours they truly made remarkable progress.”
At the Condor Street Urban Wild the team cleaned the park from top to bottom–collecting old mattresses and debris from along the shoreline.
At the Our Garden, a community garden and urban orchard managed by the NOAH Youth, the volunteers planted flowering Rose of Sharon bushes along the Meridian Street park frontage and other flowering shrubs inside the park space.
Both sites are part of an ongoing investment in public open space beautification and urban gardening made by Deloitte each year through this event.
This year marked Deloitte’s 15th annual IMPACT Day, a celebration of the company’s longstanding commitment to local communities.
“Whether volunteering time to skills-based projects or community improvement efforts, outdoors or indoors, at schools, offices or centers, our corps of Deloitte blue shirts was visibly out in force throughout the U.S.,” said Deloitte CEO Barry Salzberg.
Salzberg said the power of IMPACT Day extends well beyond the volunteering event in Eastie and is the centerpiece of the company’s longstanding efforts in the community.
Nationwide, the majority of IMPACT Day projects were with nonprofits where Deloitte is active year round via pro bono work, board service and other means of skills-based volunteerism.
“We all extend many thanks to the Deloitte staff, and to Greg Comeau and Lauren DeMayo, both NOAH Board members,” said Marchi.