September 23, 2019

Local nonprofit seeking volunteers that need community service hours!

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Sometimes knowing exactly where to go to fulfill community service hours can be difficult whether the hours are court ordered or required by schools. Even hearing about certain upcoming community events that require volunteers can be a frustrating task for an East Providence resident who wants to help change their community but doesn’t have time to sift through their facebook wall. After realizing these issues, a few East Providence residents are beginning to take action.

Townie Neighborhood Team is an East Providence based nonprofit that was recently founded by its president - Max Brandle. Wanting to better the community, his hope is that using the labor of those who need community service hours to help address issues facing the community such as trash infested parks and disabled veterans who can’t mow their own lawns or afford to pay someone who can will make East Providence a closer community.

Along with the vice president Aaron Bergron, as well as a fully functioning board of directors, they will begin planning events that improve the community and in conjunction act as a liaison organization so that those who need community service hours can go to in order to be directed to another specific organization or event that can provide them with a volunteer opportunity to either fulfill community service hours or simple help their town.

The first event they are working on is an East Providence community cleanup taking place Saturday August 24 and Sunday August 25. Food, water, and supplies to clean up any public area of the city that has rubbish, garbage, weeds, etc will be provided to any volunteers who show up to Pierce Field at 9:00AM or after on both days. Places that will be focused on are listed on the Facebook event page. Volunteers who take pictures of what they have cleaned up and provide the hours they spent doing so will receive community service hours. Adult supervision will be required.

Ensuring everyone in the city can fulfill their community service requirements is a large task. This worthwhile endeavor can’t be done alone. As the idea of this organization has not recently been implemented in the city of East Providence, it will require a lot of volunteers as well as insight from how other communities and nonprofits tackle this issue. For those who can’t provide physical help, simply spreading the word can make a huge difference for the community going forward!

If you or anyone you know would be interested in helping Townie Neighborhood Team, you can contact their page on Facebook, visit their website at townieneighborhoodteam.org, or contact Max Brandle directly at 508-717-1208.

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