Mercy Hospital and BCLA Block Club Hold Neighborhood Clean Sweep

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April 24, 2009

Mercy Hospital staff and BCLA (Belvedere, Choate, Lorraine, Alsace) Block Club members teamed up to clean the neighborhood surrounding the hospital on Thursday, April 23, 2009 in recognition of Earth Week 2009. About 25 volunteers put their brooms and rakes to work for the first ever Mercy Neighborhood Clean Sweep.

“For our first effort, I thought everything went very smoothly and we collected a lot of garbage,” said Peggy Jetter, Coordinator of the Mercy Neighborhood Clean Sweep, Chair of Mercy Hospital’s Go Green Committee, and Director of Imaging Services at Mercy Hospital.

“I was particularly impressed with how everybody pitched in, worked hard, helped each other and needed little direction. Overall, it was a great team effort.”

Mercy Hospital associate Liz Eckert, center, and BCLA Block President Mike Schedler and his wife Eileen spruce up the corner of Mercy and Belvedere Streets.Mike Shedler, President of the BCLA Block Club, agreed with Jetter as he expressed his thanks to the hospital for organizing the cleanup. “I just can’t believe it. We were so thrilled to hear about the project,” he said. “It is a big help to us since most of our block club members and residents are elderly. It was a wonderful and well-organized community event.”

The Mercy Hospital Go Green Committee coordinated the Clean Sweep as a way for staff to not only celebrate Earth Week but to give back to the hospital’s neighborhood.