JTB working for a Brighter Earth
We arranged for employees of the Japanese Travel Bureau (JTB) to volunteer their time to clean up Recreation Center 54, one of the many NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation Centers throughout NYC. More than 20 of their employees came to participate in their Brighter Earth Project, which is a world wide corporate initiative to beautify tourist destinations. They have held related events worldwide but this was their first project in New York. Recreation Center is a great historic center first opened in 1911 to serve the working class public. Thanks to the the center staff, including Alisa, Audrey, Samantha, and Daniel, we were able to come in when the center was closed so we could efficiently do our work.
The JTB employees broke up into teams to work on different areas in the center. Two teams worked on painting the two sets of stairs. Another team cleaned the mens and women's lockers and showers rooms, while another painted part of the track area above the gym area. As a result of their hard work the JTB employees completed all the planned work. There was a noticeable difference of the before and after work.
JTB presented a chair signed by all their volunteers to the center manager Alisa as a memento of their work. In return, the center gave all the volunteers NYC Parks towels and sunglasses. It was a great way for two different communities to connect and for the Japanese community to help their locally adopted community. For many, it was the first time that they volunteered and saw a different part of what the city has to offer.
After a morning of hard work and building up an appetite they enjoyed lunch at the center and some recreational fun courtesy of the center staff who set up ping pong tables and allowed use of the basketball court. We thank the employees of JTB and Recreation Center 54 for working together to make a difference in the community. NY de Volunteer believes in inspiring the Japanese and American communities to positively contribute to society and enhance relationships between the two communities.