Volunteers rack up change for The City

If you didn’t think volunteers make a big difference, consider this: Between February and October, more than 3,300 volunteers clocked in nearly 10,000 hours to clean and green The City’s neighborhoods as part of one city program, according to the Department of Public Works.

They planted 1,155 trees, bushes and plants; removed more than 58 tons of litter and debris from the sidewalks and parks, plus 22 tons of “green waste”; and cleaned and weeded 55,400 square feet of center islands and lots, DPW said.

And then there are all the other things that need to be done which one doesn’t automatically think of. The volunteers trimmed 50 trees, cleaned 298 tree basins, edged 3,600 linear feet of sidewalk; and swept 325 blocks of sidewalks, curbs and alleyways, DPW said.

The volunteers helped realize Mayor Gavin Newsom’s five-year plan to plant 25,000 trees in San Francisco, DPW said.

The so-called Community Clean Team volunteers usually spend three hours on a Saturday morning for community projects.

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