Lend a Hand – Help Spruce Up Pottstown’s Edgewood Historic Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 3
With hopes of building on the community-minded momentum of the recent “Superheroes Clean-up” in Pottstown on Sept. 12, volunteers for Edgewood Historic Cemetery and Hobart’s Run are planning a clean-up day at the cemetery beginning at 9AM on Saturday, Oct. 3.
While Edgewood’s fall clean-up days in recent years have included free food and fundraising raffles, the pandemic has caused organizers to “keep it simple” this fall and only ask for ready and willing volunteers to rake leaves, do some weeding, and help with other tasks to get the grounds ready for winter.
“The Cemetery is in need of some care before the weather turns cold,” said Andrew Monastra, president of the small Friends of Edgewood Historic Cemetery, a group of about half-a-dozen volunteers.
“We do ask that all volunteers practice personal distancing and wear a mask if at all possible, and certainly if they will be closer than 10 feet to other workers,” says Monastra.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own gloves and tools, but some equipment and gloves will be available in exchange for donations of $10 or more, proceeds of which benefit the Cemetery.
Edgewood Historic Cemetery was abandoned in 2012 and fell into terrible disrepair before being rescued by a small group of volunteers. As a local nonprofit, the Cemetery receives no funds from the Borough of Pottstown for its maintenance, relying entirely on donations which are always greatly needed and welcomed to help show respect to the U.S. Veterans and others buried on the grounds.
“Past volunteers have always enjoyed this time together as we give back to the community in a very meaningful way. Last year we had about 100 volunteers give us a few hours throughout the day.”
Located at 989 High Street between Edgewood and Keim Streets, the Edgewood Historic Cemetery clean-up day will run from 9AM to 1PM on Oct. 3.
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