Civic Works Holds 12th Annual Ricky Myers Day of Service and A Day at Clifton on October 11, 2014

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Hundreds of volunteers plant flower bulbs and trees, clean parks and vacant lots, improve schools, create community gardens and more, followed by a celebration of the history of Clifton Mansion.

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"Ricky Myers Day of Service and A Day at Clifton provide a wonderful opportunity for Baltimore residents to join together and make a positive impact in the community." Dana Stein, Founder and Executive Director of Civic Works.

Civic Works is proud to announce the 12th Annual Ricky Myers Day of Service on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Day of Service will be followed immediately by A Day at Clifton: After the Battle, a celebration of Clifton Mansion’s history as Baltimore’s Home of Service since the War of 1812.

The Ricky Myers Day of Service event is the largest volunteer day of the year for Civic Works and engages hundreds of volunteers to work on service projects in Baltimore. Day of Service also honors the life of Ricky Myers, a staff member who dedicated his life to serving Baltimore’s communities.

In 2013, Day of Service volunteers planted 90 trees and 3,500 flower bulbs, converted 2 abandoned lots into green spaces, improved classrooms in 2 schools, cleaned up 3 public parks, made improvements to an urban farm, and helped older adults make improvements to their homes.

This year, Civic Works is creating a new level of “green” awareness for Baltimore through service initiatives. Day of Service volunteers have a goal to plant over 6,000 flower bulbs in one day, a new record for the event. In addition to bulb plantings, Civic Works will also organize additional service projects focused on energy efficiency, revitalizing abandoned lots, cleaning parks and more. These projects will take place in multiple locations around Baltimore City, enabling hundreds of volunteers to work simultaneously on improving Baltimore.

Day of Service will be followed immediately by A Day at Clifton: After the Battle. This family-friendly celebration will include tours of Clifton Mansion, historic reenactments, lectures and exhibits. Guests will be able to climb the Clifton Tower, meet Captain Thompson and members of the First Baltimore Horse Artillery, and listen to author Christopher George discuss the Chesapeake Campaign.

“Ricky Myers Day of Service and A Day at Clifton provide a wonderful opportunity for Baltimore residents to join together, make a positive impact in the community, and learn more about our city’s history,” stated Dana Stein, Founder and Executive Director of Civic Works. “We’re excited to celebrate and get real work accomplished at the same time.”

Day of Service begins promptly at 7:45am, rain or shine, and ends at 12pm. A Day at Clifton begins at 10am and ends at 3pm. Both events take place at Clifton Mansion in Clifton Park, at 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore MD. Additional information and directions are available on the Civic Works website, http://www.civicworks.com.

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ABOUT CIVIC WORKS
Civic Works is Baltimore’s urban service corps and an AmeriCorps program. Our mission is to strengthen Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. Civic Works AmeriCorps participants tutor and mentor students, create community parks and gardens, help homeowners conserve energy, grow food for low-income residents, rehabilitate abandoned houses, involve families in Baltimore City schools, make homes safer for older adults, and recruit volunteers. Civic Works also trains Baltimore residents for employment in the healthcare and green job industries. For more information, please visit http://www.civicworks.com.

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