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Danbury officials are looking for volunteers to help with the second year of the Clean Start program.  The initiative is a joint effort with Jericho Partnership to offer help to the city's homeless population. 

 

Each team of participants is led by volunteers/job coaches.  Jericho Partnership is actively searching for more volunteers to lead teams this summer.  Approximately 1,000 hours were spent on beautification projects by program participants in exchange for gift cards.  Four people found jobs during the program.

 

Last year, participants worked with CityCenter Danbury to clean streets downtown, with the Danbury Department of Public Utilities to paint fire hydrants, with the Danbury Housing Department to clean streets and yards, with Tarrywile Park to widen walking paths and landscape, and with the Danbury Parking Authority to clean and paint.

 

Mayor Mark Boughton says the initiative to combat the issue of homelessness helps get people involved in the community and begin a pathway to employment.

 

Each volunteer would lead either a two or a four hour shift twice a week, Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday between 9am-1pm.

 

To volunteer or to find out more information, contact Harry Pugner at Jericho Partnership, 203-791- 1180 / harry@jerichopartnership.org.

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