Affordable Housing Alliance cleans up

PORT MONMOUTH – The Affordable Housing Alliance assisted in the clean-up of Compton’s Creek for the annual National NeighborWorks Week.

Organized volunteers and staff came together and took action in cleaning the area.

The Affordable Housing Alliance is a chartered member of NeighborWorks of America. Other chartered members across the country sponsored similar events during the week by gathering volunteers to clean up certain areas in their respective communities.

Taking place on June 9, the clean-up was separated into two parts. The first being cleaning up the weeds and grass that had overgrown on Church Street on Compton Creeks Bridge. The second mission being to clean up garbage in the surrounding creek.

Most of the garbage and debris was left over from Hurricane Sandy, but other waste came from the nearby shoreline that piled up over many years.

Volunteers and the Affordable Housing Alliance staff used weed whackers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, rakes, push brooms, shovels, gloves and garbage bags to clean and restore the area.

Steve Massel, a member of the Middletown Committee stated, “that the Affordable Housing Alliance and volunteers have made a major difference to the Creek.”

Some unique items were found during the clean-up such as an oxygen tank, fire extinguisher, and a couch.

Many volunteers came to help and support the cause. More than a hundred volunteers from Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo and members from the community aided in cleaning up Compton’s Creek. The Monmouth County Parks department and Middletown Township Public Works also contributed to the day’s success.

As the leading nonprofit housing provider in Monmouth County, the organization worked to beautify the area and to make it a livable and safe environment for residents. The alliance was given significant disaster relief funding after Hurricane Sandy, and is using this money to better the community.

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