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Supporting Community Projects and Creating a Sense of Place

June 25, 2013

[LIBERTY] – A new group of young people has begun caring for public gardens and parks throughout Sullivan County as part of the 2013 Sullivan Renaissance Gardening Internship and Leadership Program.  Now in its tenth year, the program is a collaboration between Sullivan Renaissance and the Sullivan County Center for Workforce Development.

The primary role of the interns is to assist with care and maintenance of flowers, gardens and other landscaping elements of community projects throughout the county.  Their work includes planting, watering, mulching, fertilizing, weeding, dead-heading of plants, and other related activities.  Interns also assist with administrative and organizational tasks such as clerical support, phone calling and fundraising activities.

In addition to their work in the community, Sullivan Renaissance interns participate in a youth development program with a specific theme.  Weekly sessions allow interns to explore topics that help them gain a sense of place within their communities and throughout Sullivan County.  The focus of this year’s program is “Place Making.”  As a group, they also participate in a day of service which they plan and implement with support from Sullivan Renaissance staff and volunteers. 

“We have a thoughtful, insightful, interesting group of interns this year, who are learning to become gardeners,” said Denise Frangipane, who coordinates the program, “They are also pianists, cellists, drummers, actors, artists, bakers, chefs, travelers, photographers, unicycle riders – and future doctors, accountants, lawyers and Peace Corps volunteers!”

The 2013 Sullivan Renaissance interns are working in the following communities:

·         Luis Arango, Phillipsport

·         Jennifer Avila, Program Assistant, Sullivan Renaissance

·         Celina Castellano, Woodbourne

·         Jordan Fredell, Mamakating

·         Brittany Fuller, Livingston Manor

·         Olivia Grady, Narrowsburg

·         Dylan Jones, Neversink

·         Jenna Lambrigger, Roscoe

·         Joshua Mace, Rock Hill

·         Madison McCormack, Jeffersonville

·         Desmond Oxford-McDaniel, Woodridge 

·         Ethan Porter, Swan Lake

·         Nina Seehausen, Hurleyville and Town of Thompson Park

·         Kyle Wallach, Monticello

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Large Media, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter and WSUL/WVOS. 

For information, contact Sullivan Renaissance at or 845-295-2445.