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Increasing Spanish Speaking Volunteers in Beautification

October 15, 2014

[LIBERTY] – Sullivan Renaissance has hired a bilingual consultant to study how to increase the participation of Spanish speaking volunteers in Sullivan Renaissance’s beautification and community development programs, and help cultivate gardening and horticultural skills within the Spanish speaking community.

Araceli (Ari) Mir-Pontier of Barryville will develop recommendations for a program that integrates this outreach into Sullivan Renaissance.

“Sullivan Renaissance is delighted that Ari will help us connect with our Spanish speaking neighbors.  We would be so pleased to welcome them into our program as part of our county-wide beautification efforts,” said Sandra Gerry, who chairs the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee,

Ms. Mir-Pontier, who is Cuban born and fluent in her native Spanish, was the Vice President of the Medical Professional Liability Agency of Rock Hill from 2001 to 2014.  Previously she worked for Frontier Insurance Group in Rock Hill and NYNEX in Manhattan.  She is a Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, serves on the SullivanArc Garden Tour Committee, and chairs the Board of Directors of the Friends of New Hope Manor Foundation.  She is a former Board of Director for the SullivanArc Foundation, and a Leadership Sullivan Graduate Class of 2010. 

Ms. Mir-Pontier is available to visit individuals and communities at their convenience to gauge their interest in beautification and explain Sullivan Renaissance programs.  For more information, contact Sullivan Renaissance at or 845-295-2445.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.