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Volunteers Do a Spring Spruce Up in Elkins Park

June 12, 2013


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Firstrust volunteers helped to make the grounds of the Samuel Green House more inviting for senior residents.

On Sunday, June 2, Federation Housing Inc.’s Samuel A. Green House in Elkins Park benefited from a beautification project courtesy of volunteers representing two community organizations.

Members of the Jewish Federation Real Estate group (JFRE) and their families teamed up with volunteers from Firstrust Bank to construct benches, add three new tables with umbrellas and 12 chairs, plant 20 flats of flowers in six gardens, hang a dozen floral baskets, build a fountain, fill bird-feeders and create stepping stones to further enhance the grounds of this senior adult apartment complex.

Green House residents pitched in as well in this spring spruce up, which was generously underwritten by JFRE. Said JFRE’s Jeremy Fogel, event co-chair, “Our members raise funds and deploy them in the community in line with Federation’s goals. This project was ideal for us to fund because it involved real estate and supports people in the community.”

The youngest volunteer was 2 and the oldest was 99-year-old resident Dot Kap­­lan, who had high praise for the spring spruce up. “I love it. It enhances not just the Green House but the entire neighborhood,” she said.

Kathy Sarlson, director of development for Federation Housing, noted, “We’re incredibly grateful to JFRE for so generously donating not only this new furniture and the flowers, but also their time. This outdoor area is where the residents spend most of their time during the warmer months.”

Daniel Green, son of the building’s namesake Samuel Green, serves as Firstrust Bank’s chairman of the board. He and his son, Arlin, were part of the Firstrust Bank volunteer contingent. “I’m very pleased with the work of Federation Housing. It’s the spirit and the creativity that they’ve put into this building,” Green said, adding, “I couldn’t have imagined that this building would have been as meaningful as it’s turned out to be.”

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