Volunteers gathered at the YMCA to clean up the neighborhood corridor streets. 87 bags of trash were collected and large debris was disposed of, making a visible difference in the neighborhood. Baton Rouge had the most volunteers for a new site in 2012!
“Since May of 2011, I’ve struggled with both how to best honor Tyler and how to be self-disciplined in incorporating Ty-isms into my life. Organizing CommuniTyler was an amazing opportunity to channel my energies into something tangibly impactful. In the process, I had the great privilege of being able to work with leaders who had already made community revitalization a priority in their lives. Through a partnership with the Center for Planning Excellence, Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful, and the Old South Baton Rouge Civic Association, CommuniTyler-Baton Rouge had a total of 37 volunteers come out to pick up 87 bags of trash in a blighted part of town in the hot Louisiana summer sun. Of these volunteers, only four had ever met Ty. The rest of the group was comprised of Teach For America corps members and alums, City Year corps members, community members, high school students, and people from the organizations mentioned above. Not only did these groups make new connections with each other, but they also got to make a connection with Tyler for the first time.”
“On May 19, 2012, the Old South Baton Rouge neighborhood experienced something positive- CommuniTyler.
In the early morning hours, CommuniTyler volunteers enthusiastically gathered at the YMCA and set out for a morning of cleaning up the neighborhood corridor streets. 87 bags of trash were collected and large debris was disposed of, making a visible difference in the neighborhood, and enabling the forming of friendships along the way.
In just one day, CommuniTyler positively impacted the OSBR neighborhood by helping to build community pride and fostering the relationships necessary to ensure transformative and lasting change.”
−Tara Titone, Project Manager at the Center for Planning Excellence