NJPIRG's Energy Service Corps Celebrates "25 Days of Service"
By: Sarah Mitnick
On February 10, 2011 NJPIRG's Energy Service Corps, The City of Newark and Brick City SERVES celebrated "25 Days of Service." Over the 25 days volunteers and partners weatherized 100 homes in Newark in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As temperatures drop and heating bills rise, many families struggle to pay their monthly utility bills, and many more suffer through cold nights in their drafty homes. Throughout "25 Days of Service," volunteers from college campuses, high schools, and the community put in hard work to seal cracks around windows & doors, change old light bulbs to CFLs, and give residents tips on how to save even more energy.
The 25 Days culminated in a press conference to celebrate the success of the project and the weatherization of 103 homes. Speakers included Mayor Cory Booker, Deputy Mayor Margarita Muniz, Chief Services Officer Nichelle Holder, Energy Service Corps member Webster Gray, Assistant Chancellor Diane Hill and Councilman Donald Payne, Jr. Mayor Booker presented all partners with a Proclamation to thank them for their work.
Campus Organizer Lyndsey Scofield and Rutgers Student Webster Gray with Mayor Cory Booker
Rutgers Newark NJPIRG student volunters with the Proclamation from Mayor Booker.
Minimum-time member and Rutgers student Webster Gray addresses the room