Neighbors come together to clean up Connecticut riverbank in Chicopee

Hampden County

Neighbors were helping neighbors clean up the river near their own backyards in Chicopee Sunday.

The accumulated debris along the Connecticut riverbank in Chicopee’s Willimansett neighborhood caught the attention of some two hundred volunteers on Sunday.

Apparently, it wasn’t difficult lining up the manpower to get the job done.

“About five days ago, we came down here,” said Matthew Yacovone. “I saw all the trash around the whole area of the riverbank and posted it on Facebook. In 24 hours, we had ten thousand views, incredible people offering to clean it up.”

Not only was the riverbank made free of debris but mid-day Sunday, neighbors were excited about using this resource in its new, healthier form.

“Pollution, safety issues, anglers like me get it cleaned up,” Richard Gencreau added. “We’ll be able to be safe and bring the family down.”

Through their efforts on Earth Day, they’ve captured the essence of our personal responsibility to ourselves and our neighbors. 

They know that if you want something done to improve the community, everyone’s got to pitch in and do it themselves.

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