A Poughkeepsie-based non-profit known as “Community Matters 2“ continues to gather Poughkeepsie officials, residents, and Hudson Valley volunteers for community clean-up every couple of months in this charming city along the Hudson. *Participate in the next clean-up on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Mansion Square Park in Poughkeepsie, New York.*
Photo Caption: (Left to Right) Founder Executive Director, L’Quette Taylor and Administrative Director Jaquana Ashley of Community Matters 2 at the youth inspired Community Clean-Up Day at Pershing Park on November 20, 2021)
Community Matters 2 or “CM2” took the nonprofit scene in the Hudson Valley by storm as the organization went directly to the city of Poughkeepsie, its residents, and local businesses and began integrating the people in the neighborhood into the programs and services that CM2 began developing in 2018. One of the first programs that CM2 started with was a clean-up-the-city event about five years ago on April 14th at Mansion Square park and Winnikee Ave in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Community Clean Up!
“Everybody likes a clean community. It's really just that simple.” - Founder L’Quette Taylor
Photo Captions: Photos of volunteers working and learning during the Community Clean Day on November 20, 2021.
Five years later, Community Matters 2 is still going strong. The Goodie Drop caught up with Founder and Executive Director, L’Quette Taylor in November of 2021, after his team put together their 1st youth-focused Community Clean-up. About 150 Youth Volunteers from Poughkeepsie High School, Our Lady of Lourdes High School, Arlington High School, Ketcham High School and Ramapo for Children worked together to collect trash and leaves off the street. The leaves collected that day went to Scenic Hudson and the Poughkeepsie Farm Project as compost for the upcoming garden season of 2022.
Photo Caption: (CM2's 1st youth-focused Community Clean-up with about 150 Youth Volunteers on November 20th, 2021 at Pershing Park.)
Administrative Director Jaquana Ashley shared more programs and future plans for the Organization and says that Director Taylor has plans, on plans, on plans to continue with his mission of “organizing events and establishing programs with local organizations for community engagement”. One such program is called “Let’s feed Poughkeepsie”, which helped feed people during the COVID-19 Pandemic. They teamed up with Change-Point Church and served about 10,000 meals. Another program called "Hook" teaches youth how to box and stay mentally and physically fit. The Boxing program works together with APJ BOXING, a local boxing club run by Coach Kariym in Poughkeepsie, NY.
The next Community Clean-up is on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Mansion Square Park in Poughkeepsie, New York. Click on the link below to sign up or learn about more ways you can support. https://www.communitymatters2.org