CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Members of the MIT men's and women's cross country teams took some time away from the trails and volunteered with the Charles River Conservancy (CRC). With the help of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at MIT, the Engineers spent the afternoon improving the Charles River bike path by pulling vines, picking up trash, cutting back growth on cherry trees and painting benches.
Senior Alexandra Taylor (Harbor Springs, Mich.), one of the captains of the women's cross country team and a member of SAAC, said "volunteering with the Charles River Conservancy was a great way to give back, especially because many members of our team frequently use the paths along the Charles River."
The Charles River Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the renewal of the Charles River Parklands. Founded in 2000, the Conservancy organizes volunteers to help beautify the 400 acres of public land along the Charles.
Danielle Stehlik, the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for the CRC, said "I want to send out a big thank you for the MIT cross country teams' hard work and efforts. They all did a fantastic job … it was such a productive volunteer effort. Their efforts go a long way for parkland aesthetics in an area that is enjoyed by many people daily!"