Join McKinley Park Group in Making Seasonal Decorations

McKinley Park Supporters invite the community to join them to make decorations for the McKinley Park annual wildlife tree.

The group will use natural items such as peanut butter and birdseed rolled onto pine cones along with other treats for woodland creatures to decorate a tree for resident squirrels and other critters to enjoy during the winter months. The tree will also serve to spread seasonal cheer.

Decorating will begin at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Southside Interfaith CDC, located at 500 W. Newell St.

Each winter, the group joins together to make decorations for the park’s annual wildlife tree. The group welcomes residents to join them for this seasonal project, children especially. Hot coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available for all volunteers.

The mission of the Southside Interfaith CDC is to work with residents to organize, create, build up and support a vibrant, diverse and high quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners.

The group was founded in 1995 and began by operating a food pantry out of the South Presbyterian Church. Over the next decade, it began networking with area church groups and became Southside Interfaith, putting on projects such as a free summer camp for inner-city youth, home rehabilitations, “Spice of Life” program for young men and women, and the Onondaga Earth Corps, which works with youth in landscaping and forestry projects in the city and county. It has partnered with a variety of community and government agencies to address needs at a grassroots level, using a sustainable model directed by local input and volunteers.

As of December 2007, Southside Interfaith became a Community Development Corporation.

To learn more, visit the group’s website here.

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