Cleanliness Drive and Tree Conservation Event held in NYC and NJ

Volunteers in Times Square on April 27, 2024. PHOTO: Courtesy organizers from Dr. Shri. Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari Pratishthan (DSNDP),

A global nonprofit Dr. Shri. Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari Pratishthan (DSNDP), hosted a MEGA  Cleanliness Drive and Tree Conservation Event, “Earth Day—Every Day With DSNDP” on April 27, 2024.

A press statement from DSNDP said “The drive attracted participation of more than 300 DSNDP volunteers who traveled from 29 states within USA as well as other countries like Canada, Mexico, and India to serve 21 locations simultaneously across New York City’s iconic destinations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and in New Jersey’s Middlesex, Union, and Somerset Counties.” The event held at 12 sites in New York City and 9 sites in New Jersey.

DSNDP has been running similar nationwide selfless cleanliness drives and tree plantation/conservation programs in collaboration with respective state government agencies throughout the year at no cost leading in significant cost savings for the government, said the statement.

Volunteers cleaning the Grand Central Terminal Area on April 27, 2024.PHOTO: Courtesy organizers from Dr. Shri. Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari Pratishthan (DSNDP),

During this event, volunteers collected 258 bags of trash resulting in to approximately 4,000 pounds of waste with a mission to amplify every individual’s responsibility towards a healthier world.

According to the statement, some of the sites cleaned include – Empire State building, Chrysler building, Times Square, The Vessel, American Natural History Museum, Grand Central Terminal, World Trade Center, Central Park, Manhattan Bridge, Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, Flat Iron building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Roosevelt Island, and others.

“I want to thank you for all that you continuously do. I am just filled with so much joy,” Senator Angela V. McKnight (D-31) said inaugurating the Mega Cleanliness Drive and Tree Conservation Event in Jersey City.

The event was also attended by elected officials including NJ Assemblywoman Jessica Ramirez (D-32), Chairperson Anthony L. Romano Jr. (D-5), and Council President Joyce E. Watterman (D). Ramirez commended the “remarkable efforts of Dr. Shri. Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari Pratishthan” and conveyed her “sincere gratitude to the founders Dr. Shri Appasaheb Dharmadhikari and Dr. Shri Sachindada Dharmadhikari for their visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to addressing these pressing social and environmental issues.”

Ramirez further noted that DSNDP’s “cleanup and tree conservation drives across the USA have not only helped on preserving our natural resources, but they’ve also saved the government thousands of dollars. This is a testament of the power of collective action.”

She also urged “each of us to take action within our own lives to protect and preserve our planet for future generations.”

Romano Jr. said “This (Jersey City) is probably the most diversified city in the United States,” adding it is “truly amazing” what DSNDP has accomplished so far working with the government initiatives and encouraged the volunteers to support community drives in Hoboken and Jersey City.

Watterman, acknowledged DSNDP’s “volunteer time” and said “we do not want to take that for granted. I see you’re more conscious of this earth than any culture that I have ever seen so far.”



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