green-team1Volunteers from the United Methodist Church participated in the annual event along East Bergen Place, above, and in the East Side parking lots, below. (Click to enlarge)

green-team-2-042410Those folks you saw pulling crushed soda bottles from the weeds and picking up cigarette butts from Red Bank gutters on Saturday were volunteers.

As part of an annual cleanup effort in the downtown, congregants from the United Methodist Church on Broad Street joined with members of the borough Shade Tree Committee to collect trash and install mulch around trees.

The church “is very much involved in efforts to preserve our environment,” says congregant Janie Schildge, who heads up the church’s efforts to win for Green Faith Certification. “It is a great way to help out, and to build community.”