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September 12, 2008

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
(617) 961-6682


Recently, a grant was bestowed to help the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department continue in its efforts to maintain and beautify designated public areas throughout the City of Boston.

Given by Keep America Beautiful, Inc. and the Waste Management Corporation to support the partnership between the Sheriff’s Department and the Boston Public Works Department (PWD), the grant will be utilized to procure power equipment and supplies, which will be used by the Community Works Program (CWP) of the Sheriff’s Department as they perform such tasks as weeding, landscaping, debris removal and other work at sites throughout the City.

The CWP program was created for low–risk inmates at the HOC who have received vocational training through the Sheriff’s Common Ground institute in areas which include landscaping and ground maintenance, painting, building maintenance, and carpentry.

These inmates are then taken into Suffolk County to use the skills they have learned to make improvements in public spaces. The goal of the program is to reduce recidivism by teaching inmates to become employable citizens upon release, while also saving thousands of tax dollars on each project the crews work on.

“The Sheriff’s Department is proud of the collaboration that we have with the City of Boston for the upkeep and preservation of our communities,” said Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral. “We would like to thank Keep America Beautiful and the Waste Management Corporation for their generosity.”

Expressing his gratitude for the presentation of the grant, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said, “This generous grant will assist to ensure that Public Works staff and Sheriff Cabral’s forces continue to work together to provide a clean environment in all of our neighborhoods for the residents of the City of Boston.”

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) has worked since 1953 to bring the public and private sectors together with the goal of developing and promoting a national cleanliness ethic. Beginning their work in New York City, KAB is now operational in 50 states with a growing number of international satellites. Waste Management Corporation, an industry standard-bearer for recycling, is also the nation’s largest solid waste removal company.

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