(PRINCETON, NJ) -- D&R Greenway congratulates Emmy Stenull [age 13]; Allie Martin [age 12]; and Alexandra Kasimatis [age 9] for having been granted a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Community Work from the Junior League of Greater Princeton in a June ceremony. The girls were honored alongside HomeFront, Arm in Arm, Mercer St. Friends and RISE.
The “3 Helping Hands” came up with a unique nature project, because, as they wrote to D&R Greenway, “We are dedicated to making a difference in our world.” They painted flowerpots, then planted flowers to sell to neighbors, each purchase adorned with a colorful, helpful note. Volunteering runs in the Martin family, as Allie’s father, William Martin serves on the land trust’s board of trustees. They donated their entire proceeds, of $178.00, to D&R Greenway “to help save the environment.”
Community projects are a monthly undertaking for the three girls. Previously, they raised and donated money to help with the COVID-19 vaccine through Johnson & Johnson. They also collected over 500 non-perishable food items distributed through Aunt Chubby's Luncheonette in Hopewell to families in need.
"We wish to continue doing projects to help our community and world; organizations like yours inspire us to do so." -- The 3 Helping Hands. Follow them on Instagram for their future projects.
Linda Mead, D&R Greenway CEO & President, praises the generosity and commitment of these three girls, as well as Hopewell’s Callie Considine, whose dedicated efforts helped D&R Greenway Land Trust permanently protect St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell. In 2010, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of this preserve that is beloved by the community: "These young people, who have taken personal action to protect nature, are an inspiration to all of us. Their commitment is an embodiment of the third part of our non-profit’s mission: To Preserve, To Care, To Inspire."
D&R Greenway Land Trust, an accredited nonprofit, has saved 21,200 acres of New Jersey land since its 1989 founding. Preserving land for life and creating public trails grants everyone the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. The land trust’s preserved farms and community gardens provide local organic food for neighbors—including those in need. D&R Greenway’s strategic land conservation and stewardship combat climate change, protect wildlife, and ensure clean drinking water for future generations. D&R Greenway's mission is connecting land with people from all walks of life. D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, home to its art galleries in Princeton, is closed to the public, to ensure health and safety, during the COVID emergency. Their outdoor trails and labyrinth are open.