Union celebrate Community Day with playground cleanup

The Union wrapped up its Kick Bullying Challenge Week with a community day, where the organization and Allstate went out into the Chester community to give back to those it shares a town with. 

The Union and Allstate went to STEM Academy, where the organizations helped revamp a local playground. Members of STEM Academy took time out of their school day to help with the playground cleanup as well.

"These communities are a part of Allstate," said Rich Kahmer, Allstate agency owner. "A couple of years ago, we were here at STEM Academy, painting school walls with the Union. We just love to be a part of the community. I really enjoy trying to give back and being a part of something important."

The cleanup started with volunteers filling dozens of trash bags with weeds. Once all of the weeds were ripped out of the mulch, the groups laid down liner and distributed more than one ton of mulch across the playground. 

"The Foundation, the Union, we dedicated this playground a few years ago to the community, so we're back out here to revamp it," said Bridget Welz, Community Relations and Philadelphia Union Foundation Manager. "Lots of weeding, fixing the swings, disinfecting, and really just cleaning everything up for the kids to enjoy."

In addition to weeding the playground, STEM, the Union and Allstate cleaned surrounding side boards on a soccer pitch and donated brand new soccer goals for the pitch. 

"It's so great having support from the school and our sponsors out here," Welz said. "They killed it. The seniors came out and they ripped everything out. They were a blessing."

"This park is a part of our neighborhood too," added Brendan Bell, teacher at STEM Academy. "We felt like we had a responsibility to help clean up. We want to show pride in our neighborhood. We have a great group of senior boys here. We want to show we have a positive influence in the community."

The event closed the Union's inaugural Kick Bulling Challenge Week, and it was important for Allstate and the Union to continue to show how important the Chester community is and that everyone is a part of the community together.

"It's huge," Welz said. "Anything that we can do to show our reach is far, it's huge. You can't really put it into words. We know we reach a lot of people and it touches a lot of hearts."

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