Posted by: charityinfo | February 2, 2012

Wind Beneath Its Wings

Bette Middler is an internationally acclaimed celebrity best known for her performance of the hit song “Wind Beneath My Wings”.  Not as well known to the rest of the world is her effort in keeping New York City clean and beautiful.  In 1995, finding many of the neighborhoods, parks and streets in neglect and polluted, she set about cleaning, first focusing on Fort Washington Park and Fort Tyron Park. 

This led to the founding of the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), a non-profit organization. In partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and other concerned entities, the organization has centered most of its environmental and social efforts in under-resourced areas of New York City’s 5 boroughs.

Among the organization’s notable work was the restoration of 114 community gardens that was about to be sold off by the city government in 1999 to help pay the city’s budget gap.  Middler and her foundation and concerned groups were able to raise the money to save the gardens.  Since 2007 it has been actively involved with MillionTreesNYC, a project to plant 1 million trees in New York City by 2017.

From the cleaning and rehabilitation of city parks, gardens and other public spaces, to planting trees, New York City certainly has a wind beneath its wings in NYRP and Bette Middler.

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