Hale Receives Renovations from 'BlueCrew'
Nearly 50 volunteers from Blue Cross Blue Shield worked through the rain to tidy up Hale Reservation.
More than 3,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) employees, known as “BlueCrew” volunteers, spread throughout the state and accumulated 15,000 volunteer hours on our schools and parks.
Westwood’s Hale Reservation was one of those parks, and on Tuesday the land was filled with more than 40 busy bodies, wrapped in bright blue ponchos working together through the rain to clean up the area and make repairs where needed.
One of the major projects was the rebuilding of Hale's amphitheater.
“They’re helping rebuild and reinforce the outdoor amphitheater that the kids use for summer programs,” said Barbara Golz, who was overseeing the day’s projects. “We are supplemented by a landscaper who designed it and provided a lot of the supplies.”
The landscaping for the amphitheater was courtesy of landscaper Mike Bushey.
Other projects included cleaning and staining the cabins, repairing and improving the mini golf course, and general cleanup of the trails.
For the majority of the afternoon, rain pattered on leaves above, but with all the tree cover in Hale Reservation, the workers managed to stay relatively dry. A little rain wasn’t going to stop them from getting the job done.
The efforts at Hale were part of Service Day, which was powered by BlueCrew.
“Since our founding in 1937, BCBSMA has been committed to playing a leadership role in giving back our community,” said Andrew Dreyfus, President and CEO of BCBSMA in a statement. “As we approach the company’s 75th anniversary next year, this first-of-its-kind event is a contemporary expression of our deep commitment and strong legacy of helping the people who live and work in the communities where we do business.”