Local Volunteers Sweep Through South Mountain Park

Wal-Mart Associates and Local Volunteers Revitalize Phoenix Mountain Preserve’s Resources

Rewarded at the Great American Picnic

Saturday, March 5, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve – the South Mountain Park in Phoenix will host the fifth annual National Parks America Tour Volunteer Day event sponsored by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the National Park Foundation, Unilever, and Take Pride in America.

More than 500 people from the Phoenix-area including Unilever employees, Wal-Mart Associates, school children, Boys and Girls Clubs, non-profit groups, and Phoenix-area businesses will join in the national effort to preserve our nation’s parks. 

Volunteers of all ages will work to complete important projects including trail clean-up, marsh clean-up and other beautification projects around Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.

Wal-Mart is committed to community stewardship and service.  The National Parks America Tour is a volunteer-driven initiative designed to help protect America’s 388 National Parks for generations to come.  This year’s Tour will enable Wal-Mart volunteers and communities to assist National Parks in completing important projects where traditional funding and park resources are void -  resulting in an in-kind manpower donation of over 100,000 volunteer hours and $1.6 million dollars.