Stop 'N' Swap Held at Betances Community Center

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

On Saturday, February 5th, the Betances Community Center was the site of a Stop ‘N’ Swap, one of the most popular events sponsored by GrowNYC, an organization that improves New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs.  Over 80 people from the area and other neighborhoods participated, including children and seniors.

Stop ‘N’ Swap, now in its third year, is held in all five boroughs.  Its posters, plastered on bus stops all over the city, extend an invitation to “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle!”  The concept is simplicity itself – people bring items that they no longer have use for and offer them free for any takers while they can also take what they like.  Those who do not have anything to donate are likewise welcome.

The event at the Betances Center featured clothing, toys, books, and electronics items, including some that were donated by BronxWorks staff and program participants.  Says development director Ken Small, “Stop ‘N” Swap is a great opportunity for neighborhood residents to share and build bridges.”

For 40 years, GrowNYC has worked with city residents to help New Yorkers recycle, reduce waste, and create the next generation of environmental leaders.  For more information about their work, go to

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