By Darian Harvin – January 19, 2013

“To take advantage of an opportunity like this today, to give back, I feel like I’m fulfilling my part of the bargain,” says National Day of Service Volunteer Joel Freelander.

His bargain is with President Barack ObScreen Shot 2013-01-19 at 7.56.37 PMama. Today, Freelander took to the woods of Acorn Park in Cambridge to do his part in the President’s National Day of Service.

The clean-up was organized by the Friends of Alewife Reservation (FAR). It is an organization that believes in taking care of the environment. So Acorn Park was the perfect spot. It holds 1,000 urban wildlife and is important for the well being of the entire community. It’s more than just a place where animals can roam free. Acorn Park stores flooding waters that would harm the Cambridge community. It is used to educate students from the elementary level to college.

Many Obama campaign volunteers worked along with young children to do their part. “Today is very special for us because people came from everywhere. They came from Waltham, Jamaica Plain, from Canton. And usually we just have people who live in this environment,” says FAR President Ellen Mass.