PHILADELPHIA – In an effort to give back to the community and lend assistance to a significant neighborhood revitalization, Drexel University Athletics and Car-Tel Communications are working a neighborhood cleanup with Mount Vernon Manor CDC on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Volunteers from Drexel’s athletics administration and Car-Tel Communications will be working alongside residents of East Parkside to beautify and restore the physical appearance of numerous areas within the neighborhood including vacant lots and alley ways. Car-Tel Communications, Delaware Valley’s leading AT&T retailer, has opened a new store on Drexel’s campus and was eager to bolster its involvement in the immediate community.

“We’re excited to have a presence on Drexel’s campus, which led to an opportunity for us to be new partners of Drexel Athletics this year and to present this volunteer day of service event with Mount Vernon CDC,” said Craig Corelli, President of Car-Tel Communications. “We are on campus to be an efficient and close wireless and entertainment solution for students and employees of Drexel, and we’re proud to ramp up our involvement on campus and in the community.”

Since 1978, the Mount Vernon Manor CDC has been committed to developing a strong relationship with the local community to develop a better understanding of what resources are needed to bring about changes that will elevate the physical and social state of the neighborhood. Mount Vernon Manor CDC has taken the lead on the extensive revitalization via the Mantua Transformation Plan, which comprises projects that will enhance and greatly benefit the surrounding community.

“We take immense pride in respecting our community and supporting those organizations and efforts that make a difference and give back,” said Drexel’s Director of Athletics Dr. Eric Zillmer. “We’re grateful for the support of our corporate partners like Car-Tel Communications, which has a new presence on campus, and we know the volunteer opportunity working with East Parkside residents will be incredible rewarding for our staff. We applaud the efforts of Mount Vernon CDC and are pleased we can contribute.”

The volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. on May 24 at one of two locations: 900 N. 40th Street and 1700 and 1718 N. 42nd Street.

All aspects of the Car-Tel Communications’ relationship with Drexel University are managed and overseen by the university’s athletics multimedia rights partner, Learfield’s Dragon Sports Properties. An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for nearly 125 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletic departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup.