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Homeless Men Volunteer For Recycling Stewardship at Citizens Bank Park

(Bennett, no last name given, volunteers for the Phillies' "Red Goes Green" recycling program.  Credit: Justin Udo)

(Bennett, no last name given, volunteers for the Phillies’ “Red Goes Green” recycling program. Credit: Justin Udo)

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By Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A group of homeless men today were helping the Phillies “go green,” through a special program that takes place at every home game.

The Phillies’ “Red Goes Green” initiative gives organizations a chance to help the team’s recycling effort and see a Phillies’ game, all at the same time.  Participants walk up and down the aisles between innings, collecting recyclable materials from fans who might otherwise throw them in the trash.

Barry Martin, social services supervisor at St. John’s Hospice, in center city, brought a group of homeless men to participate in the program.

“The way they look at it is that if they have the opportunity to give back, they like to take it,” Martin says of the volunteers.

Bennett, from South Philly, says he jumped at this chance to participate.

“I’m out here to help others,” Bennett said today.  “Plus, I’m a Phillies fan, so this is a good way to see the game.”

Volunteers work until the sixth inning.  After that they can knock off and watch the game.

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