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More Than 100 WeLoveU Foundation Volunteers Clean Two Lakes in Orlando

More Than 100 WeLoveU Foundation Volunteers Clean Two Lakes in Orlando

The City Beautiful Receives WeLoveU Foundation Volunteers Double Lake Cleanup

On Sunday, November 24, 2019, more than 100 volunteers from the International WeLoveU Foundation gathered in Orlando, Florida for a two-in-one lake cleanup. Orlando, dubbed The City Beautiful, is home to Lake Dot and Park Lake. It’s located in the heart of Downtown Orlando and are just two out of 100 lakes within the city’s limits. 

In this instance, the two lakes benefit from the cleanup because it’ll help reduce air pollution, improve water quality and enhance ecosystem resilience. And because both lakes are in densely populated areas, constant upkeep is essential for the health and vitality of the bodies of water. When asked about the lakes a volunteer said, “Anyone driving downtown sees these lakes, and it really feels amazing to make them look beautiful again.”

A Team Effort & The Cleanup’s Importance

Ambitious and ready to clean, additional volunteers traveled from Miami and Jacksonville to participate. The large group split into two teams to clean the lake’s simultaneously. 

Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., the WeLoveU Foundation volunteers worked together by removing dead and decaying plant life, raking leaves, and picking up trash like aluminum cans, plastic bags and bottles and cardboard boxes. By doing this type of volunteer service, it prevents leaves and other pollutants from entering the lakes that cause algae to grow, which cuts the water’s oxygen and harms the lake’s inhabitants.  

Within a short time, WeLoveU volunteers filled 145 bags of trash, weighing over 4, 200 pounds. Keep Orlando Beautiful, who partnered with the International WeLoveU Foundation on this project, supplied the group with the items to carry this cleanup out.

Volunteers say the example of the Foundation’s Chairwoman contributed to the success of the cleanup. “We wouldn’t be here if the Chairwoman didn’t come out first to show us how to give back to the community,” said Jessica Conn.

Cleaning Lake Dot and Park Lake is part of the WeLoveU Foundation’s Clean WORLD Movement—a worldwide effort to raise awareness of the importance of environmental protection in the face of climate change. For more on WeLoveU activities, visit our activities page.

WeLoveU Hosts Blood Drive with One of America’s Top Hospitals

WeLoveU Hosts Blood Drive with One of America’s Top Hospitals

The Intl. WeLoveU Foundation partners with one of America’s top hospitals to host a blood drive in Boston, Massachusetts.

There’s many things one can accomplish in thirty minutes’ time. And this past Sunday in Boston, around 60 people used that time to save up to 130 lives by donating their blood.

The International WeLoveU Foundation hosted a blood drive on Sunday, November 17, 2019, in partnership with one of America’s top hospitals, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This is an addition to the two-month health campaign the WeLoveU Foundation launched this past summer. During that time span, volunteers in more than 50 countries participated to address global blood shortages.

Registration in the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care dining pavilion and health screenings in the Blood Mobile opened at 9 a.m. Hospital personnel joined in the effort to save lives through blood donation on their breaks. The local WeLoveU volunteers were also accompanied by volunteers traveling from Maine and New Hampshire.

While waiting for their turn to donate, participants walked through the series of panels illustrating the works of the International WeLoveU Foundation locally and worldwide. Each activity and project is catered to the needs of each community and aligns with the 17 Global Goals.

I just want you guys to know that it’s so important to thank you all for what you have done. It is amazing to see young people taking on initiatives like this that helps anyone—whoever comes into our hospital and that is in need of blood. It’s a magnificent turn out and is greatly appreciated

Joy Metellus, Nursing Director of Pathology at Brigham & Women's Hospital

One by one, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Blood Mobile filled up quickly with donors. After donating and recharging with snacks and juice, participants enjoyed the rest of the festivities. Many took group photos showing their bandages, proud to have made a life-saving difference for patients in need.

Altogether, the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation’s blood drive in partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute helps fulfill Sustainable Development Goal #3—Good Health and Well-Being. The Foundation and its volunteers will continue dedicating themselves to serving the Boston community through volunteer service activities and life-saving projects such as blood drives.

Massachusetts House of Representatives Honor the WeLoveU Foundation

Massachusetts House of Representatives Honor the WeLoveU Foundation

Massachusetts State Representative Liz Miranda presents the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation with a special Citation.

On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, the Massachusetts House of Representatives honored the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation with a Citation for their devotional volunteerism. The President of the Intl WeLoveU Foundation East Coast Region and over a dozen WeLoveU volunteers from different regions in the state traveled to the Massachusetts State House in Boston for this special occasion.

Massachusetts State Representative Liz Miranda from the 5th Suffolk District awarded WeLoveU in this special way after working together at the Ceylon Park cleanup last month. Previously, WeLoveU had met with State Representative Liz Miranda a couple of times during her community office hours to discuss ways to help her respective district.

The recognition bestowed on the WeLoveU Foundation comes as a result of the volunteers dedicated efforts over the past couple of years in Massachusetts. Excitement spread among not only the volunteers, but other state representatives as well during the afternoon House Session, where WeLoveU was honored for their efforts. 

After being formally presented and welcomed with an applause, each WeLoveU volunteer was introduced to their respective district state representative. Each representative asking to meet again to work together in the future.

The volunteers’ motivation to maintain a clean environment stems from their strong belief of taking care of the global village with the heart of a mother. The WeLoveU Foundation and its volunteers are keen to remaining true to the core values that it was founded on by Chairwoman Zahng Gil-jah. In each activity, the organization aspires to work with this mindset for its communities.

MA State Rep Liz Miranda Joins WeLoveU Ceylon Park Cleanup in Boston

MA State Rep Liz Miranda Joins WeLoveU Ceylon Park Cleanup in Boston

Tending to Ceylon Park Near Three Public Schools

On Sunday, September 15, 2019, 90 volunteers from the WeLoveU Foundation came together to clean Ceylon Park in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Dorchester is one of the biggest and most diverse neighborhood in Boston and Ceylon Park itself is about four acres big. In addition to volunteers from the local Boston area, others joined from New Hampshire and Maine. The New England region often holds big cleanups together including the Blackstone and Franklin Square Earth Day Cleanup and Barrett Park Cleanup.

Considering Ceylon Park is nestled between three public schools, maintaining the park is pivotal for a healthy and safe environment. The Foundation organized the activity and partnered with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department as a part of WeLoveU’s Clean WORLD Movement.

Working Together with State Rep Liz Miranda

A great number of hands was needed for this project. Overtime, litter piled up throughout the park; leaving it only to invite more trash. Starting at 10 a.m., volunteers were raking leaves, picking up dead branches and litter, pulling up weeds, and spreading fresh mulch on the playground.

State Representative Liz Miranda also joined in WeLoveU’s cleanup efforts. She’s seen raking and picking up trash alongside the volunteers. Regarding her experience, she said, “The world really needs more love, peace and unity. Thank you for inspiring hundreds and thousands of people across the world to remind us that we need, even in dark times like we are today, that we could still transcend that with love. Thank you for that.”

The Results and Words From Boston’s Park & Recreation Dept.

By noon, the WeLoveU Foundation volunteers filled about 75 bags of trash! Altogether, it averages to be more than 350 pounds of trash.

Rick Thompson from the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, whose worked with WeLoveU several times in the past said, “I want to give her [WeLoveU Chairwoman, Zahng Gil-jah] a shout out. People like her make people like us well motivated to do more. This is what the world needs now: more unity and more peace amongst everybody. So, [I] thank her very much for that and thank you all too!”

>> Watch Boston Fox 25 News coverage about WeLoveU’s Ceylon Park cleanup

WeLoveU Volunteers Clean Comfort Tyler Park with a Twist

WeLoveU Volunteers Clean Comfort Tyler Park with a Twist

The WeLoveU Foundation volunteers in Syracuse, NY planned their monthly park cleanup with a fun addition: a school supply drive.

Each month a handful between 20-30 volunteers clean Comfort Tyler Park in partnership with the City of Syracuse’s Adopt-a-Block program. And to engage the community to give a helping hand in their own backyard, WeLoveU volunteers have different themes. For Mother and Father’s Day cleanups, volunteers prepped stations for guests to enjoy after cleaning like letter-writing stations, face painting, and playing recreational games.

However, with the new school semester around the corner, the WeLoveU Foundation volunteers thought to host a school supply drive a week before the cleanup and conclude at their monthly park cleanup on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

WeLoveU volunteers clearing sidewalks in February and picking up trash in April.

The Need for School Supplies

Teachers around the globe and the United States face challenges of purchasing supplies for their own classrooms. Keeping that in mind, the WeLoveU volunteers reached out to two schools—Edward Smith K-8 and the Syracuse Latin School—and both gladly accepted the gesture of a school supply drive. 

Syracuse’s City Hall and the public library helped by permitting WeLoveU volunteers to leave drop-off donation boxes on site.

Cleaning and Helping Our Local Schools 

On the day of the cleanup, around volunteers met at Comfort Tyler Park. In a short amount of time, they filled 11 bags of trash with litter, weeds, and leaves they raked. While cleaning, neighborhood children and their families dropped off new school supplies. In total, the WeLoveU Foundation volunteers and the community’s support garnered school supplies enough to fill four big boxes.

Read a recap of WeLoveU volunteers cleanup efforts at Comfort Tyler Park

Personal Delivery to Syracuse Schools

The next day, September 9, 2019, the WeLoveU Foundation volunteers personally delivered the new school supplies to Edward Smith K-8 and the Syracuse Latin School. Principal Kelly Manard from the Syracuse Latin School said, “Things run out at the elementary school, crayons get broken, pencils get broken, notebook paper gets used. So to have all those little extras to be able to replenish through the year is really helpful to the school.”

Through the efforts of the WeLoveU Foundation, big and small, the Comfort Tyler Park cleanup and school supply drive align with SDG #4 and #13—Quality Education and Life on Land. The volunteers in Syracuse hope to continue spreading positivity and help wherever help is needed.

Watch CNY Central’s news coverage of the cleanup and school supply drive!

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