Starting The Week Off Right
The town of Babylon was bustling with volunteers from the WeLoveU Foundation Sunday morning on October 28, 2018. Fifty volunteers gathered in Babylon—a town in Suffolk County—that’s located in Long Island, New York. They came together for a street cleanup along Acorn Street from Deer Park Avenue to Straight Path. The total distance averaging about one mile. According to the town’s Chair Councilwoman Jacqueline Gordon, who attended the event, Acorn Street is an economic area. A number of businesses are located there that generate commerce.
It’s especially important to keep those areas clean and presentable as it attracts residents and out-of-town visitors into the area. Determined to spread love through volunteerism, WeLoveU planned this community service to provide a better environment for all. Councilwoman Gordon says that this was only the beginning of our ongoing relationship between the Town of Babylon and the WeLoveU Foundation as she kicked-off the event. She then shared a few more words thanking all the volunteers for sacrificing their Sunday morning to attend this cleanup and help the town. She continued by saying, “My hat goes off to you, I salute you.”
Working as One
The cleanup started at 9 a.m. and the group raked leaves up and down the street, collecting garbage until about 11 a.m. Working together brought great results. To clean efficiently, the work was divided into three parts. The volunteers filled roughly 170 bags of trash, leaving the street spotless. While cleaning, people came to the WeLoveU tent to know more about the foundation. The volunteers played a brief introduction video about the organization that depicts its history, diversity, and number of volunteer activities worldwide.
After watching, she extended her words to WeLoveU’s Chairwoman Zahng Gil-jah saying, “I was completely amazed of the numbers of people you’ve been able to mobilize, and the number of people you have involved in the WeLoveU movement has exponentially impacted millions of people.”
In addition to Councilwoman Gordon, Chief Robert Macaluso from the Deer Park Fire Department, and Ambassador Genine Rigney from Deer Park’s Beautification Department also joined the event. The fire chief expressed his gratitude as he believes such an event helps everybody. He added words of encouragement saying, “I think you guys are doing a great job.”