A Ray of Sunshine on a Cloudy Day
More than 50 homeowners in Philadelphia woke up to a pleasant surprise Sunday morning, seeing the leaves on their front yard raked, and litter on the sidewalk picked up. On December 1, 2019, State Representative Jared Solomon and 40 volunteers of the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation set out to help their neighbors through this simple act of kindness.
For many, this was a sigh of relief as not all residents could clean their properties because of unforeseen circumstances or restrictions. Ms. Ali, a resident in the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood, expressed, “I want to thank the International WeLoveU Foundation for helping me clean up my house. Hopefully, next time I will be able to help. I used to do it, but I can’t do it again because of my knees.”
In preparation for this cleanup, State Representative Solomon compiled a list of homes for WeLoveU volunteers to visit. The forty volunteers split into several groups and assisted with raking leaves and picking up litter. By the time they cleaned all the homes on the list, they filled 30 bags with trash and leaves collectively.
“The WeLoveU Foundation is instrumental in everything I do in my community,” said State Representative Jared Solomon. “This kind of work has staying power. This is the type of community involvement that begins to change the tide, that begins to change the direction of a neighborhood.”
State Rep. Jared Solomon cleaning with WeLoveU Foundation volunteers.
WeLoveU’s History in the City of Brotherly Love
The Intl. WeLoveU Foundation volunteers have been serving their neighbors in Northeast Philadelphia since early 2017. From street cleanups to restoring Tarken Park, the volunteers have been putting together and carrying out activities that meets the needs of their community. And now neighbors in the community are looking forward to WeLoveU’s next project in town to participate.
Through this cleanup effort, the WeLoveU Foundation volunteers along with State Representative Solomon hope to bring happiness and encouragement. Most importantly, WeLoveU hopes to leave a lasting impression on the ones they serve and return to Northeast Philadelphia again.