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Central Park Revitalization Project Kick-Off

Central Park Revitalization Project Kick-Off

Local Kick-Starter Project

The Hampton Clean City Commission (HCCC) in Hampton, Virginia is planning to rebuild Central Park along Newmarket Creek Trail on Freeman Drive. To help facilitate this, WeLoveU teamed up with the HCCC to take the first steps into making this a reality. Central Park has been on the city of Hampton’s radar for a couple of years and was held up by a large amount of trash and low manning to take the job. Then with these volunteers, Hampton could start the next phase of beautifying the park, improving the overall appearance and recreational area for citizens and visitors.

“We were not able to find any local volunteers who wanted to clean this area. Thank you for stepping in,” said Hampton Clean City Commission Representative Christine Ausink.

Sixty volunteers from the International WeLoveU Foundation stepped in to help on Sunday, March 18, 2018.  They kick-started the city’s project to rebuild the park for local residents by removing all of the trash and debris. This volunteer service activity is part of WeLoveU’s Clean World Movement to raise awareness of the importance of environmental protection.

City Councilwoman Moved by Volunteers Efforts

Participants worked together in unity picking up broken glass, bottles, plastics, wood, and metals. They quickly filled 145 bags and gladly gathered more. Even broken old furniture, old linen, tires, and shopping carts, which they used as wheeled trash containers. Within a few hours, they managed to clean approximately eight acres including areas around the parks trails, creek, and local streets. Meanwhile, the volunteers received a visit of encouragement from the city Councilwoman.

“It almost brings me to tears to see different people come together having unity,” shared Councilwoman Teresa L.V. Schmidt of Hampton. “Seeing young people want to come and help out the community does away with all the negativity affecting our community.”

More Projects to Come

Members of the community will soon have opportunities to help with the restoration of Central Park, too. Support is needed in carrying out more cleanups in the spacious terrain. WeLoveU’s determination to help the global village has sparked people to become active volunteers who take action to protect the environment. Even smaller projects help neighborhoods, towns, counties, states and over time—countries.

Volunteers Beautify Carpenter Park’s Community Garden

Volunteers Beautify Carpenter Park’s Community Garden

The Community Garden

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, more than 20 volunteers from the International WeLoveU Foundation beautified a community garden in Cary, North Carolina. The community garden is next to Carpenter Park, a 16-acre neighborhood park. It serves as a common meeting area for the residents of Cary to enjoy.

The community garden recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The most important part of the phrase “community garden” is community. The neighborhood’s participation is important for the garden to flourish.

Residents can rent planter boxes and plant seeds. Often times, families take their children to the community garden to learn new skills, teach them about the environment and where food comes from. As a bonus, they’re able to keep whatever they planted like fruits and vegetables. Different flowers are also planted and they bloom beautifully in their season.

Time to Work!

At 10 a.m., the volunteers gathered at the community garden. They started with watering plants and removing the weeds. The weeds choke flowers, grass, and vegetables from receiving its proper nutrients from water and the sun. Not to  mention, weeds grow at an accelerating rate. Removing them is essential for any garden to thrive.

Next, the volunteers made mulch. It helps conserve moisture in the soil while improving fertility and health. It even reduces the growth of weeds in the garden, too.

By this point, the garden was starting to take shape and be ready to reap what was sown. The WeLoveU volunteers continued by building hoop houses. It helps keep the gardens warm during the winter and preserve the vegetation.

Planting Hope

Without a doubt, this activity was educational and rewarding for all who joined. Manny, a resident from Cary, said, “Thank you for helping (the garden), my son loves this park.”

Through this activity, WeLoveU hopes the community will join future volunteer service activities. Community support can help achieve great results and maintain local parks. Not to mention, it brings family and friends together!

This volunteer service falls under WeLoveU’s Clean World Movement. It’s a worldwide effort to raise awareness about the importance of environmental protection in the face of climate change.

Volunteers Mark Storm Drains To Raise Awareness About Pollution

Volunteers Mark Storm Drains To Raise Awareness About Pollution

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, volunteers from the International WeLoveU Foundation in North Carolina joined forces with the City of Huntersville. Ecstatic to receive another opportunity to serve their community, they met to fulfill their task. The project at hand involves marking storm drains with decals. The decals read, “This Drain Is Only for Rain. Do Not Dump—Drains to Creek.” This is due to an influx of polluted stormwater entering local streams and creeks

What’s Happening With Storm Drains?

Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that does not soak into the ground. It flows from rooftops, sloped lawns and so on. As it flows, the stormwater collects and transports animal waste, litter, oil, pesticides, and other potential pollutants. This enters the storm drain and enters the local water supply untreated.

Ultimately, this compromises the filtered water we use on a daily basis like bathing, cooking, and drinking. To resolve this, volunteers worked together to raise awareness about the issue by marking each storm drain.

While some are aware of the local water supply’s filtration process, many are unaware of the untreated stormwater that enters it. This poses a major health concern for the towns depending on water from these local rivers and streams. 

WeLoveU is Here to Help

Around sixty volunteers arrived at the location, dividing into nine groups spanning over four neighborhoods. The City of Huntersville supplied the volunteers with 150 decals to place on each storm drain. The WeLoveU members dispersed and set out to their assigned neighborhoods. One by one, they placed the decals on each drain they could find.

Intrigued, neighbors came outside their houses. They began chatting with the volunteers and asking about their volunteer service. Even those driving in the area noticed and stopped by to ask what they were doing. They fully supported WeLoveU’s efforts upon learning about the stormwater issue.

A representative from the City of Huntersville said, “We really appreciate your hard work and efforts. I hope that we can continue to work together in the future.”

In the end, the members of the WeLoveU Foundation expressed their happiness to promote a better environment for the community. This volunteer activity is part of WeLoveU’s Clean World Movement—a worldwide effort to raise awareness of the importance of environmental protection in the face of climate change.

New England Volunteers Clean Barrett Park

New England Volunteers Clean Barrett Park

WeLoveU’s First New England Regional Event

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, sixty volunteers gathered in Leominster, Massachusetts for their first-ever regional event. The volunteers met in Barrett Park at 9 a.m. Volunteers who participated came from not only the local Boston area but also from Connecticut and Rhode Island. 

To kick-start the event, they divided into smaller groups throughout the park. Each team was responsible to complete different tasks. Members from the Parks and Recreation Department and staff from Leominster’s Department of Public Works also joined the WeLoveU volunteers. The departments provided materials like trash bags, track pickers, and wood to make wood chips.

Despite the poor weather conditions, the volunteers cleaning Barrett Park finished by the early afternoon.  Supporting one another, they worked together from beginning to end without being discouraged by the circumstances.

As a result, they assembled five wheelchair accessible picnic tables and seven hiking trail posts. They used the wood to make wood chips and spread it along the playground equipment and hiking trails. Meanwhile, other volunteers collected debris tucked away in the wooded areas to provide a clearer view of the lake.

Barrett Park is a central area for the community to fish, hike and host sporting events and summer camps. The volunteer’s efforts garnered much appreciation. Especially since the park is a popular spot for residents.

“People are going to come out here year-round and really see the difference that you all made today. Even heavy rains and high winds could not slow you down today,” said Mayor Dean Mazzarella, who joined the volunteers at the cleanup.

The International WeLoveU Foundation continues to serve its community by raising awareness about environmental protection in the face of climate change. This cleanup effort highlights one of five initiatives the WeLoveU Foundation practices including disaster relief, blood drives,  social welfare, and international aid.

The goal of each activity and volunteer service is to embrace the community with the love and warmth of a mother. By the end of the day, a mother’s love was planted in the Leominster community.

Dozens of Volunteers Clean Nashua’s Library Walk

Dozens of Volunteers Clean Nashua’s Library Walk

In The Heart Of Nashua
Nashua is a city in southern New Hampshire. It’s known for Mine Falls Park, that stretches along the Nashua River. A few minutes away is Library Walk. It’s a trail that leads to a bridge overlooking the Nashua River. It’s a popular area that connects the downtown area to the city’s public library. Families and residents use the trail to take brisk walks, run, jog, and ride their bikes.
On the morning of November 5, more than a dozen volunteers came to show some TLC to Library Walk. Over the years, broken glass, plastic bottles and trash plagued the trail. It has created a hazardous environment for those who use this trail, especially children.
The Solution  
The members came to help after noticing the community’s growing concern. They contacted the City of Nashua to organize a cleanup with the hope to create a cleaner and safer environment.The volunteers worked together to clear the trail’s pathways from litter. In a few hours, they collected 1,500 lbs. of debris, filling more than thirty trash bags.
John, the Parks and Recreation Associate, joined the event, too. He explained the community will greatly appreciate their community service. Seeing the results, he said he looks forward to work with the WeLoveU Foundation again.
The WeLoveU volunteers renewed their commitment to serve their community. They hope to organize similar cleanups like Library Walk. Together, we can make a cleaner world—one volunteer service at a time.

The WeLoveU Foundation conducts environmental cleanups to show concern and support for neighbors. This effort is part of the Clean World Movement initiative. It’s a worldwide effort to raise awareness of the importance of environmental protection in the face of climate change. The organization also carries out blood drives, social welfare projects, disaster relief, and international aid.

WeLoveU Volunteers Clean Boston’s Historical Franklin Square Park

WeLoveU Volunteers Clean Boston’s Historical Franklin Square Park

The Story

Thirty volunteers from WeLoveU’s Boston Chapter came to beautify Franklin Square Park. The iconic park, located in the South End of Boston, opened in 1849. Many adore and often visit the two-acre park.  For instance, local residents walk their dogs or chat around the fountain during their day. A picturesque scenery of fall, with leaves covering the ground, welcomed them.

In the beginning, the volunteers split into designated sections and started raking leaves. Next, they collected dead branches and garbage that covered the park. Despite the chilly weather, volunteers worked together for about three hours.  

Blackstone & Franklin Neighborhood Association

Little by little, their efforts enhanced the appearance of the park. It caught the attention of those strolling by. One, in particular, was Toni Crothall. She is an At-Large Board Member of the Blackstone and Franklin Neighborhood Association. It’s an association dedicated to the upkeep and improvement of Blackstone and Franklin Squares. The WeLoveU’s volunteer service activity surprised her, to say the least.
“I cannot tell you how much it means to us that you did this this weekend. We love these squares and they are the biggest green spaces in the South End,” she said.

The Results

By the afternoon, the volunteers collected 175 bags of leaves and debris. The dead branches, stacked on top of each other, remained by the parks shoulder, for the city to collect. The goal to maintain the park’s beauty and cleanliness was definitely accomplished. The volunteer’s hard work and community support made it all possible.

The International WeLoveU Foundation, Boston Chapter, hopes to continue working with local neighborhoods. This effort is part of the Clean WORLD Movement. The initiative promotes a safe and healthy environment in the face of climate change. It’s a reminder to neighbors of the impact we can have on our environment when we work together.

More Than 150 WeLoveU Volunteers Clean Wolf Creek

More Than 150 WeLoveU Volunteers Clean Wolf Creek

Ridgefield’s Wolf Creek

On October 22, 2017, more than 150 volunteers from WeLoveU’s New Jersey Chapter came together for a great cause—a cleanup! They joined forces with the Borough of Ridgefield’s Department of Public Works to clean Wolf Creek. The creek cuts through many neighbors backyards. The borough asked for WeLoveU’s help to clean the one-mile stretch of the creek; it has remained unattended for several years.

This cleanup highlights WeLoveU’s Clean WORLD Movement initiative. The movement raises awareness of environmental protection in the face of climate change worldwide.

The volunteers assembled on Veterans Park Field near the creek’s entrance at 8 a.m. Despite the early start, coffee and snacks, prepared by the DPW Community Coordinator, awaited them. Afterward, everyone divided into teams to distribute the supplies for the event. These included gloves, trash pickers, trash bags, and rakes. The borough supplied all the tools necessary to carry out the activity safely.

The volunteers, whom a majority reside from the North Jersey region, pruned trees first. They also collected litter, which affects the ecosystem. They formed assembly lines in their locations along the creek to remove larger items.

In a few hours, the volunteers collected three tons of dead branches, weeds, and debris such as rusty pipes, desks, and chairs submerged in the creek. This brightened up the scenery and promoted quality of life for the animals who dwell in the creek as well.

The Community Supports WeLoveU

Michael Sciacovelli, who lived in Ridgefield for about 50 years, commended the efforts of the participants. Mildred Rojas, the Community Coordinator of the DPW, admired the volunteer’s efforts saying:

“I see how passionate you are in everything you do. When you start something you won’t leave it alone until you finish and you showed us that today.”

Councilman James Kontolios who grew up playing around Wolf Creek also joined the volunteers.

“To the Chairwoman Zahng Gil-jah, you command a lot of respect; people follow your message, your movement and the foundation you created. Thank you very much. Your initiative in New Jersey is helping this part of the world. You have a lot of fans, me included,” he said.

NJ Volunteers Clean Hackensack’s American Legion Drive

NJ Volunteers Clean Hackensack’s American Legion Drive

Coming Together

On August 13, 2017, 45 WeLoveU volunteers met in the middle of the summer heat for community service. The volunteers who are from North Jersey met on American Legion Drive in Hackensack. It’s a very popular road used by many to avoid traffic in the busy downtown area. In addition, it’s also the home of the Hackensack Board of Education.

All sorts of trash and litter accumulated because of the high volume of drivers and walkers. To help reduce the litter and maintain the appearance of the road, WeLoveU volunteers came together.

During the mid-morning hours, volunteers began working and were easy to spot with their signature blue shirts on. They walked up and down the street to pick up all the trash and debris they could find. To make sure they didn’t miss anything, they also combed through the trees on the sides of the road.

Their infectious smiles and energy, despite the heat, is exemplary of Zahng Gil-jah—Chairwoman and Founder of WeLoveU, who puts her whole heart into serving the community.

R is for Region

This cleanup marks the first volunteer service of the WeLoveU chapter in Bergen County, New Jersey. It stems from WeLoveU’s Clean WORLD Movement. The acronym “WORLD” stands for Water, Oxygen, Region, Life and Descendants.

This volunteer effort supports the region by focusing on cleaning up streets, parks and public facilities. It was inspired by the launch of WeLoveU’s campaign dating back to July 9, 2017, when the organization hosted their premier event—the Then, Now & Forever production.

Community Support

WeLoveU invited members from the Board of Education since it is on the same street as the cleanup. Out of all them, Vice President Lara Rodriguez attended the effort from start to finish. This marked her first experience with the WeLoveU Foundation. By the end of the event, she spoke well of the volunteers and organization because of their hard work.

“The WeLoveU volunteers were engaging, thoughtful, and didn’t hesitate to go into uncharted territory as they were cleaning up,” she said.

She went on to say the group “definitely lived up to their motto,” which is to embrace the world with the love of a mother.

She said, “I think when the students and our schools hear and see what your group does, it wouldn’t be surprising to see some more blue shirts joining you. Your organization is a springboard for a lot of things I hope we can accomplish in the school year and beyond.”

WeLoveU Volunteers Sweep the Streets in Hempstead

WeLoveU Volunteers Sweep the Streets in Hempstead

A Clean Community—One project at a time.

Hempstead, New York is an active and populated town. It’s common for streets to become cluttered due to the hustle and bustle of commuters. It’s here that volunteers from the International WeLoveU Foundation chose to clean on Sunday, July 23, 2017. The Mayor of the Village of Hempstead joined forces with the group. The goal was to keep the streets clean and polished for local residents.

A clean community brings many benefits. It sends a message to visitors and perspective residents of a well-kept town. It also protects animals, birds and plant life from trash and pollution.

Everybody in!
About fifty volunteers rolled-up their sleeves to embrace the day. They dispersed throughout the neighborhood, beginning with the areas surrounding Village Hall. The volunteers grabbed gloves and used trash pickers and brooms. They started collecting trash found along sidewalks and corners.

In the downtown area, you can see the bus station, that is swarming with many people in their daily commutes. While walking along the road, the townspeople greeted the group. They acknowledged them for their efforts saying, “Thank you for what you’re all doing!”

Those interested in the group’s work approached the WeLoveU tent for more information—even asking if they can join the next local cleanup.

The participants efforts collected 54 bags of trash. They left the streets cleaner and safer for the residents of the Village of Hempstead to enjoy. Mayor Don Ryan awarded WeLoveU’s Chairwoman, Zahng Gil-jah, with a proclamation. It is because of her example of dedication and hard work that spread from the east to the west.

The members, who take pride in their work, were thankful for the opportunity to help the community. The Mayor said he looks forward to continue working together. This will ensure the village is clean and comfortable for residents and visitors. This event was rewarding and definitely an unforgettable time for all who joined.

Volunteers Mark Storm Drains in Long Island to Raise Awareness

Volunteers Mark Storm Drains in Long Island to Raise Awareness

On June 25, 2017, about 50 volunteers of the International WeLoveU Foundation joined forces in Hempstead, Long Island to raise public awareness about a pressing issue: waste entering the local storm drains. Specifically, they met in the village of Elmont—an unincorporated community in Hempstead.

Two Systems

Long Island has two underground systems: a sanitary sewer system and a storm drain tunnel; each serving a different purpose. The sanitary sewer system protects water quality and public health. A series of pipes and pumps transport sewage from homes, businesses and industries to wastewater treatment plants to clean and return it to the environment.

On the other hand, storm drains collect rain and melting snow and divert to local streams untreated. For this reason, only rain should go down the storm drain. Unfortunately, contaminants like lawn chemicals, pet waste, paint, and soaps used for washing cars enter storm drains. Each of these can have harmful effects on wildlife, forestry, and even the water we drink—depending if our water comes from lakes or groundwater aquifier.

To help resolve this, WeLoveU volunteers planned to mark each storm drain with “No Dumping” medallions. The goal: to educate neighbors about the issue and help prevent contamination from entering storm drains.

The town supplied volunteers with a map of all the storm drains, two types of “No Dumping” medallions and adhesive glue to place them. Additionally, the WeLoveU volunteers created a flyer to give to neighbors to learn more about the cause and effect of dumping into storm drains.

The Big Day

About twenty pairs of volunteers were designated to install the medallions, while the rest handed out flyers to local residents. Overall, they successfully marked more than 200 storm drains. “No Dumping” medallions help prevent intentional contamination of local water supply.

During the event, many neighbors expressed their thanks to the WeLoveU Foundation’s efforts to help the community. Likewise, the volunteers conveyed their happiness to take part in this project to help the community. 

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