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WeLoveU Cleans Sendler Education Outpost in Florida’s Wildlife Refuge

WeLoveU Cleans Sendler Education Outpost in Florida’s Wildlife Refuge

Protecting the Wildlife’s Habitat

The WeLoveU Foundation partnered with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Florida. Around 500 species of wildlife call the National Wildlife Refuge their home. Within the refuge is the Sendler Education Outpost—a pavilion-style structure—which hosts environmental education activities and programs year-round.

More than 40 volunteers went to the outpost for a cleanup on June 17, 2018. The goal behind it is to create a cleaner and safer environment for the hundreds and thousands of students who frequently visit on field trips and the wildlife that inhabits the refuge.

This effort is part of WeLoveU’s Clean World Movement to raise awareness about the importance of environmental protection in the face of climate change.

Getting an Early Start

The group of volunteers met at the gazebo in the Sendler Education Outpost around 9 in the morning. For some, this meant their first time participating in a cleanup. By 11 a.m., National Wildlife Refuge volunteer coordinators, Emily and David, began by introducing themselves and welcoming the volunteers. Before the cleanup even began, they presented WeLoveU with a Certificate of Appreciation.

In addition, the coordinators explained where volunteers can start from and provided equipment. Tools used to carry out tasks carefully included gloves, garden loppers, and rakes.

Working Together in Sendler Education Outpost

For three hours, they worked in small groups; each person with a different role. While some removed weeds entangled on trees, others cut thick palm leaves and tall grass with loppers. Another group grouped the debris into piles and others loaded them onto the Wildlife Refuge pickup trucks. From there, the trash was disposed in designated locations outside the outpost.

Despite the strong heat of the day, everyone worked hard without showing signs of slowing down until the job was completed. At the end of the cleanup, the volunteers double-checked to make sure all the trash was collected and all supplies were returned. The 40 volunteers successfully cleaned five acres of land and collected nearly 10,000 pounds of vegetation.

By the early afternoon, the group returned to the gazebo. The Merritt Island National Refuge awarded each volunteer with a free beach pass to the Canaveral National Seashore and a special sticker. The volunteers responded cheerfully, chanting their signature “We love you!” greeting to the Wildlife Refuge workers.

WeLoveU’s Fayetteville Cross Creek Project

WeLoveU’s Fayetteville Cross Creek Project

Let’s Make a Clean World!

Around 30 volunteers from the International WeLoveU Foundation came together in Fayetteville, North Carolina to clean Cross Creek on June 17, 2018. They arrived with an eagerness to lend a helping hand to the city. The volunteers united to clean, protect and preserve the river which was once the city’s epicenter for trade.

With local and regional partners planning to restore Cross Creek, WeLoveU is working towards that goal by removing as much litter and trash as possible. The volunteers carried this activity out under the organization’s Clean World Movement. It’s a global initiative crafted by WeLoveU’s Chairwoman Zahng Gil-jah. The goal: to raise awareness about the importance of environmental protection in the face of climate change.

Every year, WeLoveU chapters in more than 50 countries around the world organize cleanups in their respective areas. Climate change and environmental pollution are becoming a big focal point for many government officials including the United Nations. Keeping that in mind, WeLoveU carries out volunteer services for the betterment of the planet.

One Cleanup at a Time

The local volunteers in Fayetteville, North Carolina could not let this opportunity pass by them.

To serve their community, they assembled together in Festival Park where Cross Creek flows. All sorts of trash and debris covered the creek’s bank. Surprisingly, they found glass bottles, fallen tree limbs, damaged signs, broken iron rods and rusted pipes in and out of the creek. One by one they began picking up all the trash they could see including bigger items that required extra hands.

For this reason, their efforts brought a great relief to city officials who otherwise would’ve had to allocate many resources and manpower to complete this project. The WeLoveU volunteers were not the only ones excited about the cleanup. Motorists driving through the park and pedestrians strolling by were also happy. One of them said, “I haven’t seen this creek cleaned in years!” Overall, the participant’s filled 34 trash bags, not including the bulkier items they found.

As a puzzle is made up of many pieces, the volunteers cleaning Cross Creek is a piece of the Clean WORLD Movement. Learn more about WeLoveU’s Clean WORLD Movement and make a difference in your community with a hands-on approach.

Volunteers Clean Seaside Park in Connecticut’s Historic Seaport City

Volunteers Clean Seaside Park in Connecticut’s Historic Seaport City

On June 17, 2018, more than 70 volunteers of the International WeLoveU Foundation joined forces with Bridgeport, Connecticut’s Park and Recreation Department to clean Seaside Park. Within Bridgeport—the largest and most historic city in the state—is the two and a half mile park bordering Bridgeport Harbor.

That is where volunteers throughout the state gathered to carry out a cleanup on Father’s Day. This volunteer service 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.

City & State Leaders Support WeLoveU

To kick-start, Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim spoke briefly to thank WeLoveU for coming to Seaside Park. He also went on to call the volunteers heroes for protecting the environment.

“I’d like to thank everyone who is here for the Clean WORLD Movement from WeLoveU. All of you have come here to clean up Seaside Park, this beautiful, natural asset that serves so many fathers and families, especially today. Thank you for your commitment to the environment and our beautiful mother earth and for making our world a better place,” said Mayor Ganim.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, who has been serving in the U.S. Senate since 2011, also attended. Before volunteers started to clean, he presented the WeLoveU Foundation with a Certificate of Special Recognition.

He said, “Cleaning this beach is really great work. It’s so important to make sure the next generation can benefit from this wonderful natural resource. That’s why I’m presenting you (WeLoveU) a Certificate of Special Recognition from the Senate of the United States. Thank you for the great work you did today and making this beach clean.”

Cleaning in the Historic Seaport City

Volunteers combed Seaside Park’s playgrounds, picnic areas, parking lots and seashore. To their surprise, they discovered debris hidden along the harbor’s rocky shoreline like old tires, fencing and plywood, bottles and food wrappers.

To carry out the volunteer service safely, the Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department equipped the group with supplies. All together, they collected approximately 40 bags of trash. The WeLoveU volunteers hope to not only provide a clean environment, but also an enjoyable park experience for all.

WeLoveU’s Chairwoman, Zahng Gil-jah, has led people around the world to become active volunteers to take action and do whatever we can to protect our environment. Especially as we continually see the effects of climate change become more serious. Through the areas of social and child welfare, disaster relief, and environmental cleanups, the Chairwoman’s example of giving love has spread from the east to the west and planted itself in more than 50 countries with more than 150,000 volunteers to inspire a healthy and hopeful future.

Learn more about WeLoveU’s Clean WORLD Movement.

New Jersey Volunteers Sweep the Streets of North Bergen

New Jersey Volunteers Sweep the Streets of North Bergen

On Your Marks, Get Set, Clean!

On Sunday, June 3, 2018, about 40 WeLoveU volunteers united to participate in an environmental cleanup in the Township of North Bergen, New Jersey. At the foot of 74th Street, refuse piled up due to littering and illegal garbage dumping. Upon hearing this, the members of WeLoveU jumped on board to clean the neighborhood and protect the environment.

The cleanup started around noon and volunteers wasted no time to clean. They picked up large items they found tucked in the trees like couches, mattresses, television sets and kitchen sinks. Among everything, they also collected bottles, plastic bags, and gasoline jugs. In two hours, they filled 35 bags of trash using 33 and 50-gallon bags.

This activity caught the attention of two public commissioners: Frank Gargiulo and Julio Marenco. They attended the cleanup expecting only a handful to participate, but to their surprise, 40 volunteers came together. Before leaving, they took group photos and said they will definitely notify the Mayor of the group’s effort.

Together, We Can Go Far!

Overall, everyone had smiles on their faces from seeing the result of their labor. Their hope is to continue raising awareness about environmental protection while encouraging others to get involved too. It’s because the volunteers are on a mission to make a cleaner world—one project at a time.

Especially now, since many people are preoccupied by their own daily lives, the members aim to reignite a sense of community and neighborly love. Each volunteer comes from a different upbringing and culture, yet, their goal is the same: to embrace the world with the love of a mother through volunteer service. In order to do that, they wholeheartedly put their efforts into carrying out community service activities.

The Jersey Journal, a daily newspaper that covers news and events throughout the Hudson County, featured this story here.

Commonwealth Avenue Mall Cleanup Is First of Many in Boston

Commonwealth Avenue Mall Cleanup Is First of Many in Boston

On a chilly morning on Sunday, April 4, 2018, 50 volunteers from the WeLoveU Foundation met on Commonwealth Avenue Mall in Boston, Massachusetts. All participants came from different parts throughout Massachusetts and met on Sunday, April 8, 2018, to clean up the grassy mall.

Commonwealth Avenue Mall

Quite contrary to what the name suggests, it isn’t a shopping mall. The Commonwealth’s history dates back to the 19th century. The Mall is 32-acres of grassy land that stretches along the Back Bay neighborhood. The historic avenue is usually occupied by many dog walkers and joggers. You can read more the Commonwealth Avenue Mall on the City of Boston’s official website.

Cleaning Together, Let’s Go!

This cleanup marked the first regional event of 2018 for WeLoveU volunteers in Boston. Ready with garbage and leaf bags, gloves, rakes and smiles, they paired off spreading across the greenway. After a long winter, dead branches, leaves, and trash became visible to the volunteer’s eyes. It had all accumulated during the cold season and hid under the snow. Dry grass and weeds were raked and pulled out, replacing many parts of the mall with a layer of fresh soil. They worked with determination to fulfill their task of providing a clean and safe environment for their neighbors. They cleaned a one-mile stretch along Commonwealth Avenue Mall and collected 84 garbage and leaf bags.

The Blue Shirts

Local Boston residents recognized the group from previous community service activities. Some passed by with their dogs, smiling and saying, “Thank you! Beautiful job!” Another one waved and in return, the volunteers cheered, “We love you!” Two television crews, NBC and Fox25, came and interviewed some volunteers; capturing all their efforts. You can watch the news coverage here and here. The laughter and joy coming from the volunteers brightened up the cloudy day.  Their goal to work with a mother’s love and give hope to everyone around allowed them to work with great unity. This volunteer service activity is part of WeLoveU’s Clean WORLD Movement to have a clean world not only for ourselves but for future generations.

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, 2017, 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.

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