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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.

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 neighbor’s 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

Working 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 Stands 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.

Vice President Lara Rodriguez continued saying WeLoveU volunteers “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 also awarded the WeLoveU Foundation for their dedication and hard work. 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 aquifer.

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. 

WeLoveU Volunteers Clean Louisville’s Bingham Park

WeLoveU Volunteers Clean Louisville’s Bingham Park

Cleaning Louisville’s 100-Year-old Park

On Sunday, June 25, 2017, twenty volunteers of the International WeLoveU Foundation gathered in Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, for a cleanup. While most people were just starting their day, they arrived early in the morning in Bingham Park. They equipped themselves with brooms, shovels, gloves and garbage bags. Their goal was to not only clean Bingham Park but also the surrounding neighborhood of Clifton Heights. 

The group split into two teams and quickly got to work. Within two and a half hours, the volunteers cleaned a three-mile stretch in the park. They removed garbage, debris, cardboard boxes, cans, bottles, and tires. During the cleanup, volunteers received words of appreciation and thanks from the community. It was because of the time they took to beautify the neighborhood. By noon, the volunteers collected more than 20 bags of trash. 

The event was conducted in partnership with Louisville’s Metro Council 9th District and Brightside as part of WeLoveU’s Clean WORLD Movement. It is a worldwide initiative to provide a clean and safe environment for people across the globe. The word “WORLD” is an acronym for Water, Oxygen, Region, Life, and Descendants. This time, volunteers focused on cleaning their region. This involves streets and parks in their local communities in order to provide neighbors with a healthy and clean environment. 

Sharing a Mother’s Love to the World

After the event, one volunteer expressed, “I love to participate in events like these because it makes a difference in the environment. Many people don’t realize how much trash piles up until we stop and look at it. I want to inspire others to help not only their communities, but the world, so it can be restored to its original beauty.”

WeLoveU volunteers yearn to accomplish the overall initiative of the foundation and of its Founder and Chairwoman, Zahng Gil-jah. Which is to share the love of a mother, who gives without condition. To this end, WeLoveU volunteers in Louisville aspire to continue helping many neighbors and communities through WeLoveU’s various initiatives to make the world a better place.

Durham Welcomes WeLoveU Volunteers for Cleanup

Durham Welcomes WeLoveU Volunteers for Cleanup

On Sunday, June 25, 2017, thirty volunteers cleaned a half-mile stretch from Railroad Avenue to Elizabeth Street in Durham, NC. It’s a city known for its booming technological companies and institutions. This time around, the group focused on Durham’s suburbs.

Lights, Camera, Clean!

Early in the morning, volunteers gathered at Railroad Avenue ready to get to work. They brought their gloves and garbage bags ready to take on the day. Residents, who live on the streets the group was cleaning, came outside. They watched them as they picked up trash from sidewalks, bushes, and corners.
One neighbor said, “I just moved to the area and I noticed it is very dirty. I am glad to see someone out here working to clean this area.”
In a few hours, the pile of trash bags accumulated into bigger piles. The volunteers collected thousands of pounds of debris. This included old tires, metal scraps, and recyclables pulled from the roads. For only cleaning a half-mile stretch, it was shocking to see how much trash there was.
The members felt happy to help their community in a way all can enjoy. “I started to feel more appreciative of the world that I live in. After joining this event, I realized when you do something for the community, it helps yourself and others around you,” said Andrew, a Durham resident. Also, a clean environment links to a community’s happiness and well-being. Not to mention, these activities protect animals, birds, and plants in the ecosystem from harm, too.

The Big Picture

This event falls under WeLoveU’s Clean World Movement initiative. It’s a worldwide effort to raise awareness of the importance of environmental protection. Especially in a time when we are in the face of climate change. The WeLoveU Foundation focuses on various activities. Starting with disaster relief, blood drives, social welfare, international aid and environmental protection. The bigger picture behind each activity is to embrace the world with the love and warmth of a mother.

Clean World Day Hits the Streets of Leesburg

Clean World Day Hits the Streets of Leesburg

Clean World Day

On May 21, 2017, about 140 volunteers from the International WeLoveU Foundation hit the streets in Leesburg, Florida for a special cause—Clean World Day. It’s an annual event based on the organization’s Clean World Movement. The goal is to embrace all corners of the world with the heart of a mother through volunteer service.

The Clean World Movement is five campaigns wrapped into one. The acronym “WORLD” stands for Water, Oxygen, Region, Life, and Descendants. Through this, WeLoveU aims to provide and maintain a clean and safe environment for all people. To raise awareness, the volunteers around the world annually host Clean World Day—apart from their other environmental projects.

All Hands On Deck!

The WeLoveU volunteers streamed from multiple cities across Florida including Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, and Orlando. For the city of Leesburg, this was not just an ordinary community service, but rather a large-scale street cleanup. They primarily focused on cleaning city streets and highway intersections.

Over time, litterbugs toss garbage from their vehicles while driving. Consequently, trash continuously piles up and the environment takes a hit. To resolve the situation, the WeLoveU Foundation stepped up to the plate.

Volunteers came prepared with gloves, trash pickers, and trash bags to tackle the project. Also, let’s not forget they brought their smiles, too! Despite the hot weather, they worked with their whole heart even heralding passerby’s with their signature “we love you!” chant. All together, they collected more than 3,300 gallons of trash from the city’s roadways.

Love Through Volunteerism

The WeLoveU Foundation also takes part in other initiatives besides the Clean WORLD Movement. Every country and region has different needs from one another. That’s why the WeLoveU Foundation shares love with its neighbors through various types of volunteer service. The organization carries out activities centering on blood drives, disaster relief efforts, social welfare, and international aid.

More Than 50 Volunteers Clean Middle Branch Park

More Than 50 Volunteers Clean Middle Branch Park

Our Global Responsibility

Time flies like an arrow and with busy lives, it’s easy to neglect our duty to protect our environment. For this reason, WeLoveU holds annual Worldwide Clean World Movement cleanups. The movement is a global initiative to promote a clean and safe environment through volunteer service activities. Volunteers all around the world clean in their respective regions and provinces to tackle environmental projects in their own backyards.

On the East Coast, Maryland is famous for its blue crabs. Unfortunately, the crabs have washed ashore from pollution affecting the Chesapeake Bay. Learning about this, WeLoveU volunteers came to realize how important it is to take care of their community and wanted to take action.

A Step in the Right Direction

More than 50 volunteers from Maryland and Washington D.C. gathered to clean Middle Branch Park in Baltimore on May 21, 2017. The park has the largest expanse of the Baltimore City skyline, as well as a wildlife observatory area and a boardwalk. However, over time the park’s surroundings have been plagued with litter.

At 10 a.m., the volunteers started their effort in earnest. They broke into groups to cover the 150-acre park. With great excitement, they cleaned the trails, open areas, and docks along the shoreline.

While walking along the Patapsco River, they picked up food wrappers and water bottles left behind. It was along the river they saw crabs washed ashore. Fishing hooks and lines abandoned furniture, and countless weather-beaten planks of wood were also found. Because the wood was too big to put in trash bags, volunteers used their pickup trucks to transport them to the dumping site.

By the end of the event, the volunteers took a group photo with the Baltimore skyline in the background. With great results achieved through unity, the volunteers look forward to their next project.

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