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More Than 100 WeLoveU Foundation Volunteers Clean Two Lakes in Orlando

More Than 100 WeLoveU Foundation Volunteers Clean Two Lakes in Orlando

The City Beautiful Receives WeLoveU Foundation Volunteers Double Lake Cleanup

On Sunday, November 24, 2019, more than 100 volunteers from the International WeLoveU Foundation gathered in Orlando, Florida for a two-in-one lake cleanup. Orlando, dubbed The City Beautiful, is home to Lake Dot and Park Lake. It’s located in the heart of Downtown Orlando and are just two out of 100 lakes within the city’s limits. 

In this instance, the two lakes benefit from the cleanup because it’ll help reduce air pollution, improve water quality and enhance ecosystem resilience. And because both lakes are in densely populated areas, constant upkeep is essential for the health and vitality of the bodies of water. When asked about the lakes a volunteer said, “Anyone driving downtown sees these lakes, and it really feels amazing to make them look beautiful again.”

A Team Effort & The Cleanup’s Importance

Ambitious and ready to clean, additional volunteers traveled from Miami and Jacksonville to participate. The large group split into two teams to clean the lake’s simultaneously. 

Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., the WeLoveU Foundation volunteers worked together by removing dead and decaying plant life, raking leaves, and picking up trash like aluminum cans, plastic bags and bottles and cardboard boxes. By doing this type of volunteer service, it prevents leaves and other pollutants from entering the lakes that cause algae to grow, which cuts the water’s oxygen and harms the lake’s inhabitants.  

Within a short time, WeLoveU volunteers filled 145 bags of trash, weighing over 4, 200 pounds. Keep Orlando Beautiful, who partnered with the International WeLoveU Foundation on this project, supplied the group with the items to carry this cleanup out.

Volunteers say the example of the Foundation’s Chairwoman contributed to the success of the cleanup. “We wouldn’t be here if the Chairwoman didn’t come out first to show us how to give back to the community,” said Jessica Conn.

Cleaning Lake Dot and Park Lake is part of the WeLoveU Foundation’s Clean WORLD Movement—a worldwide effort to raise awareness of the importance of environmental protection in the face of climate change. For more on WeLoveU activities, visit our activities page.

WeLoveU Hosts Blood Drive with One of America’s Top Hospitals

WeLoveU Hosts Blood Drive with One of America’s Top Hospitals

The Intl. WeLoveU Foundation partners with one of America’s top hospitals to host a blood drive in Boston, Massachusetts.

There’s many things one can accomplish in thirty minutes’ time. And this past Sunday in Boston, around 60 people used that time to save up to 130 lives by donating their blood.

The International WeLoveU Foundation hosted a blood drive on Sunday, November 17, 2019, in partnership with one of America’s top hospitals, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This is an addition to the two-month health campaign the WeLoveU Foundation launched this past summer. During that time span, volunteers in more than 50 countries participated to address global blood shortages.

Registration in the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care dining pavilion and health screenings in the Blood Mobile opened at 9 a.m. Hospital personnel joined in the effort to save lives through blood donation on their breaks. The local WeLoveU volunteers were also accompanied by volunteers traveling from Maine and New Hampshire.

While waiting for their turn to donate, participants walked through the series of panels illustrating the works of the International WeLoveU Foundation locally and worldwide. Each activity and project is catered to the needs of each community and aligns with the 17 Global Goals.

I just want you guys to know that it’s so important to thank you all for what you have done. It is amazing to see young people taking on initiatives like this that helps anyone—whoever comes into our hospital and that is in need of blood. It’s a magnificent turn out and is greatly appreciated

Joy Metellus, Nursing Director of Pathology at Brigham & Women's Hospital

One by one, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Blood Mobile filled up quickly with donors. After donating and recharging with snacks and juice, participants enjoyed the rest of the festivities. Many took group photos showing their bandages, proud to have made a life-saving difference for patients in need.

Altogether, the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation’s blood drive in partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute helps fulfill Sustainable Development Goal #3—Good Health and Well-Being. The Foundation and its volunteers will continue dedicating themselves to serving the Boston community through volunteer service activities and life-saving projects such as blood drives.

MA State Rep Liz Miranda Joins WeLoveU Ceylon Park Cleanup in Boston

MA State Rep Liz Miranda Joins WeLoveU Ceylon Park Cleanup in Boston

Tending to Ceylon Park Near Three Public Schools

On Sunday, September 15, 2019, 90 volunteers from the WeLoveU Foundation came together to clean Ceylon Park in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Dorchester is one of the biggest and most diverse neighborhood in Boston and Ceylon Park itself is about four acres big. In addition to volunteers from the local Boston area, others joined from New Hampshire and Maine. The New England region often holds big cleanups together including the Blackstone and Franklin Square Earth Day Cleanup and Barrett Park Cleanup.

Considering Ceylon Park is nestled between three public schools, maintaining the park is pivotal for a healthy and safe environment. The Foundation organized the activity and partnered with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department as a part of WeLoveU’s Clean WORLD Movement.

Working Together with State Rep Liz Miranda

A great number of hands was needed for this project. Overtime, litter piled up throughout the park; leaving it only to invite more trash. Starting at 10 a.m., volunteers were raking leaves, picking up dead branches and litter, pulling up weeds, and spreading fresh mulch on the playground.

State Representative Liz Miranda also joined in WeLoveU’s cleanup efforts. She’s seen raking and picking up trash alongside the volunteers. Regarding her experience, she said, “The world really needs more love, peace and unity. Thank you for inspiring hundreds and thousands of people across the world to remind us that we need, even in dark times like we are today, that we could still transcend that with love. Thank you for that.”

The Results and Words From Boston’s Park & Recreation Dept.

By noon, the WeLoveU Foundation volunteers filled about 75 bags of trash! Altogether, it averages to be more than 350 pounds of trash.

Rick Thompson from the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, whose worked with WeLoveU several times in the past said, “I want to give her [WeLoveU Chairwoman, Zahng Gil-jah] a shout out. People like her make people like us well motivated to do more. This is what the world needs now: more unity and more peace amongst everybody. So, [I] thank her very much for that and thank you all too!”

>> Watch Boston Fox 25 News coverage about WeLoveU’s Ceylon Park cleanup

WeLoveU Volunteers Clean Comfort Tyler Park with a Twist

WeLoveU Volunteers Clean Comfort Tyler Park with a Twist

The WeLoveU Foundation volunteers in Syracuse, NY planned their monthly park cleanup with a fun addition: a school supply drive.

Each month a handful between 20-30 volunteers clean Comfort Tyler Park in partnership with the City of Syracuse’s Adopt-a-Block program. And to engage the community to give a helping hand in their own backyard, WeLoveU volunteers have different themes. For Mother and Father’s Day cleanups, volunteers prepped stations for guests to enjoy after cleaning like letter-writing stations, face painting, and playing recreational games.

However, with the new school semester around the corner, the WeLoveU Foundation volunteers thought to host a school supply drive a week before the cleanup and conclude at their monthly park cleanup on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

WeLoveU volunteers clearing sidewalks in February and picking up trash in April.

The Need for School Supplies

Teachers around the globe and the United States face challenges of purchasing supplies for their own classrooms. Keeping that in mind, the WeLoveU volunteers reached out to two schools—Edward Smith K-8 and the Syracuse Latin School—and both gladly accepted the gesture of a school supply drive. 

Syracuse’s City Hall and the public library helped by permitting WeLoveU volunteers to leave drop-off donation boxes on site.

Cleaning and Helping Our Local Schools 

On the day of the cleanup, around volunteers met at Comfort Tyler Park. In a short amount of time, they filled 11 bags of trash with litter, weeds, and leaves they raked. While cleaning, neighborhood children and their families dropped off new school supplies. In total, the WeLoveU Foundation volunteers and the community’s support garnered school supplies enough to fill four big boxes.

Read a recap of WeLoveU volunteers cleanup efforts at Comfort Tyler Park

Personal Delivery to Syracuse Schools

The next day, September 9, 2019, the WeLoveU Foundation volunteers personally delivered the new school supplies to Edward Smith K-8 and the Syracuse Latin School. Principal Kelly Manard from the Syracuse Latin School said, “Things run out at the elementary school, crayons get broken, pencils get broken, notebook paper gets used. So to have all those little extras to be able to replenish through the year is really helpful to the school.”

Through the efforts of the WeLoveU Foundation, big and small, the Comfort Tyler Park cleanup and school supply drive align with SDG #4 and #13—Quality Education and Life on Land. The volunteers in Syracuse hope to continue spreading positivity and help wherever help is needed.

Watch CNY Central’s news coverage of the cleanup and school supply drive!

WeLoveU’s Worldwide Blood Drive Lands in Buffalo

WeLoveU’s Worldwide Blood Drive Lands in Buffalo

Relieving Blood Shortages One Donation at a Time

The International WeLoveU Foundation’s 2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement has provided blood banks and hospitals with a global network of blood donors since its launch in June. As the need for blood is high and the supply is low, WeLoveU’s campaign aims to relieve global blood shortages. To date, more than 50 countries have participated in WeLoveU’s worldwide blood drive movement.

WeLoveU volunteers in Buffalo, New York also joined this worldwide effort. They organized a blood drive in partnership with ConnectLife (formerly UNYTS) on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the ConnectLife headquarters. Through their partnership, they extended their outreach by enlightening people about the benefits of donating blood. At the same time, their efforts are working to address the blood shortages in the city of Buffalo.

As the city faces blood shortages in the summer, the timing of it all was perfect. WeLoveU volunteers invited everyone from public officials to residents to participate in the blood drive. On the day of the donation, WeLoveU volunteers displayed panels about the importance of donating blood and the statistics surrounding it.

The Big Day!

Starting at 9:30 a.m. for set up, WeLoveU volunteers and ConnectLife staff set up tents, tables and chairs. Commemorating the day, they took a group photo and by noon registration opened and donors poured through the door. 

Roughly 70 people walked through ConnectLife’s doors to donate. Not to mention, WeLoveU volunteers traveled from Syracuse and Rochester to join. Outside the blood center, there was face painting for children, families enjoying food and even dancing.

“Being a member of this community, we would like to thank the WeLoveU Foundation for being very conscious about the problems and the issues that are going on far abroad and here at home, especially in the community of Buffalo. Even though their whole intention is international, I’m glad to hear they were also responsive in the recent emergency call in the region of Buffalo.” 

– Dr. Nader Nader, Chief of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs

The event concluded with ConnectLife presenting the WeLoveU Foundation a Certificate of Appreciation for their life-saving efforts. Through the donors’ collective efforts, approximately 117 lives can be saved through their donations.

50 WeLoveU Volunteers Maintain Over 200 Trees in Charlotte

50 WeLoveU Volunteers Maintain Over 200 Trees in Charlotte

Time for a Tree Check-Up

On Sunday, August 25, 2019, more than 50 WeLoveU volunteers showed that maintaining trees is as important as planting them. In a few hours, they checked 206 trees off Chilton Place in Myers Park in Charlotte, North Carolina. Planting trees is helpful to the environment and is certainly a practice that should continue. However, what is as important as planting them is ensuring they grow well and are tended to. The WeLoveU volunteers worked hand-in-hand with the Mecklenburg Storm Water Services Lane Use and Environmental Services Agency.

The Scoop on Planting Trees

Planting trees holds many benefits. Due to constant rainfall and frequent flooding, areas may be affected by erosion. To prevent this from happening, planting trees in those areas helps stabilize the creeks banks and creates a natural buffer to soak up storm water runoff instead of flooding. All of these factors then stop erosion from affecting the environment. In addition, trees improve air quality and provides shade to the waterways like a creek, which then provides a better environment for fish and insects inhabiting those spaces.

Tree Maintenance for Growing Trees

All fifty volunteers made their way to the location by 10 a.m. They saw the tree seedlings covered with tubes, which protects them from deer and provides moisture—an important component in the early stages of growth. Volunteers also noticed signs of choking from the weeds and branches wrapping around the tree seedlings.

For about two hours, volunteers pulled up weeds, cut off branches, and picked up trash around the area. On top of that, they provided extra support for trees to grow straight if they showed signs of bending.

The environmental agency was glad to welcome a large group of volunteers as there’s sometimes not enough hands. Tree maintenance after the initial planting of them is necessary as the volunteers experienced. A local news station stopped by the park and aired a broadcast about the volunteers’ efforts.

>> Watch local news broadcast of WeLoveU’s tree maintenance project

2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement Results

2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement Results

#WeLoveSavingLives

The International WeLoveU Foundation launched the 2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement on June 14—World Blood Donor’s Day—to raise awareness about the necessity of blood donations and enlighten people’s perception about donating blood.

In preparation of the campaign launch, the WeLoveU Foundation hosted the Save the World Global Forum from May 22 until May 24. Speakers from Ecuador, Chile, Bangladesh, and Iraq, including keynote speaker Peter Dawkins, Chief of United Nations Web Services, and Dr. Nina Anderson, CEO and Founder of Tova Health Community, discussed ways to ease worldwide blood supply shortages.

From June to August, nearly 200 locations in more than 50 countries participated in the blood drive movement. The WeLoveU Foundation is the first organization in the world to set up global networks of volunteers to provide a constant supply of blood. According to the World Health Organization’s stats, non-remunerated blood donors—who donate freely without receiving payment—are proven to donate the healthiest blood. 

When it All Began Along the Eastern Seaboard…

Nanuet, NY

Elmsford, NY

Fishkill, NY

Oradell, NJ

Four blood drives took place in the trisate area in New York and New Jersey on Sunday, July 7, 2019, in partnership with Vitalant and the New York Blood Center.

More than 200 volunteers participated and 163 successfully donated. With each pint of blood saving up to three lives, the WeLoveU blood donors efforts can help save up to 489 lives! 

“I’m actually speechless. The difference that WeLoveU makes in so many different areas is impressive. I’m very hopeful that the blood donated today makes a difference in people’s lives who need it, and it’s a terrific feeling to know that you guys are helping.” 

– Jeff Peters, Police Officer, Oradell Police Department

West Orange, NJ

On Sunday, July 14, 2019, roughly 90 volunteers comprised of WeLoveU members and walk-ins donated blood in West Orange, NJ’s City Hall. Mayor Robert D. Parisi supported the global blood drive effort by providing WeLoveU with space to host the event in partnership with Vitalant. Enough blood was donated to save 186 lives!

Blood donor services were abuzz on Sunday, July 21, 2019, with five blood drives happening simultaneously. From top left to right, WeLoveU volunteers hosted blood drives in Philadelphia, PA, East Hartford, CT, and New York City, NY. From bottom left to right, volunteers also gathered together in Annandale, VA and Lantana, FL. All in all, their joint efforts led to donating blood to save more than 1,000 lives!

Between July 25 and 28, the U.S. Virgin Islands also participated in WeLoveU’s Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement. While the 23rd New Life Family Walkathon was taking place, volunteers overseas donated to save up to 400 lives!

Santiago, Dominican Republic

Puerto Rico

Haiti

Barbados

Blood Donations Lead Into August

South Amboy, NJ

Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and the WeLoveU Foundation partnered together to host a blood drive in the South Amboy YMCA. Whole blood units and plasma donations were in high supply on Sunday, August 5, 2019,  yielding 333 life-saving donations. 

“As I was driving up and see this sea of blue, the only thing that out-shined this sea of blue was the smile on your faces and you’re still wearing them.” 

– Charles Wilson, Vice President of Operations, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital

Buffalo, NY

Newark, DE

Wrapping up the 2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement, WeLoveU volunteers organized blood drives in Buffalo, NY and Newark, DE. Each location had a fun and meaningful time reflecting on the impact of their blood donation.

In Delaware specifically, the blood drive was in partnership with Dr. Nina Anderson and the Blood Bank of Delamarva in the Bear-Glasgow YMCA. Joining alongside Dr. Nina was also the City Treasurer of Wilmington, Delaware, Velda Jones-Potter.

“I was very excited about the opportunity provided by the WeLoveU Foundation to share my work about sickle cell, but also the importance of increasing the blood donors in the African American community because less than 1% of our community donates blood and since your mission is also to really try to combat blood shortages, it fits right in line with your goals and initiatives.”

– Dr. Nina Anderson, CEO and Founder, Tova Community Health

Between both locations, volunteers efforts contributed to saving 891 lives! WeLoveU Foundation is looking forward to continue working in local communities and sharing the love of a mother wherever there may be a need. 

WeLoveU and Tova Community Health Partner for Worldwide Blood Drive

WeLoveU and Tova Community Health Partner for Worldwide Blood Drive

Worldwide Blood Drive Comes to Newark, Delaware

On August 25, 2019, the International WeLoveU Foundation hosted a blood drive in partnership with Tova Community Health, the Blood Bank of Delmarva and the Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA as part of a global initiative to reduce blood shortages. According to the World Health Organization’s stats, non-remunerated blood donors—who donate freely without receiving payment—are proven to donate the healthiest blood. This effort is part of WeLoveU’s 2019 Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement and helps fulfill Sustainable Development Goal #3—Good Health and Well-Being.

Preparation for the Big Day 

To spread awareness about the importance of blood donations and to promote the drive, volunteers tabled at the YMCA, local gyms and Barnes & Nobles for two weeks before the event. Many people signed up for the WeLoveU newsletter and also registered to attend the blood drive. Staff member from the YMCA, where the blood drive was hosted, connected with WeLoveU’s mission to help people, were one of the first donors of the day.

Sharing Love Through Blood Donation ♥

On the day of the drive, volunteers gathered early in the morning to set up the gym. They helped the blood donation center setup and also prepared a children’s area. While parents donated, the children were able to have their faces painted, color, and play games.

More than 70 volunteers participated and all of them successfully donated blood. In total, 70 pints of blood (16 double red cells donations and 54 whole blood donations), which can save up to 210 lives, was collected.  

Dr. Nina Anderson, the Founder and Executive Director of Tova Community Health, spoke at the Intl. WeLoveU Foundation’s 2019 Save the World Global Forum in Seoul, South Korea. Specializing in Sickle Cell Anemia, the worldwide blood drive resonated with her. 

Partnering with WeLoveU, she said, “I was very excited about the opportunity provided by the WeLoveU Foundation to share my work about sickle cell, but also the importance of increasing the blood donors in the African American community because less than 1% of our community donates blood and since your mission is also to really try to combat blood shortages it fits right in line with your goals and initiatives.”

Velda Jones-Potter, the City Treasurer of Wilmington, DE, also commended the efforts of WeLoveU and Dr. Anderson.

“Nina and I both grew up in Wilmington. Wilmington is home for us and both grew up knowing what the needs of the community are and for our own personal experiences developing a commitment to really bringing things to the community that can make their lives better. I am thrilled to support the kind of work that the WeLoveU Foundation does and that Nina does because lives of people in our community are better as a result of it.”

WeLoveU Foundation is excited to continue their work in local communities in the state of Delaware and look forward to upcoming opportunities to share the love of a mother to those in distressed communities.

WeLoveU Volunteers in New Jersey Clean Up the Newark Bay Shoreline

WeLoveU Volunteers in New Jersey Clean Up the Newark Bay Shoreline

A Summer Cleanup in the Garden State

On Sunday, August 18, 2019, around 40 volunteers from the International WeLoveU Foundation met in Bayonne, New Jersey’s Newark Bay Shoreline for a cleanup. The WeLoveU Foundation carried this activity out in partnership with the City of Bayonne’s Department of Public Works.

The WeLoveU volunteers were certainly no strangers to the Newark Bay Shoreline. In 2017, they carried out a cleanup there in the springtime as well. The cumulative efforts of all participants is working to fulfill WeLoveU’s Clean WORLD Movement’s vision to help our planet. In addition, the Newark Bay Shoreline cleanup is a step closer to fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals, which is good for us and our planet. In particular, this cleanup targets SDG #14-Life Below Water.

>> Read about WeLoveU’s initial cleanup in 2017

Aiming to make a difference in their community, the group of 40 volunteers signed up to the task of cleaning the half-mile trail. The goal of the cleanup: enhance the ecosystem by removing litter and make the Newark Bay Shoreline aesthetically pleasing to visitors.

The Newark Bay Shoreline is a place many find to be peaceful and they spend their leisure time strolling by the water. Nonetheless, over the last few years, it has become susceptible to debris and litter swept on shore from the ocean. Enormous amounts of litter cause an imbalance in the ecosystem. And with ships entering and leaving the Newark Seaport, pollution is rampant.

Despite the summer heat and humidity, the volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Within a short time, the group filled more than 30 trash bags and collected tires, rotten wood planks, and dead branches.

The volunteers hope this cleanup and others similar to it like the Hammonasset Beach State Park in Connecticut can inspire others to participate in WeLoveU’s initiatives to enhance the environment.

WeLoveU Partners with Robert Wood Johnson Hospital for Blood Drive

WeLoveU Partners with Robert Wood Johnson Hospital for Blood Drive

The Act of Giving Life

On Sunday, August 4, 2019, WeLoveU’s Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement took place in the South Amboy YMCA in New Jersey in partnership with Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Nearly two months ago, the International WeLoveU Foundation launched the blood drive movement on World Blood Donor Day. As blood circulates throughout the entire body, the movement has reached more than 50 countries around the world. A chain reaction of blood drives ensued and is now happening in South Amboy, NJ.

Buoyed by Chairwoman Zahng Gil-jah’s message at the 2019 Save the World Global Forum that, “blood donation is sharing life,” around 150 volunteers braved the heat to share life by donating blood.

In cooperation with the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the WeLoveU volunteers walked guests through panels explaining the importance of voluntary non-remunerated blood donation and serious blood shortages. Through the educational panels, guests became enlightened as to why donating blood is one of the most giving actions they can take.

Vice President of Operations Charles Wilson from Robert Wood Johnson attended the blood drive in the South Amboy YCMA.

He spoke to a group of volunteers about his experience and shared saying, “I’ve been to quite a bit of blood drivers over the past couple of years. And I’m not just saying this because I’m here, but this really is one of the most well-organized blood drives I’ve been to. And that’s a fact!” He continued on, “As I was driving up and see this sea of blue, the only that that outshined this sea of blue was the smile on your faces and you’re still wearing them. I’ve learned quite a bit about your organization in the past hour. An organization such as this, everyone should know about!”

The donor’s efforts yielded 93 whole blood units along with 18 units of plasma. In total, these donations can help more than 300 lives!  Not only will many of those in need receive blood transfusions, but dozens of first-time donors are inspired to participate in future blood drives and volunteer service activities. 

Working Together for Global Harmony

Formally associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications, the WeLoveU Foundation is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals with all people. The Worldwide One-Two Blood Drive Movement in particular focuses on Global Goal #3—Good Health & Well-Being. Hand-in-hand, the WeLoveU Foundation will continue working to ensure healthy living and promote well-being for all. 

To read about WeLoveU’s blood drive results along the East Coast, visit the summary post.

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