Youth UPF Commemorates International Day of Families
Bronx, NY – Participants gathered at Bronx Park East on a bright Friday morning for three hours of community service with the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) USA to commemorate the UN International Day of Families. On Friday, May 29th 2015 a total of 12 happy and unified spirited volunteers showed up and picked up over 100 garbage bags of leaves, plastics and short wooden sticks. Partnership for Parks Outreach Coordinator, Mrs. Ciara Gannon, was duly impressed by the quantity of garbage bags collected in such a short amount of time.
Mr. Ricardo de Sena, President, UPF USA, had envisioned local, Youth UPF events and was happy to know that the event went well, while his assistant, Jorge Cuello Espinosa, coordinated this first service project. “I thought I needed to do a lot of planning, thinking and talking to create good service projects, but actually the less talking I did the more results came about.”
The basic plan was to pick up the fallen autumn leaves, discarded plastic objects and wooden sticks. Passing Bronx citizens positively commented on the activity. In the eyes of UFF Founder, the Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, God’s ideal world is in fact, made possible “when humanity takes dominion over all things through love and service towards the creation (nature).”
Jorge’s mother, Mrs. Luz Cuello, offered insights on the planning of the project and helped my prepare a sign in sheet and expense report for the event. “I knew it would have been difficult for anyone to do it alone,” said Mrs. Cuello helping him all along the way, which left Jorge deeply grateful. “I felt awed by the support of God, my mother and the volunteers.”
Smiling at the results that these “children of the world” accomplished, Jorge is totally excited for the next project to begin and offered a personal “thank you” to all of the volunteers for their support.