Neighborhood Block Clean Up
On Saturday, March 20, 2021, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. and several other organizations from Temple University collaborated on a street clean-up at The U School. Among the collaborating organizations were The Progressive NAACP, The Temple Owlettes, The National Council of Negro Women, Temple Section, Temple University's chapter of the Black Law Students Association Pre-Law Division, and Temple Student Government.
DonCARES Founder Donovan Forrest was highly inspired by the block clean-ups S.M.O.O.T.H, Temple Chapter committed themselves to in the North Philadelphia community a few years ago. Earlier this month, DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest began reaching out to organizations to collaborate with on a block clean-up at The U School.
The U School is located at the corner of 7th and Norris, a few blocks away from Temple University, and for four school years was the primary center of all DonCARES' mentoring efforts.
All in all, about twenty-five college students of color from various organizations showed up to clean the grounds at The U School including the front of the school, basketball court and courtyard, of the back of the school, and sidewalk and street on Norris Street. Within an hour, the volunteers collected eleven bags of trash including and not limited to glass, boxes, sticks, spoiled food, and empty bottles.