What started as a small neighborhood block cleanup in Parkchester years ago by Bronxite Nilka Martell, eventually turned into a community of service to many of our borough’s green spaces—literally an army of grassroots activists. 

This Sunday, the organization will host its last cleanup as Getting Involved, Virginia Avenue Efforts (aka G.I.V.E) before dissolving and coming back bigger and stronger than ever next year under the name of Loving The Bronx. 


From 11AM to 2PM, volunteers will be raking leaves and planting daffodil bulbs at Virginia Park and Hugh Grant Circle right next to the Parkchester 6 Line station. 

Even though I personally know Nilka, I can’t thank her enough for all the work she does to make our borough even more beautiful and better than it already is. 

She is the embodiment of what it means to be from The Bronx not relying on our city to get things done and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty to do so. 

Oh, and in the greenest borough of NYC with the most parkland of any borough, she’s also the fiercest, and strongest parks ambassador and ally we have and this is why (one of many reasons) we’re so excited to see what’s in store next. 

So join G.I.V.E this Sunday, December 4th from 11AM to 2PM for a fun day of service! 

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