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Thursday, August 27, 2015

BCS goes Back-to-School with the Bryant Hill Community Garden

On Friday August 21, Bronx Community Service Staff members along with nine BCS clients headed up to the Bryant Hill Community Garden in Hunts Point for a beautification and back-to-school event. We met with Lucia Hernandez, who has been the caretaker of the Garden for around ten years. BCS has partnered with this Garden in the past, even collaborating on a small grant to provide beautification work earlier this year. Ms. Hernandez shared a little history of the Garden with the participants, then continued on explaining the work for the day, which consisted of pruning, removing weeds, opening and re-building walking pads to facilitate navigation through the garden. While one of the groups was working, the other group prepared book bags with school supplies to distribute to the kids in the community. This was made possible by partnering with WorldVision and World Changers Church. As all this work was going on, BCS staffer Omar Camacho was grilling hot dogs and hamburgers provided by Senator Ruben Diaz. The beverages were provided by Natalie Carlo, Event Supervisor from Talking Rain Beverage Company. Pastor Reggie and his wife from Real Life Church participated by providing activities for the kids, such as a bouncy house, face painting and music.

It was an awesome event that demonstrated the best that community service can do - bringing together defendants with the community, doing positive work to make a public space better while collaborating with community leaders and partners. We were all really happy to be a part of this project.

Check out a slideshow of photos from the day here: BCS at the Bryant Hill Garden

- Moises Reyes
Coordinator of Community Service and Initiatives

Friday, August 07, 2015

BCS Helps with National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Bronx Community Solutions participated again by providing clients to come support with event clean-up. Crew supervisor Matthew Usher, UpNext Intern Anthony Johnson and BCS clients worked together with  officers of the 41st and 44th precincts. The clients weren't too enthusiastic when they were initially told our assignment for the day, but the officers made them feel welcome by interacting with them. We cleaned around the 44th precinct and help set up the day's festivities at the 41st precinct by assisting with the putting up of barriers to block the streets, and filling up coolers with ice for the beverages.
BCS Crew Supervisor Ramon Semorile brought our Adolescent Diversion Program (ADP) community service participants to assist the 40th precinct and the NYPD Youth Explorers by cleaning the premises, building tents and supporting other partners. All in all the day went well, the people in the community were happy to be part of this event, the officers were helpful and satisfied and the clients completed their mandate for the day!

Thank you,
- BCS Crew supervisors Matthew Usher, Ramon Semorile and UpNext Intern Anthony Johnson