Councilman Torres, nonprofit come together to clean up, maintain the Bronx
A partnership between a local councilman and a Manhattan-based nonprofit is making neighborhoods in the Bronx stay in top shape.
Graffiti tags in places like Barker Avenue by Allerton Avenue can be an eyesore to people going about their day. But since 2016, a partnership between Councilman Ritchie Torres and nonprofit Fedcap is making sure Allerton is cleaned and maintained.
"We have a cleanup crew that paints over graffiti, that cleans up litter, that removes overgrown weeds which contributes to rodent infestation," says Torres.
Tips for work come through calls, emails and social media directly from citizens, civic associations and civic leaders. A responding cleaning crew comes from Fedcap, a nonprofit that provides youth and young adults with jobs as a way of vocational rehabilitation.
Torres says to reach out if you see something, because "we have to be vigilant to protect our quality of life in the Bronx, because if we're not cleaning up our own neighborhood, nobody else will."