Volunteers dedicate themselves to cleaning up every district in the Bronx

Elias Montaz's started #TheBronxNeedsCleaning initiative in June when looting amid the Black Lives Matter protests took over the streets of Fordham and other sections of the city.

News 12 Staff

Jul 19, 2020, 9:58 PM

Updated 1,398 days ago

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One man is making sure residents can wake up to cleaner and safer streets across every district in the Bronx.
Elias Montaz's started #TheBronxNeedsCleaning initiative in June when looting amid the Black Lives Matter protests took over the streets of Fordham and other sections of the city.
Once the cleaning of Fordham Road was tackled, Montaz says he realized there was more work that needed to be done.
He and his group of 20 to 30 volunteers come out to clean up trash-ridden neighborhoods every Sunday, with help from Bronx for Black Lives organizers.
The group cleaned the Bedford Park section of the Bronx for four hours this Sunday.
Even in the heat, the group masked up, getting to work along Mosholu Parkway, Bedford Park Avenue and Harris Field. They covered a 3-mile radius before calling an end to their clean up.
It was the seventh district they have cleaned up since the start of the project.
The group says they are ready to do it all again next week.


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