Group photo of ASEZ volunteers at their Leroy Hoequist Park cleanup.

ASEZ Cleanup at Leroy Hoequist Park

Making a Safe Environment

Members of the World Mission Society Church of God’s university volunteer group, ASEZ, carried out a park cleanup at Leroy Hoequist Park. They banded together, even during their winter break, to beautify the park and Lake G in the heart of Orlando, Florida. This event is all part of ASEZ’s “Reduce Crime Together” movement.

On December 18, volunteers consisting of students from nearby universities such as UCF, Valencia, Rollins, and Full Sail, joined the cleanup effort. ASEZ student volunteers themselves organized the cleanup, being joined by Keep Orlando Beautiful, who co-hosted the cleanup. Keep Orlando Beautiful provided all of the cleaning tools used for the day, such as nets, pickers, and trash bags.

Volunteers from ASEZ cleaning up Leroy Hoequist Park in Orlando, FL.
Volunteers from ASEZ cleaning Leroy Hoequist Park.

Located in the heart of Orlando, Leroy Hoequist Park is a popular park for families to spend time together. It’s also located right next to a local elementary school. However, sharp glass and other litter have made the park and lake dangerous, especially putting young children at risk.

Results and Reactions

To make the area safer, volunteers removed dangerous waste and other debris from the park and lake. They also cleaned up and beautified an entire playground. Despite the cold wind and rain, the volunteers gathered 18 bags of trash in just a few fours.

“We just want to show the love of mother through this movement,” said Jessica Conn, as ASEZ volunteer. “We really feel like we have created a safer environment for everybody.”

ASEZ volunteers removing trash from Lake G in Orlando, FL.
ASEZ student volunteers cleaning the playground at Leroy Hoequist Park.
ASEZ student volunteers cleaning the playground at Leroy Hoequist Park.

“We have people walking through this park daily with their small children, so this cleanup has really cut down the safety hazard,” said Sean Hipps, Coordinator of Keep Orlando Beautiful. “These students have been some of the most passionate, most involved individuals I have ever known, and I can’t wait to work with them more in the future.”

Furthermore, Sean stated that the cleanup will also make the lake more habitable for marine plant life. Animal life, such as fish and birds, will especially benefit from the clean environment. He also said that cleaning up the park will help prevent individuals from loitering in the area and discourage vandalism. Lastly, he encouraged the student volunteers, telling them to keep up the good work.

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34 thoughts on “ASEZ Cleanup at Leroy Hoequist Park”

  1. Annabelle Yciano

    Wow! Seeing young university students coming together to help provide a safe, clean, and happy environment for the families and residents in the area is so comforting. Great job!

  2. Not everyday you see young adults doing this type of community service. The ASEZ group from the World Mission Society Church of God is truly special!

  3. This is such a good act of kindness. I am sure that those who visit this park, especially those who do regularly will definitely appreciate this collaborative effort. Great job!

  4. Students definitely have many other activities they could be doing to occupy their time, seeing the ASEZ students participating in this type of cleanup is pretty inspiring since it’s not only a good example but it actually makes a difference on the environment and safety of the surrounding community. Nice job!

  5. It’s so refreshing seeing so many young adults spending their time to do good for others and protect our environment. Even though they could have spent their break enjoy other things, they put the happiness of others before theirs, especially children who can’t play in the parks like they want to die so excessive litter.

    I’m very happy with all the efforts of the ASEZ members of the World Mission Society Church of God. Helping mankind with the love of mother is exactly what this society and world needs.

  6. Wow! It really moves my heart to see the youth of today coming out to set an example for the Community ! ASEZ ! You guys are amazing ! World Mission society church of God thank you for having such an amazing group come to beautify our local parks !

  7. Wow volunteer efforts like these are truly underappreciated. When parks are clean and inviting, it creates a relaxed atmosphere for every family that visits and gives everyone a place to look forward to. But when they’re full of trash and graffiti no one can feel comfortable walking through even on a sunny day. Thank you ASEZ team for cleaning up this park! It’s inspiring!

  8. This is so amazing!
    Due to the craziness of college many students barely make time for their families, yet the ASEZ students make time to help strangers. How amazing!
    These students are the light of the future.

  9. Wow, I love how they were sanitizing, which we understand, now more than ever, how important that is. It’s very uplifting to see good news at this time, thank you for posting!

  10. Michelle Neumiller

    What a heartfelt & genuine comment from the coordinator of ‘Keep Orlando Beautiful’, I can only attest to how true that statement is. Nice work to all involved in the continuous campaign efforts!

  11. The considerate minds of the ASEZ volunteers moves my heart. Like the heart of a mother they cleaned up and beautified the playground for the children. I believe your mission to deliver Mother’s love definitely shows through this event.

    Very touching! Great job ASEZ volunteers.

  12. Wow it is so amazing seeing University students work together to clean the environment! Keep up the good work!

  13. It’s sad that parks and other community locations become littered and even dangerous for people to use due to broken glass or other health issues. It’s beautiful to see the ASEZ members making effort to correct the problem though, and double win(!) this clean up made the park more pleasant and safer for both people as well as plants and wild life! Very impressive!

  14. It is really refreshing to see young adults gather during their free time to benefit those around them. A lot of times, especially as a young adult, the younger generation can be viewed in a negative light however, seeing an action as such reinforces the idea of the hope and love that this generation can bring to society! I am excited to see what ASEZ will continue to do in the future!

  15. Families will feel more comfortable with bringing their small children to visit this park—that’s truly the love of a mother. ^ ^ Great job ASEZ.

  16. Families will feel more comfortable with bringing their small children to visit this park—truly the love of a mother. Great job ASEZ students. ^ ^

  17. Great job ASEZ volunteers. Great choice to clean this park, especially since it’s close to an elementary school. Keeping our youth safe in environments where families gather is really important.

  18. Gilbert Rodriguez

    This is Amazing! It’s so great to see young adult university students with bright smiles making a difference in their community. Great job ASEZ!

  19. It’s not common to see the youth use their winter break to do good for their community. The volunteers of ASEZ are a great example to young adults all over the world. Great Job ASEZ!

  20. Nice work! Keep it up ASEZ! I know everything is put on hold because of the Coronavirus. But please keep your passion for when things get back to normal! 👍🏻

  21. It’s great to see university students from different schools unite to help their community. Thank you ASEZ for looking out for others even in the cold weather. Very inspiring group 🙂

  22. It’s great to see university students from different schools unite to help their community. Thank you ASEZ for looking out for others even in the cold weather. Very inspiring group 🙂

  23. It’s great to see university students from different schools unite to help their community. Thank you ASEZ for looking out for others even in the cold weather. Very inspiring group 🙂

  24. It’s great to see university students from different schools unite to help their community. Thank you ASEZ for looking out for others even in the cold weather. Very inspiring group 🙂

  25. Great job ASEZ!!

    I love seeking the amazing work you are doing. I think it’s amazing that young adults are coming together and knsoiring knew another to make the world a better place!

  26. The wisest thing you can do with your spare time is to help others and your community! It benefits all of us at the end of the day. Great job!

  27. The ASEZ university students did this cleanup during their winter break. They could have spent their time doing something else but, chose to spend their time meaningfully by serving the community. ASEZ is a wonderful volunteer group for the youth.

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