Between balancing classes, extracurricular activities and a normal social life, college can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life; but, that did not stop Lehman College business major, Anthony Welch, from taking on yet another high-octane commitment. In December 2017, Welch introduced a non-profit organization called, “Bronx View,” as a means to contribute to the local Bronx community. Being a lifelong resident of the blossoming borough pushed Welch to help grow the Bronx to its fullest potential . He is doing this by organizing free events, clothing drives, and fundraisers for the local community.
Though Bronx View has only existed for three months, Welch managed to gather an active team of volunteers to help tackle challenges such as homelessness and poverty. This past February, the non-profit gave away free pizza to individuals living in a homeless shelter. Their next initiative called “Operation Prom” will be held in April for high school seniors who may not be able to afford the posh attire. ” The Bronx needs a voice, the Bronx needs something positive, and the Bronx needs a change,” said Welch. “The goal is to reach as many people as possible.”
As mentioned before, one of the challenges college students face is multi-tasking…Welch is no different. The full-time student’s solution is to be fully engaged in his studies and use his free time to apply what he’s learned to Bronx View. For those who are hoping to start their own non-profit, Welch has some advice : ” Don’t do it for any monetary reward…the only reward should be to benefit people.”
Welch is set to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in 2019 and plans to expand his initiative to other cities such as Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore. He encourages those living in the Bronx and beyond to reach out if they’d like to get involved with the organization or participate in community events by going to his Instagram page, @bronxview.
When asked what motto inspires him, Welch recalled a quote by Dr. King : “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Do Good. Stay Well. BXTRA.