Before Genesis volunteers

After moving into South A Street and 7th Avenue in 2008, Mark A. Parrilla immediately became involved in his community.  He attended almost every commission meeting and neighborhood association meeting throughout the city.  After becoming heavily involved in volunteer events he noticed that the area from Lucerne to 12th Avenue South and from I95 to Dixie Highway was not as well served as the other areas of Lake Worth.  He approached, then commissioner of District #1 Scott Maxwell, about wanting to do something to change that.  Scott acted as a liaison to the Haitian Ecumenical Community and gathered 11 Haitian Pastors for several meetings in the conference room at City Hall.  After the final meeting, which went well past midnight, we adjourned only after newly creating Genesis and Hope Neighborhood Associations.  We had our first meeting, which went very well, over 100 residents attended.  We conducted a survery of those who attended and found an overwhelming majority were concerned about the unpaved Avenues within our boundaries.  Mark, who had been elected President of both associations, began advocating for the paving of these dirt road Avenues.  

Today, those Avenues are paved.  Our first successful community improvement event was to help Ethel Harris who ultimately was proclaimed the honorary grandmother of Lake Worth, by former Mayor Rene Varela on February 15, 2012.  Hope evolved into Royal Poinciana Neighborhood Association and Genesis continues to be an agent of postive change in the community, having painted countless homes, advocated for residents with code issues, helped residents with utility bills, monetary donations to cover homeowner losses after having been burglarized.  

Overall Genesis is always at the ready, willing to help Lake Worth residents in need.  Genesis gave birth to the Leocadia Fonseca Foundation which is a non profit agency named after Mark's grandmother;  created to disburse mini-grants of $1,209.00 dollars for worthy community improvement projects approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.  December 9th being the birthday of Mark A. Parrilla's grandmother, ergo, the amount of the mini grants.