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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In recognition of Black History Month, we are honoring GameChangers who are making a positive impact on communities of color in our area. This week’s spotlight is on Carmella Recreation Center in the Frankford section of the city where a group of high school buddies are making change.

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“We call ourselves degenerate do-gooders,” said Tommy Rouch.

Three years ago, Tommy Rouch teamed up with some of his Lincoln High School buddies and decided to make a difference by feeding those in need.

“We wanted to raise $200, well, we ended up raising $1,200,” said Rouch.

It was a hit.

“We got to talking, why don’t we make this bigger?” said Rouch.

So they founded The Block Gives Back, a nonprofit working to revitalize the city block by block.

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Neighborhoods nominate their block, the group raises money and brings in volunteers to clean up and throw a block party.

The effort expanded to park clean ups, anti-violence events, back to school drives and more.

They sell merchandise to raise money and the guys pay dues.

“If you’re five minutes late, that’s $2,” said one of the members.

All the money and effort is reinvested in the block.

“It’s always important to give back,” added another member.

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And, while these guys come from different neighborhoods, they are brothers changing the game by empowering the community, one block at a time.