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Keep Akron Beautiful loves its volunteers. Pictured is what this volunteer group creates each year (taken in 2016) for the Adopt-A-Site beautification of the Overwood Triangles. Here is an explanation, in the words of Renee Pinsky, organizer of the Overwood Triangles Neighborhood Adopt-A-Site Group: "In the early 2000’s, a small group of neighbors walking in the neighborhood remarked on the weeds growing in the newly improved triangles created with the installation of curbs. Having lots of perennials in our own gardens, we decided we could improve the situation and contacted Keep Akron Beautiful. Fast forward to today. Our Overwood Triangle Group has become the catalyst for neighborhood beautification participation and togetherness! We first reached out to those living within the two blocks of Overwood Street, but participation has grown to include neighbors of Wheaton and Sand Run streets as well as the a nearby Fairlawn Country Club that has been donating mulch to edge our larger bed. In 2016, a total of 17 families volunteered to be in charge of one week of weeding and watering! And more families, including children, helped during our marathon planting day or donated to the purchase of our plants. Each year, at the end of the summer, we have a pot luck party on a lawn facing one of the triangles so we can enjoy the fruits of our labor and the company of friends. Any remaining funds are donated to Keep Akron Beautiful! It is always heartwarming when people stop to compliment our efforts and thank us when we are working in the garden. I personally love to see the other sites around the city and am so happy to be part of the beautification of our city."

Keep Akron Beautiful, Akron, OH

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Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful (KPPB) is making progress with its Keep America Beautiful/UPS Native Tree Grant. This month, KPPB's volunteer landscaping company did a phenomenal job of removing the existing overgrown plantings from its project area at Bristol Consolidated School. We are thrilled with their efforts and the result. We now have a blank slate, rife with possibilities!

Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful, Bristol, ME

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Keep York Beautiful proudly completed it's 2015 Waste Management/Keep America Beautiful Think Green Grant Project at the future York County Food Bank location. The project included the construction of a greenhouse and a pollinator garden. Volunteers from Crispus Attucks helped complete the project. The pollinator garden site preparation was done by W&S Landscape Services. North Creek Nurseries provided the native plants.

Keep York Beautiful, York, PA

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From March to May, thousands of volunteers came together in dozens of communities across Texas for the 2016 Great American Cleanup. This year, many of our volunteers were especially inspired to lend a hand as many communities have recently dealt with severe weather events. The environmental impact of these storms has put an untold strain on many city departments, with debris from houses, trees, and other sources cluttering waterways, public spaces, and roadways. In Rowlett, which was devastated by a tornado on Dec. 26, thousands of volunteers have streamed into the city to support relief efforts. During this year’s Great American Cleanup, Keep Rowlett Beautiful organized teams to collect debris and litter from parks, waterways, and roads. In Wimberley, which was hardest hit by last year’s Memorial Day floods in central Texas, teams of volunteers found roofing tiles, pieces of drywall, doors, and other building materials in streams and near the calm Blanco River, which was a raging monster only one year ago. Finding pieces of damaged and destroyed homes is a somber reminder of these tragedies, but the spirit of these committed volunteers is a suggestion that our brightest days are yet to come. In Texas, the 2016 Great American Cleanup served to assure us all that, when communities come together, there is rarely an obstacle that they cannot overcome.

Keep Texas Beautiful, Austin, TX

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Keep Jackson Beautiful received 20 donated fruit trees from the Mississippi Urban Forest Council and the Mississippi Forestry Commission and was awarded a grant of $3,500 from Entergy to build a community orchard at Rosemont M. B. Church in southwest Jackson. The orchard is being grown with permaculture techniques that support it in natural ways. Fruit trees, blueberry bushes, and herbs are planted on berms next to a swale. The swales will collect water from the rain and hold it. The roots of the trees will reach the water from their raised position on the berms. The surface of the ground will be covered with clover, herbs and perennial pollinator plants.The orchard will be an organic food source for the entire community for many years to come. On the first work day in early April, Entergy employees volunteered and brought lots of tools as well. The Purple Diamonds Dance Team also volunteered, and many community residents participated as well. The volunteers hauled soil, planted trees, blueberry bushes, herbs, and clover seeds. The youngest volunteers painted clay pots and small stones to add color to the orchard. Pastor Jimmie Edwards of Rosemont M.B. Church worked as hard as anyone with his tractor and the orchard was well underway. On a second work day in May, volunteers added wood chips and pollinator perennial plants as well. The church also has a raised vegetable garden area next to the orchard. Both areas will work together to provide a very healthy assortment of food for the surrounding community. The orchard will be enlarged in the fall to include more of the five acres available at the church, thanks to an additional $5,000 Keep America Beautiful/UPS Community Tree Planting Grant. Keep Jackson Beautiful wishes to thank all of its sponsors for their generous support in making this orchard possible, and thank all the volunteers who participated in this wonderful community project. To learn more about KJB projects, or to volunteer, you may go to, or contact Alicia Crudup at, 601-953-1123. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Keep Jackson Beautiful, Jackson, MS

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Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper had more than 1,200 volunteers removing 12 tons of litter and debris from the shorelines of the the Niagara River Watershed as part of the 2016 Spring Shoreline Sweep on April 23 in western New York. The cleanup event is designed to prevent litter from entering the watershed's waterways and beautify its shorelines before the start of summer.  

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Buffalo, NY

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