Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Philadelphia, PA

What a difference just a few hours and some amazing volunteers can make.

This past Saturday, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, along with the City of Philadelphia, were proud to team up with Dow Chemical’s Propel to Excel training and talent development program to transform the Lonnie Young Recreation Center in the Germantown neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia. In three short hours, 200 top Dow engineers helped revitalize a community hub that serves hundreds of Philadelphia’s children and families each year. Dow volunteers refreshed the outdoor fencing running the perimeter of Lonnie Young, painted multiple rooms throughout the Center, refurbished outdoor benches, planted new flower beds, and built additional shelving for the Center’s auditorium. Much of the paint used on Saturday was donated by Dow through the Community Paint Donation Program, another partnership with Keep America Beautiful.

Keep America Beautiful and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful work every day to create and sustain vibrant communities, and this past Saturday’s success is a perfect example of how we could not fulfill that mission without the commitment to good citizenship of partners like Dow. We encourage you to find out more about Dow’s Corporate Citizenship work (http://bit.ly/1rjxebx), and to visit Keep Philadelphia Beautiful (www.keepphiladelphiabeautiful.org) online to see how you get involved in helping to keep your community beautiful. We also hope you will take a moment to look through our pictures from Saturday’s big event (http://on.fb.me/1p1WheG), to see the impact we made.

Bud Light “Do Good. Have Fun.” – Juno Beach, Fla.

Keep America Beautiful partnered with Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) in Juno Beach, Fla. as part of Bud Light’s #DoGoodHaveFun campaign. Volunteers teamed up with LMC staff to beautify Juno Beach Pier by staining the pier deck, rails and benches.

Since 2011, LMC has removed more than 7,000 pounds of debris from beneath the Juno Beach Pier and surrounding beaches. The center has also recently installed eight brand new recycling bins at the pier to reduce marine debris. In order to enhance the appearance of the pier and keep America beautiful, LMC will continue to host multiple volunteer events, such as the “Do Good. Have Fun.” series throughout summer

Keep Guntersville Beautiful, AL

Keep Guntersville Beautiful partnered with the Mountain Valley Arts Council to host a photography exhibit called “Guntersville EXPOSED: Images of Our Dirty Little Secret”. The exhibit featured images made by local professional and amateur photographers and public officials. It showcased both the community’s scenic wonders contrasted with unsightly pictures documenting the harmful impact of litter. The exhibit had 350 in-person guests and almost 800 visitors to the on-line gallery. It was so well-received that our local schools adopted the exhibit as a virtual field trip for E-learning Day. This exhibit is credited with significantly raising public awareness about litter and bringing out record of numbers of volunteers for our Great American Cleanup and beautification events.

Keep Morehouse Beautiful – Bastrop, LA

Keep Morehouse Beautiful partnered with the LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, Volunteers of America, Keep Louisiana Beautiful, and the Office of the Louisiana’s Lt. Governor to host “Leaders Against Litter” at a former International Paper water reservoir that is now owned by the LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries. The statewide event brought community leaders together to pick up litter and sign a pledge to support a litterfree Louisiana. The event created public awareness among leaders for the environmental issues that cost Louisiana citizens millions of dollars.

Keep Pike County Beautiful-McComb, Miss.

Keep Pike County Beautiful celebrates 8 successful months of recycling with over 52 tons of recycled goods thanks to the $10,000 Think Green Waste Management Grant & Support from the City of McComb and the Pike County Supervisors. It’s been great to see our community emerge from a failed program over 20 years ago to Success Success Success! We had a regular daily flow at our Single Stream Compactor. Any given day, there would be a line of cars of residents waiting to bring their recycled goods. The enthusiasm remained high from the beginning of fall 2013.

In partnership with the City of McComb and our other municipalities, the Pike County Board of Supervisors worked together and established a single-stream recycling program. This was accomplished by providing a roll-off dumpster at a central collection site and offering all businesses/residents the opportunity to recycle common trash fillers 24/7. The grant created the county’s only recycling site for standard recycling, in hopes of reducing solid waste collection by 8 tons per month initially, and 12 tons per month by the end of the six-month trial period. The grant paid for signage, a security camera, advertising, educational materials, and recycling collection costs.

This program has truly been supported by all of our municipalities including McComb, Summit, Magnolia and Summit throughout the entire pilot program. At any given time, there was a line of cars waiting at our fire station to drop of their materials to be recycled Firemen worked together to compact the items placed into it up to 4-6 times daily. We worked in partnership with our local Walmart who recycled the plastic bags we used to transport the recycled materials.

In addition to the $10,000 for the Think Green grant, we had additional financial support from the City of McComb and the Pike County Board of Supervisors to ensure this pilot program was a true success.

As of July 1, 2014, this program is ongoing. Our affiliate and the City of McComb was recently awarded a grant from the MS DEQ to continue and grow our efforts throughout the rest of the county with a goal of going curbside. There are now dumpsters at central locations in each of our other towns, and so far, community support for the program continues to grow.

Thank you, Keep America Beautiful, for your support of the program and for arranging a partnership with a company like Waste Management. We hope to have an even bigger story this time next year when we hope to go curbside.

Bud Light “Do Good. Have Fun.” Memphis River Warriors Cleanup

Memphis City Beautiful, Tenn. was fortunate enough to be selected by Keep America Beautiful and Anheuser-Busch for a Bud Light “Do Good. Have Fun.” project. Memphis City Beautiful is one of the founding partners along with the University of Memphis of the Memphis River Warriors, a group of college students who come together to adopt the cleaning of shoreline along the Mississippi River and the lakes and harbors adjacent to Downtown Memphis. The warriors conduct at least six annual clean ups recruiting primarily college aged students.

Memphis City Beautiful and the Memphis River Warriors decided to conduct this clean up in support of the International Outdoors, Inc. Annual Canoe & Kayak Race. We targeted the area of the harbor where over 500 racers and thousands of spectators would gather the weekend after our clean up.

Working with our local distributor – Budweiser of Memphis – Memphis City Beautiful and the Memphis River Warriors went to Social Media and the colleges to recruit volunteers.

On Saturday, June 7 on the banks of the Mississippi River 78 volunteers came out to help cleanup along the waterfront parks, cobblestone landing, streets and alleys of Downtown Memphis; as well as plant bushes to beautify Tom Lee Park.

Volunteers were rewarded with BBQ provided through a generous grant from Anheuser-Bush and beer was on tap provided by our local Bud Light distributer.

Keep Walton Beautiful – Monroe, Georgia

KWB sponsors a secure document destruction event annually. In May of 2014, 125 citizens participated, shredding over 7,000 pounds of unwanted documents. It is held in the Carmichael Drug parking lot on Highway 1378 from 10:00 am through12:00 pm, and is a very popular event with our citizens. This year, we combined the event with a shoe recycling swap for free shredding. Advertising was done with a variety of media, and citiizens reported great appreciation for the event.

Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, Winston-Salem, NC

On October 26, 2013 a record number of volunteers, over 550, from virtually every socio-economic background from across the city came together to plant over 400 trees in the Castle Heights neighborhood in southeastern Winston-Salem as part of the annual Community Roots Day event. This was the 21st year this event has been conducted with approximately 10,000 trees being planted over those years. All volunteers received t-shirts, hats and plenty of donated food and drink. Nearly 40 corporate and individual sponsors provided monetary or in-kind support to make this event happen. This event helps to instill a sense of pride in the community, improves property values, stabilizes the soil and helps prevent erosion. Some have said that planting the trees creates a “shield” to “protect the neighborhood from forces that threaten to overwhelm it – crime, decay and a sense that no one cares.”