Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

On Thursday, July 31, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful teamed up with 140 volunteers from POSSIBLE to “Shock the Block” in West End. The block? Bank Street, from Baymiller to Freeman Avenue. Volunteers tackled a number of projects that made the street go from dingy and dirty to colorful and clean.

One group of volunteers concentrated their efforts on Dyer Park, taking on a handful of different projects including edging and mulching around trees and picnic areas, painting the picnic tables, picking up litter, painting the large retaining wall under the splash park, and painting a mural.

Another group painted the barricades of a vacant storefront and a vacant school known as the Bloom School on Bank Street. Volunteers painted the barricades to look like windows and doors. Keep Cincinnati Beautiful will finish painting the Bloom School in the coming weeks.

A smaller group pulled weeds that were three-feet high from tree wells along Bank Street and mulched them afterwards. Ten more volunteers cleaned up an overgrown and littered alley.

These projects were organized to make this part of West End cleaner and safer. Studies show that when areas are clean and beautiful, there is less litter and crime.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful would like to thank POSSIBLE, who sponsored the event and spent three hours working in the neighborhood. Special thanks also to The Cincinnati Recreation Commission, who provided mulch and painting supplies for Dyer Park, and to the City’s Department of Public Services, who not only primed the retaining wall, but also collected all of the trash and yard waste after the event.

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Seattle Works, Seattle, WA

In partnership with Keep America Beautiful and Bud Light, Seattle Works threw a mural painting party in Seattle’s historic International District on July 19! Over 40 volunteers came out on Saturday to help revitalize a neglected, but heavily-trafficked block in the busy neighborhood.

We worked with Urban ArtWorks and local artist Jonathan Fischer to create the mural, titled “Eternal Spring.” The design was inspired by the joy Seattle’s famous cherry blossoms bring to the city each Spring — the promise that a long, grey winter is over and summer is on its way. Volunteers worked with the artist to use a combination of rollers, brushes, stencils and spray paint to create an explosion of color that spanned most of the block. As we worked, neighbors honked their horns in support, cheered, dealt out many thumbs-ups and even wandered over to shake volunteers’ hands and thank them for their work. We even made it into the Seattle Times.

We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with KAB to bring such a fantastic gift to a busy part of our city!

Keep Akron Beautiful, Akron OH

On July 29, 2014, the staff of Keep Akron Beautiful and the Lowe’s heroes came together to improve and restore Firestone Stadium, home of the Akron Racers, in Akron Ohio. The project was being completed before the Gay Games 9 (GG9) comes to Akron for the softball tournament. The softball tournament is one of the largest events in the 2014 GG9 games.

Firestone Stadium had a wish list of repairs that Racers’ Owner/GM, Joey Arrietta, wanted done before the Gay Games, and the Fairlawn Lowe’s heroes tackled the last of those projects. Some of the repairs on Joey’s list included scraping and painting the entryways to the stadium, putting a clear water-resistant sealant on the lower seating areas, and fixing up planting beds at the entrances to the stadium.

Fairlawn Lowe’s Store Manager, Gary Sutor, was more than eager to get the day started as were the other eleven of Gary’s employees who volunteered their time on July 29th. Each volunteer was assigned different tasks to match their abilities. The volunteers were happy to help make the improvements for not only the Gay Games but for the Akron Racers as well. One employee stated that he enjoyed volunteering as many of the Lowe’s employees live in Akron and are happy to give back to the community. This is the second year that Lowe’s has worked with Keep Akron Beautiful on a beautification and community restoration project.

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 Arkansas Beautiful

Keep Arkansas Beautiful hosted a “Do Good. Have Fun.” event with Bud Light and Keep America Beautiful on Saturday, June 28! More than 100 volunteers gathered at Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Little Rock to help beautify the park.

Volunteers painted the Visitor’s Center and entrance gates to the park, and also re-painted the trail-markers on the park’s hiking trails. Volunteers also helped clear and sort storm debris, which will be used for Park activities in the fall and winter. Finally, volunteers worked hard to remove approximately 500 pounds of litter from in and around the park!

Special thanks to all the individuals and organizations who helped make this “Do Good. Have Fun.” event a success!

After the event, volunteers enjoyed a nice lunch and ice-cold Bud Lights, thanks to generous support from Anheuser-Busch on a national and local level. Special thanks to Golden Eagle of Arkansas for all their help and support with this event!

Keep Broward Beautiful, Fort Lauderdale Florida

Keep Broward Beautiful through Broward County’s Natural Resources Planning and Management Division, the Youth Environmental Alliance (YEA), a local non-profit organization, and the State of Florida Park Service, are partners in implementing the Keep America Beautiful / Waste Management John U. Lloyd Beach State Park Dune Restoration Project. During the course of 4 events held since November 2013, over 400 volunteers from 10 different organizations have planted more than 8,000 native dune plants and trees as an effective method to mitigate beach erosion, restore coastal habitats and beautify the park. Volunteers and park staff continue to monitor and water the plantings to ensure their survival. This project clearly demonstrates the power of partnership and community engagement. “It was amazing to see such active participation from the community”, said Dawn McCormick, Community Affairs Manager for Waste Management. “When we work together, we accomplish great things!”

Keep Martin Beautiful, Martin County, Florida

Every year as part of the Great American Cleanup, Keep Martin Beautiful in Martin County, FL works with local non-profit, Habitat Angel to revitalize one neighborhood during “Extreme Martin Makeover.” This year we conquered Port Salerno’s New Monrovia Neighborhood. Not only were we able to remove 2400 lbs. of debris, but we also gave facelifts to 22 homes by repainting and adding landscaping. One house was even given a new, much needed roof from our friends at Capps Roofing. As part of the event the homes were prepped prior to the makeover. Weeks in advance volunteers spent time removing any rotten sliding, priming, and pressure washing the homes. Over 300 volunteers came out to help our community and keep Martin County beautiful! We couldn’t have made it such a successful day without all the help!

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful

On February 13, 1945, Pfc. Manuel Perez, Jr., led fellow members of the United States 11th Airborne Infantry Division in an assault on an enemy strong point during the Philippines campaign. Perez succeeded in destroying a heavily defended pillbox, and for his actions that day he was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest decoration our military can bestow upon a soldier. Tragically, Pfc. Perez was killed in action a month later, but his name and legacy live on in a small park in south Oklahoma City, near his 1923 birthplace.

Regretfully, Manuel Perez Park at SW 14th and Harvey has long been neglected. With the coordination efforts of local Keep America Beautiful affiliate, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and OKC Beautiful, 16 volunteers along with 9 staff and board members, participated in ridding Manuel Perez Park of litter, mulched around grand beautiful trees, and planted flowers around the monument lauding Pfc. Perez. Additionally, this crew gave the park benches and big toy a fresh coat of paint.

America’s leading beer brand, Bud Light in partnership with Keep America Beautiful (KAB), brought the volunteer project “Do Good. Have Fun.” to Oklahoma City. Lisa Synar, Executive Director of OKC Beautiful (OKCB) and Executive Director Jeanette Nance of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) joined together and with the permission of Oklahoma City parks department, chose this neglected memorial as the project. Local area adults were recruited to register with Bud Light online to help, “Do Good. Have Fun.” The event was held this past Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 8:00am to Noon. Afterwards the group enjoyed lunch together with a little refreshment contributed by Bud Light.

Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is the statewide affiliate and OKC Beautiful is the local affiliate. These two work together to empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance natural beauty, ensure a healthy environment and to improve the image and appearance of the communities within which we live.

Helping in this small community just south of the beautiful Sky Bridge over I-40, meant so much to the families surrounding the park, several of whom came out to help. At the end of the day, “we did a good thing” said Lisa Synar, of OKCB. “To witness the teary eyed thank you of the small group that has worked so hard to save this small park was a blessing beyond measure,” said Jeanette Nance of KOB. During the clean up at the end of the project a woman, her child, and her mother drove slowly by, rolled down the car window and said to the group, “I grew up playing here, this is an amazing thing you have done, thank you so much!”