Montgomery Clean City Commission, AL

Montgomery Clean City Commission (MCCC) has been busy, busy, busy during the months of October and November working on preparations for the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Voting March. In March 2015, the eyes of the world will be on Montgomery, Ala., as the capital city celebrates this historic event. MCCC is doing everything in its power ensure Montgomery is looking good.

With the help of a KAB/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant, one of our projects was painting and roofing a home along historic Oak Street and providing the Loveless Community Center with a facelift. To further enhance the streetscape of Oak Street, the path the marchers took into Montgomery from the St. Jude’s campsite, 35 red bud trees have been planted along the street, also a component of the Lowe’s/KAB grant.

This work was done with the help of volunteers from all walks of life: students, military, community service workers, City of Montgomery employees, staff from House to House and members of Rebuilding Together. Just as the citizens of Montgomery are pulling together to celebrate this momentous event, the citizens of Montgomery pulled together to realize the dream of beautifying and uplifting this significant neighborhood.

Montgomery Clean City Commission is grateful for the help and inspiration provided by Keep America Beautiful and Lowe’s. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Keep Tyler Beautiful, Tyler, Texas

Working with urban foresters from the Texas A&M Forestry Service, City of Tyler Parks Maintenance crew members and Lowe’s, Keep Tyler Beautiful (KTyB) has created a community fruit orchard in the City of Tyler’s Woldert Park. Our goals and objectives of this project are to create a source for teaching community members how to grow fruit and nut trees. Once the trees are mature enough to bear fruit, we will invite members of the community to come into the orchard to pick the fruit while learning more about care and selection of fruit trees in their own yards.

Keep Sevier Beautiful

With the funding from a UPS and Keep America Beautiful grant, Keep Sevier Beautiful partnered with the Sevierville Primary School to create an arboretum, a vision by two dedicated teachers with a love of the environment – Ms. Sarah Green and Mr. Mark Mundo.

The work began a week after school let out in June. Ms. Harriet Berrier, the school principal, and many dedicated teachers and staff (including the school resource officer!) spent their first Saturday of summer break planting and mulching 79 trees!

The community rallied behind the project with additional trees being donated by Diane August, Mulch & More Garden Center, and K&P Tree Experts. Seagle’s Landscaping Supply and Sevier Solid Waste donated mulch and compost. K&P also donated wood chips and their entire team came to volunteer. Even the City came out and dug holes with a backhoe to save some work! And City workers and community service workers spent hours throughout the summer watering the newly planted trees.

Once school commenced, Mr. Jack Boyles held an art contest for students to create the main ID sign. Four students drew winning pictures of the outdoor classroom – Jazzie Diaz, Alex Cook, Isaiah Frasier, and Jenna Nave. Another student, Christian Osorio, named the arboretum as the Adventure Trail & Arboretum.

On Make A Difference Day, volunteers met to finish up the arboretum. Additional trees and flower beds were planted, a rain and compost barrel were installed and the signs were installed. K&P Tree Experts came back to climb the trees to hang bat, squirrel, owl and other wildlife houses that were donated by Sevier County Co-Op or made and graciously donated by Eric Sobol.

Finally, on November 25th, the arboretum was ready for the ribbon cutting. All 800 students came out to watch the dedication and ribbon being cut by the winning students. Afterwards, the classes began to tour their new arboretum!

Keep Blount Beautiful Alcoa, TN

On Oct. 29, 2014, Keep Blount Beautiful, Alcoa Tennessee Operations and Community Volunteers, Rosalind Robinson and Sher Kelly, gathered to start the KAB/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant project. KBB received $15,000 to beautify a low income area in Alcoa, TN. Rosalind Robinson lives in this neighborhood and wants to give back to the residents. Ten trees were planted and several yards of mulch were laid down. This is only the beginning!!

The project kicked off on Wednesday, Oct. 29, with the help of the Alcoa Inc.’s Worldwide Month of Service. Ten trees have been planted so far along with several yards of mulch laid. Alcoa’s annual Month of Service in October is the centerpiece of Alcoa’s Volunteer Program. Month of Service mobilizes Alcoa’s global workforce to make a positive difference in the communities where they live and work. This year, almost 500 Alcoa employees volunteered just over 1,600 hours locally, as they participated in 30 events ranging from tree plantings and Habitat builds to river cleanups and much more.

Keep Cass County Beautiful, Louisville, NE

On Oct. 25, 36 local volunteers gathered to plant 34 new trees in the village park in Cedar Creek, Neb. The trees were made possible from a 2014 Lowe’s/Keep America Beautiful Community Partners Grant. The $10,000 grant was received by Keep Cass County Beautiful and helps support its mission to engage individuals in building and sustaining vibrant communities.

Twenty-four conifer trees were planted along the south side of the park to add a screen and noise barrier from the railroad tracks. A mix of Black Hills spruce, white pine, Douglas fir, Colorado spruce, Norway spruce, limber pine, and Swiss stone pines will create a beautiful backdrop. A variety of autumn blaze maples, shingle oaks and various crabapple trees were also planted in the 19-acre park and green space areas. Another 10 large deciduous trees (each of a different species) will be planted this week to complete the project. The addition of more trees will provide shade, shelter, habitat, cleaner air, and a beautiful environment that will encourage more use of park areas.

Thanks to Lowe’s, Keep America Beautiful, the Village Board of Cedar Creek, Charles Paukert, Kip Fuxa, many Cedar Creek and other volunteers, Eagle Nursery and Beck’s Tree Farm for their help with the completion of this project. Creating more shade in the picnic and playground areas of the park will encourage more events and attract more visitors. This project will improve the overall aesthetics and environment of Cedar Creek’s unique lake community increasing enjoyment for everyone.

Keep Casper Beautiful Casper, Wyoming

On October 23rd, the City of Casper opened its newest neighborhood park. The land was set aside for future park development in 1979. As the neighborhood grew around the park, it became clear that now was the time to develop the park. Children in the neighborhood didn’t have any parks that they could walk or ride their bikes to; the nearest park was on the north side of a 4 lane highway. The park was planned with only 3 trees.

Keep Casper Beautiful applied for and received a UPS Foundation grant. Because of the grant, 33 trees are now planted in the park. Trees include pear, apple, cherry, apricot, burr oak, honeylocust, fir, and walnut. Members of the local UPS management team and 35 students from a nearby elementary school (Crest Hill Elementary) planted 10 of the 33 trees. The students from grades K-5 are members of the school’s environmental club. The students were divided into groups, each one with its own UPS leader, to plant trees. UPS then treated the students to cookies and juice. Later in the day, members of the neighborhood planted the rest of the trees in their new neighborhood park. After the planting, the kids enjoyed playing on their new playground and running and playing on the new turf.

Keep Houston Beautiful, Houston, Texas

During the Great American Cleanup, Keep Houston Beautiful teamed up with the Houston Housing Authority and more than 200 youths from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to replenish the Historic Oaks of Allen Parkway Village. The youths planted more than 140 native trees, generously donated by the Apache Foundation, throughout the property. Thank you to our community partners, the Apache Foundation and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company who each contributed generous in-kind donations of materials. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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.”