Keep Genesee County Beautiful, Flint, MI

Keep Genesee County Beautiful’s volunteer activity is attracting even more volunteers. Each day as they continue their painting and improvements in Sarginson Park, the Adopt a Park sponsors from West Flint Community Watch are being approached by neighborhood residents who want to join in and help complete the process.

Mary Severn, who co-chairs the Sarginson Park adoption team, was approached today while buying coffee and donuts for the hard-working volunteers in the park. A gentleman in line behind her asked a few questions and decided he wanted to volunteer as well. Whenever there are even two or three people interested in heading over to do some painting, Mary is willing to get them started with supplies and little direction. Scraping and painting begin at Delaware and Longway parks on September 13-14. Here’s to the volunteer spirit!

Keep Genesee County Beautiful, Flint, Michigan

The scraping and prepping is complete and painting has begun at Sarginson Park. Devin Shroeder from the Lowe’s store in Burton, Michigan  stopped by to answer questions and encourage the volunteers from the West Flint Community Watch as they started the multi-day painting process. Just a week earlier, 18 community volunteers came out to finish scraping and prepping the park’s pavilion, benches, safety rails and playground equipment. This Saturday, the local Lowe’s team will conduct its second Scrape, Prep and Paint Training session at Mott Park where volunteers will spend the day applying what they learn.

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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Brightside St. Louis – St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis’ Bud Light “Do Good. Have Fun.” project involved nearly 150 people working to establish a butterfly garden in Benton Park and paint murals around the community garden. Volunteers from Anheuser-Busch, Benton Park and Benton Park West neighborhoods plus Young Friends of Brightside St. Louis joined forces to transform one of the city’s most heavily-traveled intersections, Jefferson and Arsenal, into an attractive and beneficial community resource.

The volunteers planted 1,200 perennials and shrubs including native milkweeds to benefit the threatened migrating Monarch butterfly. Only a few short hours after the plants went in the ground, a few remaining volunteers watched as our first Monarch fluttered through the newly-planted garden. Now we will have blooms for many years to benefit butterflies and other important pollinators.

Protecting the community garden from cars traveling on the nearby busy streets led to the installation of barricades around the perimeter of the garden, yet their appearance totally detracted from the beauty of the garden. Talented local artists, Casey Kasparek and Peat Wollaeger, prepared stencils for the volunteers to paint designs and outdoor scenes on the barriers. Once unsightly eyesores are now beautiful assets on this corner.

Brightside St. Louis was proud to partner with Keep America Beautiful to do what we all do best – make communities more vibrant, thriving and beautiful. And our friends at Bud Light make every project more fun. Special thanks to our long-time partner and Benton Park neighbor, Anheuser-Busch.

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.

Keep Collier Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup – Naples, FL

Earlier this spring, the Great American Cleanup was conducted in Collier County with this video reflecting the work done at several sites, starting with Wiggins State Park. Ranger Donna Young organized and helped the volunteers. The Collier County Master Gardeners participated at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club. And LWT pitched in at the Naples Pier. The last site featured on the video is Lowdermilk Park. Thanks to all of the volunteers.

This video shows how three Troops 243 ,255 and 469 worked with Keep Collier Beautiful to clean three different beaches. Starting with Naples Pier, Vanderbilt Beach and Wiggins State Park everyone did their part and made a major contribution for the Collier County “Bay Days.” Thanks to all the sponsors who provided water, gloves and trash bags to make the cleanup a success.

Keep Collier Beautiful joined with the Collier County Code Enforcement at the Golden Gate Green Canal. This team was led by Robert Capizzi, Jeff Wright and Kaydee Tuff. Another Collier County Code Enforcement Group led by Jeff Letourneau addressed work done at Naples Manor. Look at their results in this video. Thanks to Collier County Code Enforcement.

Fourteen members of the Naples Cruise Club volunteered to beautify Key Island by cutting up and removing an old wood sign up. When they were done, they loaded the refuse on a boat and headed to LMI to help clean up a supply shed and tool shed, load up one of the old generators, and distribute loads of garbage among the other boats that participated in the event. This video shows the great work done by the Naples Cruise Club.

 

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful – Great American Cleanup of PA

Pennsylvania has some awesome and very devoted volunteers! If you go to our website for the Great American Cleanup of PA, you’ll see many of the photos that they sent us. This picture was taken in Luzerne County by the Community Pride group. Our Facebook page has many photos of our volunteers as well.