Keep Akron Beautiful, Akron OH

Historic Wash House & Mansion Repainted

Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) and the Summit County Historical Society teamed with employee volunteers from FirstEnergy Corp. on Friday June 20, 2014 to paint the historic Wash House at the Perkins Mansion. Over 60 volunteers came out to not only repaint the 119 year-old wash house but also paint the gazebo and the interior of the 177 year-old Perkins Mansion located on 550 Copley Road in Akron Ohio.

The Perkins Mansion was built in 1837 by Colonel Simon Perkins, who was the son of General Simon Perkin – founder of the city of Akron. The house was sold to Summit County Historical Society in 1945 in which the mansion now serves as a historical house museum whose objects and rooms not only bring to life the Perkins family’s lifestyles over three generations, but interpret the history of Akron and Summit County from Akron’s founding to the turn of the century.

The project was part of United Way Day of Action Friday and made possible by the National Painting Week Ohio Grant that Keep Akron Beautiful and the historical society received from Keep Ohio Beautiful. The grant enabled volunteers to renew a community structure, acquire 40 gallons of exterior paint, paint supplies, and free advice from Sherman Williams employees.

Four groups in Ohio received painting grants, which only two of those groups will receive another $500 gift card from demonstrating best visual impact and revitalization story. Both KAB and the Summit County Historical Society officials took before and after photos in hope that they are one of the groups to receive the gift card. Jacqui Flaherty, Keep Akron Beautiful Program Manager said “We have a lot of painting to be done.”

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 Manatee Beautiful, Bradenton, FL

Keep Manatee Beautiful has partnered with the City of Bradenton and Manatee County Government to expand its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. The program is designed to educate citizens about the environmental impacts of improper disposal of cigarette litter and to provide cigarette receptacles for proper disposal.

In May 2014, Keep Manatee Beautiful received Keep America Beautiful grants of $7,000 to initiate a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program to install 90 cigarette bins with at Bradenton’s Riverwalk and Main Street, Manatee Public Beach, Bayfront Park and Palma Sola Causeway.

The cigarette bin and portable ashtrays will be available to attendees at the numerous, annual events held at the City of Bradenton’s Riverwalk at Rossi Park and historic Old Main Street. At these events, we will get them directly into the hands of adult smokers through a one-on-one distribution to give them a way to properly dispose of cigarette butts and to inform them of the newly installed cigarette bins.

At Manatee County parks on Anna Maria Island and Palma Sola Causeway, older cigarette bins made of stainless steel will be replaced with a more durable style. The ash receptacle we have chosen is the Glaro 2401 Wall Mounted Indoor Outdoor Ashtray. Completely weatherproof, windproof and fireproof, this cigarette receptacle is made of solid 1/16 thick seamless aluminum and has a large capacity and is easy to empty because of a smartly-designed security locking system. Satin brass models cannot tarnish and, therefore, never need polishing. Permanent-mount and wall-mounted models are complete with all mounting hardware. They conceal odors and prevent the wind from blowing debris.

Before and after the installation, volunteers will conduct a cigarette butt scan of the areas surrounding specific installations to get a before/after count of the cigarette butt litter.

 

Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful (KWSB), N.C.

For the second year in a row the Great American Cleanup (GAC) was part of the Forsyth County Creek Week coordinated by the City’s Storm Water Department, other county municipalities, the Library, Cooperative Extension Service and many other groups including of course KWSB.

March 15-22 events were held each day including creek crawls, fishing demonstrations, movies, book readings, photo contests, educational activities leading up to a large cleanup on March 22. On that final day approximately 1,000 volunteers county wide removed over 16,000 lbs. of trash and recyclables from local waterways, streets, parks and schools. Volunteers were provided Cici’s pizza, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Pepsi drinks. It was a VERY successful and fun week!

Keep Los Angeles Beautiful, CA

On May 15, more than 4,000 students, teachers and community volunteers gathered on Los Angeles’s Dockweiler State Beach to take part in the 21st annual Kids Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup Day. Throughout the entire school year, the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education taught students about the impact litter has on the ocean, the shoreline, and marine life. Students ages 8-13 learned about the importance of a clean, healthy environment and the lesson culminated in a fun school-wide cleanup day!

The volunteers spent the morning picking up trash, paper, plastic and cigarette butts from the state beach. They also took part in a long-standing tradition of creating aerial artwork to spell out an environmental design or phrase. This year’s phrase, “Clean Me Up :)” was a text-message-like-design sent from the ocean to raise awareness about the severe marine litter problem. The message reminded local Los Angeles residents to clean up their trash and litter to beautify the beach and sustain the ocean.

The event was an excellent start to the beautiful summer season ahead. Sponsors included the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education, the California Coastal Commission, the City of Los Angeles, Spectral Q and Keep Los Angeles Beautiful. The participating organizations plan to continue the cleanup day for many years to come because it is a great way to get young students engaged and excited about their environmental impact. Thank you Los Angeles Unified School District for keeping your city’s beaches and oceans beautiful!

M.K. Distributors, Pine Bluff, AR

M.K. Distributors in Pine Bluff hosted a Great American Cleanup event in its community on May 17! Volunteers collected approximately 280 pounds of litter from around the city. Keep Arkansas Beautiful is proud of their efforts. Way to go, M.K. Distributors!

Keep Chicago Beautiful Engages Volunteers for “Do Good. Have Fun.” Playground Restoration

Nearly 100 volunteers joined Bud Light, Keep Chicago Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful at Calumet Park District in Chicago, Ill., to beautify a community park and #dogoodhavefun.

The volunteers descended upon the park amidst cheering from the Chicago Bulls’ Luvables, and were then brought in for a quick team huddle and warmup before the day’s work began. Volunteers worked in smaller groups — some worked together to rejuvenate and repair the basketball court; others worked on fixing up the running track; while the remaining  volunteers worked on removing litter, pulling weeds from the tennis court, and cleaning up the area surrounding the park playground.

Volunteers worked long and hard to get the job done. One of the day’s biggest surprises was the appearance of Chicago Bulls legend Toni Kukoc and current Chicago Bulls small forward Jimmy Butler. Kukoc and Butler graciously took the time to shoot some hoops with the volunteers, play a little one-on-one as well as take pictures and sign autographs.

After the event, volunteers were then invited to Murphy’s Bleachers pub next to Wrigley Field to enjoy some food and Bud Light, as a reward for their hard work.

Check out these photos from recent Bud Light/Keep America Beautiful “Do Good. Have Fun.” events, and look to see if an event is taking place in a community near you this summer!

Dow volunteers plant 146 trees to create new forest at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI

It’s not an easy task to plant a forest and save one all in a day’s work; however, a group of Dow volunteers made it look simple. As part of Dow’s 2014 Great American Cleanup, volunteers planted 146 trees to create the new forest at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI, on May 14. The group was also busy saving an existing forest by removing garlic mustard seed, an exotic invasive species. In total, 14 different species of trees were planted by 30 volunteers.

The work put in by the volunteers will have a lasting effect on the local environment and the community will be able to enjoy it for years to come.

“The diverse trees planted will allow a place for birds and other wildlife to nest and eat,” said Tom Lenon, director of land and facilities at Chippewa Nature Center. “Plus, it will bring beauty to the region as the season change and the fall colors are in full bloom.”

Community outreach has been an essential element to Dow since its founding in 1897. The Great American Cleanup is a key initiative of Dow’s Contributing to Community Success objective as part of the company’s 2015 Sustainability Goals.

“Giving back is part of who we are at Dow,” said Mike Witt, global leader at Dow. “My team and I are always excited to volunteer, and projects like this allow us to have a lasting effect on our community that generations of people can enjoy.

The tree planting initiative is one of more than 60 Great American Cleanup events that Dow will host across the U.S. this year. A national sponsor of the Great American Cleanup since 2008, employees from Dow sites across the U.S. collaborate with local organizations and volunteers in cleanup, recycling, beautification and education initiatives to improve their communities through sustainable solutions for a cleaner and greener tomorrow.