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Willard Park Green Corridor and the Girls Who Built It Willard Park of Holy Cross-Westminster Civic Alliance, Riley Area Development Corporation and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) are working together to create an eclectic pocket park between 257 N. Randolph St. and 252 N. Parkview Ave. In the neighborhood where the Tribal Trellis Sings (graffiti garden) was born, this eccentric neighborhood and leading CDC are creating a space as imaginative and unique as one would find through Alice’s Looking Glass. A shelter designed as an over-sized deck of cards, a chess/checker board, art work reflecting the passage of time as you'd see on the White Rabbit’s watch, colorful native trees and plants with a pathway of recycled materials leading you through, are all elements you may find at this space a year from now. This work doesn’t happen overnight. Through a Lowe's Community Partners Grant from Keep America Beautiful and Lowe's, the elements of this greenspace are possible. It has been amazing to see people of every age, from all over Indianapolis, working for a common goal -- this safe, green space for all to enjoy. This summer, Riley Area Development Corporation, NAWIC-the National Association of Women in Construction, Girls Inc., and KIB came together to utilize NAWIC’s Mentoring a Girl in Construction (MAGIC) program to host a day camp, which is designed to mentally challenge girls aged 6-14. The girls learned to use a wheelbarrow, shovel sand and gravel to make the chess board, and create chess pieces from safety cones. The transformation of this greenspace has had challenges from wet summer months to dry fall months. The biggest success, however, is the safe place for kids to play and neighbors to enjoy.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.

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Keep Edisto Beautiful gathered volunteers, along with Lowe's Heroes from the Lowe's West Ashley Store #655, to use its 2015 Lowe's Community Partners Grant to improve the vistas of Edisto Beach in South Carolina. The recent flooding in South Carolina might have delayed the project until November 2015, but it didn't stop Keep Edisto Beautiful and its Lowe's Heroes from tackling this initiative.

Keep Edisto Beautiful, Edisto Island, SC

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Thanks to Keep America Beautiful and a Lowe's Community Partners Grant, 80 dedicated volunteers from George Washington University and additional Lowe's Heroes volunteers, generously donated their time to help beautify Mary's Center Adams Morgan location. Our generous partners and volunteers helped us accomplish the following:
  • Paint the exterior of our entire building
  • Repair the concrete around the building
  • Plant five seasonal trees
  • Create recreation space for our children
  • Beautify the patio for our patients and children
  • Built two new benches for outside spaces
Without the help of so many wonderful individuals, none of the above would have been possible. We are so thankful for their support and for giving Mary's Center the opportunity to continue providing our services to so many members in the community, while coming to a beautiful, clean and healthy environment. We are truly overwhelmed with all the beautiful changes and cannot wait until more changes come along. Thanks to Keep America Beautiful and the support of Lowe's through the Lowe's Community Partners Grant, our Mary's Center clinic in Washington, D.C., is looking more vibrant!

Mary’s Center, Washington, D.C.

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On Nov. 21-22, Keep Knoxville Beautiful and 233 volunteers planted 60,000 daffodil bulbs on the three I-275 exits closest to downtown Knoxville. Previously a drab but highly trafficked stretch of highway, this prominent approach to our downtown will be carpeted in yellow and white daffodils every spring for decades to come. Thank you to Lowe's and Keep America Beautiful for sponsoring this project through a Lowe's Community Partners Grant, and to our community for volunteering by the hundreds!

Keep Knoxville Beautiful, Knoxville, TN

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During the months of March, April and May 2015, with a Lowe’s Community Partners Grant through Keep America Beautiful, Transformation Montgomery has been busy transforming the Garden Square Neighborhood. This ministry is a part of Frasier United Methodist Church and is committed to creating holistic and sustainable change for families, individuals and communities in poverty.

Montgomery Clean City Commission, Montgomery, AL

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Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County, in partnership with Shawnee County Solid Waste, announces a new Safe Sharps Disposal program. The kickoff was held on Nov. 7 at the Shawnee County Household Hazardous Waste Collection facility (HHW). More than 200 people attended the event, with 60 of the new Sharps containers being distributed. With this new sustainable program, residents of Shawnee County can pick up a container free of charge while supplies last. Once the container is full of sharps, they can return those back to the HHW facility for proper disposal. Shawnee County’s HHW facility will implement the ongoing program as part of its commitment to keep hazardous material out of the local landfill. This program is brought to you through a collaboration with Shawnee County Solid Waste, Waste Management and Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County. For more information, call Philicia McKee at (785) 224-0446 or e-mail kab@kabtopsh.org.

Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County, Topeka, KS

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