Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Philadelphia, PA

What a difference just a few hours and some amazing volunteers can make.

This past Saturday, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, along with the City of Philadelphia, were proud to team up with Dow Chemical’s Propel to Excel training and talent development program to transform the Lonnie Young Recreation Center in the Germantown neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia. In three short hours, 200 top Dow engineers helped revitalize a community hub that serves hundreds of Philadelphia’s children and families each year. Dow volunteers refreshed the outdoor fencing running the perimeter of Lonnie Young, painted multiple rooms throughout the Center, refurbished outdoor benches, planted new flower beds, and built additional shelving for the Center’s auditorium. Much of the paint used on Saturday was donated by Dow through the Community Paint Donation Program, another partnership with Keep America Beautiful.

Keep America Beautiful and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful work every day to create and sustain vibrant communities, and this past Saturday’s success is a perfect example of how we could not fulfill that mission without the commitment to good citizenship of partners like Dow. We encourage you to find out more about Dow’s Corporate Citizenship work (http://bit.ly/1rjxebx), and to visit Keep Philadelphia Beautiful (www.keepphiladelphiabeautiful.org) online to see how you get involved in helping to keep your community beautiful. We also hope you will take a moment to look through our pictures from Saturday’s big event (http://on.fb.me/1p1WheG), to see the impact we made.

Keep Morehouse Beautiful – Bastrop, LA

Keep Morehouse Beautiful partnered with the LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, Volunteers of America, Keep Louisiana Beautiful, and the Office of the Louisiana’s Lt. Governor to host “Leaders Against Litter” at a former International Paper water reservoir that is now owned by the LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries. The statewide event brought community leaders together to pick up litter and sign a pledge to support a litterfree Louisiana. The event created public awareness among leaders for the environmental issues that cost Louisiana citizens millions of dollars.

Bud Light “Do Good. Have Fun.” Memphis River Warriors Cleanup

Memphis City Beautiful, Tenn. was fortunate enough to be selected by Keep America Beautiful and Anheuser-Busch for a Bud Light “Do Good. Have Fun.” project. Memphis City Beautiful is one of the founding partners along with the University of Memphis of the Memphis River Warriors, a group of college students who come together to adopt the cleaning of shoreline along the Mississippi River and the lakes and harbors adjacent to Downtown Memphis. The warriors conduct at least six annual clean ups recruiting primarily college aged students.

Memphis City Beautiful and the Memphis River Warriors decided to conduct this clean up in support of the International Outdoors, Inc. Annual Canoe & Kayak Race. We targeted the area of the harbor where over 500 racers and thousands of spectators would gather the weekend after our clean up.

Working with our local distributor – Budweiser of Memphis – Memphis City Beautiful and the Memphis River Warriors went to Social Media and the colleges to recruit volunteers.

On Saturday, June 7 on the banks of the Mississippi River 78 volunteers came out to help cleanup along the waterfront parks, cobblestone landing, streets and alleys of Downtown Memphis; as well as plant bushes to beautify Tom Lee Park.

Volunteers were rewarded with BBQ provided through a generous grant from Anheuser-Bush and beer was on tap provided by our local Bud Light distributer.

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 Newnan Beautiful, Newnan, Georgia

As part of the Great American Cleanup, Keep Newnan Beautiful partnered with the Grenzebach Corporation for their annual Earth Day Cleanup. We were excited to have Home Depot and Spring Hill Suites join us as partners this year. Volunteers from these groups cleaned up Newnan Crossing Boulevard East to commemorate Earth Day. Our sponsors, Starbucks Coffee, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Country Inn and Suites and Office Depot provided us with coffee, boxed lunches, a space for volunteers to congregate and gift cards! It was a great day and our collection included: twenty-five 30 gallon bags of trash, three 30 gallon bags of plastics, one 13 gallon bag of aluminum cans, and two 13 gallon bags of glass.

Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful

On May 10th, Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB ), which brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, launched the 16th annual Great American Cleanup in the City of Riverside. Over 700 community volunteers took on the critical neighborhoods at 38 cleanup sites citywide. Projects included: litter and weed abatement, graffiti eradication, cleaning city waterways, E-waste collection and 50 trees were planted along Alessandro Blvd. and Cannon Road. Special thanks go to the crews from Athens Services, Burrtec Waste Industries and CR&R Environmental Services for following the volunteer’s efforts that day, collecting over 12,000 lbs. of litter, debris, weeds and bulky items.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful

On May 10, Keep Knoxville Beautiful had its first Beautification Mob. Led by KKB board member, Bob Graves, volunteers transformed a lot from an eyesore into a beautiful entrance. This corner had long been neglected, and as an entrance into a historic part of our community, it was in desperate need of attention. Bob Graves designed and secured donations, a commitment from the property owner, and a commitment from the surrounding businesses to help with the upkeep of this project. In one day, this piece of property was completely transformed.

Watch the the transformation!

Keep Stockwell Beautiful, Inc.

National Award winning Cole Cubs where at it again as they walk into Stockwell, Ind. during the “Cole Kids’ Cleanup” on May 20. Seventy-eight fourth and fifth graders worked in yards, flower beds, spread yards and yards of mulch, planted flowers and collected 38 bags of litter and yard waste for a total of 780 lbs or 10 lbs per student. They also recycled 60 lbs of paper from their snack.