Each year on the first Saturday in October in the City of Riverside, CA , Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful organizes the Santa Ana River & City Waterway Cleanups. The project is in its sixth year as partnership project with the Riverside County Flood Control and local law enforcement. It started out as a small river bottom cleanup with about 75 community volunteers and has grown to 500 volunteers with an expanded footprint of 17 waterway cleanup sites which collected over 34,000 lbs. of waste and bulky items this year. This project has noteworthy impact on the community from an environmental perspective because it prevents so much litter and debris from going into our city waterways, which would ultimately end up in the Pacific Ocean, and all the while preserving the natural habitat that lives within the river bottom. Thank you Lowe’s and the City of Riverside!
Keep Big Spring Beautiful worked with nearly 200 Big Spring Junior High students to clean up Birdwell Park, located directly behind their school.
In addition to collecting 2,060 pounds of trash and debris, students came across a lost dog during the cleanup. The dog was brought to Big Spring Animal Control.
Student chose to adopt the park as their project for their Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program. The life-skills program is offered to all seventh graders and taught by a local police officer.
Keep Big Spring Beautiful provided trash bags and gloves for students, and the City of Big Spring donated mosquito-repelling wristbands for the project, which was covered by the local newspaper.
“We hope that it inspires others to take the same pride with the community,” said Teresa Darden of Keep Big Spring Beautiful.
Not only is the park cleaner thanks to the students, but it will also become a safer place, as city officials will use the cleanup as a springboard to clear out more brush, reducing the concealed areas within the park.
In partnership with Travis County and the Colorado River Alliance, Keep Austin Beautiful held the Annual Lake Travis Underwater Cleanup in Texas on September 15. New lake levels may have changed the shorelines of Lake Travis, but thanks to the 1,015 volunteers who came out last Sunday morning, every mile of Lake Travis was cleaned. Volunteers geared up with wetsuits, oxygen tanks, trash bags, and gloves to clean Lake Travis above and below the surface. The value of their time totals $56,086 — Not including the $20 bill found during the cleanup at Starnes Island!
From the shoreline to the depths of Lake Travis, volunteers found everything from common keys, an old bike, glasses, cell phones (including iPhones), a boat motor, and shoes to more uncommon items such as tweezers, a 20-year-old cassette tape, a crankshaft, men’s underwear and a stainless steel grill. But the most unusual shoreline item of all was a pink flamingo cemented in a bucket found by Pack 205, who won a two-hour chartered sailing trip prize for their find. After the cleanup, volunteers headed over to The Oasis on Lake Travis for the Volunteer Appreciation Party featuring free lunch, live music, Finley the Fish’s dance moves, kids’ activities, and door prizes!
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The Eight Mile Boulevard Association revitalizes a 27 mile stretch of Eight Mile Road, including three counties, thirteen communities and over 1,700 businesses. As part of our project, we held a corridor-wide cleanup event, “Clean the D” and supported the façade renovation of two Eight Mile businesses through our Façade Improvement Program.
As a result of Clean the D, we and more than 150 volunteers completed six major projects, including three gardens and the removal of approximately 4,500 pounds of litter and debris from Eight Mile. As a result of the Façade Improvement Program, we supported over $200,000 in private investment with only $15,000 in façade assistance grants.
In December 2012, Keep Evansville Beautiful (KEB) , along with a number of representatives from the City of Evansville, University of Southern Indiana, United Way, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, Evansville Signature School, YMCA, State Farm, and Republic Services, as well as Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winneke and student representatives from the area high schools, met to discuss how best to celebrate and participate in the 2013 Global Youth Service Day.
Shortly thereafter, the Mayor instituted the Clean Evansville Initiative. KEB and the City of Evansville are partners in this program and conduct a litter cleanup every first Saturday of each month. A neighborhood or section of the city is selected, volunteers are recruited, teams are formed, materials are supplied by KEB, the cleanup is conducted, the litter collected is quantified and KEB reports the results to Keep America Beautiful as part of our GAC activities.
It was the decision of all present that we would conduct a large, multi-neighborhood litter cleanup on April 27, to be patterned after the Clean Evansville Initiative model. The planning and organizing process was conducted from January through April. The volunteer groups carried out this initiative as part of Global Youth Service Day and as part of KEB’s Great American Cleanup.
Other Global Youth Services Day activities were conducted as part of the overall celebration, but the litter cleanup was the focal point. Although the entire community was invited to participate, we focused on our youth from kindergarten age through college-aged students. The University of Southern Indiana coordinated the overall program, but KEB had the responsibility for the litter cleanup and coordinated that entire portion.
KEB recruited volunteers, designated the areas to be cleaned up, created maps, formed teams, trained team leaders, assigned volunteers to the teams, provided supplies, acted as liaison with the rest of the organizations and volunteers, and ensured that the cleanup went as planned. Five neighborhoods and areas of Evansville were designated, 24 teams were formed, the teams each had a USI student co-leader as well as a second adult co-leader, all of the students were recruited along with their adult leaders, volunteers from the entire community and the Mayor of the City of Evansville. The event was a tremendous success.
Over 600 volunteers participated and several hundred bags of litter were collected. Planning has begun for 2014 whereby another large, community-wide litter cleanup will be the prime activity to be conducted by our area youth and others on Global Youth Service Day. All of this is just a portion of the activities that Keep Evansville Beautiful conducts throughout the year in support of the Great American Cleanup, resulting in a better, healthier community in which to live and work.
On Saturday, April 27, over 3,000 Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful (KTBB) volunteers participated in Great American Cleanup activities at 84 different sites throughout the community. While there were numerous projects taking place, most volunteers focused on litter abatement.
During the event, volunteers contributed to Keep America Beautiful’s 2013 Vibrant Communities Impact Goals by collecting 65,000 pounds of trash, cleaning up more than 25 illegal dump sites and removing almost 100 littered scrap tires. They also planted 250 flowers and 940 trees. Together, the volunteers restored more than 400 acres of parks, 100 miles of roads and 50 miles of shorelines throughout Hillsborough County.
Patricia DePlasco, KTBB’s community education liaison, said this year was most meaningful because there were so many different people engaged at such a wide array of sites. She explained that because of this, “We were able to interact with volunteers and explain to them why what they were doing is so important.”
As part of KTBB’s “Keep Our Schools Beautiful” program, high school students were encouraged to mentor, partner, and assist others with their community improvement efforts. For example, Jesuit High School students partnered with individuals with disabilities during the Great American Cleanup beautification project.
“The students took their cleanup responsibilities very seriously at the ‘Down and Dirty at Lowry Park’ site,” DePlasco said. “They’re determined to keep the Hillsborough River clean – even by climbing into the vegetation to pick up debris.”
On Friday, April 19th, 45 volunteers from Procter & Gamble took to the streets of Kennedy Heights adorned with boas, leis, goofy hats, and sunglasses to have some fun beautifying one of Cincinnati’s neighborhood. We spread mulch at four different locations: the Arts Center, two public parks, and a community gateway. The City of Cincinnati and H.J. Benken Florist & Greenhouse provided mulch, Procter & Gamble provided work gloves and t-shirts, and we provided the rest.
Residents from Kennedy Heights were on hand to help supervise projects as well as someone from the Cincinnati Park Board. Our volunteers picked up litter, pulled weeds, edged tree beds, spread mulch near an ancient Indian burial ground and mulched a playground in just 2 hours.
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful facilitated an enormous cleanup in the neighborhood of Walnut Hills on April 27 with residents, members of the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, and Spring in Our Steps. Spring in Our Steps is a new grassroots organization enhancing community connections in Cincinnati by reclaiming alleys, sidewalks, and steps for the pedestrian. In Walnut Hills, there is a unique intersection of five alleys known as the 5-Points Alley. The Redevelopment Foundation has pledged to clean the area and use it as an event space for the community.
On Saturday morning, a dozen or so hard-working volunteers pulled out honeysuckle, raked leaves, pulled weeds, picked up garbage, repaired a fence, and removed graffiti. This picture is just a glimpse of the tremendous effort and the alley ways look completely different. We’re excited to see how the Redevelopment Foundation incorporates this new event space into their programming!