Harveyville, KS – Topeka/Shawnee County

Re-Plant, Re-Paint, Re-Build, Re-New Harveyville

In February 2012, the town of Harveyville, Kan., was devastated by a tornado. The damage to the community was severe, with 60 percent of the small town residents having damage to their properties.

Keep America Beautiful – Topeka/Shawnee County used a $20,000 Lowe’s/KAB Community Improvement Grant for its “Re-plant, Re-paint, Re-build, Re-new Harveyville” project. This past fall, 120 volunteers gathered to plant 50 trees to replace the old ones that had been uprooted by the tornado.

Many of the people in Harveyville are lifelong residents whose families have lived there for generations. With the help of the local Lowe’s store and volunteers, 19 properties had improvements made to them after the tornado. This created a domino effect in many neighborhoods, which led to the whole community benefitting from the beautification efforts.

Volunteers stated that they felt like they became a part of the community and that their presence lifted the spirits of those residents impacted by the storm. The project in Harveyville truly embodies KAB’s goal of bringing people together to build and sustain vibrant communities.