Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful of Rome, Rome, NY

Great American Cleanup National Sponsor Troy-Bilt has announced that Keep Mohawk Beautiful of Rome is the winner of Taking Root! The Keep America Beautiful affiliate will receive $10,000 in grant funding and $2,000 in Troy-Bilt products to complete the Grow Rome project. Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful of Rome plans to create new community gardens throughout Rome, N.Y. It targets youth, low income and at-risk citizens and encourages them to grow and harvest their own food.

In addition, each of the five Keep America Beautiful finalist organizations (Keep Carbondale Beautiful in Carbondale, Ill.; Keep Hammond Beautiful in Hammond, La.; Keep Indianapolis Beautiful; Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful in West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Shreveport Green in Shreveport, La.) will be awarded $3,000 to help complete a local gardening projects this year.

Great American Cleanup in Downtown Danville, IL

On May 4th, 2013, Keep Vermilion County Beautiful (KVCB) held its annual Great American Cleanup event by beautifying the downtown Danville business district as well as the Douglas Discovery Garden. Volunteers ranging from the young to the elderly, descended to downtown Danville to plant around 6,000 bulbs in 26 sites in the downtown area. A group of teens (photographed here) planted flowers in front of the highly visible public library parking lot, which is transformed each summer into a Farmers Market.

Even though rain was predicted on the day of the cleanup, 155 volunteers showed up and worked quickly and efficiently to beat the rain. An early lunch was served as a reward for the volunteers’ hard work.

Douglas Discovery Garden by Keep Vermilion County Beautiful

The Douglas Discovery Garden was the second site that was beautified as a part of Keep Vermilion County Beautiful (KVCB)’s annual Great American Cleanup event on May 4th, 2013. For the site’s second year of planting, 55 volunteers came to clean plant beds, plant two trees for Arbor Day as well as spread 15 cubic yards of donated mulch to create pathways in the garden. In collaboration with the Univerisity of Illinois Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and the Danville High School Building Trades class, a total of nine vegetable plant beds were made with products that will be freely distributed within the community. Six vegetable beds were topped off with ewe compost and planted and three new handicapped-accessible vegetable beds were created. The Master Gardeners incorporated planting education with the teen volunteers and at the end of the event, a whole dumpster was filled with landscape waste.

Keep Bryant Beautiful

Keep Bryant Beautiful (KBB) had it’s Spring Citywide Cleanup and Dumpster Days event on Saturday, May 4. We cleaned both sides of the city exits and commuter lot as well as had four dumpsters available for citizens to dump unwanted goods for FREE! All four dumpsters were full by the end of the day and we gathered 30 bags of litter from the Bryant city streets. Big thanks to all the volunteers, Saline County Regional Solid Waste for donating the dumpsters and the KBB board members for making this day a success!

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

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

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!

I Love A Clean San Diego, San Diego, CA

While I Love A Clean San Diego’s Creek to Bay Cleanup has come and gone, one thing still remains — the community pride felt by thousands of San Diego residents who showed their support for the local environment by spending a few hours restoring it at the 11th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup.

Preliminary totals from the April 27 event suggest that roughly 6,000 volunteers participated, removing more than 100,000 pounds of trash. Participants scattered across a record 90 cleanup sites countywide. From a staggering 495 volunteers at Poway Lake to a small but mighty group of six volunteers at Sunshine Park, the local environment is a lot cleaner thanks to the efforts of many. A group of 25 boaters even took to the water to clean up San Diego Bay by boat!

Coordinators kicked off the cleanup event at Grant Hill Park in Sherman Heights at 9 am on April 27. The kickoff featured many elected officials, corporate volunteer teams and members of the local community. Attendees painted park benches, trash cans, and storage sheds, as well as removed trash and stenciled storm drains with pollution prevention messages. Some of the most unusual items removed at the cleanup included a trumpet, a waterbed, and a brick of salami. Volunteers reported that the most common items collected were cigarette butts and food wrappers/packaging.

The Creek to Bay Cleanup is part of the national Great American Cleanup, organized by Keep America Beautiful. I Love A Clean San Diego is the Keep America Beautiful affiliate in San Diego County. You can learn more about I Love A Clean San Diego’s signature event, the Creek to Bay Cleanup, at www.CreektoBay.org.