By: Johanna Barnowski, Community Outreach & Program Manager
Keep Akron Beautiful, like many nonprofits, relies heavily on private donations from individuals to fund programs. These programs include beautification and litter eradication programs, such as Clean Up Akron Month, Graffiti Wipe-Out, Flowerscapes, Illegal Dump and Litter Clean Ups, and more.
From July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018, KAB had 26,275 volunteers donate 762,458 hours to planting trees/bulbs/shrubs/plants/flowers, litter/graffiti removal, source-separating recycling, cleaning & improving lakes/canals/wetlands (incl. Nesmith Lake, Summit Lake, Wilbeth Wetlands and Ohio/Erie Canal), education, environmental promotion, painting/landscaping public venues and parks, and more as part of the Keep Akron Beautiful mission. (Numbers come from a detailed analysis called the “Cost Benefit Analysis” which is a report from Keep America Beautiful.)
The volunteer value-of-time invested in Keep Akron Beautiful for the time period of July 2016 through June 2017 has an estimated value of $37.40. Meaning that Keep Akron Beautiful leveraged community resources to return back into the community $37.40 for every $1 donated or awarded towards programming in 2016-2017!
Your donation helps us be able to make a cleaner, healthier, and more beautiful Akron for all who live, work, and play in the city. Without our donors, we would not be able to accomplish as much as we do.
In April, 3,509 volunteers, of whom 937 were students, removed 17.77 tons of litter from all around Akron. This includes the annual Earth Day cleanup at Summit Lake, where 282 volunteers removed 3.47 tons of litter and 20 tires in 3 hours. This is only one month’s work!
Our Litter Crews are out cleaning up litter M-F all year round. Our Flowerscape crew planned, planted, and maintained 32 public urban Flowerscape sites this season. We are able to do so much for the community because of your donations.
Please consider the impact KAB makes as you plan your giving this season. We appreciate you and cannot do what we do without you.