By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager
Are you ready to make your city a better place to live? For 32 years Keep Akron Beautiful has been working to recruit thousands of civic-minded volunteers to adopt a public parcel of land to clean during Clean Up Akron Week, now moving to Clean Up Akron Month. As a part of the national Great American Cleanup with Keep America Beautiful, this is the nation’s largest annual community improvement program that harnesses the power of over 4 million volunteers to build vibrant communities.
Each year over 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations engage volunteers to take action in their communities through programs that deliver positive and lasting impact through events focused on waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening. In 2012, 4.2 million Great American Cleanup volunteers worked tirelessly to return nearly $230 million in measurable benefits in 20,000 communities across the country.
Keep Akron Beautiful is encouraging all area residents to get involved in the 2013 Great American Cleanup™, by participating in the 32nd annual Clean Up Akron Month during April 2013. This year, we are cleaning up for an entire month, with the culmination event taking place on SUPER SATURDAY, April 27, 2013 at the Akron Zoological Park. The first 1,000 registered volunteers are invited to a picnic and celebration on SUPER SATURDAY. We look forward to cleaning up with you, your civic groups and your families in April.
Check out all the tires Buchtel High School students found in 2012!
One of our cleanup groups from 2012 sweeps up glass on Super Saturday!
By Jacqui Flaherty
It’s that time of year! People have made (or are still making) their New Years resolutions and are probably already struggling to keep them! When people make a New Years resolution, they usually tend to cut back on things that are negative, such as fast food!
However, this year, I have a different idea for you! I am suggesting that you RESOLVE TO DO GOOD and volunteer for your community with Keep Akron Beautiful in Akron, OH. Last week, I sent out an email blast and updated our website with an entire list of volunteer opportunities that we have available in 2013. Our list of opportunities has something that will peak everyone’s interest. When choosing an opportunity, pick something based on your interests or your passions so that you will enjoy it!
If you resolve to do good (and volunteer) in 2013, you will have the opportunity to improve yourself AND your community, while having a large impact on Keep Akron Beautiful! The sense of pride, satisfaction and accomplishment that you will feel when you are finished will make you want to come back time and time again.
We want to take this opportunity to THANK our current volunteers and to WELCOME potential volunteers this year. We cannot wait to meet you! Please check out our volunteer opportunities and feel free to contact me at the KAB office if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you this year!
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company volunteers pick up litter during Clean Up Akron Week 2012.