Thousands of Volunteers Lend a Helping Hand for Keep Akron Beautiful's Cleanup Akron Week 2012

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Akron, Ohio – Keep Akron Beautiful is encouraging people of all ages to demonstrate that they love where they live by joining hands and volunteering for the 2012 Clean Up Akron Week/Great American Cleanup.


The Great American Cleanup takes place across the country in urban areas and rural hamlets alike, reaching its apex during the spring season. Throughout the months of March, April and May, an anticipated 1,200 KAB affiliates and participating organizations will bring together an estimated 3.8 million volunteers to produce more vibrant, beautiful, cleaner and safer towns and cities.


In what continues to be the nation’s largest grassroots community improvement program, Keep Akron Beautiful’s volunteers will clean up litter and debris from public lands, beautify and green their neighborhoods by planting community gardens, and remove graffiti. Moreover, the Great American Cleanup is a significant opportunity for local organizations to coordinate activities that encourage civic engagement and action.


The 2012 theme -- #GreenStartsHere – is a call to action that civic leaders and volunteer groups can use to create more sustainable communities. Focusing their volunteer efforts on activities surrounding waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening, Keep Akron Beautiful will foster unity and strengthen community bonds through the Great American Cleanup. The national movement will be highlighted by a Great American Cleanup Action Day on Saturday, April 28, featuring large-scale cleanups and coordinated events in cities across the country.


“Service to the community is the ultimate demonstration that you love where you live,” said Matthew McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Participating in the Great American Cleanup can become a foundation for uniting friends, family, neighbors and communities in activities that don’t just make your community aesthetically pleasing, but also make it more effective at overcoming challenges.”


In 2011, Keep Akron Beautiful recruited more than 5,587 volunteers to clean 106 public sites and removed 9.43 tons of litter during Clean Up Akron Week/The Great American Cleanup! Last year’s nationwide Great American Cleanup resulted in over 4 million volunteers removing 177 million pounds of litter and debris from America’s landscape, which is why many of the nation’s leading companies have become national sponsors. 


America’s leading companies and brands support the campaign. The National Sponsors of the 2012 Great American Cleanup to date are:  The Dow Chemical Company; The Glad Products Company; LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc.; Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water; PepsiCo's Pepsi-Cola and Gatorade companies; Solo Cup Company; Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment; Waste Management; and Wrigley. Promotional Partner is: The Miss America Organization. Educational Partners are: Rubber Manufacturers Association and WM Recycle America.


How can you get involved? Visit to register. You can also “like” Keep Akron Beautiful at or follow Keep Akron Beautiful on Twitter at @K_Akron_B.


About Keep America Beautiful, Inc. -- Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. This national nonprofit forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. Its national program, the Great American Cleanup is one of many initiatives that encourage people to care for communities through volunteer participation.  To join the Great American Cleanup and let green start with you, visit