By Helen Dauka, Keep Akron Beautiful Intern
April 12 marks the official start of the Community Pride Trailer (CPT) season! The Trailer has brand new equipment including a small rototiller and small pressure washer. The new tools join the extensive supply list that has been available in the past.
With all these great tools, imagine what you can do! Maybe your community garden needs a little sprucing up or maybe this is the year that your neighborhood starts its first community garden!
Just because the season doesn’t start for two weeks, its not too early to start planning. Groups are already starting to reserve the CPT! Go to www.keepakronbeautiful.org to book the trailer for a project that will benefit the community.
Online, or at the offices of KAB, citizens can complete the application form and view the requirements, safety commitments and equipment list for the program. KAB staff transports the trailer and works with your designated Project Coordinator at each job site.
The Community Pride Trailer has had a large impact in its second year; the Trailer was loaned out to help with 18 community projects. Approximately 5,280 volunteer hours were logged, collecting 200 bags of litter, planting 64 trees, 785 flowers and bulbs, as well as painting a park pavilion and eradicating graffiti.
One of the groups that used the CPT to make a huge beautification change was EMERGE Counseling Services.
“Emerge Counseling Services has been blessed with the availability of the Community Pride Trailer. The convenience of having such a large quantities of equipment at your finger tips is incredible! With the CPT we were able to plant more flowers, clean up more areas and have more pride in our property!” – Colleen Bell, Emerge Ministries
Two years ago the Board of Directors introduced this new agency program, the Community Pride Trailer, to be used by organizations, civic groups and neighborhood volunteers to restore vacant and abandoned property. The Community Pride Trailer was made possible by generous grants from the Dominion Foundation and Charter One Bank. The Trailer program was an award-winning idea “stolen” from the Montgomery County Keep America Beautiful affiliate. Keep Akron Beautiful, through the rental of the 25 foot box trailer, can share the agency’s urban beautification experience with citizens who want to cleanup vacant property in their neighborhoods. Inside the Trailer is landscape equipment and cleanup supplies for volunteer groups to transform lots into green spaces.
The Community Pride Trailer is ready to roll, are you?