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Keep the Midlands Beautiful Receives $20,000 Grant

Contacts:
Jacqueline Buck / Larry Kaufman
Tel: 803.733.1139 / 203.659.3014
Email: info@keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org / lkaufman@kab.org
Website: keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org / kab.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Keep America Beautiful Grants $20,000 to Keep the Midlands Beautiful in Its Effort to Restore Washed Out Bridge at Michael J. and Mary Meech Mungo Park after 2015 Flood

 Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund from Keep America Beautiful Supports Restoration and Rebuilding of Community Public Spaces in the Midlands.

WEST COLUMBIA, South Carolina (May 3, 2019) – Keep the Midlands Beautiful has received a 2019 Keep America Beautiful® Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund (CRRF) grant  in the amount of $20,000 to support Keep the Midlands Beautiful’s effort to restore the washed-out bridge that once connected 116 acres of greenspace at the Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission’s Michael J. & Mary Meech Mungo Park, formerly known as Rawls Creek Golf Course, after the Thousand Year Flood in 2015.

The CRRF is designed to help communities rebuild in the wake of a natural disaster, whether it be a wildfire, flood or hurricane. Donations to the Keep America Beautiful CRRF benefit the national nonprofit’s network of community-based affiliates and other partner organizations that serve communities directly affected by natural disasters.

The grant provided to Keep the Midlands Beautiful is being used to replace the bridge in order to reconnect the park and decrease litter, illegal dumping, and crime in the area.

In 2015, South Carolina found itself in a state of emergency as rain and flash floods ravaged multiple parks and greenspaces.  “Midlands residents did what they could to rebuild what was destroyed in their community, but most damage was too much for individual citizens to take on,” said Jacqueline Buck, Executive Director of Keep the Midlands Beautiful.  “That’s why we believe this grant from Keep America Beautiful is so valuable.  We are excited to work with The Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission and our matching donor, the Michael J. Mungo Foundation, as we work to restore the bridge.”

The Keep America Beautiful CRRF provides immediate and long-term support for initial and ongoing cleanup efforts and to help rebuild vital public spaces to improve their resiliency for the future. These public spaces include parks, greenways, community gateways, Main Street/downtown areas, open spaces and more.

“Once basic personal needs are covered, people need to rebuild their community,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman. “This is where Keep America Beautiful and our affiliate network, in partnership with corporate and private donors as well as state and local governments, restore and rebuild public spaces. These public spaces are critical to overall community health and well-being – and are often critical gathering places for a community to come together.”

Through the fund, Keep America Beautiful provides financial aid, technical support, in-kind donations and other resources to its affiliates and other community partners whose communities and residents will be living with the aftermath of widespread devastation for months and years to come.

Individuals and businesses can donate now at act.kab.org/KABfund.

About Keep the Midlands Beautiful
Established in 1989 to serve Richland and Lexington Counties, the mission of Keep the Midlands Beautiful is to engage, inspire and educate the Midlands to invest in our community through litter prevention, recycling and beautification.  Each year, thousands of Midlands residents volunteer to support this mission, including almost 375 groups regularly removing litter on area roads and waterways, schools and businesses coming together to implement recycling programs, and communities pursuing beautification projects.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.

Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.

 

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The 2019 Great American Cleanup

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The Great American Cleanup is underway and will continue until May 31st! Please plan a Spring cleanup with your neighborhood, civic group, school group, church group, or with your family.  Although the GAC ends on May 31, our cleanup efforts will not end after May 31!  In fact, Keep the Midlands Beautiful is happy to provide litter pickup supplies for one-time cleanup groups during the entire year.  Any cleanup initiative, large or small–from the GAC to a one-time cleanup with two good friends–is an opportunity for you to demonstrate community involvement and inspire others to organize their own cleanups.

For more information, please email us or call our office at (803) 733-1139!

Great American Cleanup

Great American Cleanup 

For thirty volunteers have improved the Midlands area during Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. Keep the Midlands Beautiful recruits volunteers, site captains, area businesses, local corporations and local sponsors to foster unity and strengthen community bonds through beautification and improvement efforts across Lexington & Richland Counties. This local community improvement program, brings volunteers together to inspire change and build sustainable, vibrant communities.

Events like the Great American Cleanup  is a call to action to create more viable communities by focusing volunteer efforts on activities surrounding waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening. Any individual, family, school, group, place of worship, business or government entity can coordinate or participate.

It’s easy register here!

If you want to organize a cleanup in your own neighborhood or community, Keep the Midlands Beautiful will provide you with trash bags and will loan you gloves, vests and grabbers.  We will also work with you to recruit volunteers and to arrange to have the trash from your cleanup picked up by the City or County. Call us at (803) 733-1139 to learn more.

Report Card–Please click on the report card link to submit the information that will be complied and become a part of next years Great American Cleanup results!

Report Card
What can you do?
Report a Litterbug
SC Litter Laws

Adopt-A-Waterway

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Litter — a common source of pollution — threatens the health and beauty of far too many of our treasured lakes, streams and rivers. The Adopt-A-Waterway program offers volunteer groups the opportunity to address water-based litter issues in Richland and Lexington Counties. Please join us in protecting and cleaning up our creeks, rivers, lakes, boat landings and islands.

Dedicated to improving the communities where our customers and employees live and work.


More than 50 groups have signed up for Adopt-A-Waterway so far! It’s not too late to get involved, and there are still many waterways available for adoption. Click here to get involved.

More important information about Adopt-A-Waterway:

Report Card
Participating Groups
How does it Work?
Get Involved

Adopt-A-Waterway Program Partners

Special thanks to Johnson’s Garbage Service for providing trash pickup for our Richland County Adopt-A-Waterway groups.

Adopt-A-Highway

 

Adopt-A-Highway/Adopt-A-Street

The Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program is sponsored by the SC Department of Transportation. Keep the Midlands Beautiful coordinates the AAH program for roads in Richland and Lexington Counties. Keep the Midlands Beautiful also coordinates the Adopt-A-Street program for the City of Columbia.

 

Epsilon Sigma AlphaThrough the Adopt-A-Highway and Adopt -A-Street programs, caring citizens take part in preserving and maintaining streets throughout the Midlands. A wide range of community organizations, like civic groups, businesses, schools, and churches, adopt sections of road in or near their communities and remove litter from those segments at least four times a year for two years.

The benefits are significant. First, the program serves as an educational tool against littering and establishes stewardship of public lands. Secondly, the program helps advance tourism, development and quality of life for all of our citizens by improving the appearance of our area. Finally, the program saves taxpayer dollars by performing a valuable public service on a volunteer basis.

For other important information click on the following pages:

Report Card
Pickup Dates/Safety Training Dates
Newsletter
Recycling
Richland/Lexington
City of Columbia