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Keep the Midlands Beautiful Selected to Partner with TD Tree Days to Enhance Urban Forest and the Community by Planting Trees in Columbia on October 24, 2019

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Jacqueline Buck
803.733.1139
info@keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org

KEEP THE MIDLANDS BEAUTIFUL SELECTED TO PARTNER WITH TD TREE DAYS TO ENHANCE URBAN FOREST AND THE COMMUNITY BY PLANTING TREES IN COLUMBIA ON OCTOBER 24, 2019

July 31, 2019 – Columbia, SC – TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, has selected Keep the Midlands Beautiful to participate in TD Tree Days, a community-based program that expands urban forests and green spaces in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. Staff and volunteers of Keep the Midlands Beautiful will join local employees of TD Bank to plant 30 native trees 60 native shrubs on St Andews Road, across from Shaw Industries in Columbia on October 24, 2019.

“We’re excited to team with Keep the Midlands Beautiful during TD Tree Days to benefit the community and elevate the quality of the environment,” said Joe Doolan, TD Bank’s Head of Environmental and Community Partnerships. “At TD, we’re driven by a central belief that together we can break down barriers and help build inclusive futures, where everyone can succeed in a changing world. Through The Ready Commitment, TD’s corporate citizenship platform, we support initiatives that will ensure a sustainable future for all. TD Tree Days is one of many programs that help promote a more vibrant planet by providing green spaces where they are most needed. Trees do much more than beautify our communities – they produce oxygen; improve air quality and slow climate change by reducing carbon emissions, airborne pollutants and smog; provide cooling shade to reduce energy costs; and enhance quality of life.”

Now in its 10th year, the TD Tree Days program brings together community members and TD employees at planting events in communities from Maine to Florida. Founded in 2010, the program has positively impacted communities and the environment as TD’s flagship volunteer and urban greening program, planting nearly 400,000 native trees and shrubs, primarily in Canada and the U.S., and is managed with support from the Arbor Day Foundation. Under The Ready Commitment platform, TD pledges to plant one million trees in North America by 2030, and the TD Tree Days program will count toward that goal.

Keep the Midlands Beautiful is one of 18 organizations in the United States that was chosen to participate in TD Tree Days through an application process.  “We are so excited to participate in TD Tree Days this year,” said Executive Director of Keep the Midlands Beautiful, Jacqueline Buck.  “It is an honor to work alongside TD Bank as we continue to promote urban forestry in Columbia.”

In addition to Columbia, TD Tree Days events are scheduled in these communities this fall: Hartford, Connecticut; Homestead, Jacksonville and Miami, Florida; Mattapan, Gardner and Worchester, Massachusetts; Houlton, Maine; Detroit, Michigan; Jersey City, Newark and Atlantic City, New Jersey; Glen Cove and Ossining, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Greenville, South Carolina; and Burlington, Vermont.

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, our groups regularly remove litter on area roads and waterways, parks, and schools. We have businesses coming together to implement recycling programs, and communities pursuing beautification projects throughout both counties. As a 5013© organization we rely heavily on support from corporate partners, local business support and dedicated individuals. #DoBeautifulThings  visit: www.facebook.com/keepthemidlandsbeautiful/ or www.twitter.com.goodcleanfun803

TD Tree Days supports TD’s longstanding commitment to community enrichment and forms one component of its newly launched The Ready Commitment, a multi-year platform that actively promotes inclusivity, economic vitality, environmental wellbeing and health, enabling people of all backgrounds to succeed in a rapidly changing world. As part of The Ready Commitment, TD targets CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 toward community giving in four critical areas: Financial Security, a more Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through this platform, TD aspires to create a more inclusive tomorrow — helping people of all backgrounds feel more confident, not just about their finances, but about their ability to achieve their goals. For information, visit td.com/thereadycommitment.

About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 9 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,200 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.td.com/us. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.

 

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol “TD”. To learn more, visit www.td.com/us.

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Adopt-A-Highway Weather Policy

Attention Adopt-A-Highway Groups:  There is a 50% chance of rain in Columbia on Saturday, August 24th.  If it is raining on the day of cleanup, the cleanup is rescheduled for the following Saturday, and your bags will still be picked up as usual.  Please plan your litter pick-up using your preferred weather tracking service.  Next weekend is calling for rain too.

If you choose to postpone your group’s cleanup to another week entirely, your group will be responsible for hauling off any trash collected during the cleanup.

Don’t forget to submit a report card following your cleanup.

One-Time Cleanups

One-Time Cleanups

Invest in your community. 
Inspire others. 

Closely modeled after the Great American Cleanup, volunteers can now borrow cleanup material from Keep the Midlands Beautiful throughout the year in order to make an immediate, visual change in your community—at no cost to you!  Keep the Midlands Beautiful will lend cleanup supplies, including gloves, vests, litter grabbers, and trash bags, to groups of two or more for a one-time cleanup on any day of the year.

We have three requirements for one-time cleanup groups:

  1.  Groups must dispose of their full bags of trash at the end of their cleanup. KMB cannot pick up bags of trash collected by your group. For more information on where to take bags of trash, please click here for information about Richland County Solid Waste Management or click here for information about Lexington County Solid Waste Management.
  2.  All supplies, including leftover trash bags and broken grabbers, must be returned to KMB’s office no later than one week after your cleanup is complete.
  3.  Group leaders must submit a report card. It is a short form that only takes a few minutes to fill out, and it helps us show our sponsors and donors that our volunteers truly make an impact.

 

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!

Midlands Green Business

Are you part of the Midlands Green Business Program? Want to come learn about it? Join our networking event on July 31, 2019 from 3pm to 4:30pm at Dominion Energy SC! We will be learning some energy saving techniques that you can utilize in your business and at home. Click here to register.

Gala for a Greener Midlands

On November 16, 2018, Keep the Midlands Beautiful held its seventh annual Gala for a Greener Midlands.  We would like to thank the River Center staff at Saluda Shoals Park for being a wonderful partner throughout the months leading up to the event, and we would like to thank Farm2Table Event and Catering Company for putting together a wonderful meal.  Without our sponsors, donors, venue hosts, and caterer, this gala would not have been such a success.  We had an incredible turnout, and our donors and sponsors went above and beyond by graciously donating silent and live auction items.  All of the proceeds from the gala will go toward beautification projects throughout the Midlands. 

This year, Executive Director Jacq Buck delivered a message regarding the importance of partnerships.  In 2018, it was more evident than ever before that Keep the Midlands Beautiful can accomplish more by partnering with fellow Midlands organizations.  Through each partnership, we have been able to gauge the needs of the community and create practical solutions that will last for years to come. 

Keep the Midlands Beautiful has served Richland County, Lexington County, and the City of Columbia since 1989.  As such, the 2019 Gala for a Greener Midlands will be a celebration—not only of another year of successful programs, but we will also be celebrating thirty years of service to the Midlands. Keep the Midlands Beautiful is proud to serve the Midlands, and we look forward to partnering with other Midlands organizations for many years to come.

 

 

Adopt-A-Highway

For returning groups whose group representative HAS been to safety training: The next AAH pickup will be Saturday, August 24th!

If you need supplies, please email us at AAH@keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org to let us know your group name, county, how many grabbers and pairs of gloves you will need, and the day you plan to pick up your supplies for your SCDOT-scheduled Adopt-A-Highway cleanup!

If you are new to the program or if you would like more information, or links to report cards, waivers, and available roads, please click here!