Cleveland/Bradley County Keep America Beautiful is busy gearing up for a few different events after a slower summer.
At a recent board meeting, members of the local organization discussed its possible involvement in several different events, settling details for most.
The group’s upcoming events include fundraisers, an annual breakfast and a program that will allow people to safely dispose of household chemicals.
The following events have been scheduled:
- A “Treasure and Trash” cleanup event at Charleston Park in Charleston is Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. Volunteers will be cleaning up the area where the International Cowpea Festival is taking place;
- The dedication of a tree planted along the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway is to take place on Oct. 2 at noon, near the parking area off Harris Circle;
- A fundraising yard sale will take place on Oct. 4 at the American Uniform building, with the exact times to be announced;
- The KAB annual breakfast will be Oct. 10 at 7:30 a.m., with the location to be announced; and
- The semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Tri-State Exhibition Center.
KAB representatives will also be at the Lee University Health Fair on Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at the annual Halloween Block Party taking place in downtown Cleveland the evening of Oct. 31.
Shane Lawson, who leads KAB’s fundraising committee, said fundraising will receive a big emphasis at events this year.
The group has been discussing ways to offer more to those attending existing events. For example, the yard sale is set to feature both breakfast and lunch items for sale, and those taking part in the waste collection day will be given the option to purchase boxes of doughnuts to enjoy while they wait to unload their vehicles.
“We hope to eventually have a major fundraiser instead of a bunch of smaller ones,” Lawson said.
All the events — like the yard sale — that include fundraising activities raise money for KAB’s educational and clean-up programs.
Each year, KAB volunteers visit schools to offer talks on a variety of environmental topics like the importance of recycling, and lead students in activities like planting flower seeds.
The group also offers things like essay contests for high school and middle school students. The group also discussed the possibility of offering a T-shirt design contest to elementary school students this school year.
For older students, like those attending local colleges, KAB is also offering a new opportunity for those working to earn community service hours. Students can now attend the organization’s meetings.
KAB Executive Director Joanne Maskew said a student attending a meeting can be mutually beneficial because it allows the organization to receive input from young people it does not usually hear from, and it also allows those interested in someday working with an organization like KAB to see what goes into planning for it.
“It lets them know what goes on at nonprofits,” Maskew said.
The board also announced who the group’s neighborhood committee decided would be receiving the group’s next award.
The Business Beautification Award for the month of September is set to be awarded to the office of Dr. Chad Esslinger.
The award, which recognizes businesses and organizations that keep their properties “beautiful,” clean and well-maintained, was given to the downtown location of Jim Rush Funeral Homes for the month of August.
“They have done an excellent job improving their facility,” said Shari Horton, the board’s president.
KAB is also reviewing nominations for its quarterly White Glove Award, which is awarded to a company that exemplifies good environmental practices.
For more information, visit www.clevelandbradleykab.com.