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In 2018, Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) celebrated its 26th year as the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful.  It was a busy year, filled with activities made possible by the dedication of thousands of volunteers who contributed their time and talents to making Irving a better place to live, work and play. Included are highlights of volunteers’ efforts during the past year in educating and engaging the community in KIB’s focus areas:

 

Litter abatement: There were 11 cleanups, where 610 volunteers gave 1,787 hours and collected more than 7,200 pounds of trash and recyclables. These included the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off in April, and the Trash Bash in September, as well as smaller-scale cleanups with neighborhood associations, school, faith, and corporate groups. Adopt-a-Spot volunteers contributed another 5,636 hours and collected more than 3,300 bags of trash and recyclables.

Community beautification and greening: Beautification projects included revitalizing parks, recreation centers and Irving Fire Department facilities. Additionally, nine paint projects, including service days with corporate groups (Vizient, Acosta Sales and Marketing, Crown Castle, American Standard, Best Buy) and faith groups (Calvary Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Cistercian Preparatory School) were held throughout the year. Local Wells Fargo Auto employee volunteers planted 26 large native Texas trees at Sam Houston Trail Park, thanks to a $3,000 Verizon donation for the purchase of the trees.

Recycling: KIB participated in five “Green Events,” where recycling stations encouraged attendees to think about the “Three Rs” – reduce, reuse, recycle. These community events included the YMCA Fall Festival, Steps and Strides Fun Run, Unite for Troops and America Recycles Day.

Community service projects: KIB continued making “no-sew” blankets, which has become a popular project over the past two years. Seven different groups, including Girl Scouts troops and faith groups, made a total of 26 blankets, which were donated to area nonprofit organizations. The groups also collected canned food in conjunction with the Trash Bash. Volunteers brought 360 cans of food, which was donated to Crisis Ministries Food Pantry.

Awards and recognition: KIB was honored with the Keep Texas Beautiful Gold Star and Sustained Excellence awards, and received the Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle level as well as the Sustained Excellence Award, one of only eight affiliates nationwide to achieve this designation. KIB also was  awarded the 2018 Governor’s Community Achievement Award, which includes a $310,000 landscape grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. The nonprofit accepted the award on behalf of the Irving community.

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, KIB reaches out to all sectors of the city, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175

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On Nov. 15, a seniors group at the Irving Family YMCA partnered with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) during the annual America Recycles Day (ARD).

 

KIB supplied blue recycling bags, which the seniors filed with recyclable materials and delivered to the YMCA. KIB staff weighed the bags and recorded the amounts. In total, 304 pounds of materials were collected, diverted from the landfill, and recycled. Approximately 20 seniors participated in the activity and offered 20 hours of volunteer time by collecting items and promoting recycling in the community.

 

America Recycles Day is a Keep America Beautiful initiative and is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Thousands of communities across the country participate by promoting environmental stewardship and taking action to increase and improve recycling in the U.S. ARD educates residents about the importance of recycling and encourages habitual recycling in the community.

 

“The Irving Family YMCA offers so much to our community,” said KIB board member Rachel Moon. “The organization has an active seniors group that has participated with us for many years during America Recycles Day. This group is always enthusiastic and ready to help. We came here today to thank the seniors for serving as KIB volunteers and doing their part in promoting recycling.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations.  For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) offered a full day of community service on Nov. 10, starting with the annual Unite for Troops Veterans Day event, followed by a park cleanup with volunteers from Calvary Church.

KIB attends Unite for Troops each year, bringing its spinning prize wheel to help educate visitors about the importance of environmental stewardship. Participants received recycled books, courtesy of the Friends of the Irving Public Library. KIB also provided recycling stations throughout the grounds to help make the gathering a “green event.” The organization collected 16 pounds of recyclables—diverting the reusable materials from the landfill. Three student volunteers from North Lake College Service Learning assisted KIB at the event, for a total of 17 hours.

Seven “Loving Our City” group members from Calvary Church offered 14 hours of cleanup service at Hurwitz Park. In July, the church held a community “SERVE” day at the location, painting the park pavilions. Church members were eager to return for the cleanup event.

“The main focus areas for Keep Irving Beautiful are litter abatement, recycling, community beautification and environmental education, and today, we touched on all of those,” said KIB Board Member Chuck Kirk. “Unite for Troops is a great family-friendly, community event that we are always honored to attend. We reached a wide demographic of residents and taught them about environmental topics, as well as increased the awareness about recycling through the green events program. To follow this with a park cleanup really gets back to KIB’s roots of litter abatement and keeping our city clean.”

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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Associates of Best Buy Store #205, located on Airport Freeway in Irving, are making a habit of doing good things for their local community by partnering with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) and the Irving Fire Department (IFD).  In September, a group of employee volunteers completed a beautification project at the IFD Administration Building, and the experience was so rewarding that they signed up for another opportunity, this time at Fire Station 2, located at Story Road and Irving Boulevard. On October 30, the group of seven gathered at the station to tackle their second beautification project.  They prepped and stained a weathered wooden fence at the station, then had enough time left to paint the metal entry gate next to the fence, giving a total of 21 hours of service. After the work was completed, firefighters gave the group a tour of the station, where they learned about the day-to-day operations of that station, as well as how the whole department functions and the different specialty areas at each of the city’s twelve fire stations.

 

“The Irving Fire Department is recognized as one of the best in the state, and after working with them in these projects, we can see why that is,” said KIB Board Member Karen Harmon. “This was an excellent opportunity for KIB to bring together outstanding volunteers from our business community with a top-notch group like the IFD for a highly visible project that will have a lasting impact.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations.  For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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On Oct. 26 Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) participated in the Irving Family YMCA’s annual Fall Festival. KIB provided “green event” educational opportunities for attendees with a Q&A conservation, recycling and environmental prize wheel. Attendees spun the wheel and answered questions for prizes, which were donated by the Friends of the Irving Public Library. Additionally, attendees learned about clean public spaces and received litter bags for their vehicles. 

 

“The Irving Family YMCA is such a valuable resource for the community,” said KIB Board Member Rachel Moon. “We appreciate that they invite us to participate in this event each year. It’s a great opportunity to get the KIB message out to residents of all ages.”

    

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. An award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, KIB reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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Employee volunteers from the American Standard company participated in a service project with Keep Irving Beautiful and the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department as part of a company-wide Community Day initiative. The annual event focused on the “Contribution to Society” company conduct code. Eighteen volunteers gathered for a beautification project at the Georgia Farrow Recreation Center, where they painted two children’s activity rooms, and gave a total of 54 hours of service. Along with the KIB team, an additional group of associates volunteered at Mission Arlington, increasing the impact of Community Day throughout the area.

 

“The Community Day concept is becoming more popular and shows that a company cares not only about where their office is located, but where their employees live,” said KIB Board Member William McCary. “This is our first time to work with Grand Prairie-based American Standard, and we were happy to welcome them to Irving for the day. The Lixil family of companies, which includes American Standard, participates in events throughout the year that give back to the community. As one of the volunteers said, ‘There is nothing quite like rolling up your sleeves and making a visible difference in your community.’”

    

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations.  For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) is proud to welcome the members of Girl Scouts of America Troop 3473 of Irving to The Blanket Project.  KIB supplied 5 members of Troop 3473 with fleece material. The girls worked together to complete three hand-made “no-sew” baby blankets.

 

KIB started the Blanket Project in the summer of 2016, with a church youth group and a handful of summer campers. Since that summer, KIB has partnered with a number of faith-based groups and community organizations, as well as several local Girl Scout and Cub Scout troops. The blankets made through this project benefit local non-profit organizations, who distribute them to families in Irving and surrounding communities.

 

KIB Board member and Faith Groups Outreach Chair Rachel Moon says the project serves as a channel to bring so many members of the Irving community together, “We have found that this project has been a great way for volunteers to connect with each other and feel that they are making a difference. It has increased their awareness of the many organizations that exist to help our fellow community members.”

    

Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of our city including government, business, church, cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations.  If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to Keep Irving Beautiful, or call (972) 721-2175.

 


 

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A little rain did not stop Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) from hosting the 27th Annual Trash Bash, the organization’s signature cleanup event, at T.W. Richardson Grove Park on September 29, and it didn’t stop many of the volunteers from coming to the park and staying to help.  After waiting out the rain, the skies cleared and the 312 volunteers (161 adults and 151 youth) picked up litter and kept it out of the nearby Elm Fork of the Trinity River, giving 936 hours of service in collecting 2,840 pounds of trash.  Following the event, volunteers from Calvary Church “Loving Our City” group prepared and served lunch, with chips donated by Frito-Lay.  For the seventh straight year, the Trash Bash was part of the National Public Lands Day Program, with thousands of volunteers engaged in similar projects across the country.   

     KIB cleanups are much more than picking up litter – they are educational experiences.  Several popular attractions were part of the festivities, including naturalist Jon Halsey, reptile expert Barry Allen, and City of Irving Water Utilities and Stormwater Drainage Program staff. The Trash Bash has been coupled with a canned food drive for several years, with volunteers bringing a total of 360 cans for donation to the Crisis Ministries of Irving Food Pantry.

     Mayor Rick Stopfer had officially proclaimed September 29 as “Trash Bash Day in Irving,” and city partnerships played a big role in the success of the Trash Bash, including Parks, Solid Waste Services and Communications.  Community partners included: Vizient, Inc.; Nissan Group of North America; Verizon Green Team; AcuGraphics; FASTSIGNS Irving-Las Colinas; the Rambler and Burb Newspapers; and Magician Maxwell Blade.  Prizes were generously donated by the Irving Family YMCA, City of Irving Parks and Recreation, Kroger, Glory House, and Arnold Brothers Forest Products.  This was the second year for the Singley Academy Police Explorers to participate, adding another layer of safety by arriving early to direct traffic and keep the parking procedure safe and efficient.

     KIB Board President Jim Scrivner was at the event and had this to say about the day. “Over the past 27 years, the Trash Bash has become an Irving tradition where we do much more than just pick up litter. There are so many opportunities for our volunteers to learn about a variety of subjects in a fun way, and also to meet others with a similar mindset who want to make a positive difference in their community.”    

    

Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of our city including government, business, church, cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations.  If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to Keep Irving Beautiful, or call (972) 721-2175.

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Mayor Stopfer with Best Buy volunteers.

Employee volunteers from the Best Buy Store number 205, located on Highway 183 in Irving, took time off from their regular jobs to give back to the community in a service project with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB). The group of ten volunteers met the KIB staff at the Irving Fire Department’s Administration Building on the morning of Thursday, September 20, to take on the task of staining a weathered enclosure in the parking lot.  After applying protective tape to the IFD logos which were located on each of the four sides of the structure, the group began the process of treating the wood with stain and seal.  They were so efficient in doing so, that they finished with enough time left to move next door to the City Hall parking lot to stain the dumpster enclosure there. When all was done, the group had given 30 hours of service in improving the visual appearance of these areas.

 

The efforts of these dedicated volunteers certainly did not go unnoticed. Assistant Fire Chief Taylor welcomed the group as they arrived, and thanked them on behalf of the Fire Department.   Shortly after that, Mayor Rick Stopfer stopped on his way to work to thank the Best Buy volunteers for coming out and giving of their time, and even posed for pictures. Several passers-by took note of the activities and expressed their appreciation to the group.

 

“One of the great things about Irving is our large and diverse business community that places a value on good corporate citizenship,” said KIB Board Member Scott Wilson. “We are seeing more and more companies encouraging their employees to volunteer with local organizations, and that really makes a difference.  KIB has worked with both of Irving’s Best Buy locations in the past on both cleanup and paint projects, and we hope to do more in the future.”

    

Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of our city including government, business, church, cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations.  If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to Keep Irving Beautiful, or call (972) 721-2175.

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Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) invites community volunteers of all ages to attend the 27th Annual Trash Bash for a morning of community service, food, and fun.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 29, T.W. Richardson Grove Park, 333 E. Interstate Highway 635. Volunteers will meet at the park, along the north Campion Trail.  KIB will provide supplies such as litter pickers, trash and recycle bags, gloves, and a hot dog lunch. As a bonus, volunteers can learn about reptiles, fossils, and water conservation at various exhibits throughout the grounds. 

Additionally, volunteers are encouraged to bring canned or other non-perishable food item to benefit Crisis Ministries of Irving Food Pantry in downtown Irving. Those who donate will receive an event T-shirt, while supplies last.

Please register online by Sept. 21. For more information, visit cityofirving.org/KIB or call KIB (972) 721-2175.

About Keep Irving Beautiful

Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of our city including government, business, church, cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations.  If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to Keep Irving Beautiful, or call (972) 721-2175.