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Students and adult sponsors from Christ Church’s 516 Student Ministry joined Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) at Trinity View Park on July 18 for a volunteer service project. After a safety speech and instructions, the group split into teams and took on the task of painting the concrete bases of four light poles at one of park’s four football fields. Each group began by scraping the bases to remove old paint, then applied a coat of bright white paint to give the field a fresh new look. Then, the volunteers painted in the spectator area at another football field, making the safety railings more vibrant and visible.

The 10 students and three adults gave a combined total of 45 hours of service on the project as part of a summer camp program the church holds each year. Under the leadership of Christ Church Pastor Brian Bunch, who also is a KIB board member, the group participated in a cleanup at Trinity View for their project last year. The volunteers also conduct neighborhood cleanups throughout the year as part of their ongoing commitment to community service.

“KIB was happy to welcome the 516 Student Ministry back for another project,” said KIB board member and faith groups co-chair Rachel Moon. “These young people are a pleasure to work with and set a great example for other groups to follow. The results of their effort will be appreciated by the many people who visit this park.”

The City of Irving Parks Department provided supplies and logistical support to help make this project a success.

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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Three local high school students recently took a day from their summer break to volunteer with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB). The students live in Irving and attend Coppell High School and Jack E. Singley Academy and gave a total of nine hours of service, making three no sew blankets, which will be donated to a local nonprofit organization. The students were seeking volunteer opportunities to serve in the community and earn hours toward their graduation requirements. On July 10, the student volunteers met at the KIB office and worked together to complete the three blankets.

“KIB began the blanket project three years ago and has really grown in popularity,” said KIB board member Scott Wilson. “The project been an excellent activity for youth groups. Because of the youth volunteers’ efforts, KIB has been able to donate blankets to a number of deserving groups and organizations.”

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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The atmosphere at All Things Made New (ATMN) was lively on June 14, when Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) staff, summer campers and staff of Emma’s House, and members of the Irving Elks Lodge 2334 visited. The groups enjoyed fellowship and a pizza party. They also participated making “no-sew” blankets. The ATMN youth, along with adults from all four organizations prepped the fleece material, then joined with the Emma’s House campers to complete the blankets. This team effort resulted in 22 volunteers offering 66 hours of service making four baby blankets. The blankets will be used as a fundraiser for Emma’s House. Through grant funding, the Elks Lodge provided volunteers with a pizza party, as well as the fleece material used to create the blankets.

 

“This is a great example of nonprofit organizations joining together for a good cause,” said KIB board member Brian Bunch. “KIB has been working with both Emma’s House and All Things Made New for several years, but this was the first time that all three groups collaborated on a project.  Having another great civic organization like the Irving Elks Lodge purchase the material and the pizza, and then join with the youth and mentors in creating the blankets was really special.”

 

All Things Made New provides youth and teens encouragement and mentorship. Emma’s House serves teens and young adults with special needs.

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve community 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 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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Members of Irving’s Second Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints collected 1,300 pounds of trash and recyclables at the City of Irving’s Running Bear Park on June 8. The group of 18 adults and 11 youth completed 87 service hours during the cleanup.

 

The group’s cleanup service project was a team effort with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) and the City of Irving’s Parks and Recreation Department.

 

“The large amount of rain we have experienced this spring tends to bring more litter from other areas,” said KIB Board Member and Faith Groups Co-Chair Rachel Moon.

 

The City of Irving’s Solid Waste Services Department provided a roll-off container for the volunteers to place the contents they collected, and was later weighed.

 

“The volunteers were able to collect the litter in the park, near the creek and tree lines and keep it from reaching the waterways and going further downstream. Members of this church have participated in a number of service projects with KIB over the years and they are always a pleasure to work with,” Moon said.

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve community 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 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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Employees from Connectrac, a Dallas-based company that develops and provides wireway systems and accessories, recently enjoyed a day off in order to volunteer with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB). The group gathered at Trinity View Park on the morning of May 24, ready to work with KIB and City of Irving Parks staff on a beautification project.

 

After signing in and receiving safety instructions, the group divided into cleanup and paint crews. The cleanup teams fanned out across the park and into the bordering River Hills Park to pick up litter that had washed in from recent rains. The volunteers collected 420 pounds of trash and another 130 pounds of recyclable material, which was diverted from the landfill. While this was happening, the painters took on the task of applying a fresh coat of green paint to the larger pavilion near the football fields. The volunteers also painted a second smaller pavilion. At the end of the morning, a total of 49 volunteers had contributed 196 hours toward a very successful service day. 

 

“KIB encourages companies or organizations that might not be based in Irving to come to the city and volunteer,” said KIB board member William McCary. “Connectrac’s headquarters is located just across the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. KIB and Connectrac have a common interest to take care of this waterway that forms the shared border. The volunteers who picked up litter helped to keep it from reaching the river, and those who painted pavilions helped to make the beautiful park even more inviting. KIB appreciates their efforts and looks forward to welcoming the company back to Irving again.”

 

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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The Irving Family Advocacy Center has a fresh look, thanks to the efforts of a team of employee volunteers from Vizient, Inc., and Keep Irving Beautiful. On Thursday, May 16, seventeen Vizient team members, joined by a North Lake College Service Learning student and an additional KIB volunteer, met KIB staff at the Family Advocacy Center for a day of giving back to the community.  After signing and receiving a safety speech, the group set off to accomplish their task - applying stain to the wood fence which surrounds the children’s play area and therapy garden.  The initial goal was to complete staining the outside, and then work on the inside surfaces if time permitted.  This dedicated group of 19 total volunteers, went above and beyond and finished the entire fence, inside and out, with enough time left to do touchups and a thorough cleanup.  Total volunteer time amounted to 76 hours of service.

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Vizient’s history with KIB goes back many years, including partnering together for the annual “Community Day” event each October and sponsoring KIB programs throughout the year.

 

“One of the reasons we chose this location was the visual impact it would have, from the drive-up appearance and that of the interior in the therapy garden,” said KIB Board Member Kelly Horn. “This facility provides so many valuable services to those who need them, and the Vizient team members enjoyed having the opportunity to help such a worthwhile program.”

 

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 asking for nominations for the 2019 Mayor and KIB Annual Awards. The awards honor local individuals, organizations and businesses that have gone above and beyond in making Irving a better place to live, work, play or visit. KIB will recognize these “environmental stars” during a reception on Aug. 5. The categories include:

  • Youth Leadership
  • Educator
  • Faith Group
  • Civic Organization
  • Business and Industry
  • Media
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Civil Servant
  • Green Government
  • KIB Hometown

 

Detailed descriptions of each award, a list of previous year’s winners, and the current nomination form can be found at KeepIrvingBeautiful.org. Nominations can be submitted online, or can be downloaded, printed, and mailed to the KIB office at 3000 Rock Island Road. For more information, contact KIB at (972) 721-2175 or email info@rockthegreen.org.

 

Nominations are due June 17.

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit, grassroots, leadership 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 Texas Beautiful (KTB), a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement nonprofit organization, recently named Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) a Gold Star Affiliate. This designation is granted to 85 of KTB’s nearly 300 affiliates. Gold Star recognition is the highest membership recognition status a community affiliate can achieve.

To remain in good standing with KTB, community affiliates must submit a report, pay dues, attend training and participate in a KTB-endorsed activity annually. In 2004, the organization introduced the concept of Gold Star recognition to reward communities which sought to go above and beyond the established requirements. To achieve this status, affiliates must share information on their mission and goals; answer questions about on economic development and diversity and inclusion practices; or participate in the Keep Texas Beautiful Awards or Governor’s Community Achievement Awards programs, as well as provide a letter of support from the community. KTB will formally recognize Gold Star communities June 18-20 during its 52nd Annual Conference in Rockwall.

“Keep Texas Beautiful is proud to honor the most active affiliates that have such a large impact on their communities,” said KTB Executive Director Suzanne Kho. “Gold Star Affiliates are educating and engaging the community, actively recruiting and managing volunteers, hosting beautification events throughout their community and so much more. These groups deserve this great honor.”

In 2018 alone, KTB affiliates and their local volunteers contributed 198,304 hours to collect more than 4.2 million pounds of waste and recyclables, including 167,689 pounds of electronics and 6,293 pounds of tires. KIB successfully implemented programs to clean up litter, reduce and recycle waste, educate local citizens and beautify and enhance the local community.

“Keep Irving Beautiful feels it is important to maintain Gold Star status with the state organization,” said KIB Board President Jim Scrivner. “Achieving this distinction was possible because of collaboration with many different groups – businesses, schools and youth groups, the faith community, civic and nonprofit organizations – and the strong support of the City of Irving. The Gold Star Award is an indicator of outstanding community engagement.”

Keep Irving Beautiful

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.

 

Keep Texas Beautiful

Keep Texas Beautiful is a network of dedicated Texans working together to make our state the best place to live, work and play. We equip local partners and affiliates with the tools they need to build vibrant, engaged communities. Founded in 1967, Keep Texas Beautiful has over 50 years of experience deploying resources for local clean-up, recycling, and youth engagement efforts. Everything we do is focused on mobilizing volunteers to take action across the state. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we lead nearly 300 affiliates and reach 19 million Texans annually. We are proudly based in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.KTB.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @keeptxbeautiful.

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Employee volunteers from Mosaic Sales Solutions and Acosta Sales and Marketing recently participated with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) in a service project to clean Irving’s Running Bear Park. Thanks to the team’s effort, the park is now brighter and more inviting. The project was part of the “Acosta Cares” outreach initiative, which encourages employees to volunteer in the community. The April 19 event included 56 volunteers, who provided 224 hours of service. The volunteers painted all three pavilions in the playground area, as well as an archway structure and the safety fencing surrounding the largest pavilion.

 

KIB has collaborated with the group since 2013, when the “Mosaic Cares” volunteers held a cleanup at Trinity View Park. Since then, joined by employee volunteers from Acosta, the group has left its mark in parks across Irving. Previous refurbishment projects include Senter Park, Lively Park Pool, and the Trinity View baseball fields. Now, the group can add Running Bear to its impressive list.

 

The City of Irving Parks Department provided supplies and technical guidance, while Irving Community Television Network interviewed participants and captured the day’s activities for a feature story.

 

“We are so fortunate that we have a very active and engaged corporate community in Irving,” said KIB board member Scott Wilson. “The Acosta/Mosaic team is an excellent example of a company that values volunteerism. The group is always a pleasure to work with, and we all look forward to this annual service day.”

 

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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The Irving-based Javelin Agency recently worked with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) for the second year as part of its Giving Day 2019 event. Employee volunteers worked with a variety of local nonprofit agencies on April 4 for a day of community service. KIB’s group of twelve met at Bird’s Fort Trail. After being briefed on the project and safety, the group donned volunteer vests and were supplied with litter grabber tools, trash and recycle bags. Some of the group worked on carrying boards and brush that had washed ashore after heavy rains, while others set out to collect litter from the tree line along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. 

 

After a combined 30 hours of service, 45 pounds of plastic bottles and aluminum cans and 1,200 pounds of trash and debris were collected. The City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department staff members were instrumental to the success of this project. Staff members helped volunteers first by sawing boards into manageable sizes, then by collecting full bags of litter or recyclables and driving them to a central area.

 

“KIB worked with the Javelin Agency last year at the same park, so we were pleased that the group chose to partner with KIB again this year for Giving Day,” said KIB Board Treasurer Chuck Kirk. “It’s great to see companies give their employees time off work to participate in meaningful projects that have a big impact. Keeping litter out of waterways like the Trinity River is important to the organization, and KIB depends on volunteers like Javelin employees to help in that goal.”

 

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.