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Keep Irving Beautiful Recognized as Gold Star Affiliate by Keep Texas Beautiful

IRVING, TX - Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement non-profit organization, recently named Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) a Gold Star Affiliate. Gold Star recognition is the highest membership recognition status any community affiliate can achieve.

“Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates are the backbone of our organization. We are proud to honor those going above and beyond to keep their communities clean and beautiful,” says Suzanne Kho, Executive Director of Keep Texas Beautiful. “Our Gold Star Affiliates are educating and engaging community members, actively recruiting and managing

volunteers, hosting cleanup and beautification events throughout their community, and so much more.”

In 2023, KTB affiliates engaged over 32,000 volunteers in over 500 cleanups who contributed to collecting 3.7 million pounds of waste and recyclables from Texas roadways, trails, and waterways.  Keep Irving Beautiful successfully implemented programs to clean up litter, reduce and recycle waste, educate local citizens, and their work beautifies and enhances the local community.

 

As Irving ‘s local affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful, KIB hosted activities which engaged 8,049 volunteers who contributed 10,847 hours of service.  They collected 25,746 pounds of trash and 7,909 pounds of recyclables in cleanups, enhanced the visual appeal of several parks with paint projects, and helped to plant 38 trees in public spaces.

 

KIB Board President Jim Scrivner credited volunteers for the success of the organization.  “KIB accomplishes so much in the Irving community, and it is important to us to strive for the highest levels of achievement.  We could not do that without the dedication of our volunteers,” said Scrivner.  “We are proud to be a Keep Texas Beautiful affiliate, and we thank KTB for this honor.”

 

Affiliates that reach Gold Star status have demonstrated organizational aptitude and have robust community support. To achieve Gold Star status, affiliates share their mission and goals, answer questions about their economic development and diversity and inclusion practices, or participate in the Beautify Texas Awards or Governor’s Community Achievement Awards programs. They also provide a letter of support from their community. KTB will formally recognize Gold Star communities during the KTB Conference in June.

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About 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/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

 

About Keep Texas Beautiful

 

Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Texas the best place to live, work, and play! Our mission is to inspire and empower Texans to make their communities clean and beautiful. We provide resources for community improvement projects, clean-ups, and youth engagement efforts across the state. Our Keep Texas Recycling program provides technical assistance, education, and access to markets to increase recycling in rural and underserved communities.

Everything we do is focused on mobilizing volunteers to take action by providing them with tools, resources, and training. Our fieldwork includes research on best practices for litter reduction along with the development of community programs to prevent the flow of litter to the Gulf of Mexico.

Founded in 1967, Keep Texas Beautiful’s work is driven by its network of affiliate members, communities, volunteers, and supporters that span the state, and reach 17 million Texans annually.

For more information and to find your closest affiliate, visit www.ktb.org. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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Keep Irving Beautiful Visits Heritage Senior Center for Art Project

 

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— On May 22, Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) staff visited the Heritage Senior Center (HSC), 200 S. Jefferson St., for a birdhouse painting project with the seniors. The seniors gathered in the crafts room and spent the morning flexing their artistic talents and creativity.

 

HSC Recreation Specialist T.J. Friedel organizes different craft projects for the seniors to sign up for each month.  “We appreciate KIB for coming out today and bringing the birdhouses,” said Friedel.  “This is the first of many art projects we hope to do with them.  Having the birdhouses to paint was a nice change, and the participants really enjoyed it.”

 

“KIB has had an ongoing relationship with the HSC for many years,” said KIB Board member Rachel Moon. “We enjoy visiting the center on a regular basis to promote KIB activities and programs or participate in special events.  It’s an important part of our outreach that extends to all ages here in Irving.”

 

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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/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

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KEEP IRVING BEAUTIFUL SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR ANNUAL AWARDS

“Mayor and KIB Awards” Honor Irving’s Difference Makers

 

(IRVING, TEXAS) - Keep Irving Beautiful is asking for nominations to be submitted for the 2024 “Mayor and KIB Annual Awards.”  These awards honor local individuals, organizations and businesses that have gone above and beyond in making significant contributions towards making Irving a better place to live, work, play or visit.  KIB will recognize the winners at a reception on Monday, August 5.  Categories include:

  • Youth Leadership
  • Educator
  • Faith Group
  • Civic/Nonprofit Organization
  • Business and Industry
  • Media
  • Margie Stipes Lifetime Achievement
  • Civil Servant
  • Government
  • KIB Hometown

 

Detailed descriptions of each award, a list of previous year’s winners, and the current nomination form can be found by going to www.keepirvingbeautiful.org. Nominations can be submitted online, or can be downloaded, printed, and mailed to the KIB office at: 

Keep Irving Beautiful, 3000 Rock Island Road, Irving, TX 75060.

For more information, please contact KIB at 972-721-2175, or email info@rockthegreen.org.

 

Nominations must be received by Friday, June 7, 2024.

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit 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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KIB Partners with Dallas Everest Lions Club for Tree Planting on Earth Day

 

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— On Apr. 22, Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) welcomed 19 volunteers from area Lions International Clubs to Thomas Jefferson Park, 1201 Hidden Ridge, for a service project in honor of Earth Day.  The group planted 21 large (45-gallon) trees, a mix of bur oak and cedar elm, to replenish trees that had been lost to weather and other factors.  Prior to the planting, they received instructions from the City of Irving’s Urban Forestry Team on all aspects of tree planting, care and maintenance.

 

The project was spearheaded by the Dallas Everest Lions Club (DELC), who coordinated fundraising efforts among several Lions Clubs.  Volunteers who participated in addition to the DELC included members of the Irving Everest Lions, Dallas Pokhara Lion, Dallas Lumbini Lions, and Dallas Denton Nepalese Lions Clubs, as well as the Nepalese American Journalism Association.

 

“The Dallas Everest Lions Club has a passion for the environment and service,” said KIB Board member Karen Harmon.  “They have funded tree planting projects for the past four years, at various locations in Irving, including Cimarron Park and the City of Irving Tree Farm.  We appreciate that they recruited members of other organizations to volunteer today.  The trees are beautiful and will have a lasting impact on this park for many years.” 

 

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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/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

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Keep Irving Beautiful Hosts “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off”

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)—The “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off” is the state’s signature event of the “Great American Cleanup,” taking place in communities all across Texas.  Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) hosted its event on April 6 at Trinity View Park, where volunteers shared a common goal of stopping litter from reaching the nearby Elm Fork of the Trinity River.  After signing in, receiving supplies from the Irving Hawks Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League and getting safety instructions, groups of volunteers spread out across the park, along creek beds, tree lines and wooded areas, collecting litter that had been washed into this low-lying area. 

 

A total of 158 volunteers combined for 474 hours of volunteer service and collected 360 pounds of trash and 220 pounds of recyclables.

 

Following the cleanup, Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas sponsored a pizza lunch for the volunteers, served by members of the Nueva Vida Church. Prior to the cleanup, volunteers were treated to breakfast tacos provided by sponsor International Paper. 

 

City departments that were instrumental in the success of this event included Parks and Recreation, who reserved the park and provided logistic guidance, Solid Waste Services, who provided roll-off containers and weighed the materials collected, and Communications, who provided a crew to cover the event for Irving Community Television Network (ICTN).   

 

Volunteers from Crisis Ministries of Irving were present to accept canned food donations from those in attendance, collecting a total of 350 pounds for their food pantry in downtown Irving. Those who donated food items received a KIB T-shirt while supplies lasted.  KIB has included a canned food drive with their two big community cleanup events for the past 10 years.

 

KIB also offered a virtual “#IrvingTrashOff2024” where volunteers chose their own locations around the city and reported via social media.  They were asked to post pictures of their cleanups, and include the number of volunteers, hours and bags of trash recyclables collected along with the hashtag #IrvingTrashOff2024.  

 

KIB Board President Jim Scrivner attended the event. “The Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off is also part of the Great American Cleanup, so these volunteers are part of a much bigger picture that goes beyond Irving, Texas,” said Scrivner.  “This is a popular event that brings people together in a common goal.  Many of these volunteers have participated numerous times, but we also were happy to welcome new groups.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit 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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KIB Partners with Girl Scouts for Cleanup Project

 

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— Irving Girl Scout Troops are making a tradition of volunteering with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) during their spring break. On March 11, KIB welcomed scouts and family members to the KIB office, 3000 Rock Island Road, for a cleanup project. After receiving safety instructions, and putting on bright yellow volunteer vests and getting supplies, the group made their way to the Rock Island Road Bike and Pedestrian Trail located across from the KIB office. The group of eight volunteers contributed 16 hours of service by working together to remove litter from the tree line near the trail.

 

Scouts from troops in Service Unit 123, which includes all of Irving, have participated in Spring Break projects with KIB for several years. Last year they planted trees at Towne Lake Park, and in 2022 their cleanup project in the same location coincided with the Girl Scouts of America’s 110th birthday celebration. Over the past several years, they have volunteered in numerous paint projects and cleanups, including the Trash Bash and Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off, where there is always a big Girls Scout presence.

 

“It is always a pleasure to welcome Girl Scouts to the KIB office,” said KIB’s Julie Schmitt. “We have worked with the scouts for many years and appreciate that they took a day from their spring break to be of service. KIB would like to thank these scouts and adult leaders for volunteering with us to help make a positive impact in our community.”

 

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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/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

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(IRVING, TEXAS)— On March 5, Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) welcomed 12 Verizon employee volunteers to T.W. Richardson Grove Park, 333 E. Interstate 635, for a service project.  After receiving safety instructions and supplies, the group conducted a cleanup of the park.  Working in groups of two or more, they spread out along the Campion Trail, throughout the park and in the tree line near the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.  The team collected 54 pounds of litter and 17 pounds of recyclable materials.

 

“KIB has enjoyed our relationship with Verizon for many years, and they have made a positive impact throughout the city,” said KIB board member Karen Harmon.  “Irving is fortunate to have a thriving corporate community with companies like Verizon that put a high value on giving back to the community.  The Verizon volunteers did a great job at the cleanup and performed the important task of keeping litter from reaching the river.  We look forward to partnering with them again.”

 

 

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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/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

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Keep Irving Beautiful to Host Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off April 6

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) invites the public to participate in the “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off,” our state’s signature event of the “Great American Cleanup,” the nation’s largest community improvement program. Irving’s event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 6 at Trinity View Park, 2221 E. State Highway 356.  

 

KIB will provide cleanup supplies and lunch following the event. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Persons 17-years-old and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

Additionally, the event will include a canned food drive to benefit Crisis Ministries of Irving Food Pantry. Volunteers who donate canned food items will receive a KIB T-shirt, while supplies last.

Volunteers are asked to register online at www.keepirvingbeautiful.org by Friday, March 29.  Registration will close when all slots are filled.

In addition to the Trinity View Park event, KIB is also offering a virtual option.  Volunteers are asked to choose a safe location, conduct their own cleanups, then report via their social media pages.  Using the hashtag #IrvingTrashOff2024, participants should post pictures on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and include the number of volunteers, total hours, as well as the number bags of trash and/or recyclables collected.

 

 

About KIB

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/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

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KIB Partners with Christ Church “516 Students” for Cleanup

 

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— On Feb. 24, members of the Christ Church “516 Students” Youth Ministry conducted a cleanup of the neighborhood south of the church, located at 1750 E. Airport Freeway.

Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) provided all the cleanup supplies for the group, including volunteer vests, litter grabbers, gloves, trash bags and blue recycling bags.

 

The team consisted of 27 youth and 6 adult mentors who collected 86 pounds of litter, completing the cleanup in 66 hours of volunteer service.  The project was part of the annual “DNOW” weekend retreat for students between sixth and twelfth grades.

 

“Our 516 Students have enjoyed partnering with Keep Irving Beautiful for several years,” said KIB Board member Brian Bunch, who also is the Christ Church Student Pastor and event organizer.  “The DNOW weekend retreat always includes a service project component because we feel that giving back to our community is an important part of what we do.  The students enjoy getting outside and working together to help make a positive impact.”

 

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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/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

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KIB Partners with Best Buy for Service Project

 

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— On Feb. 22, Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) welcomed eight Best Buy employee volunteers to the KIB office, 3000 Rock Island Road, for a service project. The group, from the Irving Best Buy Store 205, participated in KIB’s “No-Sew Blanket Project” by making four blankets which will be donated to a local organization.  The project was completed in 16 hours of volunteer service.

 

“KIB has worked with Best Buy for many years, so it was a pleasure to host them here at our office,” said KIB board member Kelly Horn.  “The employee volunteers are always great to work with, and they serve as a great example for other companies to follow. We appreciate the time they gave today in this worthwhile project.”

 

KIB started the blanket project in 2016, and since that time, volunteers have made hundreds of blankets which have been donated to a variety of groups, including food pantries, women’s shelters, and homeless outreach programs.  Best Buy’s history of partnering with KIB includes cleanups, paint projects, and now making blankets.

 

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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/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.