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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.

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The VT Seva organization is one of KIB's many adopt-a-spot groups.

Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, today announced the organization is providing Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) with a $5,000 grant as part of the 2018 Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant Program.

 

The 2018 Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant Program engages local volunteers, working alongside Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, to take action on projects that focus on critical, local needs.

 

Keep Irving Beautiful’s grant will be used to enhance “Adopt-a-Spot,” its longest running program, which encourages groups to adopt a location and pledge to keep it litter-free. There are adopted areas in all parts of the city, representing a wide demographic.  Schools, civic organizations, companies, faith groups and families are among the volunteers who participate in this program, and account for thousands of volunteer hours each year.

 

“This generous grant from Lowe’s through their partnership with Keep America Beautiful will go to support our Adopt-a-Spot groups, as well as promote the adoption of new locations” said KIB Board member Kelly Horn. “We will be able to supply groups with volunteer vests, litter pickers, gloves, and both trash and recycle bags.  Adopt-a-Spot volunteers do so much to help keep our community clean, and we appreciate their dedication and service.”

 

 

In addition to Keep Irving Beautiful’s grant initiative, Lowe’s is supporting more than 40 other Keep America Beautiful grant-funded community service projects in 2018 as well as Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. Since the partnership began in 2011, Lowe’s has contributed nearly $8 million, with more than 2,100 Lowe’s Heroes volunteers helping Keep America Beautiful improve local communities.

 

“These targeted grant projects will provide significant benefits in many areas of the country, both urban and rural, that often are neglected,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman. “Our network of affiliates has been particularly creative in using these grassroots grants to develop and deliver programs that embrace their community members, while transforming often neglected public spaces into beautiful places.”

 

“At Lowe’s, we want to help people love where they live in the communities where our employees and customers live and work,” said Julie Yenichek, Lowe’s director of community relations. “Our commitment to community investment doesn’t stop at charitable giving. We’re proud of our Lowe’s Heroes volunteer involvement and the difference they have made nationwide. Loving where you live extends beyond walls and fences, and we applaud Keep America Beautiful’s vision.”

 

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 the KIB office at (972) 721-2175. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 60-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In the past decade, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $300 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

 

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Celebrating its 65th Anniversary in 2018, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is our cornerstone. We empower generations of community stewards to deliver measurable environmental, economic and social benefits. The organization is driven by more than 600 state and local 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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In addition to the many activities offered at the Heritage Senior Center, the seniors recently had the opportunity to interact with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) staff and learn more about recycling and clean public spaces. KIB paid a visit to the Senior Center, located in the Heritage District of Downtown Irving, on Thursday, August 16. They brought informative brochures as well as a variety of items to distribute, and spoke with many of the seniors who came by their table. Among the most popular of the giveaway items were reusable grocery bags made from recycled plastic bottles. As part of their partnership with the Friends of the Irving Public Library, KIB brought donated books for the seniors to choose from.  They also provided blue recycle bags and discussed the materials that could be recycled in curbside pickup.

 

“We make visits to many facilities in Irving, like libraries, recreation centers and schools,” said KIB Board member Candace Eldridge, “but there is always something special about coming to the Heritage Senior Center. Ann Gillespie and her staff make us feel very welcome, and the seniors are eager to learn about what they can do to help the environment by making the right choices in their daily lives, like recycling and not littering.”

 

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’s annual “Mayor and KIB Awards” ceremony was held on Monday, August 6, at the First Baptist Church of Irving’s Fellowship Hall. The 135 guests were greeted and signed in by volunteers Sandy Franco, Chuck Kirk, Elouise McMillian, and Chandler Ude, then enjoyed a delicious appetizer buffet prepared by Pat Riddle, assisted by a staff of volunteers from the church. T.J. Friedel captured the moments with her photography and Matt Webb provided technical support.  

KIB’s Volunteer Recognition Committee chair and hostess for the evening Margie Stipes opened the ceremony by inviting members of Boy Scout Troop 508 to present the colors and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  Pastor Jim Gerlach from Oak View Baptist Church delivered the invocation, after which KIB Staff Rick Hose and Julie Schmitt gave an overview of activities during the past year.  Mistress of Ceremonies Cathy Whiteman of Irving Community Television Network and honorary chair Mayor Rick Stopfer then came on stage to present the awards to the following honorees:

  • Youth Leadership Award:  Youngs Men’s Service League
  • Educator Award:  Kay Branch, Bowie Middle School
  • Educator Award:  Enrique Otero, North Lake College
  • Faith Group Award:  Oak View Baptist Church
  • Business and Industry Award:  i Fratelli Pizza
  • Business and Industry Award:  Fluor
  • Media Award: City of Irving Communications Department
  • Civic Organization Award:  Irving Cares
  • Lifetime Achievement Award:  Teddie Story
  • Civil Servant Award: Officer Stephen Burres III, Irving Police Department
  • Government Award:  City of Irving Office of Emergency Management
  • KIB Hometown Award:  Bruce Burns
  • KIB Hometown Award:  John Danish 

 

In addition to these winners, recipients of Keep Texas Beautiful awards were also recognized, and were presented their award by KTB Board Member Fred Davis.  

 

Keep Irving Beautiful was acknowledged for achieving the President’s Circle Award from Keep America Beautiful, the Gold Star Award from Keep Texas Beautiful, and the Award of Sustained Excellence at both the state and national level.

 “What a nice way to spend an evening – honoring our volunteers, partners, and sponsors,” said Mrs. Stipes.  “We are here to acknowledge the award recipients, who all have done something special to make our city a better place, but we think that everyone who works with KIB, whether it is picking up litter or helping to plant a tree, is a winner in our eyes. It is important that we set aside a day to say thank you for all that they do.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit, grassroots, leadership 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 https://www.cityofirving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful , or call (972) 721-2175.

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The summer day campers at Emma’s House are now ”Eco-Superheroes,” thanks to a visit by Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) and their recycling mascot “Buddy the Blue Bag” on July 25.  KIB staff members brought activity books which focused on caring for the environment, encouraging practices like energy and resource conservation, picking up litter, and recycling.  Campers played a game where they matched recyclable materials like plastic bottles and newspaper with new items that are made from them.  They learned that most of what is typically thrown away can actually be recycled.  After the presentation, Buddy Blue Bag made his appearance, posing for photos and showing off his dance moves with the campers.

 

Emma’s House is, a non-profit organization that provides after-school and summer activities for teens and young adults with intellectual disabilities, and is known as a “special place for special people.” They teach vocational and life skills while offering a variety of fun activities, including participating in KIB’s “Adopt-a-Spot” program.  

“Visiting Emma’s House is a highlight of the summer,” said KIB board member Chuck Kirk.  “The staff always gets a warm welcome from the day campers, and they especially enjoy when we bring the mascots.  The leaders here make recycling and energy conservation important parts of their daily routine, so the campers are very familiar with the concepts.”    

 If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to http://cityofirving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful  or call (972) 721-2175.

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Youth volunteers from Christ Church in Irving and Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) recently teamed together for a cleanup to give back to the community where they live and worship. The “516 Student Ministry,” led by Student Pastor Brian Bunch, reached out to KIB to find an activity where they could work together toward a common goal - in this case, keeping litter from reaching the Elm Fork of the Trinity River – and having fun in the process.

 

The group pulled up to the Trinity View Park Football fields early on July 19, ready to work, and to get ahead of the summer heat.  Nine youth and two adults equipped with litter pickers and wearing bright yellow safety vests, worked in pairs throughout the park.  They concentrated on the tree lines and wooded areas, separating trash from recyclables as they went, then bringing the bags back to a central location for collection.

 

“Keep Irving Beautiful is always happy to work with Irving’s faith group community,” said KIB Board Member Scott Wilson. “Seeing young people taking the time to come out to the park and spend their morning helping our organization and the community says a great deal about them and the example they are setting for others to follow.”

 

The Christ Church youth have partnered with KIB in several other events over the past few years, including a previous cleanup at Trinity View, and one in the neighborhood behind the church. 

   

If you are interested in volunteering with Keep Irving Beautiful or making your activity a “green event,” please go to  http://cityofirving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful  or call (972) 721-2175.

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SERVE Day volunteers at Hurwitz Park

Volunteers from Calvary Church Irving and Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) know how to wield some paintbrushes.

 

Calvary Church volunteers recently teamed with KIB to pour 123 hours into brightening two of Irving’s treasures, the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center and Hurwitz Park.

 

They started in June with Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center, one of Irving’s most historic sites. Calvary’s “Loving our City” group painted one of Bear Creek’s pavilions as well as the front porch railings and supports at the Green House, which has been restored to depict authentic 1920s life in the Bear Creek community.

 

On July 14, designated “SERVE Day,” a Calvary Church team of volunteers, along with KIB, descended upon Hurwitz Park.  Paint cans and brushes in hand, they worked a total of 87 hours freshening the park’s three pavilions.

 

“Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to Irving’s diverse faith community in many ways,” said KIB Board Member and Faith Groups’ Chair, Rachel Moon. “Calvary Church has been an outstanding example of what a dedicated group of volunteers can do when they partner with KIB to give back to the community.”

 

Their members frequently participate in KIB’s large cleanups, including the Trash Bash and the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off. They also have done a paint project at Heritage Park and a tree planting at Wyche Park. 

 

“The name of their group ‘Loving Our City’ is a perfect description of who they are. They really do love the city where they worship and where many of them live,” added Moon. “We always can count on Calvary Church to give of their time to help in a variety of projects.”

    

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.