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.