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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 1 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 215 volunteers (161 adults and 54 youth) combined for 645 hours of volunteer service and collected 1,200 pounds of trash and 1,120 pounds of recyclables.

 

Following the cleanup, Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas sponsored the lunch of beef and veggie hot dogs, which also included a variety of chips donated by longtime sponsor Frito-Lay.  Members of the Nueva Vida Church cooked and served the lunch. 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 315 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 nine years.

 

KIB also offered a virtual “#IrvingTrashOff2023” 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 #IrvingTrashOff2023.  

 

KIB Board member and Dallas College – North Lake professor Dr. Roy Vu attended the event, as did many of his students. “The Trash-Off is a great community event that brings people of all ages and walks of life together,” said Vu. “Our volunteers are joined by thousands of others in Texas who are participating in their own local Trash-Offs.  This is also part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup program, which will engage millions of volunteers throughout the country from March through May.”

 

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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(IRVING, TEXAS)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) recently partnered with two groups to help make two city parks more green and beautiful.  Irving Girl Scout Troops 1810 and 6458 didn’t sleep in on Monday, March 13, their first day of Spring Break, but instead came to Towne Lake Park, 800 Esters Road, to plant eight trees along the walking trail.  On March 22, ten employee volunteers from Abbott Laboratories spent the morning at Thomas Jefferson Park, 1200 Hidden Ridge, planting 20 trees.

 

At both events, the City of Irving’s Urban Forestry Team walked the volunteers through all the steps in proper tree planting.  Volunteers learned about the types of trees they were planting, how to measure the ideal depth, and tips for maintenance throughout the life of the trees.

 

The combined results of the two events were 22 volunteers who gave 54 hours of service in planting a total of 28 trees.  The trees were a mix of bur oak, red oak, cedar elm and desert willow, which will bring more beauty and many other benefits to these two parks. The purchase of the trees was made possible by corporate donations from Northrop Grumman and Mentor Texas.

 

“Events like these two tree plantings are great examples of what KIB does and how we bring people together in a common goal,” said KIB Board member Jim Scrivner. “KIB’s youth outreach program includes organizations like the Girl Scouts, who have been active volunteers for many years. We also have a strong corporate outreach program, and in this case, two companies provided the funding and a third company provided the volunteers to plant the trees.  We appreciate all those who make a positive difference, and everyone involved in the two projects did an outstanding job.”

 

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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)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) recently partnered with two groups to help make two city parks more green and beautiful.  Irving Girl Scout Troops 1810 and 6458 didn’t sleep in on Monday, March 13, their first day of Spring Break, but instead came to Towne Lake Park, 800 Esters Road, to plant eight trees along the walking trail.  On March 22, ten employee volunteers from Abbott Laboratories spent the morning at Thomas Jefferson Park, 1200 Hidden Ridge, planting 20 trees.

 

At both events, the City of Irving’s Urban Forestry Team walked the volunteers through all the steps in proper tree planting.  Volunteers learned about the types of trees they were planting, how to measure the ideal depth, and tips for maintenance throughout the life of the trees.

 

The combined results of the two events were 22 volunteers who gave 54 hours of service in planting a total of 28 trees.  The trees were a mix of bur oak, red oak, cedar elm and desert willow, which will bring more beauty and many other benefits to these two parks. The purchase of the trees was made possible by corporate donations from Northrop Grumman and Mentor Texas.

 

“Events like these two tree plantings are great examples of what KIB does and how we bring people together in a common goal,” said KIB Board member Jim Scrivner. “KIB’s youth outreach program includes organizations like the Girl Scouts, who have been active volunteers for many years. We also have a strong corporate outreach program, and in this case, two companies provided the funding and a third company provided the volunteers to plant the trees.  We appreciate all those who make a positive difference, and everyone involved in the two projects did an outstanding job.”

 

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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)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) recently partnered with two groups to help make two city parks more green and beautiful.  Irving Girl Scout Troops 1810 and 6458 didn’t sleep in on Monday, March 13, their first day of Spring Break, but instead came to Towne Lake Park, 800 Esters Road, to plant eight trees along the walking trail.  On March 22, ten employee volunteers from Abbott Laboratories spent the morning at Thomas Jefferson Park, 1200 Hidden Ridge, planting 20 trees.

 

At both events, the City of Irving’s Urban Forestry Team walked the volunteers through all the steps in proper tree planting.  Volunteers learned about the types of trees they were planting, how to measure the ideal depth, and tips for maintenance throughout the life of the trees.

 

The combined results of the two events were 22 volunteers who gave 54 hours of service in planting a total of 28 trees.  The trees were a mix of bur oak, red oak, cedar elm and desert willow, which will bring more beauty and many other benefits to these two parks. The purchase of the trees was made possible by corporate donations from Northrop Grumman and Mentor Texas.

 

“Events like these two tree plantings are great examples of what KIB does and how we bring people together in a common goal,” said KIB Board member Jim Scrivner. “KIB’s youth outreach program includes organizations like the Girl Scouts, who have been active volunteers for many years. We also have a strong corporate outreach program, and in this case, two companies provided the funding and a third company provided the volunteers to plant the trees.  We appreciate all those who make a positive difference, and everyone involved in the two projects did an outstanding job.”

 

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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 1

 

(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 1 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 also 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 24.  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 #IrvingTrashOff2023, 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.

 

 

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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 Volunteers Bring Valentine Cheer to Seniors

738 Cards Made and Given to Nursing Home Residents

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) continued the spirit and success of the Christmas Cards for Seniors project into 2023 with a similar card campaign for Valentine’s Day.   Volunteers were encouraged to write Valentine cards (homemade or purchased) which KIB delivered to local nursing home residents.   The response was heartwarming, with 326 volunteers of all ages participating.   KIB had “adopted” three different nursing home facilities for this project. Thanks to the kindness of these volunteers, KIB staff had plenty of cards to distribute — 738 in total.

Special thanks go to the following who helped bring smiles to the seniors’ faces by making cards:  Mayor Rick Stopfer and wife Melanie; Hackberry Creek Church; Baylor Scott and White Internal Medicine Associates; Irving Girl Scout Troops 6458 and 1810; the Dawoodi Bohras of Irving; City of Irving after-school programs at Georgia Farrow, Senter, Lee and Northwest Park Recreation Centers; the Adult Day Therapeutic Program; Heritage Senior Center; Lively Elementary second graders; Children’s Discovery Center; Cardwell Career Preparatory School; Baha’i Community of Irving; and the individuals and families who took the time to make and bring their cards to the KIB office.  The Irving Archives and Museum also provided a station for dropping off cards.

“Once again, we have seen our community members turn out in numbers to help,” said KIB Board Vice President Karen Harmon. “It is such a kind gesture to take the time to make a card or write a sincere note that will brighten another person’s day, and we know the seniors who receive them will appreciate that.”

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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 Ends Year with Christmas Card Project

Valentine’s Day Campaign Follows in 2023

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) ended 2022 with their second annual Christmas Cards for Seniors project.   This year they partnered with the Irving Public Library, and asked volunteers to write Christmas cards (homemade or purchased) to be delivered to local nursing home residents.  Volunteers could drop off cards to the KIB office or any library location. 

 

Volunteers came from all areas of the city, including schools, youth groups, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals.   Thanks to the volunteers’ generous donations, KIB staff had enough cards so that every resident at three different nursing home facilities could receive one.

 

Special thanks go to the following who helped make the holiday season merry and bright for our seniors:  Mayor Rick Stopfer and wife Melanie; employee volunteers from Gartner and Mentor Texas;  Irving Girl Scout Troops 6458, 1810 and 3473; Irving Elite cheerleaders; City of Irving after-school programs at Georgia Farrow, Senter, Lee, Northwest, Mustang, and Cimarron Recreation Centers, Lively Pointe Youth and the Adult Day Therapeutic Program; Helping Around Town (HAT) Ministry; Cardwell Career Preparatory School;  and all the individuals who took the time to help bring smiles to the seniors’ faces.

 

KIB is continuing this spirit with a Valentine’s Day card campaign.  Volunteers are asked to bring cards to the KIB office by Monday, Feb. 6, so they can be delivered by Valentine’s Day.

 

“The outpouring of support by community members for this project was outstanding,” said KIB Board member Kelly Horn.   “We received so many cards, and the creativity and artistry shown by volunteers was beautiful and inspiring.  The seniors loved getting them, and we encourage our volunteers to help with the Valentine’s Day card campaign also.”

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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)— America Recycles Day is a Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Initiative dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB), the local KAB affiliate, has participated in this program for many years.  Since 2020, KIB has done a social media virtual event where they ask volunteers to “show us how you recycle” by posting pictures on their own Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages. This year, 48 volunteers (10 adult and 38 youth) shared their accomplishments online using #IrvingRecycles2022. During the Nov. 1-15 campaign, volunteers completed 45 hours and collected seven bags of recyclables.

 

On Nov. 15, the official America Recycles Day, KIB staff visited the Heritage Senior Center, 200 S. Jefferson Street, to encouraging residents to recycle and gave away reusable shopping bags, blue recycling bags, as well as books that were donated by the Friends of the Irving Public Library.  Additionally, senior center visitors had the opportunity to get their pictures taken at a pop-up station, and enter into a drawing for a Target gift card and KIB holiday sweatshirts.

 

“Being a part of our national organization Keep America Beautiful means that we enjoy participating in events like America Recycles Day where we are part of a much bigger picture,” said KIB Board member Brian Bunch.  “Affiliates across the country are holding recycling-themed events during the month of November.  This year, we had both a social media and an in-person event to increase our outreach, and we were pleased to see the variety of volunteers who posted photos of their recycling activities.” 

 

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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 the beautiful autumn morning of Oct. 20, Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) welcomed employee volunteers from Verizon to Trinity View Park, 2221 E. Hwy 356, part of Irving’s Campion Trail System, for a cleanup project.  Working in teams of two or more, the group spanned out across the park and along tree lines to collect trash and recyclables, with the focus of preventing litter from reaching the nearby Elm Fork of the Trinity River.  This important waterway is part of the Trinity River Basin, which stretches from North Texas all the way to the Gulf of Mexico and provides water for millions of Texans.

 

The Irving campus of Verizon, located on Hidden Ridge Drive, has a long history of encouraging their employees to participate in community service projects in the area, including several with KIB.  Verizon has been a part of tree planting and paint projects, and most recently employees volunteered at both the 31st Annual Trash Bash and the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off, which was also held at Trinity View Park.

 

“Verizon has been a Keep Irving Beautiful partner and sponsor for many years” said KIB Board member Jim Scrivner. “They have been very generous in supporting our organization, and we appreciate all they do for Irving.  They serve as a great example for other companies to follow.”

 

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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 Oct. 14, Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) welcomed 10 employee volunteers from the Irving Gartner, Inc. office to Bird’s Fort Trail Park, 5756 Riverside Drive, for a cleanup project. The group gave 20 hours of volunteer service by collecting litter along the tree line between the Campion Trail and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. 

 

After the cleanup, volunteers assisted with the weighing of all bags collected, with a total of 59 pounds of trash and recyclables which were prevented from reaching the waterway. Irving Parks and Recreation Department staff also collected the bags after they had been weighed.

 

“Keep Irving Beautiful is happy to welcome a new partner in Gartner” said KIB board member Rachel Moon. “We are so fortunate to have such an active, engaged corporate community here in Irving, with companies that place a high priority on giving back.  These employee volunteers did a great job today, and we hope to work 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.