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Brothers Ethan and Sabin Mamoon made a bird feeder from a recycled milk carton

America Recycles Day (ARD), celebrated annually on Nov. 15, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the United States. It is a Keep America Beautiful (KAB) program, and as the local KAB affiliate, Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) is one of hundreds of similar organizations across the country that holds events to celebrate ARD.

 

KIB rose to another challenge that presented itself in 2020 by transforming its America Recycles Day into a social media-driven event. From Nov. 1 to Nov. 15, KIB asked volunteers to show how they recycle by posting pictures to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #IrvingRecycles. Some of the volunteers showed how they crafted items from recycled materials, including a bird feeder made from a milk carton and a doll made from boxes and jars. Other volunteers posted pictures of recycling in their neighborhoods or schools, and included tips about recycling with their posts. An estimated 18 adults and 36 students participated in the event. Three groups were chosen and received gift cards in a prize drawing.

 

“Keep Irving Beautiful volunteers can always be counted on to step up and participate when asked,” said KIB board member Karen Harmon. “KIB typically holds America Recycles Day events in a group setting, but this was a smooth transition to a social media event. It was great to see how KIB volunteers got involved in the event and helped to promote recycling in Irving.”

 

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 (KIB) planned for 2020 to be the “Year of the Tree” in Irving. With the help of numerous corporate sponsors, dedicated volunteers, and the Parks Arbor Team, KIB made its goal a reality. The latest tree planting event took ran Nov. 10 at West Irving Library. The event included employees from Acosta Marketing/Mosaic Sales Solutions through its “Acosta Cares” outreach program. Joined by the city’s arbor team, the group spent the morning planting 25 trees, including bur oak, lacebark elm, desert willow, and cedar elm on the grounds of West Library.

 

The funding from this project was provided through a donation from Verizon, with additional funding from Northrop Grumman. Previous plantings during 2020 were funded by grants or donations from the UPS Foundation, Fluor, and BAPS Charities. Combining the efforts of volunteers and city staff, more than 150 hours were dedicated to planting 89 trees in eight projects at six different parks—including the most recent event at West Library.

 

“KIB and the Parks Department place a high value on trees in the community,” said KIB board member Chuck Kirk. “Despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, KIB was able to plant an impressive number of trees throughout the city, trees that will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for years to come. These projects provide great examples of what KIB does – engaging so many different groups to work together to make Irving a more beautiful community.”

 

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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The Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) is a national organization whose members are mothers and their high school-age sons. The group’s mission is to assist, serve and support those who are in need in the community, develop leadership skills and promote mother-son relationships. Locally, the Irving Hawks’ chapter of YMSL at Cistercian High School has partnered with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) for several years in a variety of projects.

 

During the summer months, the YMSL young men and their moms made fifty no-sew blankets together, with a combined 50 youth and adult volunteers giving 75 hours. These blankets will be donated to several different organizations in the area. 

 

The group participated in KIB’s modified 29th Annual Trash Bash by organizing eight different cleanups on their own from Sept. 14-26. Their dedicated efforts resulted in a total of 128 hours of service by 64 volunteers.

 

“KIB can’t thank the Irving Hawks’ chapter of the Young Men’s Service League enough for all it does for the community,” said KIB board member and faith groups co-chair Brian Bunch. “The group was one of the first to participate in the blanket project several years ago. Along with the cleanups and many other community service projects the group participates in throughout the year, the YMSL members make a positive difference.”

 

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 (KIB) volunteers are staying active by participating in projects they can accomplish without gathering in large groups. One example is KIB’s No-Sew Blanket Project, where volunteers work individually, in small groups or as families. Recently, 18 members of the Dawoodi Bohras of Irving made 20 blankets, giving 36 hours of service in the process. Six children from the All Things Made New mentoring program, along with two adults, spent a total of 12 hours crafting two blankets.

 

To minimize contact, the volunteers washed the blankets and placed them in plastic bags before delivering them to the KIB office. The Dawoodi Bohras chose to donate the blankets they made to Brighter Tomorrows and the Main Place, two of the many organizations that KIB has supported through this project.

 

“KIB is always excited to see how eager volunteers are to be of service,” said KIB board member Candace Eldridge. “Making the blankets is a great way for volunteers to give back while still maintaining social distance guidelines. Both of these groups have partnered with KIB in a variety of activities, and the organization is grateful for their contributions.”

 

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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Acosta Cares volunteers, Acosta Marketing employees, as well as employees from Mosaic Sales Solutions joined Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) and the City of Irving Parks and Recreation arbor team Oct. 9 to plant native trees at Bird’s Fort Trail. The group of five volunteers provided twelve hours of service, planting twelve trees along northern Campion Trail.

 

The trees were purchased with funds from a BAPS Charities—an organization with a goal of planting one billion trees worldwide. KIB was a beneficiary of BAPS Charities’ Walk Dallas, and received the donation as part of that event.

 

The arbor team provided instruction prior to planting. The team instructed volunteers on the proper methods of root preparation, how to measure the depth of the holes for the size of the tree, as well as mulching, irrigation, and tree stabilization. 

 

“The Acosta Cares group has partnered with KIB for several years,” said KIB board member Kelly Horn. “Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the volunteers were unable to have their usual spring service day, which typically involves more than 60 people. The volunteers really made a positive difference on the Campion Trail. KIB also would like to thank BAPS Charities for the generous donation that made this day possible.”

 

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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The Trash Bash is typically the largest volunteer event of the year for Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB), with hundreds of people gathering in one location for a cleanup.  The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated some changes to that plan, but did not stop the 29th annual event from proceeding. The event became a social media-driven activity with a focus on safety first.

 

KIB worked with the City of Irving’s Special Events team and the Communications Department to plan the event. The team created a Facebook event page with all the safety guidelines and instructions for reporting, as well as a video to promote the event. From Sept. 14 -26, volunteers were asked to conduct cleanups at a safe location of their own choosing, in groups of 10 or less.  To report their results, volunteers posted pictures or videos from their cleanup to one of three social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), and included the hashtag #IrvingTrashBash. Participants also included the number of volunteers, hours, and bags of trash and recyclables collected.

 

The 129 volunteers, 95 adults and 34 youth, gave 188 hours of service, and collected 139 bags of trash and recyclables from locations throughout the city. Each volunteer was entered into a prize drawing, which included prizes donated by American Airlines, Via Real, Cork and Pig and Glory House.

 

Mayor Stopfer officially proclaimed Sept. 26 as “Trash Bash Day in Irving.” The day also was recognized at the state and national level. For the ninth straight year, the Trash Bash was a National Public Lands Day event, and also was a Keep Texas Beautiful “Fall Sweep” event. The Trash Bash also has been associated with a canned food drive for the past several years. This year, volunteers were asked to consider making a financial donation to Crisis Ministries of Irving or any food pantry of their choice.          

 

“KIB has hosted this event since 1992 and it has become an Irving tradition each fall,” said KIB Board President Scott Wilson. “On behalf of the board of directors, KIB would like to thank all of the volunteers who participated in this year’s Trash Bash. While KIB missed seeing everyone, this turned out to be a great opportunity for volunteers to serve.”

 

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) recently was recognized by the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) North Texas Chapter with Honorable Mention in the “Outstanding Public Outreach Program” category. A virtual awards ceremony was held Aug. 13 to honor the award winners in all categories, which represented corporate, government and nonprofit groups as well as individual achievements.

KIB was cited for the organization’s efforts in supporting STAR’s mission to advance recycling through partnerships, collaboration, education and media outreach, as well as its innovative and unique program elements. 

“It is always an honor for Keep Irving Beautiful to be recognized for its accomplishments, but it is the people who support and donate their time to the organization that make its success possible,” said KIB board treasurer Jim Scrivner. “KIB volunteers, sponsors and partners are vital to its programs, and the organization appreciates everything they contribute. On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, KIB would like to thank STAR North Texas for all it does to promote recycling, and for recognizing our organization and the other honorees.”

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 Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) annual Mayor and KIB Awards event was held virtually and streamed on YouTube Premiere Aug. 3. Irving Community Television Network (ICTN) edited videos of all the winners and presented a finished product, which was as close to the live event as possible. 

Mayor Stopfer opened the ceremony by welcoming and congratulating all of the award winners. Cathy Whiteman of ICTN served as master of ceremonies for her ninth consecutive year, introducing each honoree prior to their videos. KIB Board President Scott Wilson concluded the event by expressing his appreciation to the honorees. The award winners included:

  • Youth Leadership Award: Girl Scout Troop 6458
  • Educator Award: Bernardo Frias, Jr., Infinity Preparatory School
  • Educator Award: Amanda Mello, North Lake College
  • Faith Group Award: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
  • Business and Industry Award: Pernod Ricard USA
  • Civic Organization: Irving Elks Lodge 2334
  • Nonprofit Organization: All Things Made New
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Anna Walther
  • Government Award: Irving Public Libraries
  • Civil Servant Award: Irving Fire Department Station 2
  • KIB Hometown Award: Jo Ann Goin
  • KIB Hometown Award: Kyle Taylor 

“This is one of KIB’s favorite events of the year, and we were disappointed that we could not hold it in person,” said KIB Board Member and Volunteer Recognition Chair Margie Stipes. “However, we are so grateful of the volunteers and friends of KIB, who are always ready to help.”

KIB would like to thank the following volunteers who were scheduled to help with the event: Sandy Franco, Chuck Kirk, Elouise McMillian, Chandler Ude, Becky Scherschell, T.J. Friedel, Nancy Ard, Pat Riddle Boy Scout Troop 508 and volunteers from First Baptist Church.

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, 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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Summers for Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) are usually filled with projects where they work with a variety of volunteers from corporate, faith, civic or youth groups.  This year the KIB staff has stayed busy by adjusting their schedules to a new parameter and working with City of Irving staff instead of large volunteer groups. 

 

Since the closing of the city’s pool facilities, KIB has teamed with members of the Parks and Recreation Aquatics Department. Three Aquatics staff members who would typically be working as lifeguards were matched with KIB to help with projects. They have turned their attention to a beautification project at Senter Park, adding a fresh splash of paint to the safety fencing surrounding the pool.  The group will continue to work through the summer to complete the painting at the Senter Pool, as well as working on projects at the KIB office.

 

“It’s a pleasure to welcome these Aquatics staff members to be part of the Keep Irving Beautiful team,” said KIB Board Member Chuck Kirk. “During this time when we can’t have our usual large volunteer group activities, we are still able to make a positive impact at Irving Parks facilities with their help.  We look forward to seeing how much we can accomplish together.”

 

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 (KIB) welcomed its first group of volunteers in several weeks to participate in a beautification project on May 27 and June 19. Members of Girl Scout Troop 6458 became the first volunteers to join KIB in a service project since the COVID-19 disaster mandates. 

 

In the first project, scouts and their parents applied a coat of bright safety yellow paint to the bollards surrounding the Parks and Recreation building at 3000 Rock Island Road.  The same group returned on June 19 with parents to complete painting of the bollards, as well as metal safety railings.  The combined effort of these two projects resulted in a total of nine volunteers, 27 hours of service, and a more visually appealing look to the building.

 

“We have really missed working with our outstanding volunteers over the past two months,” said KIB Board Member Kelly Horn. “Volunteers drive our organization, so it was great to start projects on a small scale as we ease back into a more regular routine of events.  Troop 6458 has been a partner of ours for several years by participating in activities like cleanups and the no-sew blanket project, and we look forward to more projects with them soon.”

 

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.