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Members of Irving-based Girl Scout Troops 6458, 2871 and a University of Dallas (UD) student participated in the Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) “No-Sew Blanket Project.”

 

Following social distance guidelines, KIB provided blanket kits for the volunteers to take home and complete. As an extra precaution, volunteers washed and bagged the blankets prior to returning them to KIB. During the project, volunteers completed 14 service hours and finished six blankets to be donated to local organizations.

 

In addition to making a blanket, the UD student completed an additional eight service hours and collected 15 pounds of litter.

 

“As a nonprofit community-focused organization, KIB relies on our volunteers to achieve our service goals,” said KIB Board President Scott Wilson. “We are happy to be able to provide them with opportunities to help during this time when we can’t gather in groups.  This project has also raised awareness of organizations in the Irving area who can benefit from these blanket donations.”

 

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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/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) recently named Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) a Gold Star Affiliate, a designation granted to 57 affiliates of KTB’s nearly 300 affiliates.

 

Since 2004, KTB’s Gold Star Affiliate recognition rewards communities who have gone above and beyond the non-profit’s established requirements:

  • Affiliates must share information on their mission and goals
  • Answer questions about their economic development and diversity and inclusion practices
  • Participate in KTB Awards
  • Governor’s Community Achievement Awards programs
  • Provide a letter of support from their community. 

 

Irving will formally be recognized for its Gold Star Affiliation during KTB’s 53rd Annual Conference in Houston September 28-30.

 

“Our affiliates are the backbone of our organization,” says Suzanne Kho, Executive Director of Keep Texas Beautiful. “Our Gold Star Affiliates are educating and engaging community members, actively recruiting volunteers, hosting cleanup and beautification events throughout their community.”

 

In 2019, Irving had 6,659 volunteers out of 71,586 in the state and who contributed a total of 351,953 service hours in Texas. Last year, volunteers collected 4 million pounds of waste and recyclables, and cleaned 16,212 miles of Texas roadway, trails and waterways.

 

In the past year, the Irving community projects of cleanups, tree plantings, paint projects, environmental education, canned food drives and making no-sew blankets to donate KIB volunteer work completed equates to more than $237,000, said KIB President Scott Wilson.

 

“Keep Irving Beautiful is proud to be a part of such a dynamic state organization,” said Wilson. “Our volunteers are the reason behind the success of this affiliate.  We can’t thank them enough for what they do to make Irving a more beautiful place to live, work and play.”

 

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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/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

 

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Keep Texas Beautiful is a network of dedicated Texans working together to make our state the best place to live, work and play. We equip local partners and affiliates with the tools they need to build vibrant, engaged communities. Founded in 1967, Keep Texas Beautiful has over 50 years of experience deploying resources for local clean-up, recycling, and youth engagement efforts. Everything we do is focused on mobilizing volunteers to take action across the state. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we lead nearly 300 affiliates and reach 17 million Texans annually. We are proudly based in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.ktb.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @keeptxbeautiful.

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The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i Faith of Irving is the most recent group to participate in the Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) “No-Sew Blanket Project.” Eight Baha’i Faith volunteers worked in different locations to make eighteen blankets, for a combined 40 hours of service. This included cutting, assembling, washing and packaging the blankets for donation to Irving Cares, the Family Advocacy Center and the Irving ISD Teenage Pregnant and Parenting Students (TAPPS) program.

 

The Baha’i Community of Irving is one of many groups throughout North Texas that engage in community-building activities. Through the KIB blanket project, volunteers have connected with many worthwhile charitable organizations that serve the Irving community. Over the past three years, the volunteers have made a lasting positive impact by making and donating more than 125 blankets.

 

“Irving is home to a great variety of faith groups and Keep Irving Beautiful is happy to be able to offer volunteer opportunities to them,” said KIB board member and Faith Groups co-chair Brain Bunch. “We would like to thank the Baha’i members for donating their time.”

 

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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On March 7, Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) mascots Kirby the Toucan, Buddy the Blue Bag and Litterbug visited Irving’s Heritage Senior Center, 200 S. Jefferson St. The mascot trio performed an educational skit about the benefits of recycling and taking care of our environment. 


The Heritage Senior Center staff wore the mascot costumes of Kirby and Buddy in the skit to showcase how Litterbug changes into the “Recyclebug” from recycled materials. Afterwards the mascots had a dance-off to “R-E-C-Y-C-L-E,” a parody of Aretha Franklin’s song “Respect.”


After the performance, KIB staff distributed a variety of items to help promote a sustainable lifestyle, including reusable shopping bags and drink pouches, blue recycling bags and recycled books donated by the Friends of the Irving Public Library.

 

“KIB has presented this mascot skit to schools, recreation centers and libraries, but this is the first time that we have presented to an all-adult audience,” said KIB board member Jim Scrivner. “The seniors enjoyed the skit and were very interested in learning about how new products are made from recycled materials.”

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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/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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Employees from the United Parcel Service (UPS) Red River District partnered with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) to add a fresh coat of paint inside the Senter Park Recreation Center, 901 S. Senter Road.

 

The group of nine volunteers spent a total of 31.5 service hours painting columns, a wall in the common room of the center, the back stairwell and the front entry near the elevator. The Parks and Recreation Department supplied the paint and provided technical guidance during the project.

 

“The UPS volunteers accomplished more painting than originally anticipated, and told us they’re excited about coming back to plant trees in the park,” said KIB President Scott Wilson. “The Senter Park Recreation Center looks beautiful after the recent renovation, and this group added the finishing touches to the building.”

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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/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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Employee volunteers from the Irving Whole Foods Market joined Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) for a beautification project Feb. 20. Joined by a student from the North Lake College Service Learning program, the group painted the hallway and kitchen of the Senter East Community Building, giving sixteen hours of service in the effort.

 

KIB held its first volunteer project at the Senter East Community Building in fall 2019. Whole Foods is the fourth group to assist with painting a section of the building. The City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department provided painting supplies and technical guidance for the project.

 

“KIB appreciates the different groups who have helped with this ongoing project,” said KIB board member Margie Stipes. “This facility is used by many groups throughout the year, and the coat of paint has given it a fresh new look. KIB hopes to work with Whole Foods on more activities like this in the future. The organization is happy to have Whole Foods in Irving, and grateful for their community involvement.”

 

 

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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/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175

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Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) hosted a volunteer opportunity during the Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA) Feb. 4 at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.

 

During the RCMA Emerge 2020 conference, KIB partnered with the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau to assist volunteers in making no-sew blankets for Irving organizations. The 24 member volunteer group worked a total of 60 hours and made 16 blankets.

 

After the blankets were finished, KIB delivered the blankets to Brighter Tomorrows, Irving Cares, Irving Independent School District’s Teenage Pregnant and Parenting Services Program, and the Texas Center for Proton Therapy. The material for the blankets was provided by ICVB. 

 

“Keep Irving Beautiful is proud to have been chosen to participate at this event,” said KIB Board Member and Faith Groups Co-Chair Rachel Moon. “We are grateful to the volunteer group who worked with KIB. They really made a positive impact to the community during their time here.”

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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/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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(IRVING, TEXAS)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) staff discussed recycling and public cleaning Jan. 24 at the Heritage Senior Center, 200 S. Jefferson St.

 

KIB staff gave guests recycling gifts to use at home that included reusable shopping bags, blue recycling bags, recycled books, jar grippers made from recycled tires and a 2020 “Don‘t Mess with Texas” calendar.

 

Afterwards, guests posed for pictures at a pop-up photo booth.

 

“KIB staff enjoys coming to the Heritage Senior Center to talk about ways they can help improve the environment through recycling and other activities,” said KIB board member Karen Harmon.

 

 

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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/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was designated as a national day of service in 1994, inspiring people to make a difference in the community. That was the case with employee volunteers from Shake Shack, one of the new additions to Irving’s restaurant landscape, which partnered with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) for a beautification project Jan. 20. 

 

The group donated its time at the Senter East Building by painting the foyer area. The City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department provided supplies and technical guidance. This marked the third year KIB volunteers have participated in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day service project. The two previous projects were held at Senter Park Recreation Center.

 

“It’s always great opportunity for Keep Irving Beautiful to join forces with the city’s businesses community,” said KIB board member Kelly Horn. “KIB looks forward to collaborating with Shake Shack again in the future. The organization also appreciates the Parks and Recreation Department for its help with projects such as this and in the many others that volunteers have completed across Irving. These projects leave a noticeable and lasting imprint, and really make a 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/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) and North Lake College volunteers completed a beautification project Jan. 10 at the Senter East Building, 228 Chamberlain St.

 

Six volunteers painted the building that will used for a variety of recreational activities throughout the year. The City of Irving’s Parks and Recreation Department provided the necessary supplies and guidance for the project.

 

“This event shows students the importance of helping the community,” said KIB board member Candace Eldridge. “Our volunteer partnerships with North Lake College are always a great experience.”

 

The project was completed with a total of 22 service hours. The volunteer group consisted of two current students, one former student who now studies at Texas Women’s University and longtime KIB volunteer Sammy Romero.

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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/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.