The State of Texas has a deep, rich history with national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful with nearly 70 Keep America Beautiful Affiliates in Texas alone.
Keep Texas Beautiful, one of 27 State Affiliates of Keep America Beautiful, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. It was founded in 1967 as the Beautify Texas Council, with a goal of beautifying the state in preparation for the world’s fair, HemisFair, which took place in San Antonio the following year.
Just as Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s largest community improvement organization, Keep Texas Beautiful is the largest grassroots environmental and community improvement network in Texas, reaching more than 21 million Texans.
Keep America Beautiful is very proud of the success of our Affiliates throughout the State of Texas. And here is a sampling of many of the projects that our Texas affiliates and more than 110,000 Keep Texas Beautiful volunteers have undertaken this year:
Keep Hutto Beautiful: Employees from the Hutto, Texas, Lowe’s store spent the day at the Peterson Community Garden enhancing the future Monarch Waystation garden beds thanks to the Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant Program. Read more.
Keep Lewisville Beautiful: To kick off Earth Month, more than 630 volunteers participated in the 31st annual Keep Lewisville Beautiful citywide Spring Cleanup. Read more
Keep Austin Beautiful: Every year, Keep Austin Beautiful hosts Clean Sweep. This year’s citywide cleanup took place at 138 sites spanning 31 zip codes, with 4,300-plus volunteers removing more than 30 tons of trash. Read more.
Keep America Beautiful is also supporting our Texas Affiliates who were affected by Hurricane Harvey through our “Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund.” For generations, Keep America Beautiful and our Affiliates have supported critical public space restoration projects that help remedy property damaged or destroyed by natural disasters. Motivated by the need caused by recent hurricanes, wildfires and other re-occurring natural disasters, Keep America Beautiful launched the “Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund.” We are now accepting applications from our Affiliates in storm-ravaged areas with funding requests for public space restoration projects. For those of you who would like to donate to the Fund or would like to share the opportunity to donate on your social networks, please click here.
(Photo above, courtesy of Keep Texas Beautiful)