The Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup has been postponed to avoid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Keep America Beautiful believes it is of utmost importance that we keep our national network of community-based affiliates, partner organizations, and volunteers safe and healthy. Since government and public health officials have called on the public to avoid large gatherings and events in response to COVID-19, Keep America Beautiful will resume the Great American Cleanup once it is deemed safe for our volunteers to reconvene.
Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup event organizers and volunteers are strongly encouraged to seek out further information and guidelines from federal, state, and local public health officials so that timely and accurate information can guide appropriate responses in each location.
The Great American Cleanup®, the nation’s largest community improvement program, engaged more than 550,000 volunteers and participants in 2019 to create positive change and lasting impact in their local communities.
Local affiliates and partnering organizations, volunteers and corporate sponsors play a key role in the success of the Great American Cleanup.
The Great American Cleanup offers structured service projects to measure changes in littering behavior and heighten awareness about the benefits of caring for the environment through organized volunteer events, employee engagement opportunities, and experiential education in more than 15,000 communities across America. We encourage volunteers to participate in a local cleanup – or conduct your own.
This year, Keep America Beautiful® is partnering with Earth Day Network (EDN), the global coordinator of Earth Day (April 22), to promote our respective missions as the 50th anniversary of Earth Day approaches. Keep America Beautiful and EDN will be promoting participation in each other’s signature volunteer engagement events – the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup and Earth Day Network’s Great Global Cleanup™. It is our stated objective that Keep America Beautiful will be the largest contributor to the Great Global Cleanup – at least in the U.S., perhaps on Earth.
Keep America Beautiful has activated volunteers on and around Earth Day for decades. Through the Great American Cleanup and the power of the affiliate network, we can amplify impact on Earth Day – and throughout the spring.