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Dec
07

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Katy Beautiful on Celebrating Christmas in Katy

Each month, KTB highlights a new affiliate organization on the blog and through an Instagram takeover. This campaign recognizes the diverse organizations working hard to keep Texas beautiful. Check out past highlighted affiliates here .  ​ Katy is known to many as the "huge suburb west of Houston," but what many people don't know is that the c...
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Dec
04

Staff Blog: Turning Holiday Heroes into Annual Champions for Your Cause

It's the holiday season and the season when 1/3 of donors are looking to give back and get a nice tax break in return. In fact, 12% of all giving happens in the last three days of the year. So, make it easy for them! Make your campaign easy to access on your website, ensure the least number of clicks and information collection possible on your...
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Nov
08

Volunteer Recognition – “Thank you!”

​ Gracias! Merci! Danke! No matter how you say it, "thank you" is the easiest and most powerful statement you can say to your volunteers. A simple thank you can solidify the positive experience they had with you and not only keep them coming back, but they will bring their friends, too. Thank you can make the difference between feeling appreciated ...
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Oct
30

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Odessa Beautiful and their Recycle Fashion Show Program

​ The mission of Keep Odessa Beautiful is to empower Odessans to recycle, prevent litter, and beautify our community. Our goal is to educate on the importance of proper waste disposal, waste reduction, and the conservation of our natural resources by encouraging our citizens to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We promote and coordinate litter preven...
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Oct
25

Volunteer Retention – Keep Them Coming Back for More

Now that you have recruited a database full of fabulous volunteers, how do you keep them coming back for more? Recruitment can be time consuming and you definitely don't want to start over every time you need volunteers. Make sure you keep notes on who you contacted and collect contact information from all of your participating volunteers.This will...
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Sep
26

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Hutto Beautiful on Community Engagement and Hutto Pride

Each month, KTB highlights a new affiliate organization on the blog and through an Instagram takeover. This campaign recognizes the diverse organizations working hard to keep Texas beautiful.  Despite the extreme growth that Hutto has experienced in the last decade, the small-town spirit and heart of the community remains. ...
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Sep
05

Volunteer Recruitment – Attracting Young Professionals to Your Organization

Many of you have asked KTB staff how to get more youth involved in your organization. Some of you have adult volunteers that may not be as familiar with technology and social media. Others are concerned about sustainability and passing your hard work and passion on to future generations. Let's face it, none of us are getting any younger and if...
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Aug
29

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Denton Beautiful on 30+ Years of Beautification and Environmental Efforts

The History of KDB If you mention Keep Denton Beautiful (KDB) to a Dentonite, you'll likely get a story about how they received a free tree from us, or how they love our murals around town. KDB's history expands over three decades of beautification efforts. In 1987, Denton's City Council saw a need to beautify their small college town. At that time...
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Aug
08

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Pearland Beautiful on the Evolution of Pearland

Since 1982, Keep Pearland Beautiful (KPB) has been empowering Pearland citizens to take responsibility for their environment. Over the years our organization has gone through many changes, shaped by the needs of our residents. For example, in the late 80's KPB managed a once per week drop off center for aluminum cans. Now, we operate a full service...
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Jul
06

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Waco Beautiful on Recycling Outreach

Keep Waco Beautiful has been around for quite some time. We have accomplished many beautifications in our great city and that was mainly what we were known to do. Frances Sturgis, the founder of KWB and good friends with Lady Bird Johnson , had a vision for Waco. What started out as just a small beautification committee, The Greater Waco Beautifica...
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Jun
01

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Midland Beautiful - Super Kids Can Save The World!

Introducing Educational and Outreach Coordinator, Audrey Sizemore of Keep Midland Beautiful (KMB). As the first of many in our new Affiliate of the Month highlight, Sizemore shares her experience in developing KMB's youth education. She'll also be taking over Keep Texas Beautiful's Instagram stories, giving us an inside look of their Super Kid...
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Apr
05

Guest Blog: The Economic Impact of Beautiful Things

Even with an MBA, I found myself stumped when asked as a volunteer to explain the value of a playground in economic terms. It's difficult to reconcile the beauty of a park placed within an ancient pecan grove, a dirt trail that follows a natural creek bed, with a new slide on aging playground equipment. But I know that kids love playgrounds, I know...
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Jan
16

Native Garden Grants Winning Projects

  On National Planting Day, September 9, 2017, Keep Texas Beautiful in partnership with AEP Texas awarded six affiliate communities the Native Garden Grant to create and maintain a native plant demonstration garden. They were: Keep Alpine Beautiful , Keep Cleburne Beautiful , Keep Gatesville Beautiful , Keep Grapevine Beautiful , Kee...
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Nov
30

KTB Awards: Individuals and Organizations

It's almost time for the 2018 Keep Texas Beautiful Awards! These awards recognize the efforts made by individuals and organizations to enhance their communities and protect the Texas environment. The nomination reporting opens on January 15, 2018. All nominations and payment must be submitted online by Friday, February 16, 2018. Late, emailed, mail...
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Nov
30

Changes in the 2018 GCAA Application

Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation, is excited to announce the 2018 Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA). For more than 30 years, these prestigious awards have been awarded Texas communities for outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. This year, ten winning communities will sh...
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Nov
27

Preview the 2018 GCAA Questions!

It's almost time for the 2018 Governor's Community Achievement Awards! Every year, 10 winning communities share $2 million in landscape awards in recognition of their efforts to keep their communities beautiful. For more than 30 years, these prestigious awards have been awarded to deserving communities across the state of Texas. This year, the appl...
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Sep
15

Helping Texans in Need: Quick Tips

There have been a lot of great pieces of advice about supporting those in need floating around on the internet post-Harvey, Irma and beyond. Borrowed from a friend of KTB, below are a few tips on how to help your family, friends and communities after a disaster.  Be VERY SPECIFIC in your offer to assist. It is difficult to think straight and m...
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Feb
20

Collin County's Lee Howe Receives Keep America Beautiful National Law Enforcement Award

Collin County Deputy Lee Howe was recognized for his outstanding work in the field of environmental law enforcement with the Keep America Beautiful (KAB) National Law Enforcement Recognition Award.

Keep America Beautiful, the nation's leading nonprofit that builds and sustains vibrant communities, presented the award during its recent National Conference in Charlotte, NC. The Keep America Beautiful Law Enforcement Recognition Awards honor the law enforcement professionals who have exceeded the duty requirements expected of their position and have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service in their approaches to enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.

Howe has served in law enforcement for over 40 years, and in 2009 was promoted to Environmental Enforcement Deputy, targeting illegal dumping in Collin County. With his leadership, Howe initiated a collaborative effort and created a critical team among County departments. He works with many of the cities, towns and rural communities in Collin County, and regularly assists with the annual City of McKinney Texas Trash-Off. His hands on approach sets a powerful example for his colleagues and yields tangible results in terms of reducing illegal dump sites.

"It's my privilege to honor Lee Howe and celebrate his dedication to improving the quality of life in Collin County," said Cathie Gail, executive director of Keep Texas Beautiful. "In the spirit of Keep Texas Beautiful, Lee affects change through education and awareness of illegal dumping."

 

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