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Apr
06

Mentor of the Month: Vicki Gist

Did you know that all Keep Texas Beautiful provisional and official affiliates have access to an Affiliate Mentor? Keep Texas Beautiful started the affiliate mentor program back in 2018 as a way to help meet the needs of the nearly 300 affiliates across the state. The program aims to provide guidance for new, struggling, or disengaged affiliat...

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Apr
01

Mentor of the Month: Tanya Gray

Tanya Gray is the former Executive Director for Keep Temple Beautiful. She served in the non-profit sector as an advocate, community builder and organizer for over 20 years with over 15 years of experience in economic, community and business development. Tanya developed programs in MS and TX. Before moving to Fort Hood, she worked with th...

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Mar
21

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Sugar Land Beautiful

Written by Vicki Gist, Executive Director for Keep Sugar Land Beautiful. In this Affiliate of the Month blog, we asked KSLB about their extremely successful Youth Advisory Board and how other affiliates can engage youth in their respective communities in the same way. Q: Can you tell us a bit about your community?: A: Sugar Land is the state's 49th...

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Jan
27

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Woodway Beautiful

Written by Kasia Redden, Administrative Assistant for the City of Woodway. Kasia took the lead in renewing Keep Woodway Beautiful's partnership status with Keep Texas Beautiful. KWB had been on probation for the last couple of years, but this year they worked hard and achieved a Silver Star status with KTB. Kasia has the in...

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Jan
20

Mentor of the Month: Chris Lash

Written by Sara Walters, Program Manager for Keep Texas Beautiful Did you know that all Keep Texas Beautiful provisional and official affiliates have access to an Affiliate Mentor? KTB started the affiliate mentor program back in 2018 as a way to help meet the needs of the nearly 300 affiliates across the state. The program aims to provide guidance...

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Dec
13

Mentor-of-the-Month: Timothy Hamilton

Written by Sara Walters, Program Manager for Keep Texas Beautiful Did you know that all Keep Texas Beautiful provisional and official affiliates have access to an Affiliate Mentor? KTB started the affiliate mentor program back in 2018 as a way to help meet the needs of the nearly 300 affiliates across the state. The program aims to provide guidance...

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Dec
06

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Wolfe City Beautiful

Written by Betty Teel Malone, Affiliate Coordinator of Keep Wolfe City Beautiful.Keep Wolfe City Beautiful is a new affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful. For more information about the process to become an affiliate please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit here for more info.Wolfe City is a small rural community, and in my eyes, the best pl...

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Nov
03

KTB's Volunteer of the Month: Babji Yalamanchili

Babji Yalamanchili, a native of India, is the organizer and founder of Keep Amarillo Clean and Keep the Panhandle Clean. With his wife, Dr. Devi Yalamanchili, the two are working their way across school districts, counties, cities, and towns in the Texas Panhandle garnering support for what every Texan should be able to get behi...

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Jun
11

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Chandler Beautiful

Blog post written by Nancy Bertholf, Affiliate Coordinator of Keep Chandler Beautiful.  Being a small town affiliate of KTB usually means your volunteer pool is small and funding sources are minimal. Chandler, a city of 3,400 today, has doubled its size in the past 25 years but has also doubled its determination to provide its residents with p...

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May
24

Guest Blog: Keep Surfside Beach Trashbag Program

Blog Post Written by Michelle Booth, Tourism Specialist, Village of Surfside Beach  My husband, Rob, and I moved to Surfside in the winter of 2014. Our first summer in Surfside was 2015, and we started to notice all the food and trash people would bring in with them to the beach and how much they would leave behind! We...

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May
14

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Paris Beautiful

Blog post written by Julia Trigg Crawford, Chairperson, Keep Paris Beautiful/Make Lamar County Shine If you're like me, this past year opened your eyes to many things...the science of proper handwashing, the art of lighting the room for a Zoom call, and the reality of the unheralded superheroes who work among us like nurses, grocery store workers, ...

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Apr
28

Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful Celebrates Parks and Trails Month

Blog post written by Amanda Maron, KGPB Coordinator, City of Grand Prairie - Solid Waste and Recycling Division Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup is the nation's largest community improvement program, taking place annually each spring from March through May. Keep Texas Beautiful recently introduced themed...

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Mar
11

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Brazos Beautiful

Blog post written by Erin Stewart, Executive Director, Keep Brazos Beautiful, Inc. Keep Brazos Beautiful has been proudly serving Brazos County since its formation in 1980. The non-profit was established after Jack and Dorothy Miller organized a very successful cleanup for the community and wanted to continue the beautification efforts. T...

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Mar
03

GCAA 2020 Category Winner 10: Grand Prairie

Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citizen...

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Feb
11

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Andrews Beautiful

Blog post written by Michael Rosales, President of Keep Andrews Beautiful and Community Outreach Coordinator with the City of Andrews. "Opportunities don't happen. You create them." If you have never experienced what this quote is saying, then it might not make a lot of sense. But if you have…then this quote by Chris Grosser will make all the sense...

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Jan
13

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Harlingen Beautiful

Each month, we invite one affiliate to share their story on our blog and recognize them as our Affiliate of the Month. KTB is a network of nearly 300 community affiliates, which have the potential to educate 17 million Texans. Affiliates are qualifying cities, counties and/or communities that work alongside us in our mission to ...

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Dec
15

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful

Blog post written by Roxanne Flores-Achmad, Executive Director of Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful. Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful began in 2002 and currently has fifteen members, appointed by City Council as Commissioners. Our Commissioners represent the community, and we are fortunate to have a diverse group of individuals that bring new idea...

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Oct
15

Keep Lewisville Beautiful Adapts to Cleanup Changes with a Green Bag Grant

Amy Wells is the Executive Director of Keep Lewisville Beautiful. On this blog, she shares her experience with utilizing a Green Bag Grant to adapt to new changes during a pandemic.  In the midst of COVID restrictions, Keep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB) wanted to give back to our community and support volunteers, but with event restrictions and C...

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Oct
13

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Tyler Beautiful

If there is one word to describe Keep Tyler Beautiful it would be community. Keep Tyler Beautiful (KTyB) was created in 1995 with the mission to encourage beautification, waste reduction, and recycling activities in the community. The success behind our beautification projects and recycling efforts is due to the men and women who invest t...

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Sep
24

Powerful Partnerships: Sustaining Local Programs in Your Community

D'Ann Williams is the President of Keep Aransas County Beautiful. She was set to present at our Virtual KTB Conference on the Powerful Partnerships: Sustaining Local Educational Programs Panel, however due to weather complications, was unable to participate. On this blog, D'Ann is sharing her expertise in partnering with the Texas General Land...

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