Volunteers Making a Difference
Keep Houston Beautiful Day will harness the power of hundreds of volunteers to make an extraordinary difference in the City of Houston April 5 by cleaning parks, planting trees and flowers and beautifying medians.
Keep Houston Beautiful Day is a city-wide service day spanning various locations throughout the community. The event takes place annually on the first weekend in April and coincides with the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off, which encourages Texans to join forces to clear roadsides of trash. Keep Houston Beautiful Day and the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off serve as signature events for the Great American Cleanup™. Keep Houston Beautiful is proud to be a part of both of these endeavors.
This year, KHB is adding a new educational element to Keep Houston Beautiful Day, titled “Grow Native, Preserve H2O.” The goal of this new initiative is to educate the community about planting wisely and conserving water through choosing drought resistant native and adaptive plants that thrive in our local environment.
“Keep Houston Beautiful Day brings people together from all walks of life: students, business leaders, civic and non-profit organizations, families, individuals and community groups,” said KHB Chairman, Jim Tates, President, U.S. West Region and Latin America of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. “It’s amazing to see the community come together to help make Houston a better place to live and work.”
Keep Houston Beautiful Day 2014 will double the number of sites and volunteers from last year with 21 locations and more than a thousand volunteers. The Texas Forest Service has donated tree seedlings for distribution at selected sites.
Some of the highlights of Keep Houston Beautiful Day 2014:
Fifth Ward Beautification Project
Finnigan Park, 4900 Providence Street, 77020
This is an ExxonMobil Company sponsored project – Volunteers will plant trees, shrubs and flowers on the esplanade at the entrance to the Fifth Ward neighborhood. (Lockwood @ Market)
This project will supplement volunteer work sponsored by CenterPoint Energy, which has re-painted homes in the neighborhood.
The project has been made possible by the exemplary responsiveness of the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and the Mayor’s Department of Neighborhoods in assisting the community in its pre-planning efforts.
Office of Congressman Gene Green’s North Channel Clean-Up
East Freeway HPD Storefront, 12001-A East Freeway, 77029
120 volunteers provided by Crane Worldwide Logistics, in cooperation with the Office of Congressman Gene Green, will remove trash and debris from a large area of North Channel.
Houston Police Department Southwest Substation
4503 Beechnut Street, 77096
Coca-Cola Refreshments volunteers will be renovating the memorial garden.
Sharpstown Cleanup Day with HBU & KHB
Sharpstown Green Park, 6300 Sharpview Drive, 77074
Houston Baptist University will have over 200 volunteers picking up trash all around Sharpstown/HBU, planting new trees and shrubbery in the esplanades on Bellaire at the Bintliff and Fondren intersections. The volunteers will also clean up the yards of homes that are abandoned or home to senior citizens in the Sharpstown area.
Keep District K Beautiful Day (8 community groups participating)
NOTABLE SITE – Westbury Civic Club project at Hager Park, 12100 Landsdowne Drive, 77035
Volunteers will be cleaning up and renovating Hager Park. The volunteers will also be planting trees generously provided by the Apache Foundation.
Keep Houston Beautiful thanks the following KHB Day 2014 sponsors: City of Houston Mayor’s Department of Neighborhoods, Solid Waste Management Department, and Public Works and Engineering Department’s Street and Drainage Division, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Marathon Oil, Republic Services, Shell Oil Company, ExxonMobil Company, Apache Foundation, CenterPoint Energy, Siemens, Crane Worldwide Logistics, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Honest Tea, Houston Housing Authority, Radio Disney Houston and REI.
About Keep Houston Beautiful
Keep Houston Beautiful is the City’s leading organization in beautification, litter reduction and recycling education. For 35 years, Keep Houston Beautiful has been at the forefront of making Houston the extraordinary place it is today. From community cleanups and educational outreach to transforming public spaces into beautiful places by planting trees, flowers and community gardens, the work of Keep Houston Beautiful is apparent to every resident and visitor of our city every day.
In 2013, more than 26,000 volunteers contributed more than 105,500 hours of service and removed 1,106,480 pounds of trash and debris from Houston’s public spaces, planted 5,963 trees and shrubs, mowed 212 vacant lots, cleaned 88 parks and educated over 8,500 youth through presentations and service projects. For additional information, please visit: www.houstonbeautiful.org.
Emily Barlow, Program Director, KHB