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The Great American Cleanup needs your help
Karen Bell
Keep Liberty Beautiful Executive Director Karen Bell. - photo by Denise Etheridge

The Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement program and takes place annually during spring in an estimated 15,000 communities nationwide.

The event, which marks its 22nd year in 2020, engaged more than 550,000 volunteers and participants in 2019 to create a positive and lasting impact. 

The 2020 Great American Cleanup starts in a couple of weeks in Liberty County with our Adopt Liberty groups!  

On March 21, the following cities will conduct Great American Cleanups:  Walthourville, Allenhurst, Riceboro, Midway and Flemington.  Gum Branch GAC is on March 28 and Hinesville GAC is on April 18.

In Liberty County, we participate in this national effort each year because we know how important a clean community is for our quality of life. Across America, communities like ours will recruit volunteers to engage in litter cleanups, to beautify parks, trails, and recreation areas, to clean shorelines and waterways, to reduce waste and increase recycling, and to remove litter and debris.

The GAC is one of our efforts to fight litter where it happens. It is our crazy notion that we, as a community, clean up after ourselves.

Volunteer efforts can have a powerful effect on our community. Keep America Beautiful cleanup programs help to create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. During the Great American Cleanup, the value of volunteer work across the nation averages $175 million in measurable benefits annually in Keep America Beautiful communities. 

Many national sponsors, including Altria Group, Dow, The Glad Products Company, Niagara Bottling, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Sazerac Company, help make annual Great America Cleanup events possible, but we particularly appreciate our local partners for our local cleanups. Many of our local cities partner with Keep Liberty Beautiful to provide appreciation picnics for volunteers after each citywide cleanup. Also, over 100 businesses, cities, churches, civic organizations, schools, and youth groups – as well as individuals – partner with Keep Liberty Beautiful to make our community cleaner and more attractive each year. These volunteer groups have a vision for our community: it should be litter-free, attractive, and healthy. 

 If you would like to participate in a Great American Cleanup, KLB can help you.  KLB provides all the cleanup supplies (garbage bags, safety vests, work gloves and even litter reachers), water, and arrangements for cleanup locations. We also provide official great American Cleanup t-shirts to the first 500 registered volunteers. 

Picking up the litter is important, but the powerful statement local citizens make by participating in these efforts is even more valuable. It makes it clear that litter is NOT acceptable and these events are among our most effective teaching tools So, join us in making a statement about who we are as a community. 

To register your group or neighborhood for a cleanup, go to www.signupgenius.com and search for klcb@libertycountyga.com.  You can also, contact Keep Liberty Beautiful at (912) 880-4888 or email to klcb@libertycountyga.com. Make a difference where you live, work and play.  

Remember those other 550,000 million national volunteers will be counting on you, too!  


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