As spring approaches and we move toward April we start thinking less of the winter and more of about warm weather activities like housecleaning, planning trips, looking over seed catalogues, cleaning up the yard and garden, planting and home improvement plans. Private residents and the business community use this time to “spruce up” their properties. April is a great time for thinking about a more beautiful home, business, community and state.
 
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that builds vibrant communities. They bring people together to unlock every community’s potential. Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest annual community improvement program that harnesses the power of over 4 million volunteers to build vibrant communities. Each year, over 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations engage volunteers to take action in their communities through programs that deliver positive and lasting impact through events focused on beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning seashores and waterways, handling recycling collections, picking up litter, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events. In 2012, 4.2 million Great American Cleanup volunteers worked tirelessly to return nearly $230 million in measurable benefits in 20,000 communities across the country.
 
The Lowe’s/Keep America Beautiful Grant Partnership Program consists of Community Improvement $5,000 Grants and Community Improvement $20,000 Spotlight Project Grants. These grant applications should reflect the need for a high impact project in your community and you are strongly encouraged to involve your local Lowe’s stores and Lowe’s Heroes.
 
Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. It is a 501c3 charitable organization working with Iowa citizens, neighborhoods, communities and regions in improving the quality, beauty and cleanliness of our State. KIB empowers Iowans to have a greater commitment in building pride and respect in the places we live.
 
Get Involved :
     1. Build with Bags has four goals:
        a. Doubling the amount of plastic bags recycled over the next 24 months;
        b. Reducing the use of plastic bags (with an additional benefit of reducing the use of paper bags);
        c. Increasing the use of reusable bags; and
        d. Encouraging the purchase of recycled plastic furniture and equipment through this grant program to aid parks and schools.
    2. No Litter Hotline Contact 1-888-nolittr
    3. Adopt -A-Highway Contact Iowa DOT
        a. An average of 1,274 groups participate in Iowa's Adopt-A-Highway program each year.
        b. These groups help keep approximately 32 percent of the state's roadways litter-free.
        c. Volunteers collected approximately 248 cubic yards of litter, and state workers collected an additional 2,063 cubic yards from the state's highways.
        d. Iowa DOT employees spent 1,475 hours disposing of trash picked up by Adopt-A-Highway volunteers and an additional 20,499 hours picking up litter from the roadways.