Millions contributed to beautifying Arkansas

$3.8 million in value contributed in 2011 to keeping Arkansas clean and green

The total value to Arkansas communities of all Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB) programming in 2011 exceeds $3.7 million, according to KAB’s annual Volunteer Value Report filed with the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support (formerly Division of Volunteerism).

“Through the diligence of many volunteers, we are living out our shared mission of inspiring and educating individuals to prevent littering, encourage recycling and to support efforts to keep Arkansas beautiful and help make it shine,” said Robert Phelps, KAB director. “We are seeing a more considerate mindset and improved behaviors about littering and recycling that can positively affect our environment.”

Public awareness and educational programming promoted and managed by KAB – including activities of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation and Keep America Beautiful local certified affiliates in Arkansas – resulted in more than $3.1 million in volunteer time and talent given to cleaning up and beautifying the state. More than 61,000 volunteers contributed over 136,000 hours of service. Donations in cash and/or materials, grants and other support services totaled nearly $700,000, which supplements its programs.

The KAB Commission, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, receives funding for programming primarily from its 1 percent portion of the 1/8-cent Conservation Tax. The commission receives additional underwriting from the nonprofit KAB Foundation. Keep America Beautiful certified local affiliates in Arkansas that are carrying out programming at the grassroots level include Faulkner County, Hot Springs/Garland County, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Newport, Ozark, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County, Sherwood and Van Buren.

KAB’s mission is achieved through a number of programs and events throughout the year, such as the Great Arkansas Cleanup in the fall, America Recycles Day in November and the Great American Cleanup™ in Arkansas in the spring. KAB activities and events rely totally on the support and participation of volunteers throughout The Natural State.

“We are grateful to work with such responsible, selfless individuals,” Phelps said. “Our volunteers contribute significantly to preserving and enhancing Arkansas’ quality of life and environmental beauty.”

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