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Keep America Beautiful Announces Record-Setting Goal: Recruit 4 Million Volunteers To Activate Great American Cleanup 2012
Declares First-Ever “National Day of Action” on April 28 For Country’s Largest Community Improvement Movement Spotlighting 10 Cities
STAMFORD, Conn. (March 12 2012) — Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the nation’s largest volunteer-based community improvement organization, announced today the record-setting goal of recruiting 4 million volunteers to support its Great American Cleanup 2012 initiative that kicks off this month – nearly a quarter million more volunteers than last year.
The Great American Cleanup is the country’s largest community improvement movement that launches more than 30,000 programs with 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations convening millions of volunteers. Volunteers participate in a variety of activities focused on waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening.
To support this call to action, KAB has declared the first-ever “National Day of Action” on Saturday, April 28, with activities taking place in nearly all 50 states. Special events are planned in 10 locations, including Oakland, Calif., Los Angeles, Cocoa, Fla., Indianapolis, Ind., Cobb County, Ga., Hampton Roads, Va., Houston, Texas, Shreveport, La., Philadelphia, Pa., and Nashville, Tenn. Each of these locations will lead large-scale cleanups and other coordinated events. For details, visit kab.org.
In 2011, more than 3.8 million volunteers in 16,500 communities took part in 30,600 Great American Cleanup events. Highlights included:
An emphasis on recycling resulted in the collection of:
A full list of 2011 results can be found online at kab.org/GAC_2011Results.
How you can get involved: Visit kab.org for a list of participating organizations. If there’s not an organization near you, you can organize your own community improvement project by following specific guidelines provided on the site. You can also “like” the Great American Cleanup at www.facebook.com/GreatAmericanCleanup or follow the Great American Cleanup on Twitter at @icleanupgreenup.