Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) is ready to send out the Community Pride trailer for another season. Whether your neighborhood needs to spruce up its community garden in preparation for summer or maybe plant one for the first time, the Community Pride trailer can be a huge help.
The city’s looking for specific project ideas from neighborhood volunteers.
The Community Pride trailer season is under way and ends Oct. 27. Go to www.keepakronbeautiful.org to book the trailer for a project that will benefit the community. Online, or at the offices of KAB, citizens may complete the application form and view the requirements, safety commitments and equipment list for the program.
AB staff transports the trailer and works with a designated project coordinator at each job site. The Community Pride trailer had a large impact in its third year in 2013; the trailer was loaned out to help with 21 community projects. Approximately 6,664 volunteer hours were logged, 1,384 more hours than in 2012, collecting 251 bags of litter, planting 1,293 flowers, bulbs and trees, as well as paint projects and eradicating graffiti.
Some of the organizations using the trailer were Akron Urban Gardens, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Open M, Christ Child Society/First Glance, NEOhaus Institute, Y-Bridge Memorial Gardens, East Akron Community House, Trinity United Church of Christ, The Akron YMCA and The University of Akron Off Campus Student Services.
Three years ago the Board of Directors introduced this new agency program, the Community Pride trailer, to be used by organizations, civic groups and neighborhood volunteers to restore vacant and abandoned property. The Community Pride trailer was made possible by generous grants from the Dominion Foundation and Charter One Bank.
The trailer program was an award-winning idea “stolen” from the Montgomery County Keep America Beautiful affiliate. Keep Akron Beautiful, through the rental of the 25-foot box trailer, can share the agency’s urban beautification experience with citizens who want to cleanup vacant property in their neighborhoods.
Inside the trailer is landscape equipment and cleanup supplies for volunteer groups to transform lots into green spaces. Coming soon is a smaller version trailer for litter and illegal dumping sweeps.
Keep Akron Beautiful is a 501(c) (3) agency celebrating 33 years of serving the citizens of Akron by improving Akron’s quality of life through beautification and responsible environmental management. For additional program information, visit www.keepakronbeautiful.org.