Keep Charleston Beautiful, a local affiliate of the national organization Keep America Beautiful, has been working to decrease the litter in our beautiful city and surrounding marshlands as well as engage the community in the process. Since 1997 the organization has promoted the health of our local environment by supplying trash bags, gloves, trash pick up tools, and waste removal to small groups looking for a way to get involved in improving their community. Since 2015 alone, they have worked with 1,562 volunteers who have donated 2,918 hours of service to litter cleanups and prevention. Their volunteers have collected 1,151.5 bags of litter and 124 tires!
We love this organization so much that this was actually our third time partnering up with Keep Charleston Beautiful, you can read more about our other experiences with them in the past blog article here. However this time we decided to try something a little different by scheduling an appointment during our lunchtime to clean up the neighborhood surrounding our office to show the community how much we care about them and value their presence! Only three people were required to get the job done but an overwhelming ten employees volunteered their time to pick up trash! I am so proud that our company, full of wonderfully caring employees dedicated to changing the world would supply over three times the amount of volunteers needed! With all the extra help we were able to collect 6 full bags of litter weighing in at about 120 pounds. Our team saved the city of Charleston $205 through volunteering.
We were fortunate enough to be lead and directed by Keep Charleston Beautiful representative Jen Scales. Jen started off working for KCB as an intern while she finished earning her masters in environmental studies. Since 2009 Jen has been working for KCB full time and she loves that every day is different and she gets to help make the city she loves a more beautiful place. Jen came prepared with water to keep our team hydrated during the summer heat and made a fun game out of the trash collection with prizes and awards for things like “most interesting item found.”
Organizing a volunteer event for your office doesn’t have to be stressful. It can be as easy as picking up trash around your local community and can take less than an hour to do! For more information about Keep Charleston Beautiful or to set up an clean up day for your office, visit their website here.