Affiliate Community Partner Award
The Community Partner Award provides each KPB and local KAB affiliate a way to honor an outstanding partnership with local government, community organization or business who enhance and are essential to local community programming. To apply, visit Affiliate Resources for the online application under the Affiliate Community Partner Award. This award is only for KPB and local KAB affiliates in good standing.
For questions, please contact Kylie McCutcheon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-772-3673 x 114.
The Creation Care Team of Saint Bruno Parish, nominated by Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling
In 2016 the Creation Care Team began collecting aluminum cans at St. Bruno's events in an effort to reduce landfill waste. After Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling opened the new Recycling Center in 2020, the Creation Care Team added glass bottles and jars to their list of acceptable items. They continued to develop their program when in March of 2022, an Eagle Scout built a recycling shelter on the edge of St. Bruno’s property for parishioners and local community members to drop off glass bottles, and tin and aluminum cans. Currently the Creation Care Team consists of six volunteers that monitor the shelter daily. "Since the program began six years ago, the team has collected and recycled over 7,264 pounds of aluminum cans. No matter the weather, the team of volunteers visit the site daily to ensure that the bins are not overflowing and creating unintentional litter," said Natalie Reece Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling, Program Director.
The City of McKeesport, nominated by Allegheny CleanWays
Allegheny CleanWays started working with the City of McKeesport in August of 2020 doing land-based cleanups. McKeesport’s City Administrator Tom Maglicco, who recently joined the Allegheny CleanWays board of directors, has been a great advocate for the affiliate’s work in the Mon Valley. Tom has not only stepped in to help with cleanups but has gotten media coverage; provided roll-off dumpsters; and helped secure other resources, including local office/storage space, volunteers, and grant funding. The city Code Enforcement Agent, Eric Gumbert, who also works closely with the affiliate, reports illegal dumpsites, offers help anytime it’s needed and praises the affiliate’s hard work. Lastly, the city public works department has provided tire disposal and has given the affiliate access to their dumpsters and restroom facilities.
Wildheart Ministries, nominated by Keep Harrisburg-Dauphin County Beautiful (a program of Tri County Community Action)
Through a six-year partnership, Wildheart Ministries and Keep Harrisburg-Dauphin County Beautiful continue to make a huge impact in South Allison Hill by catalyzing various events that transform communities. During the Great Harrisburg Litter Cleanup, 56,260 pounds of trash and 600 tires were removed from public places throughout the city, making Harrisburg a cleaner and safer place to live, work and play. “Collaborating together has increased community involvement and increased the amount of trash is collected,” said Erica Lopez Martinez, Keep Harrisburg-Dauphin County Beautiful Coordinator and Tri County Community Action’s Revitalization Coordinator.
Lewistown Borough, nominated by PA CleanWays of Mifflin County
For over 10 years, Lewistown Borough has donated space for PA Cleanways of Mifflin County’s annual tire recycling collection. The donation of a safe and convenient space allows the affiliate to continuously offer the community tire disposal at a low rate, reducing the number of illegally dumped tires throughout the community and ensuring proper disposal. Lewistown Borough also partners with the affiliate for their annual Juniata River cleanup by donating dumpsters at a reduced rate.