Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful believes that by engaging volunteers, we extend the reach of our educational efforts and multiply the impact of our actions.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s “Affiliate Volunteers of the Year Program” is a recognition program for KPB and local KAB Affiliates. Through this statewide program, each affiliate can honor an outstanding volunteer.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s 2020 Affiliate Volunteers of the Year!
Gary Smith – Allegheny CleanWays
Gary has been involved with Allegheny CleanWays since 2007, working primarily with The Tireless Project, a riverfront cleanup program that launched a two-week Monongahela River cleanup in 2020. With Smith’s help the group successfully cleaned up more than 11,500 pounds of trash and 175 tires. Smith has also participated in riverfront cleanups, canoe and kayak cleanups, assisted with maintenance of the organization’s boat fleet, served on a board committee and assisted with dismantling and removing an abandoned boat from the riverbank. When asked why he volunteers with Allegheny Cleanways, Gary said, “I love working with Allegheny CleanWays because of their ‘if not now, then when; if not us, then who’ approach to the work that they do!”
“Gary’s ability to lead and learn while working with us is invaluable. His presence at cleanups inspires others to step up and be more involved with the work that we do,” said Hannah Hohman, Water-based Cleanup and Education Program Coordinator.
Charles Dean Hench – Keep Perry County Beautiful
Charles joined the Juniata River Cleanup Crew in 2017 and has participated in numerous affiliate activities since, including the CHEMSweep collection for the safe disposal of unwanted or unusable pesticides that was held for Perry County agricultural businesses and pesticide applicators in December 2020. In addition to assisting the affiliate, Hench’s other conservation efforts include being an active beekeeper and providing protection for the little brown bat by working with the local scout group to install bat boxes on his property. Charles says of his experience, “I enjoy the fellowship with other volunteers having a similar goal to improve our environment.”
“Charles is always eager to share his wisdom and knowledge about the environment and wildlife with fellow volunteers. 2020 brought a wide variety of challenges that affected our community. But I can honestly say that working side by side with Charles and our dedicated group of volunteers made our continued efforts to improve our corner of the world that much easier,” said Kristie Smith, Keep Perry County Beautiful Coordinator.