Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Affiliate Volunteers of the Year!
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. To apply, visit Affiliate Resources for the online application under the Volunteer of the Year 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.
Jan Nehilla, nominated by Allegheny CleanWays
Jan was nominated by Allegheny CleanWays (ACW) for her work helping to clean up illegal dumpsites. She began volunteering with them in February 2022 and has over 24 events under her belt already! She is retired from UPMC and spends her free time volunteering both with ACW and other community organizations in Forest Hills Borough. "Jan is a hard worker and up for any challenges ACW faces on dumpsite cleanups. She never complains and always has a good attitude. Jan is truly dedicated to making Allegheny County a cleaner, safer place to live," said Erica Erica Pasquali, Allegheny CleanWays Land-Based Program Coordinator.
Fred Wertz, nominated by Keep Perry County Beautiful
Fred started volunteering with Keep Perry County Beautiful in 2016, during their annual Juniata River Cleanup. Since then, Fred has assisted with every waterway cleanup hosted by the affiliate and helped make the first official Earth Day Celebration in Perry County a success. He has also recruited friends to be part of affiliate activities. In addition to volunteering with the affiliate, Fred also volunteers with numerous other community organizations and special events. You will often find him in his kayak making a difference!
Jenna Dillion, nominated by PA CleanWays of Venango County
This past year, Jenna has consistently volunteered at every special collection and recycling event at the Venango County's new Recycling Center. She has also been integral in recruiting additional volunteers during 2022. "Jenna not only cares deeply about recycling and the environment, but also about safety. She helps ensure that participants and volunteers have a safe and enjoyable time," said Erik Johnson, PA CleanWays of Venango County Coordinator and Recycling Coordinator & Facility Manager of Venango County Regional Planning Commission.
Tshoumi Quei Robinson II, nominated by Keep Royal Gardens Beautiful
Mr. Robinson joined as a member of Keep Royal Gardens Beautiful at the height of the pandemic when he contacted the affiliate in need of a volunteer project for his High School community service requirement. Once he saw the overgrowth of vegetation and the amount of work to be done, he recruited his entire family to volunteer. Together, we restored all the flower beds back to their natural beauty and pruned and mulched the trees. In addition, Tshoumi and his father cleaned up trash, tires and other debris along the perimeter of Royal Gardens. "I’m proud to honor Tshoumi with the 2022 Volunteer of the Year award, for his excellence, dedication and honorable contributions to the green spaces of our community," said Nicole Chandler, Keep Royal Gardens Beautiful Coordinator.
Beth Intoccia, nominated by Keep Chester County Beautiful
Beth Intoccia founded the Litter Lifters of West Vincent, which has held many events since mid-2020 and removed well over 1,000 bags of litter from Chester County roadways and streams. "In addition to launching this group, she passionately advocated for a Keep PA Beautiful affiliate for Chester County. Beth’s passion for improving the environment and educating others, also includes her mentoring others interested in making a difference in and around their communities in Chester County and beyond. Without Beth’s drive, determination, and guidance, the Keep Chester County Beautiful affiliate would not exist today. We are grateful for Beth’s love of nature and making communities stronger, cleaner, and better places to live," said Carrie Conwell, Keep Chester County Beautiful Coordinator and Senior Environmental Planner of Chester County.