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.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s 2018 Affiliate Volunteers of the Year!

Keep Allentown Beautiful –
Girl Scout Troop 61 is extremely well versed when it comes to recycling and litter and how it effects the earth and they are always considering ways to make Allentown beautiful. The Troop has done cleanups around their own neighborhoods, helped with the City of Allentown Halloween parade and started a plastic bag recycling contest with the Trek Company. “I met this Girl Scout group at the beginning of the year and they have shown me in this short time, how much they want to give back to their community. I will be working with them to make their plastic bag contest a citywide effort,” said Kristin Baringer, Affiliate Coordinator for Keep Allentown Beautiful and Education Manager for the City of Allentown Recycling.


Keep Blair County Beautiful –
Larry Claar, a senior at Hollidaysburg Area High School, has been a dedicated volunteer for Keep Blair County Beautiful for three years. He first volunteered in spring of 2015 at a cleanup event and has been active ever since. Whether moving heavy appliances at special collection events or slinging tires at a cleanup, Larry has a smile on his face and is up to the challenge.  He is also active in the Hollidaysburg Senior High School’s EcoAction Club. “Larry has been an invaluable asset to our affiliate the past few years and has even helped teach recycling programs to the public, youth, and his peers. He is personable with the public, ready to pitch in anywhere needed, and is dedicated to keeping our community clean and beautiful,” said Katrina Pope, Keep Blair County Beautiful.


Clinton County CleanScapes –
Donald Lysle – After retiring, Don’s desire to get back outside led him to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s cleanup events. “I’ve attended over 200 community cleanup events around the state and there is always a sense of accomplishment, a common purpose, and you’re surrounded by people who share a common interest in nature.  But CleanScapes events are unique.  They’re my favorite because the people who show up are so diverse, yet they work together effortlessly.  It’s so uplifting,” explained Lysle.

“This year, CleanScapes is honored to nominate one of the most inspirational volunteers that we have had the pleasure to know and to work beside, Donald Lysle of Mechanicsburg, PA,” said Elisabeth Lynch-McCoy, Clinton County CleanScapes.

In 2011, Don Lysle was also named “Volunteer of the Year” by Clinton County CleanScapes Advisory Board Members.

Keep Perry County Beautiful –
Wayne Campbell has been a very active member of Keep Perry County Beautiful since the winter of 2016. Wayne has logged 28 hours with the affiliate and is a loyal volunteer to the electronics recycling collections and Tire War events. “Wayne is a very community-oriented individual whose efforts reach way beyond our KPCB events, but he is one of the few in our county that is always willing to go above the anticipated expectations of a volunteer. He has a great sense of humor and always seems to be in the right place at the right time…with muffins and coffee,” said Kristie Smith, Keep Perry County Beautiful.


Keep Washington County Beautiful –
Donna Riggle has been with Keep Washington County Beautiful since it started in 2009.  She focuses on recruiting groups and individual volunteers to help with cleanups, such as the Buffalo Creek Watershed Association. Donna also helps Keep Washington County Beautiful distribute educational materials at various outreach events including the Washington County Fair, Ag Days, and the Sportsmen’s Show.  “Donna is the true spirit of the environment and we are so happy to honor her with this award that is long overdue! On behalf of the Washington County Affiliate of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, we thank Donna for her hard work and efforts!” said Laurie Popeck, Keep Washington County Beautiful.

Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful –
Mark Kepner
has been volunteering with Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful’s annual Tire War event for six years.  He is a retired teacher from the Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center.  “Each year, Mark not only volunteers at the event, but he brings students and friends to volunteer with him.  Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful thanks him for his service and for making the Tire War event a fun event each year,” said Celina Seftas, Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful.