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 2019 Affiliate Volunteers of the Year!
Tri-County CleanWays (serving Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties)–
Kenneth Rice, Sr., first volunteered with Tri-County CleanWays for a cleanup of the Lower East Side Community in April 2019. Since then, he and Tri-County CleanWays have worked together, with neighbors, to transform previously abandoned lots into a community garden that include an edible rain garden and compost area. The Rice family purchased the lots a few years ago with the idea of feeding families in need for free. In 2019, the crops have helped feed over 50 families. Ken spends a significant amount of time researching ideas on maintaining and improving the gardens and has plans to offer composting seminars and sessions on how to prepare some of the vegetables grown. The family has already purchased an additional abandoned lot in a different section of New Castle with the goal of creating another active community garden project to empower those residents.
Keep Harrisburg-Dauphin County Beautiful –
Michael Ely has worked as a tireless and dedicated volunteer with Keep Harrisburg-Dauphin County Beautiful since April 2018. He has since assumed a leadership role. Michael organizes community garden and neighborhood beautification efforts, including volunteer management. Michael says of his experience, “I enjoy doing the work because it gives me the opportunity to give back to my community. I hope my example can get people to make positive life decisions.” Mike continues serving the community of Uptown Harrisburg, specifically in the Camp Curtin Neighborhood.
Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful –
Greg Williams joined the Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful (KHCB) community in 2016 and has since made a lasting impression. Greg is an outdoor enthusiast, with a gift for beautifying and restoring native landscapes and has been heavily involved with KHCB’s annual efforts to improve Detwiler Memorial Park & Nature Trail along Standing Stone Creek in Huntingdon, PA. Greg has contributed to these efforts by planting trees, removing invasives, collecting live stakes, and providing general maintenance to the nature trail. In addition, Greg is active in restoring the Lower Trail, a 17-mile Rails to Trail path that parallels the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River from Alexandria, PA in Huntingdon County, to Canoe Creek State Park in Blair County as well as with beautifying Walnut Springs Park, a community park located in State College.
Keep Perry County Beautiful –
Rachael Filip began volunteering with Keep Perry County Beautiful in June of 2018 when she helped residents unload their old electronics from their vehicles at a special collection held by the affiliate. Since then she has assisted at all affiliate events including the Juniata River Cleanups and the 2019 Tire War. Rachael is also the vice president of the Newport High School Environmental Club. “Rachael has a noticeable commitment and compassion for the environment and succeeds in showing her enthusiasm for volunteer work with our Perry County community at large,” said Kristie Smith, Perry County Watershed Specialist and Keep Perry County Beautiful Coordinator.