Affiliate of the Month: Keep Grapevine Beautiful - Engaging the Entire Community
Each month, KTB highlights a new affiliate organization on the blog and through an Instagram takeover. This campaign recognizes the diverse organizations working hard to keep Texas beautiful. Check out past highlighted affiliates here.
Since its inception in 2002, Keep Grapevine Beautiful (KGVB) has been a benefit to the community by providing engaging projects to volunteers of all ages and abilities while providing valuable cost-saving services to the City of Grapevine. Thanks to our wonderful volunteer board, we've been able to engage more volunteers, expand programming and increase partnerships that fit into our waste reduction, beautification and litter prevention focus areas. April is our busiest month; we anticipate over 400 volunteers joining us at our events! We're so glad to be able to share with you what's going on with us!
On Saturday, April 6, KGVB hosts our annual Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off. We're happy to say that along with community-minded students, churches, and Scouts, we are joined by groups from corporations such as Verizon, Hyatt and Hilton Hotels. Additionally, we can count on our 73 Adopt-An-Area Adopters to pitch in and help as team leaders throughout the city. We'll even be doing an Instagram Stories Takeover on @KeepTXBeautiful throughout the day as part of our Affiliate of the Month campaign!
Grapevine's Earth Day Celebration takes place on Saturday, April 20th from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fourteen educational vendors, like the Cross Timbers Chapter of Master Naturalists and the City's Environmental Services Division will join us in Historic Downtown Grapevine at the Gazebo Town Square Park. Additionally, vendors with locally-grown fresh produce and other delicious foods from Texas including pecans, olive oil, salsa, honey, tamales, grass-fed meat, cheese, and artisan baked goods will be on-site. Finally, we'll host three presentations:
- Couch Potato Composting
- iNaturalist Explorers Program
- Pollinators and Beekeeping
We hope these provide guests an opportunity to come alongside us to make a difference locally.
April 22-26 is Earth Action Week! Historically the weeks surrounding Earth Day mean additional interest in volunteering. We've set aside a week for businesses, schools and organizations to give back to the community. Groups are invited to take action locally by restoring, beautifying and cleaning up our environment. We'll work alongside corporations and schools that want to join the global action that Earth Day initiates. Currently, six local businesses and two schools will be in area parks planting native plants in a habitat restoration area, removing invasives, picking up litter and participate in general park restoration projects.
Finally, April 27 is Happy to Help Saturday. On the fourth Saturday of every month, volunteers of all ages and abilities participate in various projects that benefit the environment and improve the appearance of our community. Families love these events because everyone can participate. Projects include painting, planting, removal of invasive plants, and litter pickup throughout the city. April's event will support the City Nature Challenge, where cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people, using the iNaturalist App.
Like other affiliates, we greatly benefit from and enjoy the support of city leadership and the Grapevine Parks and Recreation Department. We appreciate their belief in our efforts and make every attempt to be an asset to the community where we joyfully serve.
Blog Post Written By Cindy Harris, Keep Grapevine Beautiful.