Keep America Beautiful - Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund

In quick response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma arriving back to back in August and September 2017, the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful launched the Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund. The fund will provide financial aid, technical support, in-kind donations, and other resources to affiliates and community partners whose residents are facing the widespread and long-term impacts of these climate fueled extreme weather catastrophes. The funds will go to green infrastructure projects to improve resiliency, and to building community engagement through social programs. In the future, the Fund will continue to support communities outside of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma.

Keep America Beautiful plans to renovate and rebuild public spaces after natural disasters or other unanticipated events, or before they occur. With a focus on resiliency and green infrastructure, the fund will provide immediate and long-term support for initial and ongoing cleanup efforts and to help rebuild vital public space such as parks, greenways, community gateways, Main Street/downtown areas, open spaces and more. In addition to two of the organization’s State Affiliates, Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep Louisiana Beautiful, local affiliates are currently serving impacted communities in Alvin, Angleton, Corpus Christi, Cuero, Dickinson, Galveston, Houston, Katy, Lake Jackson, Pearland, Port Aransas, Richwood, Sugar Land and Victoria, Texas as well as Calcasieu Parish and Lake Charles, Louisiana, among others.

 

Keep America Beautiful is a community improvement nonprofit organization focused on making communities “clean, green and beautiful places to live,” and has been a leader in nation-wide litter prevention since its founding in 1953. Recent programs and publications have been focused on litter, blight (deteriorating or vacant properties), and recycling. The organization recognizes the interrelatedness of sustaining community green space and sustaining community rebuilding efforts. 

In the press release, Helen Lowman, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful reminds us of the power of public green spaces to aid in the process of recovery: "Public spaces are the heart of a community, providing safe, welcoming and beautiful places for neighbors to gather, love, laugh and heal during the long journey towards a ‘new normal’ for survivors and the community at-large. Cleaning and restoring beautiful public spaces, and improving their resiliency for the future, can play an important role in the overall recovery of a city, town or neighborhood and help to strengthen a sense of community.

 

Publication Date: September 6, 2017

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