Friday, April 25, 2008

Earth Day 2008: Take Pride in America® joins Keep America Beautiful for Times Square Kickoff of Great American Cleanup

(Photo by Keep America Beautiful)

Recently, in celebration of Earth Day, Take Pride in America® joined with Keep America Beautiful for the official kickoff of New York City’s Great American Cleanup. Take Pride in America was there to support its partnership with Keep America Beautiful, and to present a Presidential Volunteer Service Award to a local volunteer, Malinda Futrell, for her more than 25 years of service.

For over 25 years, Futrell has worked as a community garden volunteer, for a total of over 50,000 hours of service. Currently, Futrell works with Martha Stewart’s “Garden for Living,” and she is also the founder of the 6th Street and Avenue B Garden Association.

“Take Pride in America is proud to stand hand in hand with its strong partner Keep America Beautiful,” said Katie Loovis, Executive Director, Take Pride in America. “Being able to present Malinda Futrell with this Presidential Volunteer Service Award, is a true honor and a pleasure. Twenty-five years and 50,000 hours of service should serve as an inspiration to us all. It shows us the difference that just one person can make in the community and in our public lands.”

Running from March 1 through May 31, the Great American Cleanup is a program to promote cleaner, greener communities across America. More than 30,0o0 events in 17,000 communities will remove litter and debris from public lands and waterways, promote recycling, and beautify public spaces with trees, plants and flowers.

You can find more info from the day HERE, on the Keep America Beautiful website.

(Photo by Keep America Beautiful)

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