Jared Oosterhuis
March 2021 Newsletter
Register TODAY for Pick-Up Iowa 2021
Join communities across Iowa participating in Pick-Up Iowa 2021 in coordination with the Great American Cleanup! You and your organization can participate by cleaning up litter and trash along Iowa’s roadsides, neighborhoods, streets, school grounds, parks, forests, and streams.   

Who may participate? 
Anyone! Cities, community and civic associations, schools, church groups, local sports teams, college clubs, groups of families and friends, businesses, Scouts, and others can organize their members and participate in Pick-Up Iowa. 
When: Pick-Up Iowa, will be held March 26th to June 30th, 2021 on any dates that work for your group.
What:  Pick-Up Iowa is part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup — the nation’s largest community improvement program. It is estimated 20,000 communities participate nationwide. As a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, Keep Iowa Beautiful is encouraging communities across the state to host a clean-up event between March and June 2021.  

To participate, register your group before March 12, 2021. Registered participant groups are eligible for a limited supply of free cleanup supplies such as bags, grabbers, safety vests and gloves donated by Keep Iowa Beautiful.

We look forward to assisting you with a successful Pick-Up Iowa 2021 event! 

Register your group TODAY! 
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2021 Keep Iowa Beautiful Award Winners
The Keep Iowa Beautiful Board of Directors announced the following award winners for 2021.

Governor Kim Reynolds will present the awards at a ceremony at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 30, at 3:00pm. The Governor will be signing a proclamation kicking off April as Keep Iowa Beautiful month.

Keep Iowa Beautiful Corporation Award
The Keep Iowa Beautiful Corporation Award goes to the CAN SHED-Recycling Center in Cedar Rapids for outstanding service of recycling cans, plastic and glass bottles making Iowa a more attractive place to live.   

Keep Iowa Beautiful Organization Award
The Keep Iowa Beautiful Organization Award to the Pocahontas County Foundation for celebrating 15 years of charitable giving, awarding $1.3 million dollars for over 360 community projects.

Keep Iowa Beautiful Robert D. Ray Award of Excellence
The Keep Iowa Beautiful Robert D. Ray Award of Excellence to the Community of Lost Nation  and the Hometown Pride Committee with their enthusiasm and engagement of the entire community created a new pocket park, an RV park, initiated holiday social events and regular clean up days.

Keep Iowa Beautiful Donald F. Lamberti Hometown Pride Vision Award
The Keep Iowa Beautiful Donald F. Lamberti Hometown Pride Vision Award selected Doug Friedli for his excellent work as Hometown Pride Coach for Fremont County providing long-term technical and support assistance to the communities.  The results improved quality of life, increased cultural and economic vitality resulting in more community pride. 

“The Keep Iowa Beautiful award program is designed to recognize exceptional people and organizations that have gone the extra mile to help build stronger Iowa communities,” said Reo Menning, Chair of the KIB Board of Directors. “A more attractive community improves the economic vitality and cultural climate where we live, work and raise a family.”
Sergeant Bluff Recognized by Keep Iowa Beautiful
The City of Sergeant Bluff was recently recognized with a membership award from Keep Iowa Beautiful! Sergeant Bluff joins over 50 communities statewide that are dedicated to enhancing the sustainability and vitality of their cities, towns, and rural areas. 

In an article featured in the Sergeant Bluff Advocate, City Administrator Aaron Lincoln (pictured receiving the award) is credited as being “instrumental in opening the doors to Keep Iowa Beautiful in lieu of continuing beautification efforts by Mayor John Winkel and the City Council.”

The Advocate also notes the most recent Sergeant Bluff project was announced last week with the launching of reconstruction of 1st Street, from C Street east to Port Neal Road during the upcoming construction season. 

Congratulations to the City of Sergeant Bluff! 
2020 Keep Iowa Beautiful Annual Report
Did you know that throughout 2020, Keep Iowa Beautiful volunteers dedicated over 4,700 hours to community improvement projects and collected nearly 37,000 pounds of litter? Not even a global pandemic could stop our amazing members and volunteers from working hard to improve the sustainability and vitality of their communities. 

Check out our program highlights, award winners, and more from this past year.
Build with Bags
Build with Bags Grant Application Deadline: March 30th
Have you submitted your application for the Iowa Grocery industry Association’s Build with Bags Grant Program? You still have time! The Application deadline is Tuesday, March 30th

The grant program is available to any government entity or organization within Iowa that purchases items for a park or school. The items must be made of recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic…also known as the base material for plastic bags! The program helps to increase plastic bag recycling and support community improvement projects at the same time. 

Check out this photo from Pocahontas Hometown Pride, a 2020 Build with Bags Grant Recipient! A new wheelchair-accessible picnic table, bench, and trash receptacle were added to heritage Park in Pocahontas, all sponsored by the Build with Bags Grant Program. 

To learn more and apply, visit the Iowa Grocery Industry Association’s website: 
You Can Stop Litter!
When you see litter happening on Iowa’s roadways from a vehicle, Call 1-888-665-4887
Please provide as much detail about the incident as possible:
  • License plate number 
  • Time and specific location (street & city)
  • What was thrown from the vehicle
  • A vehicle description (color, make and model)

Call 1.888.NOLITTR (1-888-665-4887) to report littering from a vehicle.
Social Media Submissions
Keep Iowa Beautiful wants to share your community’s good news!
Are you proud of a completed project in your town? Do you want to show off a new mural in your downtown? Did you host a fun, exciting event for your community? We want to know about it!

Click on the button below to share short descriptions of events, projects, or news from your town! You can include pictures and captions as well. Keep Iowa Beautiful will share your post on our social media!
Your Support Matters!

Keep Iowa Beautiful is a non-profit organization and, as such, relies on your support to ensure the success of our environmental education and community outreach programs.

Donations will help KIB's efforts to support our community. Any amount is valued and appreciated. 

Donations can be made online or checks can be mailed to our office:
Keep Iowa Beautiful
2910 Westown Pkwy #302,
West Des Moines, IA 50266
2910 Westown Parkway, Suite 302 | West Des Moines, IA 50266