Local nonprofit, Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful, received two awards in February to recognize its efforts and works in 2018. It received the Governor’s Circle Award and the President’s Circle Award for its outstanding achievements in community beautification and environmental sustainability. Both awards recognize exemplary performance in litter reduction, waste minimization, and community greening. The Governor’s Circle Award is presented at the Georgia Capitol Building and the President’s Circle Award is presented at the Keep America Beautiful National Conference.
“One of our nation’s most effective grassroots community resources is our local affiliates, which engage millions of Americans in volunteer service each year,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman. “Our affiliates provide real solutions that help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. They enrich the communities they serve and help create opportunities for Americans to do beautiful things.”
“We believe that everyone deserves to live in an environment that is healthy, safe, clean, and beautiful,” said Natalie Johnston-Russell, executive director of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation. “The recipients of this award are an instrumental part of that mission, and we are thankful for their dedication and commitment.”
In 2018, Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful began its Yard of the Month program, built and installed four monofilament fishing line recycling bins at the new Haig Mill park, hosted the annual Christmas Tree and Electronics Recycling Day, and the Conasauga Watershed River Cleanup. They also were connected with cleaning up over 6,500 pounds of litter by sponsoring multiple Adopt-a-Mile groups and beginning the Turn Up, Clean Up series alongside Believe Greater Dalton.
The executive director, Amy Hartline, began in early 2018. She said about the last year, “We took some great strides in 2018 in connecting more with the community and reaching citizens, this year we are hoping to increase our collaboration and find more ways to get residents involved through our board, collaborations, Adopt-A-Spot program, or events.”
Visit www.KeepDaltonWhitfieldBeautiful.org to register for the KDWB newsletter or call 706-278-5001 to find out how you can volunteer or participate in events