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Volunteer opportunities coming soon:

Get Down and Get Dirty-April 25
Gage Park-May 2
CSI Shawnee County-May 9
Topeka Cemetery-May 16
Garden of Hope-May 17, 24 and 31

Teams are forming now for Get Down and Get Dirty. We anticipate this being our largest event EVER! Last year we had nearly 1,600 volunteers participate.

This year we will hold GDGD on Saturday, April 25. Don’t miss the opportunity to help clean up our community!

This year’s sponsors are: Custom Tree Care, Strathman Sales, Waste Management of Kansas, Bimbo Bakery, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola of Topeka. Our gift sponsors are: Hyatt Place, YMCA, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, Cartridge King of Kansas, Shawnee County Parks and Recreation, WIBW and Strathman Sales. Please remember to thank these sponsors for their support of KAB.

Contact Philicia to register your team today: kab@kabtopsh.org or 785.224.0446
Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County
Announces Great American Cleanup Activities and Volunteer Opportunities

Other Great American Cleanup services and events include:

March 1 through May 31-Advantage Metals, in partnership with the Keep American Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County program, is continuing their sponsorship of an aluminum can recycling program. With a Keep America Beautiful sticker you will receive a five cent bonus over market price on each pound of cans recycled. Stickers can be obtained at Advantage Metals, 1628 NW Gordon. Hours are: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – noon.

May 2 and June 6 from 9 a.m. – noon –Shawnee County Household Hazardous Waste Special Collection Event – sponsored by Shawnee County Solid Waste Department. Collection of wastes such as household cleaners, pesticides, paint & similar products will be collected free of charge. Open to Shawnee County residents, households only, no businesses. Just East of Topeka Blvd. & North 46th Street. For questions call 286-4381

April 10—26–Tulip Time–City and Countywide celebration of tulips. Featured sites include: Ted Ensley Gardens, 3650 SE West Edge Road; Old Prairie Town and Botanical Garden, 1st and Clay; Doran Rock Garden, 601 SW Gage; and Downtown Kansas Avenue.

Volunteer opportunities include:Please RSVP for these events.

For additional information, please call Philicia McKee, at Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County at 224-0446 or e-mail kab@kabtopsh.org

April 25—Get Down and Get Dirty– from 10 a.m.-noon volunteers will participate in a community-wide cleanup in celebration of Earth Day. Volunteers will receive free lunch, free t-shirts (while supplies last) and will be eligible for prizes.

April 25–Washburn University “The Big Give”–Washburn students will help with community service projects around the community.

April 25–Christmas In Action Topeka–volunteers will help remodel local houses.

May 2—Volunteers and Topeka Beautification will help beautify in Gage Park from 9 am – 11 am (this is a monthly event)

May 9–CSI Shawnee County–Volunteers will clean out storm drains to prevent flooding and debris from entering our waterways. (this is a monthly event)

May 16–Adopt-A-Piece of History at the Topeka Cemetery–Participants will mow, trim and do general cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help prepare the cemetery for Memorial Day. Individuals are asked to provide their own equipment. Free lunch to volunteers at noon. Located at 1601 SE 10th

May 17, 24 and 31–Garden of Hope-volunteers will plant and maintain community garden to benefit the Rescue Mission (this is a weekly event)

The Great American Cleanup is an annual program sponsored by the national Keep America Beautiful program and the following national sponsors: Dow, The Glad Products Company, Lowe’s, Phillips 66, Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment and Waste Management.

For additional information, please call Philicia McKee, at Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County at 224-0446 or e-mail kab@kabtopsh.org

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In the Spotlight

SpotlightThis part of our new website will be dedicated to featuring businesses or individuals who follow good environmental practices.  If you would like to see your business featured here, or if you would like to honor an individual for their best environmental efforts who give back to this community, please send information to kab@kabtopsh.org

Topeka Community Cycle Project works to broaden access to cycling in Topeka through hands-on education and bike repair. We know that bikes can lead to self-reliance, sustainability and healthful living, so to that end, we are committed to the reclamation and distribution of new and used bicycles to community members. TCCP is located in downtown Topeka, Kansas. http://cycleproject.org/

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