Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Great Florida Cleanup Draws 65,000 Volunteers

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Great Florida Cleanup Draws 65,000 Volunteers

Article excerpt

The eighth annual Great Florida Cleanup drew more than 65,000 volunteers from throughout the state to clean up, paint and fix up their communities. The program has been so successful that it's grown from 51,000 just a year ago.

The expanded 1999 cleanup was made possible because of the support of a national partnership involving Keep America Beautiful, Inc. and First Brands Corporation, the maker of GLAD Bags, who donated 175,000 garbage bags to the cause.

The volunteers worked through 38 affiliates of Keep Florida Beautiful, Inc., a state affiliate of Keep America. Beautiful. The organization serves as an umbrella group bringing together many diverse entities to help Florida communities in the areas of litter prevention, beautification, and minimizing the impacts of waste.

The Great American Cleanup and Great Florida Cleanup reflect Keep America Beautiful's strategic direction for the 21st Century--a national signature event focused on litter prevention and individual involvement. This program event is designed to support Keep America Beautiful affiliates, community volunteer groups, and private and public partners, provide new sources of funding and sponsor partnerships.

Cleanup volunteers benefit the community. For every dollar invested by local and state government, the local private sector cash, in-kind and volunteer hours provide a match of an average of $7.09 to the communities served by Keep Florida Beautiful affiliates.

Recently a new kind of volunteer got involved in the cleanup. …

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