Keep Liberty Beautiful Business Story
The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce has close to 500 AMAZING members. From restaurants to retailers and everything in between. They add a great amount of value to Liberty County and the surrounding area. Each member brings something special to our chamber family, and we want to take time to highlight our members by telling their business story. This week we are highlighting Keep Liberty Beautiful.
Who are you and what is your business?
Keep Liberty Beautiful (KLB) is a community education and volunteer action program dedicated to community improvement. An affiliate of the national organization, Keep America Beautiful, since 1983, Keep Liberty Beautiful has a long history of working for the best quality of life for Liberty County.
What does Keep Liberty Beautiful do?
The focus areas of KLB are:
- Litter prevention
- Community Improvement
- Waste reduction
- Storm-water conservation education
What’s an interesting fact about Keep Liberty Beautiful that most people don’t know?
KLB embraces the goal of Keep America Beautiful of engaging individuals in taking greater responsibility for improving their community
environments. They accomplish this goal with the help of volunteers which are the heart of their program. The KLB programs include:
- Great America Cleanup is held March-May & is part of a national effort to clean and beautify Liberty County communities.
- Rivers Alive is held in October emphasizes protection our waterways large & small. We are a coastal county & 40% of our land areas are rivers, streams, creeks, ponds, marshes & wetlands.
- Annual St. Catherines Beach Sweep
- Adopt Liberty offers opportunities for individuals, families & groups
- Cigarette Litter Prevention Campaigns
- Bring One for the Chipper
- Arbor Day
- Quarterly Recycle It! Fairs
- Green Leaders
- Annual Earth Day Celebration
- Community Garden
Green Leaders Program
Keep Liberty Beautiful offers a Youth Leadership Program called “Green Leaders.” The program is designed for students in tenth through twelfth grades. Applicants must be in good academic standing at their school. This program helps young people develop leadership & social skills by engaging individuals in our community in taking greater responsibility for improving their community. This is accomplished while working toward accomplishing the mission of KLB. Every year, KLB accepts up to three student applicants to participate in the program.
Green Leaders have an opportunity to serve in leadership roles at environmental events during the academic year while earning community service hours for involvement in KLB activities. Students that successfully complete the program are eligible to receive a reward stipend. You can find out more information about the Green Leaders program here.
The Bryant Commons Area Project
In 2018 KLB received a 1st place award for State Community Beautification: Business/Professional from the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation. The award was presented for The Home Depot Foundation Community Project for veterans in Liberty County. This project was a massive collaboration with the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce, Hinesville Downtown Development Authority, M.E. Sack Engineering, Home Depot and many volunteers who worked hard to complete Cisco’s Dog Park and the Veterans Memorial Walk at Bryant Commons.
The projects included the completion of:
- Veterans Walk by planting thousands of shrubs around military seals & flag poles.
- Cisco’s Dog Park & canine obstacle training courses.
- A playground for local families to enjoy the outdoors.
- Beautifying the Serenity Trail for veterans surrounding a pond with shade structures and benches.