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Lowe’s Helps I Love A Clean San Diego to Keep Lemon Grove Beautiful with $20,000 Community Improvement Grant
Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant Will Support Community Project in Lemon Grove for Park Cleanup and Beautification
SAN DIEGO, CA (October 30, 2017) – Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, has afforded I Love A Clean San Diego with a $20,000 grant as part of the 2017 Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant Program.
The 2017 Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Partners Grant Program engages local volunteers to take action to benefit their community with projects that focus on critical needs. I Love A Clean San Diego’s grant program has already renovated three community parks throughout Encanto and Lemon Grove with large scale cleanups and beautification projects, and one final event is set for Saturday, November 4th at Berry Street Park.
“I Love A Clean San Diego is committed to the conservation and enhancement of our local communities. Through beautification projects like these, we continue to transform San Diego into the litter free, zero waste, environmentally engaged region we envision,” said Pauline Martinson, Executive Director of I Love A Clean San Diego.
In addition to I Love A Clean San Diego’s grant initiative, Lowe’s is supporting more than 30 other grant-funded community service projects in 2017. Since the Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s partnership began in 2012, Lowe’s has contributed more than $6 million and over 1,800 Lowe’s Heroes volunteers to help Keep America Beautiful improve communities. The projects range from restoring neighborhood parks and planting community and school gardens to leading disaster restoration initiatives and large-scale cleanups. The donation this year will also support Keep America’s Beautiful’s annual Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program.
“Lowe’s has been empowering our national network of affiliates with significant Lowe’s Community Partners Grants for years, helping Keep America Beautiful turn public spaces into beautiful places,” said Helen Lowman, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and Lowe’s is taking responsibility to contribute to our vision.”
The first two cleanups focused beautification efforts on Encanto Park and Lemon Grove Park on Coastal Cleanup Day. Between the two locations, over 130 volunteers removed 129 pounds of trash and 57 pounds of recycling from the areas. On top of the debris removed, volunteers accomplished impressive feats by removing brush, weeding, planting 90 native plants, spread mulch, painting 9 structures, and removing graffiti.
The third event for ILACSD’s grant program took place in Lemon Grove’s Civic Center Park on October 21st. With a turnout of over 120 individuals, volunteers joined forces to remove litter – collecting 128 pounds of trash and 28 pounds of recycling, as well as some household hazardous waste. In addition, volunteers collected an unprecedented amount of cigarette litter from landscaped areas, spread new mulch, planted 95 water-wise plants, and painted the exterior of a nearby public restroom.
The final event as a part of this grant program will be taking place on Saturday, November 4th. This cleanup will feature even more beautification projects for Lemon Grove’s Berry Street Park. Volunteers can still register for this event at www.CleanSD.org and become a channel for change in their community.
“Our Lowe’s Heroes volunteers are ready to roll up their sleeves to help make our communities better places to live,” said James Frison, Lowe’s Director of Community Relations. “By working with Keep America Beautiful to address critical needs, we’re demonstrating our commitment to protecting the environment and improving the health of our communities.”
About I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD)
As San Diego’s most influential advocate for sustainability, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) is an environmental catalyst, awakening passion and inspiring action, empowering everyone to improve the health and beauty of our local environment. For over sixty years, we’ve brought the best in all of us together for a lasting, positive impact on our region. We are passion in action. For more information, to volunteer or donate, visit www.cleansd.org or call (619) 291-0103. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 60-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In the past decade, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $300 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, we strive to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.
Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, curricula, practical advice and other resources to deliver measurable environmental, economic and social benefits. The organization is driven by more than 600 state and local affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities and government officials. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.