Keep Austin Beautiful hopes this message finds you and your loved ones preparing for an incredible holiday season ahead. Before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, we want to thank you for your unwavering support during the challenging months of 2022.
After two years of navigating the pandemic, Keep Austin Beautiful bounced back by coordinating 155 volunteer projects and educating 7,435 students within Greater Austin. Despite the consistent virus exposures and unavoidable event cancellations, the team could still mobilize 3,580 volunteers. These dedicated individuals contributed 7,276 hours of community service, removed 24 tons of litter, and cleaned 140 miles of public shared spaces.
Keep Austin Beautiful remains even more committed to removing litter, protecting Lady Bird Lake and local creeks, and ensuring all Greater Austinites have access to clean, safe, and beautiful green spaces. However, we need your help to continue cultivating a culture of community service, creating new opportunities for neighbors to connect to nature and one another, and developing our kids into the next generation of environmental leaders.
Looking ahead to 2023, we face real challenges in delivering our programs and services to the community. The cost of purchasing gasoline for our project vans; securing litter grabbers, trash bags, and education materials for volunteers and students; and replacing outdated technology for the staff has increased by as much as 30 percent in some instances over the last several months.
To ensure that Keep Austin Beautiful can continue supporting community service and school projects, we invite you to join The Beautify Club. By joining this community of supporters, you will provide us with the essential resources to continue engaging thousands of youths and adults in meaningful and impactful community service. Can you support us with a donation to fuel another 35 years of beautifying green spaces, cleaning waterways, and reducing waste every day?
With your support, we can mobilize thousands of volunteers to beautify neighborhoods and public shared spaces across Greater Austin for all to enjoy.
Thank you again for your continued partnership and commitment to beautifying our great city.
Rodney E. Ahart