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Keep Smyrna Beautiful, Inc., Projects, Programs, and Volunteer Opportunities

Taken from Keep America Beautiful:

"Today, Americans are moving faster and doing more with the modern conveniences our society provides. But this comes at an expense to our natural resources, beauty and community cohesion we work every day to improve.

Our national challenges with litter, recycling and beautifying communities will be even more relevant in the years to come as they were in 1953 when national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful was founded ...  more than in 1967 when canine TV star Lassie appeared as a mascot for our anti-littering public service campaign ... and more than 1999, when we launched the Great American Cleanup.

Because of our history, many people believe Keep America Beautiful is just an anti-litter organization. After all, "Every litter bit hurts!" But we are much more!

For decades, Keep America Beautiful has been working at the grassroots level to revitalize blighted neighborhoods, restore vacant lots, renew communities struck by natural disasters, and bring beauty to our shared public spaces. Our collective action champions environmentally healthy, socially connected, and economically sound communities. "

As Keep America Beautiful is more than anti-litter, so is Keep Smyrna Beautiful! We are the official organization for all things environmental in the City of Smyrna. We have begun to work on projects such as Atlanta Regional Commission Green Cities Designation, EV Charging Stations, a Tree Save program. We are moving forward everyday to help the City of Smyrna be the best it can be!

Adopt-A-Mile | Appreciation Cards | Awards Banquet | Books for the Library | Christmas Tree Recycling Great Jonquil Gold Rush |  | "Rivers Alive" River Clean-up| Community Outreach Display Booth  | Litter Index Survey Work Glove Luncheon |

If you are interested in volunteering or you need more information, call 678-631-5519 or email jbarwig@smyrnaga.gov. We can help coordinate projects for corporate, school or faith based groups who wish to volunteer. At most of our events, volunteers are given a free "Fight Dirty- Keep Smyrna Beautiful" t-shirt to take home. Letters documenting volunteer time are sent to all volunteers who provide contact information.

Sustainability  Keep Smyrna Beautiful is THE environmental organization for the City of Smyrna. Per the ordinance that created us, we lead the way for environmental programs, make suggestions to elected officials, and generally look for ways to keep our City beautiful. To this end, we have gladly taken on the sustainability efforts for the City of Smyrna. We will be creating a plan to move the City forward beginning with applying for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities Designation. Questions - contact us at Questions? Email us here.

Adopt-A-Mile
We host four clean-ups per year, usually the third Saturday in January, April, July, and October. Volunteer groups sign-in in the morning at the Recycling Center where supplies and refreshments are available. The April Cleanup includes a picnic for volunteers and members at the recycling center, with food provided by Board Members (covered dish). Volunteer opportunities include reminder calls to volunteer groups, opening and closing the "Volunteers at Work" signs on South Cobb Drive, signing groups in and out, picking up refreshments, handing out gloves and vests, supply inventory after the event, washing gloves and tablecloths for reuse, and joining in the pick-up for a group that is short on volunteers.

Adopt-a-Stream - Volunteers are needed to help monitor stream health in Smyrna. Call us to direct you to required training for this important service to our community.

Adopt-a-Trail - We conduct a monthly cleanup of a very visible and accessible section of the Silver Comet Trail at the East-West Connector. Training and supplies are provided. Scheduling is flexible.

America Recycles Day/ Recycler Appreciation Day - November 15th is national America Recycles Day. To celebrate, we honor our Recycling Center patrons with free refreshments and giveaways on the Saturday closest to November 15th. Volunteers are needed to help with this event.

Appreciation Cards for Homeowners and Businesses
This is an ongoing program to recognize homeowners and businesses who keep their property looking nice. Board members turn in addresses (no names are required) to the Director (or volunteer in charge) who addresses and mails the cards and keeps a record of the cards that have been sent. Members can send out cards on their own provided they turn in a record of the addresses and postage used,

Awards Banquet
Usually held in March, our Awards Banquet is a dinner held at the Community Center to recognize volunteers and contributors to our program. We have a short program with a speaker and then give out the awards to Adopt-a-Mile Groups, Helping Hand Awards (individuals or groups that have helped our program), Recycling, Image Enhancement, Jonquil Gold Rush, and Special Thanks (recognizes our Board).
Volunteers help with the flowers, the set-up, greeting and signing in the guests, addressing the invitations, serving drinks at the reception, music, announcing and distributing the awards, photography, and clean-up.

Books for the Library
This is a year-round program where KSB pays for the purchase of books on environmental issues for the Smyrna Library. Volunteers can make recommendations to the Director.

Bring One for the Chipper (Christmas Tree Recycling)
We man a site (Home Depot in Vinings) for the statewide Bring One for the Chipper event. Citizens are urged to drop off their Christmas trees for chipping in the Home Depot parking lot, and they are given a seedling to plant at home. The event is usually the first Saturday in January from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Volunteers work either morning or afternoon shift helping to direct traffic, unload trees, give out seedlings, and clean up.

Smyrna Community Garden- Located in North Cooper Lake Park, our Community Garden has plots in a variety of sizes are available for lease by the calendar year. Regular attention (at least weekly)to the upkeep of plots is required, as well as 3 hours per quarter of volunteer time. Water is provided.

Smyrna Outdoor Market (formerly Smyrna Fresh Produce Market) - We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Market year. The Market will begin on May 4, 2019 and run until October 19, 2019.  The Market will be closed on August 3rd, September 14th and 29th due to City of Smyrna Events.  For vendor information click here

Litter Free Events
We work with our Parks Department by providing trash bags to concert patrons and posting litter-free event signs. Volunteers can help to distribute trash bags (people love them)!

KSB Garden Tour - We need many volunteers to help the day of the event collecting tickets,  acting as guides, and helping with the plant sale and Tea Room at our annual educational Garden Tour held in May. Volunteers get free tickets to the tour and T-shirts.  Funds raised from the Tour are used to improve local school campuses.  Interested in being on the committee?  Email us at jliberman@smyrnaga.gov.

"Great Jonquil Gold Rush"
We make jonquils available to community at almost cost each fall starting in October. Volunteers are needed to help deliver bulbs to various sales locations, to sell the jonquils at the Fall Festival, and to help plant jonquils on public lands.     

"Rivers Alive" River Clean-up
Each fall, we join Keep Cobb Beautiful and Keep Marietta Beautiful at the Paces Mill site of the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area to clean the river banks and Rottenwood Creek. Volunteers are needed to help sign people in, to unload and distribute supplies and refreshments, to man our display, and to help with the cleanup itself.

Community Outreach Display Booth At Community Events
We have our display booth with literature on our programs, recycling, and much more, available for community events. Community Events include: Spring and Fall Jonwuil Festivals and Woof Stock.  Volunteers are needed to help with the booth.

Litter Index Survey
Once a year, we are required by Keep America Beautiful to conduct a Litter index of litter in our community. Volunteers are driven through pre-determined areas and rate the area based on a 4-point scale. Result are tabulated and an average rating is determined.

Sensory Garden- The Smyrna Sensory Garden at the community Center is located just off the Game Room. The Jonquil Garden Club has taken on this garden for us and has planted a variety of flowers, plants, and herbs that are  beautiful. We are greatful for their support.

Shredding Events -We host popular Free Shredding Events in the fall and spring. Volunteers are need to direct traffic, help unload cars, and break down boxes for recycling. The events are usually held at the Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center, 884 Church Street, Smyrna from 9 am until noon on the scheduled day.

Work Glove Luncheon for all outdoor workers Every Fall, usually at the Community Center. Volunteers are needed to obtain door prizes, decorate, and to welcome, count, and direct our guests to the banquet area.