Thursday, April 17, 2014

Osceola to Participate in Clean-Up Initiative

OCAH Organizing Litter Pickup for April 25-May 24, 2014
Volunteers needed to help keep Osceola beautiful

Osceola, AR (April 15, 2014) – Volunteers are needed to participate in OCAH’s first annual spring community improvement April 25-May 24, 2014. Sponsored by OCAH, Osceola/SMC Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Osceola, the cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas (GAmC), the annual spring statewide litter pickup campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB). 

“Litter continues to be a problem in Osceola,” said Debra Felske of Osceola, local coordinator of this year’s cleanup. “It can leave a negative impact on our community for years to come. By participating in this year’s Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, local residents can help make Osceola a vibrant community."

Everyone in Osceola is encouraged to participate in this year’s community improvement effort. Civic and service organizations, church and youth groups, school groups and clubs, scouts, individuals, families, neighborhoods, and businesses can organize cleanup teams and pitch in.

Local organizations are encouraged to choose an area of town for either litter removal or a beautification project.  OCAH will be providing a limited number of trash bags and gloves.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own supplies also.  Sign-up sheets will be available at the Chamber and Main Street offices.  A city wide clean-up day is scheduled for May 24 at the conclusion of this month long event.

“Community pride is everyone’s responsibility,” Felske said. “We all live in this community together and must work together to keep it clean and green. We do this to maintain our quality of life, to create a place we can all be proud of and to improve our local economy.” 

About the Great American Cleanup
The national kickoff for the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup is March 1. Local Great American Cleanup events are being organized in March, April and May. Activities will include beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning waterways, collecting recyclables, picking up litter, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events. This year’s national Great American Cleanup is sponsored by Altria, Dow Chemical Company, Glad Products Company, Phillips 66, Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment and Waste Management.

About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., Keep Arkansas Beautiful works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. It operates as a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and is overseen by a nine-member commission appointed by the governor. KAB is funded by 1 percent of the eighth-cent conservation tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information about KAB, visit or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. 

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful Inc., established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of nearly 1,000 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful builds vibrant communities through public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. To learn more about Keep America Beautiful, visit

Information Contact: 
Debra Felske, GAmC Coordinator
Osceola Center for Arts and Heritage