Keep Smyrna Beautiful, Inc., Projects, Programs, and Volunteer Opportunities
Adopt-A-Mile | Appreciation Cards | Awards Banquet | Books for the Library | Christmas Tree Recycling | Flower Barrels | Great Jonquil Gold Rush | Halloween Bags | Halloween On The Green | "Rivers Alive" River Clean-up | Image Enhancement Awards | Community Outreach Display Booth | Library Recycling | Litterbags | Partner in Education | Litter Index Survey | Scout Patch Program | Work Glove Luncheon | Volunteer Training
If you are interested in volunteering or you need more information, call 770 431-2863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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,
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, Earth Award (Outstanding Contributions) and Special Thanks (recognizes our Board). The City pays for the food and the plaques.
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.
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.
Litter Free Events and Event Recycling
Work with parks by providing trash bags to event patrons and posting litter-free event signs, and by providing and emptying recycling containers. Volunteers can help to distribute trash bags (people love them!) and help to put out containers, to collect the bags of recyclables to take to the Center, and to return the containers to the Community Center.
Two plantings per year at the recycling center. Volunteers can purchase plants and install them, November and May. Check with coordinator for plant type and source. Expenses will be reimbursed.
"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.
Casper's Friendly Castle
We have the Smedley "Stash the Trash" game, which is a bean bag toss, with free coloring sheets and little prizes. Volunteers are needed to man the game (3 people). The game is stored at the Community Center.
"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.
Image Enhancement Awards
Local businesses that have made significant improvements to the appearance of their property are recognized with a plaque at the City Council meetings. Recipients are determined by vote of the Commission. Volunteers can pick up the plaques and attend Council meetings to present the awards.
Community Outreach Display Booth
We have our display booth with literature on our programs, recycling, composting, mulching, grass recycling, litter prevention, and protecting public lands available for community events. At the Jonquil Festivals, we also collect funds for memberships and sell bulbs. Volunteers are needed to help move and set up the display, and to work the booth during events, and to give out litter bags.
Partner in Education
We are Partners-at-large with 19 area schools each school year. We conduct contests (Trash to Treasures Holiday Ornament contest, Environmental Bulletin Board contest) and hold classroom presentations on litter, recycling, and river awareness. We also distribute jonquil bulbs and other materials to the schools as resources permit. Volunteers are needed to judge the contests, deliver materials, present awards, and do classroom presentations (training provided by the director).
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.