By Nicole Tinkham
We live in a truly amazing place and sadly, most of us probably don’t think much about what makes it so special. We often take our beautiful beaches, parks, and community for granted because we’re so used to having them there. What if these things that make Manatee County what it is were neglected or not there at all? This is why we need to bring our attention to Keep Manatee Beautiful, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping our home clean and beautiful.
Who they are
Keep Manatee Beautiful was established in 1991 as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and now has more than 7,000 volunteers to help achieve the mission of keeping Manatee County a beautiful place. They host beautification projects, engage in litter cleanups, plant trees, and much more.
How YOU can help
There are many ways in which you can help keep Manatee County beautiful. Here are some of the volunteer programs you can participate in.
• Adopt-A-Shore Program: Volunteers adopt a section of shoreline and clean it at least three times a year for 2 years.
• Adopt-A-Highway & Adopt-A-Road Programs: Volunteers adopt a section of state highway or county road within the community and clean it at least 4 times a year.
• Adopt-A-Spot Program: Volunteers keep an area (median, park, etc.) litter-free and are able to beautify the area with plants.
• Build America Beautiful through the Clean Builders Program: Encourages contractors and builders to take steps toward litter reduction by following guidelines and practices for waste reduction and recycling.
• Storm Drain Marking/Stenciling: Educates people about how oil, chemicals and debris affect water quality and threaten wildlife.
• Boaters’ and Anglers’ Pledge: An outreach program that teaches water sportsmen how to prevent litter and marine debris while on the water.
• Monofilament Recovery & Recycling Program: Focuses on recycling fishing line as well as heightens awareness of the negative impact this debris has on marine life, human welfare, and water quality.
• Trash Trackers: Helps enforce anti-littering laws with the help of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
• Leave Your Mark: Public and private schools strive to meet criteria necessary to become a Keep America Beautiful school.
• Graffiti Hurts: Provides ways to report, remove, and prevent graffiti.
• Donate: Click here to make a donation to Keep Manatee Beautiful.
In addition to the volunteer options above, there are also volunteer events organized by Keep Manatee Beautiful that you may be interested in.
Keep America Beautiful National Planting Day (Raises awareness about the importance of planting native species).
International Coastal Cleanup
SandBlast & Symphony on Anna Maria Island (Sand sculpture competition, food, and music)
Check out the events page for more details.
As you can see, Keep Manatee Beautiful does a lot in the community to clean and beautify our home, and educate others on the importance of recycling. We encourage you to either volunteer or help out at an event. You’d be surprised how a little help goes a long way!
Keep Manatee Beautiful
P.O. Box 14426
Bradenton, Florida 34280
Corner of Cortez Road & 66th Street West
Fax: (941) 795-3490