Our friends at Altafiber and The Gorilla Glue Company worked to beautify
Our friends at Altafiber and The Gorilla Glue Company worked to beautify
Gorilla Glue staff painting South Comminsville sign. Altafiber staff cleaning the sidewalk in North Fairmount.
700 our friends at Altafiber and The Gorilla Glue Company worked to beautify the neighborhoods of North Fairmount and South Cumminsville over the last couple of weeks– and phew! What a whirlwind!

Altafiber (formerly Cincinnati Bell) employees joined the North Fairmount Community Council and North Fairmount Community Center to help tackle some bucket-list items.  We cleared seven public stairways of overgrowth and debris (including one of the longest stairways in Cincinnati– the Merrell Street Steps!) Over 8 miles of sidewalks and roadways were cleared of overgrowth, litter and dumped items, and we even built a new garden space and pavilion for the community to enjoy. After some finishing touches, we’ll also be installing two new gateway signs as well. 

The Gorilla Glue Company joined us for their second event of the year and we focused on three areas within the South Cumminsville community– Wayne Playground, Leadership Park, and our work-in-progress Spaces to Places site, the future Children’s Garden. We spread a MOUNTAIN of mulch for the play area in the park, planted thirty-five trees along the walking path, and gave the swingsets a fresh coat of paint at Wayne Playground. Leadership Park (and the gateway sign across the intersection) got a fresh coat of paint and some refreshed landscaping. And we made some incredible progress on the Children’s Garden– A new mural, the garden is taking shape with raised beds and fencing, and a natural playscape/seating area is in place. To top it off, we painted a new gateway sign to welcome all to the neighborhood of South Cumminsville.

Of course, we couldn’t have done it without the help from our partners. A HUGE thank you to both Altafiber and Gorilla Glue for your continued support– both financial and physical. Thank you to Cincinnati Public Services for coming out in full force to ensure we were able to pick up and dispose of all the trash and debris we collected for both events. Thanks to the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, the City Manager’s Office, and our wonderful community groups who helped in the planning and execution of the events.

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Are you applying for the next Safe & Clean round? The City of Cincinnati invites you to participate in a no-cost Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment (SARA) training program hosted by the University of Cincinnati Research Institute of Crime Science. This FREE training opportunity aims to expand the use of the SARA model to support healthy, safe, and welcoming environments in all Cincinnati neighborhoods.  

This 16-hour training program will provide community leaders with an in-depth education and discussion on the key principles of SARA and the opportunity to apply the practice with the support of their fellow cohort members. Training begins Oct 1st!

If you would like to stay up to date with Safe & Clean or have any questions, please contact Ania@KeepCincinnatiBeautiful.org
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Trash illegally dumped on ground.
In August of this year 39 separate incidents of dumping were captured with our cameras. A majority of these happened in Avondale, North Fairmount, South Fairmount, and Walnut Hills. If you see illegal dumping you can report it using the Fix It Cincy App or the Hamilton County R3source website.
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Tzedakah Box for Ish’s Be The Change Festival. Tzedakah Box for Ish’s Be The Change Festival.

This past weekend, our Arts team displayed their Tzedakah Box for Ish’s Be The Change Festival! We were excited to join and see the five boxes from local organizations across Cincinnati. Each box was themed around different causes, and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful’s box was Environmental Activism. Our Arts team focused on the heat island effect, and our interactive prompts helped passersby identify if they lived on a heat island. Be on the lookout for the box in BLINK on Oct 13-15, but in the meantime, check out the photos from Saturday!

Volunteers removing trash
Over 30 community cleanup events have already been scheduled for this upcoming fall season!  Register to host a cleanup event in your neighborhood and receive supplies, volunteer recruitment, and logistical support!  Want to join in on an existing cleanup? Check out our calendar of events
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Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is so grateful to all of our donors for their support year round! We recently mailed out nearly 250 invitations to the Cincinnati Block Party to our donors to thank them and encourage them to attend and celebrate the great work they make possible. Our board members and staff continue to gather and rally fantastic items for our silent auction and gift card pull in advance of the big party; their dedication is your gain! Thanks, especially, to our Board President, Jeff Harris, for his support of the block party; to our Board Member Tim O’Connell who has provided Cincinnati Reds tickets for attendees of the block party; and to all of our staff for furnishing the odds and ends needed to make this event a success. 

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KCB has received several grant awards this season! Our latest grants include:

Thank you to Wingstop for the $5,000 grant award to our Community Engagement Program for the development of a Careers in Environmental Science series. Look for more information in coming newsletters and thank you again to Wingstop and to our Board Member, Kyle Ludlow! 
 Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is hosting our 5th Cincy Block Party on October 28th at Benken Florist and Home Garden.

Our Annual Fundraiser is almost here! Join us on Friday October 28th, from 8 to 11 pm. Want more KCB? Join us as a VIP and enjoy early entry at 7 pm! This party is as funky as ever, with light bites and an open bar, as well as some new and returning games and a silent auction. Invite your friends using the link below! 

Date: Friday, October 28th

Time: VIP Hour 7-8 PM | General Admission 8-11 PM

Location: Benken Florist Home & Garden

Tickets: $150 VIP* | $75 General Admission | $100 at the door

Take advantage of our Early Bird Pricing: $75 advanced ticket sales end at noon on Friday, October 7!

Please note that all ticket sales are final; KCB will not issue refunds for cancellations. COVID protocols to be determined as we navigate the lingering impact of the pandemic. Details will be shared as soon as they are finalized but could include proof of vaccination or negative test prior to the event.
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