January 2020

Love Thy 'Nati Celebration 

Join us on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Woodward Theater for a FREE volunteer appreciation brunch and our annual award ceremony.
Enjoy a light brunch with bites from Taste of Belgium and O-Pie-O, and sip Mom n' 'em Coffee while connecting with some of the Tri-state's greatest volunteers and community partners! We'll announce the Rep the Crown awards, celebrate past successes, and kick off the 2020 Great American Cleanup season.

Love Thy 'Nati is a celebration of YOU, our dedicated heroes who march tirelessly with boots on the ground, tools in hand, and Cincinnati pride in your hearts. 
Cincinnati is beautiful because of YOU.

Apply for a

Rep The Crown Award!

Become an honoree at our upcoming Love Thy 'Nati Celebration!
Have you or someone in your community participated in a neighborhood improvement project in 2019? If so, apply to win a Rep The Crown Award and $500 for your community!
The Rep The Crown Awards are all about celebrating individuals volunteer for the community and the amazing work they do for all of us! 


Free Environmental Education Field Trips for Local Schools

We are sponsoring a limited number of experiences that immerse 3rd -12th students in the topics of waste reduction, litter prevention, and natural resource conservation. KCB will cover the cost of transportation (one bus) and program fees, no reimbursement necessary! 

CLICK HERE for more information and a list of approved destinations!
Email Kara Luggen to receive an application

Safe & Clean Grants

Win up to $10,000 for your Community!
Things are growing at the South Cumminsville Community Garden thanks in part to a City of Cincinnati Safe and Clean Neighborhood Fund. The South Cumminsville Community Council was able to get reimbursed for the cost of a fence around the community garden  If you have an idea to improve your community the next deadline for applications is February 7th.

Click Here to Learn More!

Do You Own A Boarded Up Building In Cincinnati?

If you or a friend owns a building with boarded doors and/or windows, consider Keep Cincinnati Beautiful’s grant-funded Future Blooms program!  Our artists enhance the already-boarded properties by painting doors, windows and flower boxes on the barricaded parts of the buildings to make them appear new, as seen pictured.
We need your permission to begin enhancements. Remember, this grant-funded project is AT NO COST TO YOU and you will never be charged for the work. You can call, mail or email the signed permission form to Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. We hope you'll consider the amount of good this project can do for you and your neighbors!
Fill out the Building Permission Form here!

Volunteer Events: CERVIS

We’re working on integrating a new volunteer registration software called “CERVIS” which will help provide a more streamlined way of volunteering with KCB! If you have volunteered with us in the past and receive an email from CERVIS via KCB, we’re just working on putting previous volunteers into the system. You can "pre-register" with us to make signing up for future events easier. We appreciate your patience as we work on rolling this out for 2020!

Interested in Hosting a Corporate Clean-up Event?

Looking to get your corporate team involved in the community? Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is filling up our spring calendar with cleanup events happening all over the city. If you’re interested in partnering with us for a Team-Building Event or would like more info, visit our website.

Staff Spotlight:


Keely Brown

Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at Keep Cincinnati Beautiful? Do you ever think about the amazing people that make our non-profit successful in its mission? That’s why we’re starting Staff Spotlight -- an interview series where you can learn more about our awesome team members, board members, and volunteers here at Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.

This month, we sat down with our new Scripps Howard Communication Intern, Keely Brown, to get to know a little more about her.
Where are you from originally? How’d you end up in Cincinnati?
I’m originally from Philadelphia, but I moved to Cincinnati for school. I’m a fourth-year Communication and Journalism student at the University of Cincinnati, and I hopefully (fingers crossed) will graduate this spring.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I broke my chin open twice as a kid. The first time it happened I got stitches, which (obviously) did not work out. The second time, doctors super-glued my chin back together, and I haven’t had a problem since!

What do you like to do in your free time?
When I’m not studying or working, I’m a couch potato. Since I don’t have a lot of down time, I love to watch movies with friends or curl up with a good book when I have the chance.

Where’s your favorite place to eat in Cincinnati?
I love Hangover Easy. Breakfast is served all day, the food is delicious, and the mimosas aren’t too bad either. Plus, as a college student, it’s easy on my wallet and my bank account doesn’t hate me afterward.

What’s your favorite part about working here?
Although I just started at Keep Cincinnati Beautiful this month, I’m beyond excited to start. Everyone here is extremely dedicated, passionate, and great to work with. I can’t wait to see what I’ll do while I’m here!


L&L Nippert Foundation
A huge Thank You to the L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation for their gift of $25,000 to support Keep Cincinnati Beautiful’s Arts Program. Their generosity will enable us to paint 100 boarded buildings, engage 100 community volunteers, and expand our impact to 2 new neighborhoods.
General Electric Employees' Community Service Fund
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful’s Education program received a $3,250 grant through the General Electric Employee’s Community Service Fund. Thanks to their gift we will be able to provide over 500 students with an outdoor fieldtrip. 
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful’s Education program received a $1,000 mini grant through Northern Kentucky University's Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project for our One Ton One Year composting challenge.  Thanks to the students from MAT 115: Mathematics for Liberal Arts we are well on our way to collecting one ton of compost this year!
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Cincinnati is beautiful. We’re committed to keeping it that way. Our education, revitalization, and environmental initiatives build community and foster pride in the places where we live, work and play. Our grassroots network of neighbors, sponsors, and volunteers put passion to work across all 52 neighborhoods, creating safer, cleaner spaces and a higher quality of life for everyone.
Rise up, Queen City. Rep the crown.
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