Keep Mansfield Beautiful Doubles in Size, Increases Positive Community Impact
Jan 31, 2017 01:47PM
By Melanie Heisinger
The expanded Keep Mansfield Beautiful crew. Pictured left to right: Leon Williams, Sim Chatha, Sarah Zink (president), Gordon McMinn, Jan Hurlbut, Jackie Conley, Carla Green, Sharon Roberts. (not pictured David Crumpton and Charna Blumberg).
This group of inspiring people has just recently doubled in its size, and that's only just the beginning. We wrote an article a while back highlighting the great things that this group is doing for the community, "Keep Mansfield Beautiful group is dedicated to a clean and beautiful city." However, after we discovered their group had expanded, we wanted to know more about them.
In the last few months, thousands of citizens have worked in events such as "Love Your City" Creekside Cleanup, "Love Your Streets" Adopt a Street and "Love Your Neighbors" Impoverished Assistance Cleanup programs. The most recent has been the Creekside Cleanup, where volunteers worked over 1,000 hours one Saturday in October. Over 200 youth alongside adults picked up 56,734 pounds of litter along streets, parks and waterways, including 150 tires. It really made an impact on the community.
Luckily, we were able to get in touch with one of their members Jan Hurlbut to learn a little bit more about what their mission is, as well as a few ways you can help, too.
Tell us a little about the group. When and how did it get started?
Keep Mansfield Beautiful began in 1986 to sponsor bi-annual beautification days and creek side cleanups. Last year, the group expanded to a city-supported, community-based group to engage the citizens with a “Love Your City” campaign, headed by Sarah Zink, and a new logo from Mansfield Magazine.
What are your goals for the group and where do you see it heading?
The goals of Keep Mansfield Beautiful are to educate and engage the community to create a clean and beautiful city.
What's something people usually assume about the group? What do people usually assume that's incorrect?
People usually assume the group is behind any beautification and cleanup activity in Mansfield. One thing that people assume that is incorrect is that the work and influence of the group ends there. KMB has an impact on home values, bond ratings, attraction of new businesses and civic pride, to name a few.
What is your personal favorite aspect of the group and your mission?
A personal favorite aspect of the group is the enthusiasm from the top, Sarah Zink and the support from the City of Mansfield coordinators Arianne Shipley and Stephanie Zavala.
Another favorite is the community enthusiasm, as well with the KMB board doubling in size this year. The mission’s focus of Love Your Streets, Love Your Neighbors, Love Your City Cleanup Events and Love your City Programs & Events creates opportunities in so many different areas for the community to engage.
What's one of your most memorable moments while working there?
The creative new approach to Earth Day with the unique activities and educational events at last year’s festival. This was held at the new Chris Burkett Service Center which boasts state of the art architecture and xeriscaping.
Are there any recent or upcoming changes that people should know about?
KMB is getting ready to roll out a revamped Love Your Streets campaign with new banners displaying our new logo. KMB is also working with the city in the selection of the first Mansfield Official City Tree.
KMB is also gearing up for the Earth Day Mansfield Festival in April. Check Mansfield Magazine’s online calendar of events for more dates.
Who can we contact if we want to get involved?
Contact Arianne Shipley with the City of Mansfield Water Utilities Division for volunteer opportunities.
To learn more about the great things that Keep Mansfield Beautiful is doing, please visit their website.