Keep Putnam County Beautiful - Clean Commission is a 501c3 non-profit and Keep America Beautiful affiliate, serving Putnam County, Tennessee. Since 1986, the Clean Commission has worked with volunteers throughout our county to remove litter from our communities and natural areas, to improve public areas through beautification projects, and to educate our community members on the importance of recycling and the impacts of litter. Additionally, we help support community events by providing recycling services. As a volunteer based organization, the Clean Commission is run by a single Executive Coordinator, and managed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of 12 professionals and concerned citizens with a single purpose: To Keep Putnam County Beautiful.
2020 has certainly been a difficult year for everyone, filled with uncertainty. Our community endured a deadly and destructive EF-4 tornado on March 3 and now continues to deal with the effects of the worldwide Covid19 pandemic. Despite the hardships endured this year, Keep Putnam County Beautiful - Clean Commission and its volunteers have worked hard to maintain our mission to positively impact our community through litter removal and beautification. Our accomplishments so far this year include:
1) Successfully held our annual #PutnamProud County Wide Clean Up, in which we worked with 20 volunteer groups, totalling 231 volunteers completing 377 hours of service, to remove litter from Cookeville, Algood, Monterey and Baxter.
2) Supported the recovery and debris removal process of the March 3rd tornado by organizing and supporting volunteer teams within the impacted areas.
3) Maintained cleanliness and improved the beautification of the E. Stevens St/Lowe Ave recycling center through our Adopt-A-Center program. This recycling center was adopted by the Vol State Green Team and the Cookeville Sunset Rotary Club, with the beautification of the recycling bins being completed by the Art Jam.
4) Received a cigarette litter grant through Keep America Beautiful and Terracycle, in which we were able to supply businesses in the West Side entertainment area of Cookeville with free receptacles for cigarette butts in order to reduce the amount of cigarette litter in the area, as cigarette litter is the #1 most littered object in the world. The Clean Commission provides these businesses with bi-weekly clean-outs of these receptacles, which are sent to Terracycle for full recycling. Learn more here: https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/cigarette-waste-recycling
5) Organized and held our annual Garden Tour, implementing social distancing measures, with the help of 4 local gardeners, which was attended by 88 participants.
6) Continued working with and supporting our Adopt-A-Road groups, whom adopt county roads and maintain their litter-free status multiple times throughout the year.
As a volunteer based non-profit, the Clean Commission generates operating revenue through grant opportunities through The City of Cookeville, The Putnam County Government, Keep Tennessee Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful, as well as through fundraising with local businesses, organizations and individuals within our community who support our mission to reduce litter throughout our county and to Keep Putnam County Beautiful. As individuals in our community, we hope that you will join us in our mission to Keep Putnam County Beautiful by becoming a member of the Clean Commission in 2021 by making a donation to help support our cause. Our goal for our annual membership drive is to raise $10,000 dollars, which will support our volunteers and organization to continue to make a positive impact in our county.
We know that 2020 has been financially difficult for many of our neighbors and families throughout our community, and we are greatly appreciative of any amount you are willing and able to give, however, our membership tiers are:
Tier 1) $30 - Individual Green Member
Those who donate at this level will be an official member of the Clean Commission and will receive our quarterly newsletter as well as a sticker from the Clean Commission.
Tier 1) $60 - Family Green Members
A donation at this level will designate an entire family as members of the Clean Commission, and will receive our quarterly newsletter as well as 4 stickers from the Clean Commission.
Tier 2) $125 - Silver Member
A donation at this level will designate an individual as a Silver member of the Clean Commission, and will receive our quarterly newsletter, 4 stickers, and a clean commission T-shirt
Tier 3) $250 - Gold Member
A donation at this level will designate an individual as a Gold member of the Clean Commission, and will receive our quarterly newsletter, 4 stickers, a clean commission T-shirt and a "Nobody Trashes Tennessee" hat.
Tier 4) $500 - Platinum Member
A donation at this level will designate an individual as a Platinum member of the Clean Commission, and will receive our quarterly newsletter, 4 stickers, a Clean Commission T-Shirt, a "Nobody Trashes Tennessee" hat, and a limited edition Clean Commission Thermal Mug.
(All members will receive their membership items in February)
We thank you all for taking the time to help support the Clean Commission and its volunteers in 2021, and we look forward to continuing making a positive impact for all of us in Putnam County. If you don't mind, please help spread the word about the Clean Commission to your friends and family so that we can, together, help Keep Putnam County Beautiful.