PWA is pleased to announced that it has received its first grant from Keep America Beautiful via the Dr. Pepper/ Snapple Park Recycling Bin program. Only affiliates of Keep America Beautiful could apply. In preparing the grant application, PWA contacted the six towns that make up the Pemaquid Peninsula and neighboring non-profits that manage public areas. In June, PWA distributed 20 large recycling bins to the local towns and nonprofits that wanted them. The Town of Damariscotta received 4, Bristol and Waldoboro each received 5, Bremen received 2, and the Central Lincoln County YMCA received 3. The bins become the property of the recipient and will be placed in public places as handy receptacles for used beverage containers.
In May, PWA was certified as an Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. PWA’s Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful (KPPB) initiative aims to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Pemaquid Peninsula by promoting a clean, litter-free environment. One of the benefits of being a Keep America Beautiful Affiliate is that PWA is eligible to apply for grants that are available exclusively to affiliates, such this recent recycling bin grant and others for cigarette litter prevention, work-place recycling, litter prevention education in schools, and community beautification. “It’s a privilege to be in a position to channel tangible goods directly to the towns and local non-profits,” remarked Donna Minnis, PWA’s Executive Director. “We look forward to making the most of the special grant opportunities our KAB Affiliation brings in order to maximize the benefits to the communities of the Pemaquid Peninsula.” Minnis and PWA volunteer Lynne Gilbert, who is a member of the KPPB Steering Committee, spearhead the KAB grant applications.