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Jasper Receives Rebuilding Texas Grant from Keep Texas Beautiful - KJAS.COM: Local News

Jasper Receives Rebuilding Texas Grant from Keep Texas Beautiful

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Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 2:30 am | Updated: 10:54 am, Thu Sep 13, 2018.

Jasper, Texas – A year after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Jasper community, Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) has recognized Keep Jasper Beautiful as a recipient of the Rebuilding Texas Grants program. Through KTB’s partnership with Keep America Beautiful and sponsorships from Revolver Brewing, Waste Management and Chevron, KTB will provide nine affiliate communities with funds to continue to rebuild and restore their public spaces after the destruction caused by the storm. With contributions from Revolver Brewing, Waste Management and Chevron as well as generous individual donors, KTB created the Rebuilding Texas Grants program to support restoration projects and long-term recovery efforts in the affected communities, such as ours.

The fund will support the City of Jasper’s efforts to enhance Sandy Creek Park and Nature Trail.

“It’s an opportunity Keep Jasper Beautiful, Jasper Master Gardeners and all of our volunteers now have to give back to the City of Jasper and their Team in rebuilding and expanding Sandy Creek Park. It’s our responsibility as citizens to Pay it Forward.“ Keep Jasper Beautiful Chairman, Brent Meaux.

In addition to Jasper, Keep Aransas Pass Beautiful, Keep Weston Lakes Beautiful, Keep Aransas County Beautiful, Keep Seabrook Beautiful, Keep Friendswood Beautiful, Keep Cuero Beautiful, Keep Jasper Beautiful, Keep Sugar Land Beautiful and Keep Lake Jackson Beautiful were also awarded grants to help rebuild their communities.

“Beyond financial support for restoration projects, we’re aiming to help our affiliates by providing them with an outlet to engage community members and focus on rebuilding together,” says Suzanne Kho, Executive Director of KTB. “We are so thankful for our partnership with Keep America Beautiful and numerous sponsors and donors, as it allows us to have an even greater impact on our Texas communities.”

Keep Jasper Beautiful is thankful for this grant and the opportunity to continue to rebuild Sandy Creek Park and Nature Trail. To learn more about KTB resources and current grant opportunities, visit www.ktb.org/grants or interested in joining Keep Jasper Beautiful, call 409.384.5747 Brent Meaux.

Keep Texas Beautiful

Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) is a statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to beautifying and improving community environments through programming and education; we address the areas of litter prevention, community beautification and waste reduction. We work with affiliate communities, government agencies, businesses, civic groups and volunteers to ensure that every Texan has the opportunity to make Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. KTB is also a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of KTB. For more information, visit www.ktb.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @keeptxbeautiful.

Keep Jasper Beautiful

The purpose of this organization shall be charitable and educational within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended and to promote public interest in the general improvement of the environment of JASPER TEXAS to initiate, plan, direct and coordinate programs for litter control and solid waste management for the community on a sustainable basis, to implement and maintain the Keep Texas Beautiful goals and to study, investigate and develop plans for improving the health, sanitation, safety and cleanliness of the City of JASPER by beautifying the streets, highways, alleys, river and stream banks, lots, yards, and other similar places in the said City and County, to aid in the prevention of fires, diseases, and other casualties by the removal and elimination of trash and other debris from the streets, highways, alleys, lots, yards and other similar places; to encourage the placing, planning and/or preservation of trees, flowers, plants, shrubbery and other objects or ornamentation in said City and County; to protect song birds and other water fowl, advise and recommend plans to other agencies of the said City and County of the environment of JASPER TEXAS.

About Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey of 2017 is tied with 2005's Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting $125 billion in damage, primarily from catastrophic rainfall-triggered flooding in the Houston metropolitan area.

Highest wind speed: 134 mph

Dates: Aug 17, 2017 – Sep 3, 2017

Damage: $125 billion (2017 USD); (Tied as costliest tropical cyclone on record)

Affected areas: Texas, Nicaragua, Louisiana, Belize, Honduras

Category: Category 4 Hurricane (SSHWS), Tropical Depression (NHC/CPHC)