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Denton Benefit League: Committed to Keeping Denton Clean

Since 1992, the Adopt-A-Spot program has engaged volunteers to clean up a street, park, or trail on a recurring basis. Denton Benefit League (DBL) was one of the first adopters registering for their “spot” in 1993. Over the years, DBL has remained active in the program, even having three different cleanup locations across the city at one time!

Denton Benefit League during a cleanup.

Current DBL President, Shelley Anthony, shares the value DBL sees in the Adopt-A-Spot program, “We wanted to be a part of helping Denton stay beautiful. I feel like being a part of the cleanups allows others to see that we care about Denton and we are setting an example. Some participants also include their family members and it sets an expectation helping others.”

DBL has worked diligently at their locations for 27 years donating over 2,250 hours of service and removing more than 6.5 tons of litter from our community. The women’s group has also sponsored the program funding roadway signage to recognize the hard work of volunteers at each “spot”. We are grateful for DBL’s commitment to improving the quality of life in Denton and their long-term support of the Adopt-A-Spot program.

Texas Native Plant Art Exhibition – Artworks of Denton ISD Fourth Graders

While this year's Denton Redbud Festival has been cancelled out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the community, we are pleased to share the Elm Fork Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists' Texas Native Plant Art Exhibition. The exhibition is showcased at the Redbud Festival each year and features artworks from Denton ISD fourth graders. We hope you enjoy!

The Impact of Denton’s Great American Cleanup – A Volunteer Perspective

Each year, the Great American Cleanup (GAC), Denton’s largest community cleanup, brings together thousands of volunteers to remove tons of litter from our city’s streets, public spaces, and waterways. Sadly, to protect the health and safety of the community and our volunteers, KDB took precautionary measures and cancelled the 32nd Annual GAC on March 21, 2020. We, at KDB, often share why we think community wide volunteerism is important but wanted to hear directly from a community member. We asked Suzi Rumohr, a member of Bike Denton, an organization that participates in GAC and KDB’s Adopt-A-Spot program, to share why she and Bike Denton participate in the event each year and the value such events bring to our community.

Why does Bike Denton volunteer for the Great American Cleanup?

A primary goal of Bike Denton is to increase the opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy the benefits of bicycling, which includes building community! Not only does the Great American Cleanup present an opportunity to bicycle and to build community, but it is also a perfect partnership for cleaning the rail trail, in particular. Using bicycles and bicycle trailers to clean the trail is more efficient and easier than walking and also demonstrates another way people can complete a task without using a motor vehicle and contributing to air pollution.

What do you like most about the event?

Participating in a large event where everyone is working towards the same goal creates such a great sense of community. It’s fun to see everyone use their individual skills to solve problems. In the case of Bike Denton, the special skill is the ability to pick up and transport litter on the rail trail without a motor vehicle. Most of all, the best thing about this event is seeing how much cleaner the city looks afterwards!

What impact do you think litter cleanups make on our community?

In addition to getting some of the current litter cleaned up, community litter cleanups promote ownership and pride in the community, awareness of the quantity and types of litter in our city and can inspire participants to continue to clean up bits of litter they see every day and also be more careful about the waste they produce themselves.