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February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

I am a recently appointed board member, but have know of this organization for many years. This group sparked my interest in helping serve my community! They have been instrumental in educating the public on recycling, litter control and waste management. They have been a strong moving force in this community to improve our environment. From organizing neighborhood pickups, talking with school groups, becoming a familiar face in the local media, the Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission has exceeded their goals on a regular basis. The group is a vital force in this community!

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Over the years I have witnessed the impact this group has made on our community.

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The only restraints this group faces in lack of resources to expand their programs.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

Many years ago, before being on the board, I heard of the Clean Commission. It inspired me. I saw the things that they were trying to do. Putnam County has been credited with being one of the biggest recyclers in Tennessee, per capita. The Clean Commission continues to serve the community. Our board and coordinator hope to continue to educate and motivate our community. We want to make a difference!

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The Clean Commission has helped me educate the students at my school for years. They have provided displays, programs, and even pickers to help us Clean Up.

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Give us more money to work with. We could make a bigger impact.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

I served on the board of the Cookeville - Putnam County Clean Commission for several terms. I have never worked harder in my life! This a working group. We collected hazardous waste, did highway cleanups, lake cleanups, and educated school children. Over the years I have witnessed the changes the Commission has brought about. I see both trash and recycle bins at all public functions. I now see bins in public buildings!
I cannot express the positive feelings I have for the Cookeville - Putnam County Clean Commission. I hope that they keep going strong until the mission is completed!

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My experiences as a board member, a citizen, and an elementary school teacher.

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Get them more publicity and funds

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

For twenty-five years the Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission has worked tirelessly to promote recycling and litter prevention in the community. I first noticed their presence at a local festival several years ago. The current coordinator, Lisa Luck, puts in many more hours than she is paid for because she is so committed to this work. In addition to speaking at various area schools, Lisa meets with community members, elected officials and local business people to discuss a variety of topics related to the work of the organization. This is my third year as a board member and I can tell you that this board does much more than meet once a month! We clean a section of roadway twice a year and we all volunteer to staff our booth at several annual community events in addition to keeping these events litter-free with the help of many volunteers.

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I'm proud of the Clean Commission for working so hard to keep our community clean and beautiful.

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Work on fundraising and increase the budget so that the coordinator can work full time and we can get our message out to more people.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

When I first moved to Cookeville in l981 it was the amount of litter in this area that first caught my attention. As a result, I was one of the first Board Members to the Clean Commission in the mid l980s. Since that time much time and effort has been spent on educating people about litter prevention, hazardous waste, recycling efforts, Adopt-A-Highway participants, property awards and so much more.

As the number of new residents has grown in and around Putnam County over the years so has the amount of litter. The need for curbside recycling is very real, massive education efforts in schools, civic clubs and businesses has to be addressed... all of this takes dollars and manpower.

I am proud to live in this area for many reasons. However, we have to find a way to make every person care about their environment.. at home... at work... even on the golf course!

I respectfully request that the Putnam County Clean Commission be considered for this prize. Your dollars will be well spent!

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many ways. The Clean Commission works diligently throughout the year in Home Shows, Fun Fests, and other community affairs. Our Director meets monthly with City and County officials on better ways to reduce litter and assist with recycling efforts. Our Adopt-A-Highway program continues to grow.

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Pay and provide more work hours for our Director. She would gladly work a 40 hour week if funding were available.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

As a past Board member and President, I have been committed to the mission of the Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission. The Commission attempts to educate, encourage and recoginize community members to recycle and prevent littering. Our county, as any county across the nation can attest, the litter problem we face is an epidemic, defacing the beautiful countryside of all our communities and generally saying to those visiting, "we really don't care about the litter and trash along our highways!" What a sad commentary on how the general public feels about the unsightly trach and garbage that is strewn everywhere!!! Until we all take more pride in where we live and how we can improve its aesthetic appearance, litter will forever be a plague on our environment.

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Helped to further its mission by not only being a Board member but by participating in highway cleanups and promoting its mission.

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Hope for more funds so that the work it attempts to do could be more influential.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

The Clean Commission has worked for 25 years to keep Putnam County clean. It has only one employee and a $30,000 budget. Most work is volunteer and much of the revenue is donated. The commission promotes cleanup and recycling.

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the clean streets/highwars, and the full recycling bins.

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give it more money

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