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Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful

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Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Environment, Environmental Beautification, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is dedicated to creating a cleaner, more beautiful region through education and active community involvement.

Direct beneficiaries per year: • removed more than 50 tons of trash from our community, • pulled 47 tons of invasive weeds from our river banks and parks, and • kept more than 10,000 trees out of the landfill – instead helping them becoming mulch for myriad weed-abatement and soil-erosion projects!

Geographic areas served: Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to creating a cleaner, more beautiful region through education and active community involvement. S5000797 For over 25 years, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful has been working with businesses, municipalities, community groups and individuals to keep our open space hills, the Truckee River, business corridors, and our neighborhoods beautiful for all to enjoy through our beautification and education programs and projects.

Programs: KTMB works with local businesses, city and county TREast4municipalities, community groups, and more than 3,000 volunteers every year to keep our area looking its best for all to enjoy through education and direct action. With the help of key community partners, KTMB works towards solutions for hot topics that affect our community like illegal dumping in our open spaces and along the river, graffiti, and invasive weeds. From public garden plantings, cleanup events, adopt-a-spot to hands-on youth activities, there are so many ways individuals and businesses can get involved to Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

KTMB is one of most engaged and best managed nonprofits that I have ever worked with.

Christi Cakiroglu and the Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful team are committed to a cleaner, healthier more beautiful environment, through responsible community cleanup programs, effective education and community involvement.

I have been fortunate to work with this organization as a client for almost 20 years.
During this time, KTMB has created and administered community tree planting programs that have resulted in the planting of over 1,274 beautiful shade trees in Reno, Sparks and throughout Washoe County.

They have developed a comprehensive e-waste recycling program which in one year alone, collected 70,000 pounds of hazardous electronic waste. Keeping it out of the Nevada landfills and safely facilitating its recycling into new useful products.

And most importantly they have annually created and administered the nation’s largest single telephone book recycling program. Hundreds of tons of old telephone books were recycled back into new telephone book paper because of this successful and well managed environmental program.

As a representative of a Fortune 100 company that has a long history with KTMB, I must say that this is the finest and best managed community non-profit that I have ever worked with.

Bravo to KTMB, Christi Cakiroglu and fine staff and volunteers that help to Keep Nevada Beautiful!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the current Volunteer Coordinator for Washoe County Parks, I have the pleasure of working very closely with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB). KTMB refers a large percentage of the organizations that want to do cleanups in Washoe County parks to us, as well as helping to find groups to adopt our parks and trails. Not only do they provide support in the form of volunteers, but will also assist with any needed tools or supplies. In addition, KTMB's annual Great Community Cleanup and Truckee River Cleanup are absolutely instrumental in the overall beautification and upkeep of Washoe County's parks and open spaces. The staff at KTMB never hesitates to tackle a big project and will go to great lengths to achieve their goals. I am always inspired by their passion and am so grateful for all of the assistance they provide. I can't imagine our community without KTMB keeping it beautiful!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with this organization on and off for several years and I have seen it grow exponentially within the last few years. KTMB has provided and continues to provide much needed services in an area that relies on a healthy tourism economy to survive.

Leo H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was directed towards KTMB based on a project I envisioned for the Washoe County Leadership Academy. There were several people at the county who liked my idea but wanted some way to make it happen. KTMB was suggested as the best route to make that happen.

It the intervening years now, I have learned much about public volunteering. I have learned that there are hundreds of others in our area who also have my passion for maintaining clean public lands and open space and that, as much as I do for this group, there are many others, particularly Christi Cakiroglu and the staff at KTMB whose efforts and energy keep me humble and give me a bar to rise towards.

Through their many efforts, directly and with other non profits and companies, they do a tremendous job in keeping our region cleaner than it would be and to facilitate and produce meaningful projects with real results to all of our residents and visitors' benefit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) as the County representative on their illegal dumping task force (seeks to end illegal dumping, particularly on public lands). I am still involved in that task force, but have assumed a broader role as a facilitator and enabler. What impressed, and continue to impress, me about KTMB is the dedication of their staff to make a difference in our community. KTMB staff selects projects of value to the community, and that triggered both me and my wife to volunteer for KTMB sponsored events to help clean and educate our community. I am really impressed with the "range" of volunteers who are attracted to KTMB events in order to clean our community. Volunteers range from high school students, to young professionals, to 4 wheel outdoor sports enthusiasts, to families. KTMB provides value to our community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional code compliance supervisor, I was invited to help Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful seek ways to reduce unlawful dumping on public and private lands. I continue to work with KTMB towards this goal, and we have taken major strides towards educating the public about unlawful dumping, informing enforcement officials and judges about penalties for those caught dumping, and (most importantly) significantly reducing unlawful dumping. However, the goals of KTMB are much broader and I was truly impressed by their community outreach, enthusiasm, and dedication - so I have volunteered on several occasions to clean up areas and assist with Christmas tree recycling. KTMB fills a unique role within our community and without them our community would be a poorer place to live. Thanks to KTMB, its staff, and their enthusiastic volunteers.

Jeff62

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My wife got me going with volunteering with KTMB after she had been connected to them for years. I have volunteered at two events this year and will definitely do more in the future. The events are meaningful, well organized, professionally supplied in terms of kudos for the volunteers, etc.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

KTMB is a fantastic organization that is committed to the beautification of our region. KTMB is passionate about keeping the community clean and educating the community, especially its youngest members about what it means to be waste warriors. I value my involvement with this terrific organization and have enjoyed getting to help on numerous projects from community clean ups, planting flowers and recycling Christmas Trees. I love including my family, friends and co-workers in KTMB's projects.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is truly a great non-profit that has made and continues to make strides in the Reno-Sparks area by educating residents on the many benefits of a clean community. Furthermore, the organization and its leaders are experts in moblizing volunteers. By engaging thousands of volunteers each year, KTMB has created a culture of civic engagement in the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

KTMB is a great organization that motivates Truckee Meadows residents to get involved and take pride in their community. Through programs like the River Cleanup and Christmas Tree Recycling, KTMB improves the quality of life of our community by working to reduce waste and educating the community on how they can keep their area beautiful. The Reno-Sparks area wouldn't be what it is today with out this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

KTMB plays a vital role in our community. The tireless work accomplished from staff has truly had a tremendous impact on our great community. I feel very privileged to be a part of this great organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The KTMB crew does an incredible job working to maintain the exceptional quality of life we all enjoy here in Northern Nevada. Keep up the great work!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an incredible non-profit that truly works towards their vision of creating America's cleanest city. The staff is fully engaged and passionate about the cause. The are all very approachable and dedicated to educating our communities

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Donor

Rating: 5

KTMB is a responsible and responsive nonprofit. The organization applies for our competitive grants and receives funding because of its excellent work and comprehensive reporting. When community members call to get recommendations of where to volunteer, KTMB is top-of-mind. It does a great job of not only coordinating volunteers but appreciating them as well. Glad to know this organization and its staff!

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Donor

Rating: 5

KTMB does a great job for our community and is well respected. As the local organization known for volunteer coordination, KTMB is my go-to resource when community members ask if I know where they can contribute their time. We are proud of our affiliation with KTMB and encourage them to Keep Up The Good Work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful that says it all. That is what they do keep the Truckee Meadows Beautiful. The assistance I receive from this organization is irreplaceable. The City of Sparks owes a great big thank you to KTMB.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful benefits so many within the Truckee Meadows. The great community clean up and the river clean up are two of the most successful events I have ever witnessed. This organization is without a doubt a five star nonprofit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is one of the best non-profits that I have ever worked with. The level of community commitment and professionalism demonstrated by this organization rivals none. Volunteering or participating as a board or committee member with KTMB is an extremely rewarding experience that I recommend to everyone looking to give back to the community.

Donor

Rating: 5

KTMB is well organized and easy to volunteer with, since there are set dates well in advance of clean-ups. There are also coordinator positions always open for those who would like to organize volunteers. Additionally, there are tree planting programs, surveys and environmental education it's members participate in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for special projects and serve on the program committee with KTMB. In the past 3 years I have enjoyed working on community clean ups, recycling programs and tree planting projects as a coordinator. The staff and volunteers are wonderful to work with and I can see an immediate visual benefit for the community - less trash, more trees, nicer parks. As a landscape architect having designed many area parks it is very concerning seeing the lack of upkeep and vandalism. KTMB provides volunteers for park maintenance to show that local residents care about our parks and open spaces. Additionally they coordinate with volunteers from businesses for adopt a park and adopt a spot, further expanding their reach into the community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is simply amazing. They are forever coming up with new and innovative ways to raise awareness and fund the beautification of our community. Our Board is very involved, both monetarily and as volunteers. We truly love our community!!

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is the reason that our open spaces are cleaner with each passing year. They are the reason behind the Illegal Dumping Task Force. They are the reason that I love living in Northern Nevada.

KTMB staff is important to the success of this organization. These folks are passionate about the “cause” and devoted to its success. You gotta love Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful does exactly that! Our community is more beautiful as a result of the efforts of this organization. Through their numerous programs, they reach out to various levels of the community and promote education and beautification. From children to CEO's, they include everyone in the fun!

Maia D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The KTMB crew goes to work everyday excited to tackle community issues such as illegal dumping, recycling and blight. We are vey lucky to have an organization in the Truckee Meadows that can work collaboratively with numerous levels of government and other nonprofits to solve community issues.

Janet28

Donor

Rating: 5

As Chair of the Truckee River Fund, which supports KTMB's Truckee River Cleanup, I can whole-heartedly endorse this group for their ability to harness 100's of volunteers and get real cleanup work done. Not studies, not meetings, actual work along the River. Thank you KTMB!Janet Phillips, Reno

Board Member

Rating: 4

I recently became a Board member after I asked to be. Why ask? , I was totally impressed with this Organization after being a volunteer for several years on the Christmas Tree Recyling Program and the Litter Index. I truly believe they/we do a great job.

Angela F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding group that does amazing things for our entire community. I have been involved in the Truckee River clean up efforts and am proud to drive by and see the lasting results.

ecochic

Board Member

Rating: 5

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is a collective community effort centered around litter abatement and proper disposal education. KTMB gathers thousands of volunteers around a common passion--a love and respect of the Truckee Meadows we call home. This incredible network of grass roots activism has weathered the tough economic times we've seen and survived as one of the regions remaining environmental non profit organizations thanks to the efforts of a strong executive director, staff, board and support community. Go KTMB!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

KTMB is a small but mighty organization that has a strong presence in Northern Nevada. As key champions for leading volunteer litter reduction and education efforts, KTMB fills in where local governmental organizations are not able. The annual Christmas Tree and phone book recycling programs, along with efforts of the Illegal Dumping Task Force, are programs most of the residents in the area are aware of - a true mark of KTMB's success.

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