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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With over 2000 non profit organizations in our community to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one(s) to support. For me and my family, we chose KTMB to contribute financially, to volunteer our time and to encourage others to support as well and will continue to do so for many reasons. 1) It's a cause that we all benefit from; 2) It's an organization that is run lean and healthy; 3) the staff and the board of directors are clear in their mission and their role in our community; 4) KTMB is sincere in their appreciation for the volunteer time and other contributions they receive; 5) their events and their message are consistent, which makes it simple to share with others.
I'm so impressed with KTMB's ability to use every available opportunity to educate our community about recycling opportunities and volunteer events to reduce, and recycle waste appropriately in our region!
KTMB has long been the leading driver of reduce, reuse, recycle in Northern Nevada. In recent years it has also expanded to addressing the growing issue of illegal dumping, organizing illegal dump clean-ups and lobbying for better laws regarding the practice. And the best thing - KTMB and its staff make keeping our community beautiful fun! Yes, they make picking up garbage one of the best ways to spend a weekend!