Keep Prince William Beautiful Annual Spring Fling

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By Linda T. Kennedy

Keep Prince William Beautiful (KPWB), a 501(c)3 environmental organization that serves Prince William County), considers you one of their environmental stewards. That’s why they’re throwing you a party on May 18, 2024, at Cedar Run Brewery, on Hazelwood Drive in Nokesville. The KPWB 2024 Annual Spring Fling Fundraiser will bring together your neighbors, local businesses, and organizations with the rest of Prince William residents to celebrate and magnify the County’s voluntary greening efforts.

“Volunteer support is our lifeblood,” said Rico Fleshman, E.P., Executive Director at KPWB. “Not only do we get to educate people on protecting the environment, but we also get the benefit of their actual help.”

Live musicians will entertain event participants while they enjoy food from several of Cedar Run’s regular food truck vendors. Further, KPWB will provide games and activities for adults and children and host activities such as planting and pot painting, corn hole, and a bounce house. OmniRide will provide a bus activity, and popcorn, a ring toss, cup pong, and more will be included in the festivities.

KPWB uses events like the Spring Fling and education-based activities to promote actionable environmental conservation initiatives among PWC residents, businesses, civic organizations, and community partners who assimilate KPWB’s information into their ecological sustainability efforts.

“This work can range from recycling, participating in litter cleanups and removal efforts be that land or water, storm drain labeling, even planting gardens and pollinators,” Fleshman said.

Because the County is such a large and diverse area, Fleshman said, they rely on those who learn from KPWB’s educational outreach programs to share that information and help accomplish KPWB’s countywide environmental goals.

“Volunteers are our force multiplier and allow us to do that in a way that we could not with staff alone,” he said.

Like any non-profit organization, though, KPWB’s success depends on the County’s financial support. Fleshman said that the proceeds from this year’s Spring Fling would further help KPWB expand its educational outreach as it purchases a new vehicle—preferably a low-emission or hybrid vehicle.

“Currently, the KPWB organized community cleanups utilize the services of PWC Litter Crew to collect the garbage and dispose of it at the landfills,” he said. “Our own vehicle would allow us to collect garbage left by our cleanups and dispose of it at the landfill ourselves, thereby alleviating some of the pressure from the Litter Crews.”

Additionally, Fleshman said the branded vehicle would take KPWB staff to the various environmental education activities they sponsor throughout the County, including those at countywide school events, the County’s libraries, business environmental meetings and orientations, and TREX plastic bag recycling collections.

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KPWB also recently started a composting education and related composting program, new initiatives to help your greening efforts in your neighborhoods and towns. You can learn more about that at the Spring Fling event and purchase tickets online or at the door when you arrive on May 18.

Funds from the Spring Fling ticket sales and purchase of KPWB items will go towards the organization’s fundraising goal. For more information about the event and the activities, visit the Cedar Run and KPWB websites.

“Every little bit helps, and it starts at home,” said Fleshman. “One person changing their activity contributes to the whole of every individual who does the same. The impact of one may be minimal, but when considered as part of the action of the whole, the impact becomes quite significant.”

Linda T. Kennedy is a contributing writer for Prince William Living.

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