CLEVELAND, April 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting this month, millions of volunteers across the country will take part in Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program. Marco's Pizza, recently named America's Favorite Pizza Company, will reward them for their efforts through a partnership with Keep America Beautiful, the nation's leading nonprofit committed to making America a clean, green and beautiful place to live.
Entering its 19th year, the Great American Cleanup will involve an estimated 50,000 events occurring from spring through fall in more than 20,000 communities across the country. Keep America Beautiful's signature national program engages more than 5 million volunteers and participants who take action in their local communities to create positive change and lasting environmental, economic and social impact. Participating Marco's Pizza locations will help these volunteers celebrate their hard work with a pizza party at the end of each event.
"Americans voted us their favorite pizza, and we thought this would be a great way to give back," said Marco's President Bryon Stephens. The Great American Cleanup is a worthy cause and we're proud to contribute a thank-you to those who are helping to Keep America Beautiful."
This year's Great American Cleanup theme –"#cleanYOURblock Party" – encourages people to volunteer at a local Great American Cleanup event in their community, organize an event on their own block and to celebrate their positive actions with friends, family and neighbors. The #cleanYOURblock Party Toolkit from Keep America Beautiful provides activity ideas and other tips at kab.org. Find a local Keep America Beautiful here.
"Keep America Beautiful is in the business of behavior change and our new partnership with Marco's Pizza will provide fantastic positive reinforcement to our volunteers this year," said Mike Rosen, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Keep America Beautiful. "We're thrilled to have Marco's Pizza bring the party to our 2017 Great American Cleanup volunteers."
Nationally, the Great American Cleanup annually delivers more than $175 million in measurable economic benefits to communities. The program is led by more than 620 Keep America Beautiful state and community-based affiliates and hundreds of other community, business and government partners who plan community improvement events and experiential education programs that help to:
- Clean and improve 100,000+ miles of local roads, trails, shorelines and waterways;
- Plant millions of flowers, trees, shrubs and community gardens;
- Revitalize and restore acres upon acres of public parks, nature trails and recreation areas as well as vacant lots; and
- Collect tons of litter, debris and other items for proper disposal, recycling or reuse.
Those interested in starting a Keep America Beautiful #cleanYOURblock Team should go to act.kab.org/cleanyourblock.
Marco's was founded by native Italian, Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco in 1978. Today, it's among the fastest-growing pizza franchises in the United States, and was recently named America's Favorite Pizza Company in a 2017 Market Force QSR Consumer Research Study. The company has grown from its roots as a beloved Ohio brand to operate more than 800 stores across the country and in four countries.
A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country in which every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people End Littering, Improve Recycling, and Beautify America's Communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 620 state and community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. To donate or take action, visit kab.org.
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