We focus on fostering an environmental ethic, i.e. changing people’s attitude toward litter & waste handling; altering their behavior patterns concerning debris; instilling within them a continuing sense of pride about our community. We consider ourself an educator; all of our projects are educationally oriented & aimed at combating litter & other polluting forces on a continuing basis.
We are also involved in many types of beautification & restoration projects. Below is a sampling of our activities:
- The Great Florida/America Clean-up – Every March, April and May, KWHC&B coordinates neighborhood clean-ups in those areas where residents are concerned with litter and junk.
- Adopt a Median – KWHC&B and the City of Winter Haven have adopted the medians throughout the city. The City of Winter Haven will maintain the beautification of the medians through adoption fees which range from $800 to $1200.
- Adopt a Lakeshore/Road – KWHC&B and the City of Winter Haven along with organizations and private citizens maintain the lakeshores and roads of WinterHaven on a voluntary basis through adoption.
- Project EAGLE – (Enhancing A Great Living Environment) A chain of lakes clean-up co-sponsored with the City of Winter Haven and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is held the last Saturday in April from 8am to 12 noon. The main registration is located at Lake Shipp Park.
- Earth Day Celebration – KWHC&B provides information and exhibits on recycling and other waste disposal options at the Water, Wings and Wild Things – Polk Naturefest is an annual event in April.
- Community Improvement Awards – KWHC&B and the City of Winter Haven recognize private residents inside the city limits who tastefullyimprove the overall appearance and condition of structure and landscape design of their property.
- Tree Seedling Give Away – KWHC&B and the City of Winter Haven donates over 1500 Florida Friendly tree seedlings each February to private citizens interested in enhancing their yards and neighborhoods.
- Neighborhood Associations – KWHC&B will assist any neighborhood or “Neighborhood Association” to help keep their areas clean and free of litter.
- Get Reel Program – Kids for Fishing – KWHC&B collects new and used fishing equipment for the children.
- Recycling Programs for Schools – Local Schools participate and earn money by recycling products in their schools.