Wilburton receives funding to improve community

The City of Wilburton was awarded a $300 grant by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) to support their “Wilburton Cleanup” effort this Spring as part of KOB's Great American Cleanup™. The Great American Cleanup™ is the nation’s largest annual cleanup, beautification and community improvement program. An estimated 60,000 Oklahomans join KOB for this year’s cleanup efforts. This national program of Keep America Beautiful is sponsored in Oklahoma by Devon Energy and coordinated by KOB.Grant funds, provided by OGE Energy Corp, will be used to run newspaper and radio advertising about the upcoming cleanup. The city will also use funds to pay for printing of educational literature.“We have grown tremendously with our recycling program and getting citizens to recycle, now we need to strive to educate recyclers how and what exactly is acceptable at our location,” said Recycling Coordinator Cindi Cox.KOB offered communities and organizations, who register for the Great American Cleanup™, $200 or $300 cash grants to help kick-start their activities. Grant recipients are encouraged to leverage this grant into more local sponsorships, publicity and volunteers.Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is a statewide nonprofit with a mission to empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance the state’s natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment.