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Community pride

Posted: December 29, 2010 4:58 p.m.
Updated: December 31, 2010 5:00 a.m.

As we look back on 2010, one cannot but be proud of our wonderful community with all of its heritage, history and opportunities for the future. Two very important aspects of our community which set us apart from so many others are the number of community based organizations and the generous contributors who make up these organizations. One of these organizations, which made such significant contributions to our community over the past number of years, is the Camden Tree Foundation. The foundation, a non-profit corporation founded in 1982, is an all-volunteer organization which during its history has relied upon the generosity of its many contributors to help plan, resource and execute many beautification projects throughout the community. During the past year, the foundation embarked upon an extensive tree planting project along one of the city’s major streets at the southern entrance to the city as well as a landscaping project in Kirkwood Common, one of our most historic parks. This latter project was funded for the most part by a grant from PalmettoPride.

Established as the Governor’s Task Force on Beautification and Litter in 1999 by executive order of Gov. Hodges, PalmettoPride became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by an Executive Order in 2003. According to its mission statement, PalmettoPride is committed to the eradication of litter and beautification in South Carolina. Through its various programs, PalmettoPride partners with governmental agencies throughout the state, businesses, and community and civic groups to work toward behavioral change among our citizens with respect to litter and its effects upon our communities. This is done through the organization’s educational, enforcement, awareness and pickup programs, each of which has its own approach to reduction of litter and enhancement of the environment through beautification.

Over the past several years, PalmettoPride has been a source of resourcing for a number of beautification and litter eradication projects undertaken not only by the Camden Tree Foundation but also by the City of Camden Parks and Streets Commission, Kershaw County Clean Community Commission as well as other organizations. These projects have involved many of our citizens and have increased the awareness of many in our community. Yet more needs to be done to continue the education and promotion of beautification and litter eradication within our community. I believe that this can be done through the leadership of our county and city councils to help bring all of the various groups together and to join in with PalmettoPride’s Keep South Carolina Beautiful program, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.

Lets us continue our “community pride” in 2011 along with PalmettoPride.

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