KGIB Awarded $10,000 national grant for Community Betterment projects

Standing where new Manna House outdoor benches will soon be installed, (L-R) Lea King-Badyna / Keep Golden Isles Beautiful; Margaret Jacobs / Golden Isles Veterans’ Village; Preston Kirkendall / Manna House; Starling Sutton / Golden Isles Veterans’ Village.

KGIB Awarded $10,000 national grant for Community Betterment projects

BRUNSWICK, GA (October 28, 2020)Keep Golden Isles Beautiful has been awarded a national $10,000 “Martin Luther King Jr Corridor and Neighborhood Building Project” grant by Keep America Beautiful, Diageo and LOWES. All grant award projects must happen along MLK Jr roadways with the corner of MLK Jr Boulevard and G Street benefitting locally, at the Golden Isles Veterans’ Village and Manna House.

The local grant project will provide Manna House with 4 new outdoor benches, new plants for existing flower beds and a custom built tiny library, while the Golden Isles Veterans’ Village will be outfitted with 3 new outdoor picnic tables, 5 new outdoor benches, a custom built and installed blessing box and landscaping plants.

While the Golden Isles Veterans’ Village installation will take place during the first quarter of 2021, the Manna House installation will occur in November thanks to volunteer assistance from St. Simons Presbyterian Church volunteers.

Said Keep Golden Isles Beautiful executive director Lea King-Badyna, “Community partnerships are key to making great things happen in the Golden Isles, and KGIB continuously searches for innovative community betterment projects and partnership opportunities. We are excited to provide outdoor enhancements via this grant for both organizations, freeing up their donated monies to be spent in other areas of need.”

Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, in partnership with Diageo North America and its Diageo Community Activity and Relief Efforts (Diageo C.A.R.E.s) program and LOWES created the grant program to support the efforts of volunteers, residents, community groups and business owners/employees to prevent litter, promote recycling and beautify areas in and around MLK Jr corridors and promote neighborhood building by empowering individuals to become engaged in the communities where they live and work.

For more project information, contact Keep Golden Isles Beautiful at or 912/ 279-1490.


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