Picking up litter along roadsides, coordinating annual paper shredding events and promoting recycling are just a few ways that Keep Moore County Beautiful (KMCB) serves the community.
However, due to board attrition and a steadily decreasing number of volunteers, the nonprofit organization is at a crossroads. New members are actively needed to maintain compliance with the organization’s bylaws and to help reinvigorate the group’s mission and purpose.
“The real question is, ‘Do we provide good stuff for people in this area?’ The answer is yes,” said Stan Kaplan, who was elected to serve as KMCB’s treasurer on Wednesday.
Kaplan and his wife, Karen, are both longtime volunteers and board members who said they remain committed to seeing the organization regain its footing.
KMCB is a stand-alone organization that works in close partnership with the Moore County Solid Waste division. County staff provide administrative support and advisory services, while volunteers are needed to serve on the board of directors, help plan special events, and perform hands-on community service.
Barry Stabile, KMCB’s executive director, is another longtime volunteer who continues to perform weekly anti-litter sweeps on area roads with former co-chair Bob Coats.
He estimated they collected over 400 bags of trash last year from some of Moore County’s most scenic byways, including Linden Road, Foxfire Road, Midland Road, and Airport Road.
“But there is a whole big county out there. There are a lot more roads that need volunteers,” said Stabile.
KMBC volunteers in previous years have also worked with area schools on beautification programs, coordinated a Christmas trees recycling program and presented awards to deserving local businesses and organizations for their individual beautification projects. The organization also sponsors a scholarship program for Moore County students and, historically,
The annual Marge Owings Memorial Golf Tournament provides approximately 95 percent of the organization’s operating budget; however, because of limited volunteers and COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s event has been postponed.
Kaplan characterized the current situation as a brief “hiatus” to provide an opportunity to rebuild the board membership and recruit new volunteers so the organization can move forward. A brainstorming session is scheduled for Wednesday, July 21, and a board meeting will be held in September.