The vision for this initiative is to engage citizens to clean up, beautify and improve our city which will enhance our neighborhoods, quality of life and livability of our community.
It has been a continuing goal to improve the appearance of our community. A community’s appearance plays a large role in how visitors, perspective new businesses and citizens view a community and affects their decision on moving to Cushing.
The city government cannot accomplish this goal without community participation and pride. The city, along with several community representatives, have been working on a program, “Cushing Pride”, to improve the appearance of Cushing and build stronger neighborhoods. The success and sustainability of this program is centered on community and neighborhood volunteers, #VolunteersMakeItHappen.
We have already had a citizen, Lions Club member Vic Caudle, taking action to clean up Cushing. Vic cleaned up the area around the civic club welcome sign on the north entrance to Cushing. The City of Cushing teamed up with him to haul away the limbs and grass that had been removed. See the before and after pictures below. A small example of how #VolunteersMakeItHapppen.
Mrs. Fairbanks’s graphic arts class was challenged to design a logo for our Cushing Pride #VolunteersMakeItHappen initative. Ben Stokes and Matt Yates provided the winning design. GRDA provided a community grant to fund T-shirts with the winning design to be given to all Volunteers. Chairman Terry Brannon provided the following comments: "I appreciate the collaboration amongst the students that has led to the design of our Cushing Pride t-shirt. Their work signifies community renewal and togetherness. We are one Cushing and together Cushing Wins!"
Saturday, November 14, was the first “Cushing Pride - #VolunteersMakeItHappen” event. Seventy-seven volunteers participated to help start cleaning up Cushing. The group picked up litter along North Street from Little to Main, in Memorial Park, along Ninth Street from Harmony to Lakeview, along Linwood from North to Greenlee and along Highway 33 in front of Wal-Mart. Everyone involved helped to make a positive impact, but also had lots of fun enjoying fellowship with other volunteers. Sign up now to be a part of the next project, or if you have ideas for future projects just email the City Manager at [email protected]. See our Facebook page for additional pictures of our volunteers in action.
Press Release: Cushing Pride, Great American Cleanup, national sponsors, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
There was a lot going on Saturday in Cushing America -- from track meets to proms and the “Great American Cleanup Oklahoma”.
Saturday’s event was paired up with 75 Cushing Pride volunteers in the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s Trash-OFF which is the single largest ONE-day cleanup event in the State of Oklahoma and the signature event of the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program, held annually from March 1 to May 31. Each year thousands of volunteers all over the state dedicate their time in making a difference in their communities.
The City of Cushing along with GRDA would like to thank the volunteers and local community representatives for a job well do cleaning up the Right-of-way’s on Highway 33 and Highway 18 -- #VolunteersMakeItHappen.
We would also like thank the hard working staff and especially Megan Moran at Keep Oklahoma Beautiful for the Banners and trash bags for the Great American Cleanup.
The following link will take you to the Facebook photo album of the Cushing Pride #VolunteersMakeItHappen events.
The City of Cushing, Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) and the American Public Power Association (APPA) teamed up to beautify City Hall and the transfer station by adding seven (7) mature Red Bud trees. GRDA was awarded a “Tree Power” grant from APPA to purchase the trees on behalf of the City of Cushing. The City was selected by GRDA due to the community’s effort to help clean up our community through the Cushing Pride initiative. GRDA sells power to the City along with sixteen other municipalities. Trees are good for the environment, provide shade, wind breaks, beauty and they enhance our quality of life. The tree planting ceremony included GRDA employees, City Commission and City employees along with some of our local high school students involved with Cushing Pride. This is just another example of improving our city. Come join us in the next Cushing Pride event and be a part of building community together.
YouTube videos provided by GRDA