Keep Loup Basin Beautiful Earns Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award Recognition

Keep America Beautiful

Local Organization Recognized for Exemplary Performance, Standard of Excellence

Burwell, Nebraska  March 2, 2020 Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, presented Keep Loup Basin Beautiful with its 2019 President’s Circle Award recognition at the Keep America Beautiful 2020 National Conference, which recently took place in Memphis, Tennessee. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance by certified affiliates of Keep America Beautiful in creating clean, green, and beautiful communities.

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Clothing Closet Mission Increases Outreach in 2019

The outreach of the Clothing Closet Mission located at the First Christian Church in Burwell continues to expand its outreach to shoppers and counties in Nebraska.  Over 170 volunteers worked many hours to organize the clothing, shoes, bedding, and other items available to shoppers to make their shopping easy and enjoyable.

You do not have to be in need to visit the Clothing Closet.  The Clothing Closet holds a treasure chest of clothing that ranges from brand new to vintage and in all sizes from infant to XXXL.  Shopping the Clothing Closet is Continue reading

Productive December for Keep Loup Basin Beautiful

December was a fun and productive workshop month for Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB).  Amy Hughes, Project Coordinator loves searching for, finding, experimenting with, and offering fun and useful reuse and repurpose workshops of common use items that tend to be discarded into a landfill when no longer viable.  She encourages everyone to think outside the box and look for ways to create something new out those “old” items.

During the month of December, Hughes offered two workshops focusing on the upcoming Holiday.  The first workshop Continue reading

Custer County Recycling

Custer County Recycling in Broken Bow provides a facility that so many communities in Custer County and surrounding counties depend on to process their recyclable materials collected in recycling trailers across the region.

Custer County Recycling | Kelly Flynn, Manager discusses more about the facility with Janet Sanders, Affiliate Director, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful.


Clothing Closet Statistics for 2018

The Clothing Closet located at the First Christian Church at 817 J. Street, Burwell, NE continued to serve over 800 shoppers during 2018. Thanks to the work of 89 volunteers who donated more than 200 hours of volunteer time, the Clothing Closet served over 800 shoppers from 17 counties and two states in 2018. Individuals generously donated approximately 12,000 pounds of clothing and shoes. Volunteers work diligently to sort, fold, and display shoes and clothing for the convenience of shoppers. Shoppers took home over 8,000 pounds of clothing to be used by themselves and family members.
To complete the mission of the Clothing Closet, Dave and Jen Busch remove the clothing from the church that is packed in black garbage bags by volunteers, load their trailer with the bags of clothes, and then deliver the clothes to the Lincoln People’s Mission in Lincoln. The clothes may then travel to Texas, Florida, and Canada where it is then transported to other countries for distribution to other people. Their volunteer work is part of serving in the Toss Box ministries. You will find a Toss Box located across the street from the Pizza Palace in Burwell and throughout communities in Nebraska and especially in Lincoln. You may find more information about the Toss Box at

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Ord/Burwell Knights of Columbus offer Charitable Services

The Ord/Burwell Knights of Columbus has decided to offer charitable services to residents in surrounding communities and counties through the Clothing Closet located at the First Christian Church in Burwell. The Ord/Burwell Knights of Columbus chose to contribute money through the Clothing Closet to be used by mothers and fathers of infants who are in need of diapers, formula, clothing, and more. Rod Valasek and Keith Vore had a tour of the Clothing Closet on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, and decided to assist others through the outreach of the Clothing Closet. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s charitable organization that was founded in 1882.  Their purpose is to provide charitable services to all.  The Ord/Burwell chapter was founded 80 years ago and is active in providing charitable services and they also participate in One Rose, One Life: Raising funds for pro-life.

Please contact any of the following individuals to inquire about the charitable services that the Ord/Burwell Knights of Columbus can provide for you:  Rod Valasek:  308 728-7617;  Keith Vore: 308-346-4911; or Kathy Mann:  308-214 -0798.  For more information about the work of the Knights of Columbus, visit

Pictured Keith Vore, Rod Valasek and Kathy Mann.


Taylor United Methodist Youth Group invade Clothing Closet

            The Taylor United Methodist Youth Group of twelve ambitious youth and their sponsor, Belinda Schroder, along with Pastor Dennis Davenport volunteered their help at the Clothing Closet Clothing Closet located at the First Christian Church in Burwell on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to sort clothing, sort hangers for recycling, flatten boxes, vacuum the entire basement, straighten clothing in various rooms and in general have a great time.  They dined on pizza before going to work and gave the Clothing Closet a big boost in getting clothing out and ready for the public.  All the volunteers who work at the Clothing Closet greatly appreciate the help provided by the Taylor UMWYG.  Thank you for coming and sprucing up the Clothing Closet.
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Keep Loup Basin Beautiful Hosting America Recycles Day Event

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful located at 330 S. Hwy 11, Burwell, NE will be hosting an open house and serving refreshments on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m..  Jane Polson, President of Keep Nebraska Beautiful will be present at the open house during the morning on Thursday, November 15, 2018, to celebrate America Recycles Day.  Polson will also be accompanied by Meagan J. Deichert, incoming president of Keep Nebraska Beautiful.  Please drop in and meet the Keep Nebraska Beautiful officers.
Keep Loup Basin Beautiful will also be accepting recycle items such as household batteries, metal hangers, cell phones, eye glasses, hearing aids, keys, and bicycles.  Gently used back packs and clean lap-size blankets may be donated to the Clothing Closet to give children through the Back Pack Foster Home Care Program.
Join Keep Nebraska Beautiful and Keep Loup Basin Beautiful to celebrate America Recycles Day and to take the pledge to recycle. The staff at Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is looking forward to answering your questions and exploring new ideas for recycling.  Contact Janet Sanders, Affiliate Director at 308-346-3393 for more information and details! Continue reading

Recycle Trailer Guidelines

The Recycle Trailer located in Burwell at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway near the Plain Valley Schoolhouse located at 330 South Hwy 11 serves as a vital source for recycling paper, aluminum cans, steel cans and plastic containers for the Burwell community. The trailer is located in a convenient place for all to pull up to and empty their recyclables. The trailer is emptied every two weeks by valuable volunteers. The contents of the trailer go to Custer County Recycling to be recycled elsewhere in the United States.
There are a few guidelines to be followed in using the recycle trailer effectively. Some of them are listed here:
No glass
No cat food cans. They are not aluminum.
No aluminum foil.
No cardboard.
Please empty plastic bags before recycling.
Please no littering on the ground around the recycle trailer
Please place clean and dry cardboard (corrugated and paperboard) in the semi-trailer at the same location. Collapse and stack all the cardboard boxes. No staples. No Styrofoam. No large tubes.
Do recycle number 1 and number 2 clean plastic containers. Look for the recycle symbol on the Continue reading