WINCHESTER — The local Habitat for Humanity chapter has received a state grant to support its annual neighborhood revitalization efforts.
On Monday, the Keep Virginia Beautiful environmental organization announced that Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick-Clarke had been selected as one of the recipients in its monthlong 30 Grants in Thirty Days initiative.
According to a news release from Keep Virginia Beautiful in Richmond, government, nonprofit, civic and service organizations in the commonwealth were invited to apply for grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 each to support efforts in the categories of litter prevention, recycling, cigarette litter prevention and community beautification.
The local Habitat for Humanity received $1,000 in the litter prevention category for its neighborhood revitalization day, which the nonprofit organization holds each year. In recent years, residential streets in Millwood, Berryville and Winchester have benefited from the cleanup and improvement program.
This year, Habitat is expanding its annual effort by adding “plogging” — picking up litter while jogging. Litter will be collected along a specific route, with volunteer joggers filling as many trash bags as they can during their run.
Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided more than $178,000 to fund 230 environmental projects and programs across the commonwealth. The organization’s mission is to engage and unite Virginians to improve the natural and scenic environment.